This and That: Baseball Observations

Posted: May 16, 2012 by centennialsports in Baseball

by Tom Ruminski

The time has come where I must plunge back into the blogosphere and continue my quest for online print domination. I have stood by for weeks in silence and allowed too much news to slip by without being critiqued. In particular, there are a couple of events that have caught my eye in the wonderful world of baseball. So without any further delay here is my hit list for this week.

Welcome back to Canada Vladdy

1. How the hell are the Toronto Blue Jays above .500?

Seriously!? This team has no business being even close to the mark, and yet somehow they currently stand four games over. Moreover, if the playoffs started today, Canada would see October baseball for the first time since 1993, and we all know what happened back then. Despite the epic struggles by Adam “I am still living in 2009 season” Lind, and Jose “I have forgotten how to hit a baseball” Bautista, as well as the massive struggles by the bullpen. The success of the Blue Jays this season can be attributed to their young rotation and their ability to hit with runners in scoring position. Currently, the likes of Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek, and Henderson Alvarez are a combined 13-9 with an ERA of 2.70 and 19 quality starts. In terms of clutch hitting, Toronto is hitting just above .300 when a runner is at second base or further. Taking all of this into consideration, this team could be scary when they put it all together. Oh and one more thing… welcome to Canada Vladdy!

2. Bryce Harper is the f*cking man!

The baseball world is ablaze as a result of the captivating play of Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper. Since his call up on April 28th, the 19-year-old Las Vegas native has hit .237 with, two homeruns, five RBI and an OPS of .710. Although the offensive numbers have been mediocre, the most impressive aspect of Harper’s game has been his play in left field. In a mere 16 games, the former first overall pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft has already made several eye-popping plays in the field. So far, the dude has been a human highlight reel, just check the film.

If you need any more proof of this man’s super human abilities just check out his steal of home against Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies. Once again here is the tale of the tape to prove it.

With so much hype surrounding Harper, it would have not been a surprise if the rookie would have underperformed, after all, this kid was born in 1993. However, so far he has lived up to the billing as the best prospect to hit the Majors since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989. Get accustomed to seeing this guy all over the leaderboards for the next two decades!

3. Josh Hamilton is not a human being

Dear Mr. Selig,

This is a letter of notification from the U.S. army. We are contacting you because we have discovered that you have some property that belongs to us. We would like it returned before things get any further out of control. One of our test-subject super soldiers escaped years ago and is now wreaking havoc in the MLB under the alias of Josh Hamilton. As you might already know, he is capable of outer-worldly acts. In fact, so far this season he is destroying everything in his path. Currently, he is hitting .400, with 18 homeruns, 44 RBI, and an OPS of 1.044. In fact, this week alone he hit. 479, with nine homeruns, 15 RBI and 15 runs scored. In light of this recent activity, it is in your best interest to co-operate with the armed forces are risk the possibility of losing all parity within categorical leaders. I repeat, this monster is more than capable of winning the Triple Crown.

Yours truly,
Uncle Sam

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