AL East

Red Sox News: Willie Middlebrooks Lost To Injury

on August 12 2012 6:02 PM

Right when it looked liked the Sox were going to get their entire team healthy, another injury has struck their fragile lineup.  Willie Middlebrooks got hit in his right wrist by a 95 mile an hour fastball thrown by Esmil Rogers in the ninth inning, suffering a broken wrist.  At this point it is still unsure how long he will miss, but missing the season is the likely scenario.  It seems like the Sox may not ever get healthy enough to put there projected starting lineup on the field.

Middlebrooks was the who was good enough to allow the Red Sox to give away Kevin Youkilis.  This move may come back to haunt them now that Youkilis' went down to the injury bug making him the 25th player to go on the disabled list this year.  The Red Sox have had a Major League leading amount of games missed due to injury as of when Middlebrooks went down.  If the Sox can actually grind out a playoff run it would be nothing short of miraculous with the luck they have had with the disabled list.

New York Yankees News: Bronx Bombers Should Be Concerned About Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia And Starting Rotation

on August 12 2012 4:20 PM

After watching Phil Hughes give up seven earned runs in four innings of a 10-7 loss against the Blue Jays this afternoon, the Yankees should officially be concerned about their starting rotation. Hughes missed his spots all afternoon, and got pounded by a Blue Jays team fielding what was essentially a spring training lineup.

The more you watch Hughes pitch, the more you have to think that he just isn't good enough to be a starter. His numbers on the season are respectable-11 wins, 10 losses, a 4.44 ERA-but he's a two pitch pitcher, and the two pitches aren't all that good. Not to mention, starters just don't get away with only being able to throw two pitches consistently.

Toronto Blue Jays News: Two Major Factors Holding Back the Team's Playoff Hopes

on May 13 2012 7:08 PM
Toronto Blue Jays News: Two Major Factors Holding Back the Team's Playoff Hopes

The last time the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series was in 1993.

The No. 1 song was "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. Will Smith was "The Fresh Prince of Bell Air" and the sitcom star was yelling "Yo homes smell ya later," to the cab driver.

A lot has changed since then. The Blue Jays' playoff drought continues to drag, as the club has failed to make the playoffs since Joe Carter hit the walk-off homer in Game Six of the 1993 World Series.

The Blue Jays finished with a 81-81 record and placed 4th in the AL East in 2011, despite having Jose Bautista, who is one of the best hitters in the American League. Bautista offers Toronto hope going forward, but there is still a lot of work to do.

RED SOX NEWS: Why Bobby Valentine is Not to Blame for Boston's Early Struggles

on April 23 2012 7:01 PM
RED SOX NEWS: Why Bobby Valentine is Not to Blame for Boston's Early Struggles

Ever since he was given the job in the offseason, Bobby Valentine's job in Boston has been surrounded by Red Sox fans against the manager coming to the city.

In a city like Boston, a 4-10 start isn't exactly how to become a fan favorite, but in reality the slow start isn't all Bobby V's fault. For starters, you have to look at each game individually. The only game that he has made a questionable decision thus far in the season was the last game of the series against the Rays, leaving Bard in with the bases loaded and 2 outs with over 100 pitches and eventually walked Longoria to bring in the only run of the game. All this being said, the following areas are where blame should be taking place: owners, Theo Epstein, Ben Cherington, pitching.