FanIQ's Weekly MLB Review 4/27/2012

Lots of Milestones, Send-Off for Pudge, and YOU'RE in the Spotlight...It's QTWIB! [FanIQ's Weekly MLB Review]

4/27/12 in MLB   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Blog Photo - FanIQ's Weekly MLB Review 4/27/2012Hello out there in FanIQ Land!  TGIF and welcome back to the show that brings you the best of baseball on FanIQ every Friday.  I know it's been a while, please don't crucify the Kramer, kthx!   Call it your week-in-review, your baseball gumbo, the Q’s 6:00 sports report, or any name you can come up with.  It’s the reincarnation in blog form of the classic TV show This Week in Baseball, known simply to you as QTWIB!  This week we've got everything from rankings to division previews that were never showcased like they should've been, and the quest for perfection.  Yeah, this is just as overdue as my NASCAR power rankings that were posted last night, but better late than never, right?!  We’ve got you covered from first pitch to extra innings if we have to go that far.  We’ve got a long way to go around the bases and a short time to get there, so enough of all the hoopla, let’s get this party started…PLAY BALL!

First Pitch:
Here's a look at what's coming up on this week's episode of Blog Photo - FanIQ's Weekly MLB Review 4/27/2012...
  • We're starting out with the division previews that haven't been showcased yet, we'll show you what to expect.
  • Happy birthday old man!  We take a look back at 100 years of Fenway.
  • Speaking of old guys, Jamie Moyer made some Rocky Mountain High history.
  • A funny thing happened on the way to PNC Park Saturday night, there was a surprise starter on the mound, we'll tell you who.
  • The Sox can't get anything to go their way, and it started on opening day with a key piece of their offense.
  • This seems to be a week full of articles about pitchers, and one team just inked another of their starters to a long-term deal.
  • Ozzie shot his mouth off again, and this time the excuse was his best yet!
  • The quest for perfection Chapter 21...and you can put it on the board!
  • The Spotlight is about to start shining on YOU again, but this time it's a little different!
  • Happy trails to another player I grew up watching, we'll tell you who decided to hang up the cleats now
Those stories and much more, plus TWIBIA, are all coming up on FanIQ This Week in Baseball!

Lead-Off:
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The NL West is a division that's completely up in the air for 2012.  The Snakes made a surprising run to win it last year.  The Giants missed the playoffs completely and still have an anemic lineup.  The Dodgers have a lot of hitting, and could steal this division behind Clayton Kershaw and that pitching staff.  Can the Rockies do some damage?  Can the Padres climb out of the hole?  Stoney gives us a preview of what we should look for in this division this year.  He's predicting the D-Backs to do it again, and I tend to agree.  They have some great hitters (aside from Lyle Overbay) and their pitching staff is quite stingy.  The Dodgers are the ones that could give them a run for their money if they get a bullpen intact.  The Giants can win the division if their offense actually scores.  What do you think about this wacky division?

Inning Break:
The Orioles have officially hit rock bottom, losing to a COLLEGE TEAM!  That's right, they lost to the State College of Florida Manatees.  They're starting off the season much better, but this could be a long year for O's fans and Gary Thorne at the mic.

Bottom of the First:
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The AL East is gonna be a crapshoot once again.  Thanks to gearhead for giving us his in-depth look into what's become the toughest division in baseball in recent years.  Is this Tampa's year?  Do the Yankees take the throne yet again?  Can the Sox rebound from their dismal September collapse from 2011?  What about Toronto and Baltimore?  Can they actually surprise anybody, or are they just playing second fiddle to the big boys once again?  This division is going to come down to the wire once again regardless of who wins it.  I'm with Eric, I think the Rays may win it this year, what say you?

Inning Break:
Ryan Braun need not say any more about his positive test, or should he?  He's not suspended, the situation is behind him, and he's diseased.  Is that the end of it, or is there still more to the story that meets the eye?  Personally, I'm over it...now where's that HIPAA lawsuit?

Bases Loaded:
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Marlins Park just opened its doors to the public a couple of weeks ago, but rest assured it will never be standing as long as Fenway Park.  The Green Monster has stood the test of time, and this past week in a game against the rival Yankees, Fenway celebrated its 100th birthday.  From Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair in 1975 to waiting 86 years between championships, this historic ballpark has seen it all.  It still has the craziest right field dimensions in all of baseball, but that's what makes it so unique.  Even Terry Francona changed his mind and came to the celebration, saying he owed it to the Red Sox fans to be there.  Boston fans, give us your best memory of a game at Fenway.  For those of us who don't live in Bah-ston, have you ever been to a game there, and if so, tell us about your experience.  I've sadly never been there, but that's one ballpark I don't want to miss out on!

Inning Break:
Ubaldo Jimenez beamed former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in a spring training game.  He was suspended 5 games and appealed, but he smartly took his appeal off the table.

Out of A Jam:
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Jamie Moyer had Tommy John's surgery and missed all of the 2011 season.  He was determined to come back again this year, and earned a spot in the Rockies starting rotation.  Last week, he made baseball history becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game at the ripe old age of 49.  The ageless wonder just keeps going and going like the Energizer bunny.  Can he win at age 50?  Chances are he'll still be pitching next year considering he's turning into the Mark Martin of baseball.

Inning Break:
Remember that big off-season trade that sent Jesus Montero to Seattle in exchange for star pitcher Michael Pineda?  Well that just blew up on the Yankees.  Pineda has a torn labrum and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.

QTWIB will be right back on page 2 after a quick commercial break.
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4/27/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

I am sad to see Pudge leave the game. I know it was a long shot, but I wold have loved to see him try to get 3,000 hits. True it may have taken him 2 more years, but I would have loved to see him try.

I hope people are not forgetting the Nationals who seem to have the best starting five in the Majors. no I am not saying they have the best pitcher in the game, but when you look at their starting five they more solid then any other team in baseball. 4 of 5 starters with an ERA 1.50 or lower and a WHIP under .975 for all five. I know it is early in the season, still I pick them to first Philly for first and if things continue the way it is going Washington should win it without much of a fight.