Sunday, September 28, 2014

Red Sox v. Yankees (September 28, 2014)

Boston Red Sox (71-90) v. New York Yankees (83-78)
Fenway Park

SP - Clay Buchholz (8-10, 5.31) v. Michael Pineda (4-5, 1.93)

1. Betts, 2B
2. Nava, RF
3. Cespedes, DH
4. Craig, 1B
5. Cecchini, 3B
6. Castillo, CF
7. Brentz, LF
8. Ross, C
9. Weeks, SS

Note:

My thoughts on this disappointing Red Sox season will come in due time.  Before writing that, I'd like to watch an entire Patriots game (hopefully tomorrow night's game) and would also like to enjoy the MLB playoffs with teams like Kansas City and Pittsburgh crashing a party many thought was permanently reserved for big market teams like the Red Sox and Yankees.

Today also marks the final game of Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame career.  Jeter was always on the wrong side of the battle from my perspective but like a great general who earns the respect of the opponent in battle, #2 will always have the admiration of Red Sox Nation.

Jeter was a fantastic player with a sense for succeeding in the clutch moments that his Yankee teams always seemed to be in the middle of once the calendar turned to October.  While his contemporaries Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra had higher peak years, the beauty of Jeter's career is his longevity and ability to perform at a consistently high level. 

The game will miss him.  His retirement is truly the end of a great era in Yankee and baseball history. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Week 4 Football Picks

All picks against the spread and home team in CAPS.

NCAA

MICHIGAN STATE (-28.5) over Wyoming
TEXAS A&M (-9) over Arkansas
UMASS (+5) over Bowling Green
Duke (+6.5) over MIAMI
Cincinnati (+17.5) over OHIO STATE

Last Week: 2-3
Season: 7-8

NFL

Dolphins (-3.5) over Raiders (game played in London)
BEARS (+1.5) over Packers
TEXANS. (-3) over Bills
Titans (+7.5) over COLTS
Panthers (+3.5) over RAVENS
Lions (-1) over JETS
STEELERS (-7) over Buccaneers
Jaguars (+12.5) over CHARGERS
Eagles (+5) over 49ERS
Falcons (-3) over VIKINGS
COWBOYS (+3) over Saints
Patriots (-3) over CHIEFS

Last Week: 9-7
This Week: 1-0
Season: 23-25-1

Red Sox v. Yankees (September 27, 2014)

Boston Red Sox (70-90) v. New York Yankees (83-77)
Fenway Park

SP - Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00) v. Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47)

1. Betts, 2B
2. Bogaerts, SS
3. Nava, RF
4. Cespedes, DH
5. Craig, 1B
6. Cecchini, 3B
7. Castillo, CF
8. Brentz, LF
9. Vazquez, C

Friday, September 26, 2014

Football Picks

Check back in Saturday for the weekly football picks. The Giants got me off to a great start last night and we're expecting a big week.

Red Sox v. Yankees (September 26, 2014)

Boston Red Sox (70-89) v. New York Yankees (82-77)
Fenway Park

SP - Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38) v. Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.73)

1. Betts, 2B
2. Bogaerts, SS
3. Cespedes, DH
4. Craig, RF
5. Cecchini, 3B
6. Castillo, CF
7. Brentz, LF
8. Lavarnway, 1B
9. Butler, C