Jake Arrieta – One the O’s Let Get Away

Jake Arrieta

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In episode 43 of the Sports Microscope podcast, host Gene Gumbs points out that Jake Arrieta isn’t the only quality pitcher that Baltimore Oriole GM Dan Duquette let get away. Roger Clemens anyone?

In 1996, Duquette declared that Clemens was in the “twilight of his career.” All Clemens did was go on to win four more Cy Young awards with teams not located in Boston. Jake Arrieta is on his way to doing the same thing with a team not located in Baltimore. I’m not saying there’s a correlation… but maybe I am.

I am sure Duquette gets a little queasy every time he reads the incredible numbers Arrieta has put up since last June – numbers that not even the great Bob Gibson could match. I won’t bore you with all of them here, but I urge you to read the piece by Carrie Muskat on MLB.com.

Suffice it to say that we are looking at one of the greatest runs in the history of baseball – and that’s saying something!

Also in This Episode:

  • Anyone else tired of athletes saying they don’t know how PEDs got into their system?
  • Yasiel Puig makes on of the greatest throws I have ever seen
  • Curt Schilling has the right to speak his mind. ESPN has the right to fire him.
  • Vin Scully skewers people comparing Joe Dimaggio and Ryan Howard
  • My pick for team of the week

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As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions here or at ggumbs@sbcglobal.net. Please let me know what you think. See you next week!

 

Chicago Cubs Ahead of Schedule?

Cubs logoMany baseball “experts” feel that the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros are ahead of schedule. Someone forgot to tell the Cubs (and maybe the Astros as well if they hang on tonight). The blast launched deep into the night by Kyle Schwarber on Tuesday sent the favored St. Louis Cardinals home, and Cubs fans hope is the beginning of the end of decades of post-season futility.

Podcast host Gene Gumbs talks about that series, as well as the comeback of the Toronto Blue Jays. Jose Bautista‘s homer in the seventh didn’t travel as far as Schwarber’s, but it was close.

One disturbing thing in the game was the shameful behavior of the Blue Jay fans in the seventh. Twice during the frame, people in the stands hurled beer cans and other items on to the field – once after a controversial call went against the team, and again after Bautista’s homer. I am still mystified why the umpires didn’t pull the teams completely off the field.

And another thing… why was Sam Dyson talking smack to Troy Tulowitzki while leaving the field after giving the go-ahead homer in the seventh? I hope Tulo said one thing to him – “Scoreboard.”

Also in this episode:

  • Chase Utley and the case of the illegal slide
  • Steve Spurrier will be hard to replace in South Carolina
  • Clayton Kershaw finally comes up big in the playoffs
  • Do the Mets have more magic left?
  • Travis Shaw learning third for Boston – Panda out?
  • My pick for team of the week

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Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!

Yoenis Cespedes has been on fire for the New York Mets. (photo by Keith Allison on Flickr - Originally posted to Flickr as "Yoenis Cespedes". Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org)

New York Mets Lead Off Baseball Talk on Podcast 21

David Wright is back, Yoenis Cespedes is hot, and the Washington Nationals can’t seem to get out of their own way. In the latest episode of the Sports Microscope podcast, host Gene Gumbs wonders if anyone stop the New York Mets. With the next eight games against the woeful Phillies and Boston Red Sox, the Mets may be able to put the Nats further in their rearview mirror.

Gumbs is also steamed about the recent news that Don Orsillo is being replaced as the television play-by-play man. It’s yet another slap in the face by the Red Sox (who are one of the owners of NESN, the Red Sox TV outlet) to their fans. Apparently fifteen years of first-class work wasn’t good enough.

There’s plenty more baseball talk on tap, as well as a reach into the Sports Microscope grab bag for some quick hits about a few topics.

Also in this episode:

  • Kris Bryant staking his claim as NL ROY
  • Can the SF Giants get healthy in time?
  • The unreal pitching line for Astros pitchers in the last week
  • Good news and bad news in the auto racing world
  • What can 300 million buy you these days?
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!