Daily Noontime – September 28, 2011

It all comes down to ONE MORE GAME!

Whoa … It’s “Hump” Day! Happy Wednesday to everyone and welcome into a grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kick-off the day with some news and headlines. Also, here’s a shout out to the Boston Red Sox too – Go Get ‘Em! 

Headlines: 

* The Boston Red Sox used four home runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday to defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7. Also, they’re still tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League Wild Card, who defeated the New York Yankees, 5-3.

* According to the MLB, if there is a two-way tie in the American and National League for the Wild Cards – they’ll play a one-game playoff on Thursday.

* The New York Times broke down the third week of the NFL in a “film review,” so check it out.

* Apparently the NFL has revamped the Super Bowl logo for the championship in 2014, which will be played outdoors at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

* If you live in Cincinnati – don’t expect to watch the Bengals-Buffalo Bills game because it’s going to be blacked out on television.

* In case you missed it, Milwaukee’s Price Fielder hit three home runs on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which helped the Brewers pick up an important 6-4 win.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* St. Louis at Houston (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

The final day of the MLB season has arrived, but there’s four teams fighting for two playoff spots, which means, cue “Don’t Stop Believing!”

Daily Noontime – June 27, 2011

Do you think Troy Tulowitzki knew he hit the ball twice?

It’s Monday in America, so good day! Let’s kick-start this awesome week with some stories, news and headlines, sound good? 

Headlines: 

* You don’t see this happen in the MLB, but apparently, someone caught Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki swinging twice on one pitch.

* Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay went the distance on Sunday, as well as earned his 10th win of the season.

* The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup began on Sunday and Team USA wants to create their own identity.

* It’s uncertain, but the next few days will decide if the NBA will indeed have a 2011-12 season or negotiations.

Ronnie Brown is planning to remain in the NFL this season, but will it be with the Miami Dolphins? We’ll see!

* The 2011 NHL Draft was this past weekend and yes, the Dallas Stars have some thoughts on their selections.

Games to Watch: 

* Colorado at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Los Angles Dodgers at Minnesota (MLB) -8:10pm eastern

* Cleveland at Arizona (MLB) – 9:40pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

So, the Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as asked if he is dating Chuck Norris

Hurd: The Struggling Mets Continue to… Struggle

Life may not be so swell these days in Queens, New York.

By Chris Hurd

Chris is a loyal and long time Mets and baseball fan, so of course, we expected his next blog to be on his favorite ball club from New York, right? Any who, here are a few thoughts from Hurd on his beloved New York Mets. 

Is it too early to be worried about where the New York Mets season is going?  As a long suffering fan of the Amazin‘s, I know that we are only 11 games into the young 2011 season, but a few things have become blindingly obvious with Terry Collins squad.

* Pitching/Bullpen: After Wednesday’s, 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Mets bullpen ERA is a collective 5.21. Games are not going to be won by the offense alone.  If the pitchers at the back end of the games can’t hold a lead, which has happened in the Colorado series, how are the Met even going to be a .500 team this year?  In addition, the team’s ERA is above 5.00, too.  An IF, IF… Johan Santana were to come back in 2011, is he really going to make much of an impact on a team that could do better than Mike Pelfrey, who has an ERA over 10.00?

* Terry Collins:  I know that Mets owner Fred Wilson and G.M. Sandy Alderson wanted to bring someone in that would change the recent culture of bad managers the Mets have had. For the record, I was against the Collins hiring from the start. He is a .500 manager, so how exactly is a .500 managers going to turn around the Mets?  And I know he wants to be an optimist but a quote from Wednesday  is almost too much to take; “We’re one pitch away and we’re one swing away from being 9-2,” Collins said. “And we’re not. But the next 11? We need to be 9-2.” Come on Terry, the team is not that good; the Mets are not one pitch or one hit away from 9-2.  He and pitching coach Dan Warthen need to get this pitching staff in line or call it like we all see it, they are not that good.

* The Losses: The Mets started the season, [3-1], taking the series from the Marlins and the opener vs. the Phillies.  Things were looking up.  Then the Phillies survived in a 10-7 win, after the Mets realized they needed to play against this team and hit the gas in the fifth inning, and then got thumped, 11-0 the next day. Then the Mets dropped two of three to the Washington Nationals, and can now at best salvage a split with the Rockies today.  Then the Mets travel to Atlanta, and the optimism can’t be high with that series.

So the long and the short of it is this; the Mets by the end of this weekend will have played the other four teams in the NL East, and very well could be 4-8 in the in the division.  The Phillies are not as down as many though they would be with the loss of Chase Utley, and the Marlins, Braves and Nationals are at least meeting expectations in the early part of the season.

Is there ay positive that the Mets can take away from the first 11 games of the season?  Yes….at least they are not as bad as the Boston Red Sox.

Until next time……Be Good All!

Kevin Tuve on Noontime Sports the Podcast

Kevin Tuve, Director of Player Development with the Pittsfield Colonials

Kevin Tuve joined Noontime Sports the Podcast on Monday December 13, 2010, to discuss the MLB offseason, talk about a few fan questions, as well as converse with his co-host, Matt Noonan about who truly deserves the MVP Award in the NFL.

Bill Chuck on Noontime Sports the Podcast

Bill Chuck, a true baseball guru, joined Noontime Sports the Podcast on Thursday December 9, 2010, to discuss the Red Sox recent acquisition of Carl Crawford, talk about the state of the Yankees, as well as answer the question, is baseball living in a “golden era.”

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