Daily Archives: August 11, 2014
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Another week has passed – and it is time to get serious in our World Series picks.
To start off, I have eliminated 12 teams from the chance to win a World Series. These clubs include: BOS/CWS/MIN/TEX/HOU/MIA/PHI/NYM/COL/SD/ARI/CHC.
Having said this, the Rays season also may be 10 seconds from a toetag. We will see how they fare this week.
Last weeks selections I was 3 – 1 – 1 for the best odds to wager on. The Cardinals moved up slightly, and the Nats made a big move up the list thanks to a Braves 8 game losing streak.
I also won with the Dodgers going from +700 to +600. The only odd I lost was an Angels club going from +1000 – +1000
On the worst odds bets last week I went 3 – 1 – 1. I had the Rays plummeting quickly as my top selection, and I was right on the money, and they plunged from +5000 – to now +10000. I also pegged the Braves bad road trip, and Yankees fall from grace on the value.
The only odd I lost was the A’s going from +400 to now +375. For the record, I still hate the value, and would surely peg the Dodgers as the #1 team (ranked wise) to win the World Series.
LA holds a 3.5 Games lead on the Giants, who are free-falling. The Dodger Blue club will also beat up NL West cupcakes of the Padres, Rockies and D’Backs.
While their +600 is about the right odd, I can’t place them in the best wagers for value. Read the rest of this entry
DR. FRANK JOBE, who would have turned 89 in the summer of 2014 before his recent passing, was a renowned orthopedic surgeon who revolutionized the medical care and prolonged the careers of baseball pitchers with his groundbreaking tendon transplant procedure now known as the “Tommy John” surgery. In 1974, Dodgers pitcher TOMMY JOHN was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left (pitching) elbow, apparently ending his career. In an experimental surgery, which he estimated at the time as having 1% odds for a successful outcome, Jobe transplanted a tendon from John’s right forearm to his left elbow. After more than a year of rehabilitation, John and his bionic arm returned to the mound, where he pitched for 14 more seasons and racked up 164 of his 288 career victories before retiring at the age of 46. Today, the procedure is commonplace among professional and amateur pitchers. It has been estimated that Jobe performed more than 1,000 Tommy John surgeries himself and that nearly 200 major leaguers – not all of them pitchers – have had their careers extended by the procedure.
In a recent interview with Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, Jobe discussed how he and John decided to proceed with the surgery, thus establishing a relationship of trust between doctor and patient: “Tommy happened to be in my office talking, and we already had told him about all the potential complications. I was ready to sign his papers for retirement. I wasn’t even sure I should have brought [the operation idea] up in our conversation. I had no idea if it would be successful. I really wasn’t sure. We got to a point where we kind of looked at each other and he said, ‘That makes sense, let’s do it.’ I think those were the three words that changed the course of baseball medicine for the rest of time. ‘Let’s do it.’”
After a long and grueling rehabilitation, John returned to the mound with the Dodgers in 1976, completing 207 innings, recording 10 wins with a 3.09 ERA, and receiving both the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Fred Hutchinson Award for Outstanding Character and Courage. That he was a better pitcher after the experimental surgery was fully evident by 1977, as John won 20 games with a 2.78 ERA, earning him a second-place finish to Steve Carlton in Cy Young Award balloting. Reliquarian Michael Fallon, in his biographical profile of Tommy John for the Society for American Baseball Research, noted that the pitcher revolutionized “athlete’s attitudes toward medicine. With 164 of his 288 victories coming after the surgery, John shattered the barrier that said players could not play after undergoing surgery.” Fallon added that, despite having the most wins of any eligible pitcher not inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, John’s “pioneering gumption, his ability to endure and come back from adversity does put him among baseball’s all-time elite.”
The two figures made medical history over 40 years ago.
What should we make of the Milwaukee Brewers? Are they for real or are they yet another team that surprises then fades?
And when will the Tigers solve their bullpen woes.
Lots of indecision in Middle America on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 brilliant innings allowing just 1 run, got a hit, drove in a run, scored a run and saved another run with a remarkable defensive play, doing it all in the Dodgers 5-1 victory in Milwaukee.
Phil Hughes pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and striking out 7, leading the Twins to a 6-1 win in Oakland.
Chase Utley reached base 4 times with a triple and a homer helping the Phillies erase a 6-1 deficit and top the Mets, 7-6.
Melky Cabrera got on base 8 times, driving in a run in the Blue Jays 6-5 19 inning marathon triumph over the Tigers.
They owned baseball on Aug 10, 2014.
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