Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Around the Horn: 6/17/09

Here are some tidbits on the three major sports here in the burgh. I will try to get something like this up as a short post with some things I seen/heard/read during the day. Maybe a few of these a few times a week or as much as needed.

I will probably not be able to get a Pirates recap on tonight so you might have to actually watch the game. Ian Snell is going tonight. Mauer is hitting .429, how much of a shot does he have at actually hitting .400? It might see crazy but he is tearing it up after being out for the beginning of the season.

A player that fans should pay attention to is Delwyn Young. He is hitting .365 coming into tonight’s game in 85 at bats with 11 RBI. Young does strike out a good bit (22 times in 93 at bats) but he has been on fire lately. He is a utility guy that can play the outfield/second base but he is getting his chances and cashing in.

A nice comparison on the FSN pregame show today about Brandon Moss. So far Moss is hitting .243 in 169 at bats and has fans calling for his release and benching. When you take a look at Moss’s numbers compared to McLouth’s through the first 430 career at bats this is what it looks like:

Moss: .247 average, 9 HR, 49 RBI, 27 2B
McLouth: .240 average, 13 HR, 30 RBI, 23 2B

Both players are at the age of 25 at the time of their 430 at bats and they are very, very similar. All the uproar over trading our all star center fielder and Moss has better numbers to start his career. So if you are complaining about the trade and also complaining about Moss they you need to cool your jets and give it a chance.

Also the Pirates have signed their 23rd, 24th, 30th, 33rd, and 42nd round picks today.

Today on PTI on ESPN they had Big Ben on for an interview about shooting 81 at Bethpage Black the other day. Both of the hosts actually said they had to eat crow because they didn’t think Ben could get under 100, as did Tiger Woods who said the same. Towards the end of the interview Kornheiser asked Ben if he would rather win a PGA tour event or win another Super Bowl and without hesitation he said win another Super Bowl. He went on to say he wants to win three more, for a total of five. Interesting thought Ben. I like it.

Looking over MAF stats today I found a rather startling amount of numbers for MAF over the last two playoff runs. His numbers in the past two post seasons he has accumulated a 30-14 record, 2.36 GAA, .920 save percentage with three shutouts. Those are some numbers. Despite the great numbers people still want to consider him an average goaltender. Yes, he lets in soft goals but show me a goaltender who doesn’t. Winnings matters. He went from a 45 win season to a Stanley Cup Final loss to a Stanley Cup Final victory. What more do you want? Less soft goals? He has had three great years back to back to back. Give him a break. He is clutch. Ask Marty Brodeur, the so called best goal in the league, about clutch. Two goals in the last minute to lose a first round playoff series. That would not happen to MAF.

Tomorrow night on FSN they will have a new spotlight special named Pens Faceoff: Season in Review. Dan Potash will host and take the fans through the entire preseason, regular season and post season. Should be a really good show so tune into FSN and check it out tomorrow night at 7:30.

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