Sunday, July 15, 2012

MLB Halfway to October

 Well here we are once again at the half way point of the MLB season. As usual we'll look back on my preseason predictions and see how I'm fairing. First off this season has been crazy there have been so many injuries at the beginning of June there had to be 10-15 pitchers going under the knife for Tommy John surgery on their throwing arm. Overall I'm not doing to bad with the exception of Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and the Phillies.   


 Lets start with the good story and I'm happy to say with Ozzie now keeping Miami in the basement in the NL the White Sox have been a nice surprise. Adam Dunn and Jake Peavy are back to their old selves and it shows. Peavy along with Chris Sales, have been terrifying batters. Adam Dunn is hitting again so it looks like last year may have been a fluke. Now with the addition of Kevin Youklis I think they will be competing and could challenge the Yankees. 


 The team that has been the hardest hit has been the Toronto Blue Jays they have lost  3 of their top starts for the season, lucky for them the Yankees had struggled early in the season when they had the full staff. The American League East is still pretty tight and even the Red Sox could surge, having Elsbury and Crawford Back should help the offense. The Pitching staff has been terrible and I wouldn't be unhappy if the Red Sox traded Beckett or Lester. The Phillies have been the biggest surprise I never saw them being this bad, the starting infield has been on and off of the Disabled list. 


The other feel good story of the surging Pirates, I don't think they can keep it up, but they are going to make it hard for those teams in the NL Central. Baltimore the other bridesmaid that has been giving Tampa a hard time I don't think they can keep it up, this year. In the NL East is going to be a fight to the finish between Washington and Atlanta (win one more for Chipper), Mets have been surprising but they are starting to fade. 


The NL West will be a three way battle you just wait and see, it's going to look like the old 3 team AL East battles. The other fierce fight is going to be between Texas and the Angels. I think the days of the East dominating the play offs is gone. I think if the Yankees face Texas or the Angels they are going to be out gunned on the mound and at the plate. 


 I posted the current standings below as of Monday 09 July 2012. 

 American League Regular Season Standings 
Eastern Division
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
New York
52
33
-
.612
Baltimore
45
40
7
.529
Tampa Bay
45
41
7.5
.523
Toronto
43
43
9.5
.500
Boston
43
43
9.5
.500

Central Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Chicago
47
38
-
.553
Cleveland
44
41
3
.518
Detroit
44
42
3.5
.512
Kansas City
37
47
9.5
.440
Minnesota
36
49
11
.424

Western Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Texas
52
34
-
.605
Los Angeles
48
38
4.0
.558
Oakland
43
43
9
.500
Seattle
36
51
16.5
.414



National League Regular Season Standings 
Eastern Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Washington
49
34
-
.590
Atlanta
46
39
4
.541
New York 
46
40
4.5
.535
Florida
41
44
9
.482
Philadelphia 
37
50
14.0
.425

Central Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Pittsburgh
48
37
-
.565
Cincinnati
47
38
1
.553
St. Louis8
46402.5.535
Milwaukee 40458
.471
Chicago
33
45
15
.388
Houston
38
50
15.5
.384

Western Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Los Angeles
47
40
-
.540
San Francisco
46
40
0.5
.535
Arizona
42
43
4
.494
San Diego
34
53
13
.391
Colorado
33
52
13
.388

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I Spy With My Eye...

Just some random pictures I've taken over the last month. Enjoy 

 Bug
 Eggplant Blossom
Wrapture 
 Pollen
 Stima
 Awe Pretty
 Weird bug, probably packing a deadly poison. Ouch 
Lightening Strike

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Birthday America


Happy 4th of July Everyone!!! Okay everyone in the US, I hope the rest of the world you are not working to hard. Ryan has been off this week and I'm well still looking for full time employment. Last night we went to the Atlanta Braves game where we got totally soaked before the game. After an hour rain delay, they still got revenge on the Chicago Cubs from the loss the night before, Braves won 10-1.

On the menu for tonight we'll be having standard of Burgers with fries and for dessert I made some homemade Cherry ice cream (recipe is listed below). Then we'll probably watch the Braves and Cubs game again, tonight we'll watch from home. Where ever you are I wish you a safe and happy holiday.

Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

You can also try making this ice cream with yogurt instead of cream. Heat the cherries, sugar, salt, and milk first. Then let cool. Add 1 3/4 cup of full-fat yogurt and purée. Everything else is the same except no need to add lemon juice.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted ripe sweet cherries (from about 3/4 lb cherries)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Amaretto, cherry liqueur, or rum (optional)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine, keep in freezer until used (optional)

METHOD

1 Put cherries, milk, one cup of the cream, sugar, and salt into a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat until the mixture is steamy, then lower the heat to warm and just let sit for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a blender, or use an immersion blender, and carefully purée. (Careful because you are dealing with a hot liquid. Make sure you hold the cap down on the top of the blender while puréeing.)
2 Put mixture into a large bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup of cream. Chill for several hours in the refrigerator until completely cold. (Can also place bowl over an ice bath, to speed up the cooling process.)
3 Before putting the mixture into your ice cream maker, stir in the lemon juice and the Amaretto or other liqueur if you are using. Note that you can skip the alcohol if you want, but the addition of it will help the ice cream from getting too icy, and the amaretto can add a nice flavor boost to the ice cream. Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
4 Once the ice cream has completed churning, the ice cream should be pretty soft. Gently fold in the finely chopped chocolate. Put in an airtight container and place in the freezer for at least an hour, preferably several hours.
Makes about one quart.


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