Archive for September, 2010

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Week 3 Picks

  1. NY Jets at Miami (Mia- 16-13 OT)
  2. Dallas at Houston (Hou- 27-24)
  3. Green Bay at Chicago (GB- 34-27)
  4. Atlanta at New Orleans (NO- 23-17)
  5. Tennessee at NY Giants (NYG- 20-16)
  6. Indianapolis at Denver (Ind- 30-20)
  7. Philadelphia at Jacksonville (Phi- 27-20)
  8. Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (TB- 10-6)
  9. Detroit at Minnesota (Min- 27-10)
  10. San Diego at Seattle (SD- 24-13)
  11. San Francisco at Kansas City (KC- 17-14)
  12. Washington at St. Louis (Was- 19-17)
  13. Cleveland at Baltimore (Bal- 30-6)
  14. Cincinnati at Carolina (Cin- 16-6)
  15. Oakland at Arizona (Ari- 23-14)
  16. Buffalo at New England (NE- 48-10)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NCAA Football Preview- Week 4

  • (1) Alabama at (10) Arkansas

 

This would be quite a Heisman statement in Mallett can somehow lead his troops to a win in this one.

Ark- 34-31

  • (24) Oregon State at (3) Boise State

 

Virginia Tech is rapidly dropping down the rankings.  Oregon State suddenly becomes Boise’s toughest opponent.

BSU- 37-27

  • (12) South Carolina at (17) Auburn

 

Tough road test for the Cocks.  I’m not sure what to make of Auburn’s Cameron Newton.

SC- 20-16

  • (5) Oregon at Arizona State

 

I liked what I saw out of Arizona State last week against Wisconsin.  Oregon however has their mascot doing a lot of pushups.

Ore- 44-23

  • (22) West Virginia at (15) LSU

 

Baton Rouge at night, hmmmm.

LSU- 27-20

  • (16) Stanford at Notre Dame (Stan- 38-30)
  • North Carolina at Rutgers (Rut- 21-20)
  • California at (14) Arizona (Ari- 34-19)
  • (8) Oklahoma at Cincinnati (Ou- 51-34)
  • Temple at (23) Penn State (PSU- 23-17)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Week 2 Picks

  1. New England at New York Jets (NYJ- 22-19 ot)
  2. Pittsburgh at Tennessee (Ten- 20-15)
  3. NY Giants at Indianapolis (Ind 34-24)
  4. Baltimore at Cincinnati (Cin- 20-17)
  5. New Orleans at San Francisco (SF- 31-26)
  6. Houston at Washington (Was- 17-13)
  7. Philadelphia at Detroit (Phi- 27-17)
  8. Arizona at Atlanta (Atl- 20-9)
  9. Miami at Minnesota (Min-24-10)
  10. Chicago at Dallas (Dal- 26-21)
  11. Seattle at Denver (Den- 24-13)
  12. Jacksonville at San Diego (SD- 34-17)
  13. Tampa Bay at Carolina (Car- 23-14)
  14. Kansas City at Cleveland (Cle- 27-23)
  15. St. Louis at Oakland (Stl- 13-9)
  16. Buffalo at Green Bay (GB- 41-13)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NCAA Football Preview- Week 3

  • (9) Iowa at (24) Arizona 

If Iowa wants the Big 10 Crown and a possible trip to the Rose Bowl, this would be a nice road win to pick up. 

(Nick Foles)

Iowa- 27-20 

  • (12) Arkansas at Georgia 

It’s a tough start for the Dogs as they start SEC play with back to back ranked opponents.  This game’s at home, and they need it. 

UGA- 24-20 

  • (8) Nebraska at Washington 

This is a nice little test for the Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse duo, but I think they come up short. 

Neb- 19-17

  • (6) Texas at Texas Tech 

Let’s see what Garret Gilbert’s got.  Lubbock is a tough place to play, especially for the Longhorns. 

TT- 41-33 

  • Notre Dame at Michigan State 

Notre Dame gets a back to back with the Michigan schools.  

MSU- 38-31 

  • Clemson at (16) Auburn  (Aub- 23-10)
  • (23) Houston at UCLA  (Hou- 34-24)
  • (3) Boise State at Wyoming (BSU- 38-10)
  • BYU at Florida State (FSU- 34-23)
  • Cal at Nevada (Nev- 27-24)

Back to the Old King Cole

Cole Hamels has been absolutely dominant the 2nd half of the season, especially his last 4 starts where he’s 4-0 with a .76 ERA.  Baseball is all about making adjustments; batters adjust to pitchers, and the pitchers adjust to batters.  That’s exactly what Hamels has done this season.    

Hamels came onto the national stage in 2008 with a superb postseason.  He won the NLCS and World Series MVP awards.  In five starts, Hamels went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.  In the regular season, Hamels went 14-9 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 196 K’s in 227.1 IP.  Even in 2007, Hamels went 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.  

In 2009, the hitters adjusted to Hamels and got to him.  Cole saw significant decreases in his statistics.  During the regular season, Hamels struggled, going 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  All season long, the fans just assumed that Cole would regain his 2008 form in the postseason.  It didn’t happen.  In the playoffs, Cole struggled in 4 starts posting a 1-2 record with a 7.58 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. 

This year, Cole is back to being Old King Cole.  Don’t look at the record (11-10); he doesn’t get any run support.  So far this season, as of today, Hamels has a 3.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP with a career-high 201 K’s in 194.2 IP. 

So, what is Cole doing differently this season?  There are actually a couple of different things.  Some people think that Hamels tired out last year after throwing 227.1 innings in 2008.  In my opinion, I just think the batters adjusted to Hamels.  

Let’s go back to 2007 and 2008.  Hamels was strictly a 2-pitch pitcher; the fastball and changeup.  He had a 90-93 mph fastball to go along with that devastating changeup.  Last year, Cole tried to add a curveball to his repertoire, but he clearly didn’t feel comfortable throwing it.  The tilt on it wasn’t great when he threw it.  

This year, Hamels has finally adjusted to the hitters.  He’s now a 4-pitch pitcher; the fastball, cut fastball, curveball and changeup.  His velocity on his fastball is way up over recent years.  Over the last month, the fastball has been approximately 92-96 mph.  He’s also mixed in the cutter and curveball more and more often.  To show you this, I’ve gathered some statistical information to show you that he’s indeed incorporated the cutter and curveball more as the season has gone along.  I have 2 sets of data, the percentage of times he’s thrown each pitch over the season, compared to his last 5 starts. 

            2010 MLB Season

Fastball-           58%

Changeup-       26%

Curveball-        9 %

Cutter-               4 %

            Last 5 Starts

Fastball-           53%

Changeup-       24%

Curveball-        9%

Cutter-              14%

As you can see, he’s getting much more comfy using and locating the cut fastball.  He’s hitting the glove with the pitch on a fairly consistent basis.  The curveball percentage has been the same throughout the season, but the tilt on the pitch has enhanced drastically.  Last night was arguably his best start of the season.  He went 6.2 IP with 13 strikeouts.  He’s putting it all together. 

When it comes to the mental part of the game, Hamels has definitely matured.  He’s now 26, married with a newborn child.  Even when I watched last night’s game, Hamels complained on a couple occasions on some pitches.  In year’s past this would come back to haunt him.  Not last night, he’s the calmest I’ve ever seen him during his career. 

 

We saw it all the time.  Hamels would cruise through 5 innings, and then have his patented “Blow-up” inning.  His face would look much like the image above.  The innings would start with either an error in the field, or a bad-umpiring call.  His emotions would get the best of him.  He’s learned to control those emotions. 

As the Phillies head towards what looks like another postseason appearance, Cole is an intrical part of the rotation.  If he can pitch the way he did in 2008’s postseason, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Phillies could be holding up another World Series crown by season’s end.

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Playoff and Super Bowl Picks

NFC East

  1. Dallas (11-5)
  2. Philadelphia (9-7)
  3. NY Giants (8-8)
  4. Washington (6-10)

NFC North

  1. Minnesota (12-4)
  2. Green Bay (9-7)
  3. Chicago (7-9)
  4. Detroit (3-13)

NFC South

  1. Atlanta (11-5)
  2. New Orleans (9-7)
  3. Carolina (6-10)
  4. Tampa Bay (4-12)

NFC West

  1. Arizona (9-7)
  2. San Francisco (8-8)
  3. St. Louis (4-12)
  4. Seattle (3-13)

AFC East

  1. NY Jets (11-5)
  2. New England (10-6)
  3. Miami (8-8)
  4. Buffalo (3-13)

AFC North

  1. Baltimore (12-4)
  2. Cincinnati (9-7)
  3. Pittsburgh (9-7)
  4. Cleveland (5-11)

AFC South

  1. Indianapolis (14-2)
  2. Tennessee (8-8)
  3. Houston (8-8)
  4. Jacksonville (4-12)

AFC West

  1. San Diego (10-6)
  2. Denver (10-6)
  3. Oakland (6-10)
  4. Kansas City (5-11)

Wild Card Weekend

  • NFC- (6) Philadelphia at (3) Dallas
  • NFC- (5) Green Bay at (4) Arizona
  • AFC- (6) Denver at (3) NY Jets
  • AFC- (5) New England at (4) San Diego

Divisional Weekend

  • NFC- (4) Arizona at (1) Minnesota
  • NFC- (3) Dallas at (2) Atlanta
  • AFC- (5) New England at (1) Indianapolis
  • AFC- (3) NY Jets at (2) Baltimore

Championship Weekend

  • NFC- (2) Atlanta at (1) Minnesota
  • AFC- (2) Baltimore at (1) Indianapolis

SUPER BOWL XLV

  • Indianapolis vs Minnesota (Ind- 34-20)

 

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Season- Week 1 Picks

It’s in order from the games I look forward to most.

  1. Baltimore at NY Jets (Bal- 20-13)
  2. Cincinnati at New England (NE- 34-27)
  3. Atlanta at Pittsburgh (Atl- 19-13)
  4. Indianapolis at Houston (Ind-30-27)
  5. Green Bay at Philadelphia (Phi- 33-24)
  6. Carolina at NY Giants (NY- 31-20)
  7. Dallas at Washington (Dal- 16-10)
  8. San Diego at Kansas City (Kc- 27-24 ot)
  9. Denver at Jacksonville (Den-20-6)
  10. San Francisco at Seattle (Sea- 20-17)
  11. Arizona at St. Louis (Ari- 23-16)
  12. Miami at Buffalo (Mia- 16-6)
  13. Oakland at Tennessee (Ten- 27-13)
  14. Detroit at Chicago (Chi- 30-23)
  15. Cleveland at Tampa Bay (TB- 13-12)