Showing posts with label Yadier Molina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yadier Molina. Show all posts

The Rangers are Headed to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in the World Series

At last, the Rally Claw meets the . Wonder who would win in a bench-clearing brawl...

The Texas Rangers didn't have to wait very long to see who they'd end up facing in the 2011 World Series. Just a day after they beat the Detroit Tigers to punch their ticket to the Fall Classic, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in Game 6 to send the Milwaukee Brewers packing for the offseason.

This matchup is going to be pretty awesome, pitting All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton against Albert Pujols, while guys like Nelson Cruz and David Freese have become household names as Championship Series MVP's. Then there's the relief corps, which can clearly handle just about any task put in their paths as the starters from both sides have been less than reliable recently.

NLDS Game 5: Chris Carpenter 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0

Let the keyword searches for "Shirtless Chris Carpenter" commence. (Thank you Nick Punto). It's amazing what seeing a man's abs can do for a girl...as if tossing a three-hit, complete game shutout to carry your team to the National League Championship Series in a must-win Game 5 isn't sexy enough.

Carpenter was out of control. Lights out. In command. Determined to pitch that entire game, and probably thrilled as hell that his teammates managed even one run off his offseason fishing buddy Roy Halladay.

Ben Francisco's Pinch Hit Homer Lifts Phillies over Cardinals in NLDS Game 3

Ben Francisco, pinch-hitting for starter Cole Hamels, came up big with a three-run shot off Jaime Garcia in the seventh inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 win Tuesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals for a 2-1 lead in their National League Division Series.

That was all the offense the Phillies needed behind Hamels, who earned his seventh postseason victory. He's no amateur. Reliever Ryan Madson entered in the eighth to get five outs and (barely) save Hamels' performance after going no more than one inning during his 32 regular season saves. He was pretty pumped about his outing:

"That was a lot of fun. I wish I was a lot better but I guess I was goof enough and that's all that matters."

Hamels was on fire after a rough September, striking out eight over six scoreless innings, with the only extra-base hits coming by way of two Albert Pujols doubles. You'll have that.

The NL Wild Card-winning Cardinals stranded 14 runners on base in front of a sell-out home crowd of 46,914, which is pretty disappointing considering how hard they worked to get to the playoffs in the first place. They attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh when David Freese nailed an RBI single off Hamels to put his team on the board before Yadier Molina added another run in the ninth off Madson with a base hit to center that scored Pujols, but it was too little-too late.

Heavily favored to win it all after a franchise-record 102-win season, the Phillies will attempt to finish off the Cardinals in Game 4 Wednesday night at 6:05pm ET on TBS. Roy Oswalt will get the ball again for Philadelphia against righty Edwin Jackson, who has faced the Phils just once in real life: a loss in which he gave up five runs on eight hits with two walks over five innings.

[Philadelphia Inquirer]


Yadier Molina Argues Balls and Strikes, Gets Suspended

You'd think after spending over seven seasons in the big leagues and having two brothers in the game, Yadier Molina would know better than to ump bump.

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher has been suspended for five games after making contact with plate umpire Rob Drake several times during the 10th inning of his team's 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night. Also, he was freaking out so bad after being called out on strikes, that he sprayed the poor guy (who was just doing his job) with spit while he yelled. Gross.


Benches Clear After Phillips Pops Off

A day after Brandon Phillips referred to the St. Louis Cardinals as a bunch of bitches, the dugouts and bullpens emptied in Cincinnati.

During the first inning of their Tuesday night game, the second baseman got into it with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the batter's box. Phillips took off his helmet and Molina removed his mask as things got heated.

Both benches and bullpens cleared, and a shoving-match ensued as Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker yelled at each other among the players before they both were ejected.

NL Gold Gloves Awards Announced

Ryan Zimmerman earned his first career Gold Glove on Wednesday, succeeding a buddy from his youth, New York Mets' third baseman David Wright. Back when Zimmerman was a shortstop in high school, the two were teammates on a youth team.

Zim led all big league third basemen with 325 assists, becoming just the second Washington player to win the award, joining catcher Earl Battey of the Senators, who won the honor in 1960. Zim's award is especially awesome since he came from a team with the worst fielding percentage in all of baseball. The Nationals also led the league in errors with 143. Awesome.

The Philadelphia Phillies nabbed two Gold Glove positions with Jimmy Rollins at shortstop (his third) and centerfeilder Shane Victorino getting his second straight award. St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina and San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez also became second-time winners.


Yadier Molina Alright after Smashing Face

Yadier Molina managed to avoid a serious injury after being taken out at the plate and carted off the field in a neck brace and body board.

The St. Louis Cardinals backstop held onto the ball for his life Sunday night as pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett slid hard into home during the 7-6, 10-inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Molina showed plate umpire Tim McClelland he still had the ball in his right hand just before collapsing into a pile, laying face-down for several minutes.

All of Molina's test results were negative, though he was held overnight with whiplash-like symptoms.

[STL Today]


Molina #3 Flips Out

Fuck you, fuck you... you're cool... fuck you, I'm out.
St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina was more than a little unhappy with home plate umpire Paul Schrieber Monday.

Catching the fifth inning of the 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the little Molina was tossed for arguing balls and strikes on the Corey Hart at bat, leading him to relocate his gear to a frumpy pile at Blue's feet.

Cards skipper Tony La Russa, despite being surrounded by Molina's discarded equipment while defending his player and getting himself ejected, denies knowing his catcher took it off until he left the field.

I hear eye sight is the first to go, then one day, you're wandering the streets in your bathrobe.

[Bare Baseball]


Cards Lock Up Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina, one of the best defensive catchers in the game, and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $15.5 million, four-year contact Monday.

The 25-year-old All-Star picked off 50% of potential basestealers last season, and hit a career-best .275 with six homers and 40 RBIs over 111 games. He missed a good chunk of time due to a broken left wrist.

"I love being here. I love being a Cardinal," he said.
Molina had asked for more than a $2 million raise in salary arbitration while the Cards had offered $1.85 million. Righty Todd Wellemeyer is the final player on the roster remaining in arbitration. He asked for a raise from $635,000 to $1.3 million, but was offered $875,000.