- 07/17/2010, 05:51AM ET
ColoNative said 07/17, 05:51 AM
Pick the best MLB game to be aired on 24 July on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) - FROM the choices below.
The Armed Forces Network (AFN) allows viewers to vote for 'The Game of the Week'; the game that gets the most votes will then be aired.
Here is a link to the site:
AFN has access to all of the games but only has enough slots to air a few. Most of the time, and to my frustration, there is no rhyme nor reason to the games that are selected. One is just as likely to see two non-playoff-contending-teams as he is to see a great game.
The games that are currently being voted on are:
Colorado Rockies @ Philadelphia Phillies
Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Minnesota Twins @ Baltimore Orioles
San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays @ Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays @ Detroit Tigers
I voted for the Colorado Rockies @ Philadelphia Phillies and I say that it is the best game being played, from the available choices, on that day.
BringThePain said 07/17, 11:26 AM
This is a tough argument because these are some really bad choices after Philly vs Colorado.
But I would say as a whole that the fans want to see high scoring games as opposed to good pitching. Especially on AFN, I would guess these guys want a fast paced game with lots of action.
There will be alot more runs scored with Toronto and Detriots pitching. You have Verlander and Romero and thats about it as far as really good pitchers. With Philly and Colorado, you have Halladay, Jimenez, Hamelsand Moyer.
With Toronto vs. Detriot you get the lots more offense, especially with all of Philly's injuries. Bautista and Cabrera are 1st and 2nd in HRs, Cabrera and Boesch are 2nd and 4th in average and Cabrera is 1st in RBIs. Thats all of MLB not just AL.
There will be alot of offense in these games and has the potential for alot more exciting games with lots of long balls and runs scored!
BRING THE PAIN
ColoNative said 07/17, 06:58 PM
Potential for offense? Here are the runs scored thus far in 2010 by each of the teams:
Toronto - 403
Detroit - 403
Philly - 419
Colorado - 432
Both Philly and Colorado have higher run totals than your two teams. Statistically, more potential for runs/action at the Philly/Colorado game.
Now with that being said, there is also the potential for GREAT pitching at the Philly/Colorado game. Jimenez will likely be Colorado's starting pitcher (he is starting on the 19th - rest 20, 21, 22, 23 - pitch on the 24th).
Jimenez is having one of those seasons where one feels like he has the potential to throw a no-hitter every start.
Let's say Jimenez does not have good game - then the game is interesting because the leading NL CY Young candidate is getting knocked around and only his second lose. The Rockies are also an exciting come-from-behind team. Potential for exciting 8th/9th innings or even extra innings.
No matter what the scenario - the Philly/Colorado game is better than the Toronto/Detroit game.
BringThePain said 07/17, 10:00 PM
"No matter what the scenario - the Philly/Colorado game is better than the Toronto/Detroit game." That is ALMOST true, which is why ths TD is rigged!
The reason the Jays are not going to have as many runs scored as the Phillies or Rockies is because they play in the toughest division in baseball. With the way their offense puts out runs, they would be way up there if not for having to go against the best teams in baseball day in and day out! Toronto has more HRs than any team in baseball by 16. Thats a huge margin!
The Tigers are a very unpredictable team, but they do have the potential on any given night to light up the scoreboard. They also have 2 AL MVP candidates, one of who should be a landslide for ROY.
If Jimenez starts against Halladay, then you have a game worth watching! But if Jimenez starts against Kyle Kendrick, which is who it looks like would be the starter that night, then you most likely have a game with no other appeal accept can Jiminez get another win. With the Jays and Tigers, you can at least tune in to see who can outslug the other.
BRING THE PAIN
ColoNative said 07/18, 02:38 AM
The Colorado/Philly game has the all around better potential to be a better series.
The Col/PHI game will have:
- Jimenez starting (win or lose - Jimenez is a great story)
- Two very exciting teams (high scoring teams, come from behind and home run potential)
- Jimenez vs. Ryan Howard
The COL/PHI series is also an underrated rivalry:
In 2007 the Rockies swept the Phillies in the NLDS. Many thought - myself included - that the Phillies were the best team in the NL in 2007 but they ran into Colorado when they were riding a buzzsaw.
In 2008, the Phiilies won the WS, Colorado missed the playoffs.
In 2009 the Phiilies again met the Rockies in the NLDS on their way to another WS.
Both the Rockies and the Phillies are contenders for their division and for the wildcard. As of today, the Rockies are .5 games from the WC and the Phillies are 1.5.
The Rockies are more likely to win the NL West than the Phillies are to win the East. The Braves are pretty good and will likely win the NL East - the Phillies need the WC more than the Rockies.
Bottom line - the Col/PHI game is far better than the TOR/DET game.
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