David Wells is a real renaissance
man. First, he was cast as the “Charles Barkley-type” for MLB coverage
on TBS. Now, he’s a guest columnist for the New York Post during the
World Series. In his newest piece entitled “City of Brotherly Love? My Butt!”,
the former Yankee southpaw has Philadelphia in his crosshairs:
They are angry people. It’s going to be tough, because they are very
vocal, foul and can maybe cause havoc on some of the younger guys, but
I don’t think they will give the Yankees any problem. The only problem
will be for these Phillies fans, when they lose. The Yankees will shut
I put Philadelphia, Cleveland and Oakland atop my list for the worst fans in baseball, with Philadelphia No. 1.
I won’t spoil it all here, but go
ahead and read about Wells’ visit to the friendly confines of Citizens
Bank Park during the postseason with TBS. Big Cal Ripken fans out there.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.
It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation.
First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit .167. And now Kansas City has left Gomes off the ALDS roster.
It makes sense, though. Gomes’ only real use to the Royals would be as a pinch-hitter versus left-handed pitching, but manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-hits and will no doubt be more willing to use 25th man Terrance Gore as a pinch-runner in the late innings.
Beyond that, not many surprises on the Royals’ roster for their series against the Astros. They went with 11 pitchers, which means both Chris Young and Kris Medlen are on the roster. Jeremy Guthrie is not.