Friday, August 17, 2012

Kickoff Awaits, by Casey Mitchell

This is Casey Mitchell guest blogging for ST today. Ranked #5 in the Preseason USA Today Poll, the Ducks are just a couple of weeks away from kickoff against Arkansas St. at Autzen Stadium. Still with the quarterback situation uncertain between Bennett and Mariota, I think it will be hard to go wrong with either player. Bryan Bennett was 2-0 as a starter last season when Thomas went down, but Mariota had a much better performance in the Spring Game. As for the running situation without LaMichael James, it will be up to Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas to carry the load. We all know about the talent that both of them have, Kenjon being the backup to LaMichael for the last three years and DAT with his breakout freshman year averaging over 10 yards per carry. This year's non-conference games should be an easy 3-0 going into Pac-12 play.
Just when you thought everything was going fantastic for the San Francisco Giants, everything falls apart again. In Pablo Sandoval's first game back from the DL, the Giants finally had a lineup with Melky, Posey, Panda and Pence in the same lineup. That one day was the last time that would happen this season. Just when the offense clicks to compliment the great pitching staff, Melky Cabrera had to follow traditions of great San Fran left fielders. Cabrera is now suspended for 50 games for use of testosterone, when there is only 45 games remaining in the regular season. The Melk Man, a fan favorite by the bay, was hitting .346 this season, second to only Andrew McCutchen who is having a career season of his own. Cabrera who is a free agent at the end of the season, is eligible to come back to the team during the NLCS, but two things are wrong with that. The Giants now have to MAKE the playoffs without their batting leader, and do they really want him back after 50 games without play? Plus, what kind of player will he be without the PEDS.

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