Deep thoughts: Sept. 12
? Just when it looked like Chris Carpenter was going to roll away with the National League Cy Young Award, Dontrelle Willis swooped in Monday night to lay his claim to the hardware. The D-Train did it all in an 8-2 win over the Astros. He won his sixth straight start, pitching his seventh complete game of the year. He hit his first tater of the year, a monstrous two-run homer. And he gave the dangerous Marlins the NL Wild Card lead.
I still think Carpenter gets the nod, but Willis is having an MVP-type season. Too bad the NL has a bevy of candidates in Andruw Jones, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.
? How many times am I going to say this: David Ortiz is the clutchest player in baseball. Every time the Red Sox need a big hit, Big Papi delivers. Ortiz homered twice Monday, including an 11th-inning shot that lifted Boston past the Jays, 6-5. Big Papi may just get the AL MVP Award over A-Rod.
? Barry’s back. Making his 2005 debut for the Giants, Barry Bonds went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Monday’s 4-3 win over the Padres. Bonds nearly homered in his first at-bat, but a fan reached below the wall to snare the ball, and it was called a ground-rule double. The dumb fan got tossed for the move.
? “Reunion” on FOX is my new guilty pleasure of the fall season.
? I rolled to wins in both of my Fantasy Football Leagues this weekend.