June 23, 2011

Baseball Blurbs: 6-23


It rained in Boston. It poured in Boston. But four game delays weren't enough to stop an overpaid headcase from serving up another soft toss softball game to one of the National League's worst teams. Gross. Here are last night's blurbs.

San Diego 5 Boston 1

John Lackey lacks talent


Another day, another 30 WTF moments. Common occurrence when this guy takes the hill. A lead off home run to start the game. 4 runs against 1 out in the 4th inning. All in all, 5 runs, 4 hits, and 4 walks in just 3.1, entertaining fans who sat through 4 rain delays. Glad to see that 5 year $82.5 million contract is paying off.

NY Yankees 4 Cincinnati 2
Cincinnati 10 NY Yankees 2


Freddy Garcia isn't terrible

Going into this season, I laughed hysterically at the thought of Bartolo Colon or Freddy Garcia in the Yankees rotation (completely ignoring the fact that Dice-K and Lackey are just as bad except 200,000 times as expensive). But neither have been too bad. In fact, Garcia has a 3.30 ERA. Sure he's 6-6, but outings like game 1 of last night's double header (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, and 4Ks) are more than enough with that lineup.

Who the hell is Chris Heisey?

If you're team can't score to save its life, its pretty embarrassing when it takes a day-night doubleheader to realize you've been benching some offensive pop. Enter Red Chris Heisey, a not quite everyday starter for Cincy, who blasted three bombs to help the Reds blow out the Yanks. Might be time to keep this guy starting at leadoff.

Pittsburgh 5 Baltimore 4

Buck Showalter is apathetic to failure


On Tuesday: "We had some opportunities," Showalter said. "I'm proud of the way [Guthrie, who got smacked around with 11 hits and 5 ER in 6 IP] gave us some innings. He hung in there."

Last Night: ""It was a tough play, and we're compassionate about it," Showalter said. [after a Buckner-esque error from rookie Blake Davis allowed 2 runs to score] "We could have done a lot of things in this game that could have made that play not matter."

Bro. Just because there's no crying in baseball doesn't mean you can't make your players cry. If a player who's getting dump truck of money sucks or blows it...he deserves the blame. End of story.

Atlanta 5 Toronto 1

This guy was coming off the DL?


Brandon Beachy kicked ass for the Bravos in his first day back since a strained oblique put him on the DL May 15th. The rookie mowed down 11 via K and only gave up 4 hits and a run in 6 innings.

Tampa Bay 6 Milwaukee 3

Oh hi David Price


It hasn't been the best year for David Price, as aside from May 27th against Cleveland he hasn't really looked like the Rays ace. But his 8 inning 10 K performance last night against the BrewCrew might be a sign of him getting into a groove.

Or another sign of Quadruple A the NL being hopelessly inferior to the AL.

Detroit 7 LA Dodgers 5

Austin Jackson's glove FTW


He didn't start. But Jackson came off the bench in the bottom of the ninth. And with two outs and the bases loaded for LA, he made a great over the shoulder catch. He made it look easy. Watch.

Washington 2 Seattle 1

The Nationals are .500? WTF?


They looked like they were in serious trouble a couple weeks ago. But since then they've won 10 of 11, and are at .500 for the first time since 2005. And they did it without Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper. Is this real life?

Meanwhile, Poor Eric Bedard. Dude has a 2.93 ERA and he's 4-5 because of the classic Seattle "King Felix" treatment (IE: they never score...ever).

Cleveland 4 Colorado 3

Chris Perez is a damn good closer

He struck out Jason Giambi, then Troy Tulowitzki, and eventually (after a double from Seth Smith) got Ty Wigginton (who had two homers earlier) to fly out to end the game. That makes it 18 saves in 19 chances for Perez. Not bad.

PS: The Cleveland bullpen calls themselves "The Bullpen Mafia". I believe a "you're not cool" slap is in order.

LA Angels 6 Florida 5

The Marlins: Where Terrible Happens Volume 1


22 games. 20 losses. They're really giving Houston a run for their money.

NY Mets 3 Oakland 2 (13)

Mets lose win a game with a flukey ending


This has got to be the miracle. The Mets winning an extra inning game? And the winning run got knocked in on by a hit batter? Yep definitely a miracle.

ChiSox 4 ChiCubs 3

No Tantrums. No Brawls. No Rants. No Relevance.


Jake Peavy had an okay game in his first one back from the DL. And apparently he and AJ Pierzynski had a heated exchange after Peavy was pulled. But after neither proceeded to beat the sh*t out of each other, everyone (me) stopped caring.

Arizona 3 Kansas City 2

Ian Kennedy Killing it


Kennedy threw six, allowing just 1 run on 8 hits with 4 Ks. He lowered his ERA to 2.90. In his past 13 starts, he is 7-1 with a 2.16 ERA. All-Star Game anyone? I bet the Yankees miss him right now.

San Francisco 5 Minnesota 1

Speaking of all-stars...


Ryan Vogelsong is dominating for los Gigantes. Last night he allowed just 1 ER in 7 innings, improving to 5-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.86. He'd lead the Majors in ERA if he had enough innings pitched, something he can reach in his next start. Not bad for someone who didn't make the team for opening day.

Philadelphia 4 St. Louis 0

Cardinals without Pujols = Screwed


Sure its only been two games. But the Redbirds have only scored 2 runs since The Machine went down. You can blame Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee all you want, but the Cardinals have been pitching well too (if you take out Tuesdays eighth inning meltdown).

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