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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 1, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

Danny Espinosa, Michael Morse

Nationals 10, Phillies 2: Danny Espinsosa had two homers as the Nats teed off on Cliff Lee. The Cliff Lee with the losing record and and ERA creeping up near 4.00.  Hmmm. Oh, and there was a brief injury delay involving Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of the 8th. After the game Charlie Manuel described it: “He got hit in the crystals. Better him than me.”  God, I love Charlie Manuel.

White Sox 10, Red Sox 7: Chicago had a 10-1 lead heading into the eighth inning when Phil Humber started to unravel. But at some point a lead is too big to fritter away, and this one was unfritterable. Alexi Ramirez was 4 for 5 with 3 RBI. Chicago has won six straight at Fenway.

Pirates 5, Mets 1: Also at some point: you just can’t win games when you don’t have any of your real major leaguers on your active roster. That said, R.A. Dickey pitched pretty well for a guy with a torn plantar fascia. Which, while I’m not entirely sure what it is, it doesn’t sound like something you want to tear.

Brewers 7, Reds 2: In Zack Greinke‘s last four starts he has allowed five, four, three and now two earned runs.  His next two opponents had best look out!

Indians 6, Blue Jays 3: Every time I see a Mitch Talbot line score (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) I think of Mitch Hedberg. And yes, I think Bigfoot is blurry. That’s the problem. And that’s extra-scary to me, because there’s a large, out-of-focus monster.

Rays 5, Rangers 4:Arthur Rhodes really has no business facing righties who, coming into this game, were slugging .570 off him. Yet Ron Washington let him face Evan Longoria with a runner on base in the eighth inning. Longoria hit a two-run homer. Imagine.

Cardinals 4, Giants 3Skip Schumaker‘s go-ahead RBI single was the cherry on top of the Cardinals’ three-run eighth inning. In other news, Schumaker’s walk-up music is “The Stroke” by Billy Squier. Stick your right hand out and give that man a firm handshake.

Padres 5, Braves 4: Mike Minor probably deserved a better fate. He left with the game tied and a runner on first in the seventh. Cory Gearrin prompty let him in to score and then allowed the Padres to score two more after that. Ryan Ludwick had four hits.

Tigers 8, Twins 7: The Tigers scored the go-ahead run on a sac fly that wouldn’t have happened if Twins’ reliever Phil Dumatrait hadn’t thrown a bunted ball away. But hey, if there’s a team that is going to shoot themselves in the foot this year, it’s Minnesota. Two homers for Justin Morneau in a losing cause.

Astros 7, Cubs 3: Carlos Marmol got rocked for six runs in the ninth. Needless to say, the save was blown. Marmol faced seven hitters. He only got one out, and that was because the batter willingly surrendered himself with a sacrifice bunt. There are teams that lose more games than the Cubs, but there are not many who lose more ugly than they do.

Royals 7, Angels 3: Eric Hosmer drove in two and scored two and Jeff Francoeur drove in two more. Alex Gordon and Chris Getz both had three hits.

Mariners 3, Orioles 2: Jeremy Guthrie cruised for seven innings and then got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing Ichiro to reach on an error, giving up a single to Brendan Ryan and a three-run homer to Justin Smoak. All of the runs unearned, of course, but all of them are on Guthrie in reality.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2: Los Angeles continues its recent run-scoring binge. Matt Kemp drove in four and Casey Blake three more.

Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 2: Anibal Sanchez cools off the hot Dbacks, adding a couple of RBI to HHOC.

Yankees 10, Athletics 3: The A’s aren’t exactly giving the Yankees much of a hassle in this series. Mr. Anderson was lit up for ten runs on 11 hits. Curtis Granderson went 3 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI. A-Rod had three RBI of his own.

  1. bcopus - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    A friend said to me, “I think the weather is trippy.” I said, “No, man, it’s not the weather that’s trippy, perhaps it’s the way we perceive it.” And then I realized I just should have said, “Yeah.”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      I like the American-Canadian border, ’cause if you’re walking on the border with a friend, and you push your friend into Canada, he can’t push you back right away, ’cause first he has to go through customs. “What brings you to Canada?”:
      [Points to the side] “That asshole.”
      “When are you leaving?”
      “As soon as I regain my equilibrium!”

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:55 AM

        Alcoholism is a disease, but it’s the only one you can get yelled at for having. Goddamn it Otto, you are an alcoholic! Goddamn it Otto, you have Lupus! One of those two doesn’t sound right.

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM

        They don’t want to eat the fish, but they do want to make it late for something.

      • kopy - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        I wanna make a vending machine that sells vending machines. It’d have to be REAL f****** big!

      • rebarratige - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        I bought a donut and they gave me a receipt for the donut. I don’t need a receipt for the donut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut. End of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this.

      • Old Gator - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:28 AM

        That sounds a lot like what Ben and Jerry said to Jerry Garcia when they wanted to skip negotiating with Hal Kant over the rights to call their ice cream “Cherry Garcia,” but it doesn’t matter because Jerry Lives!

      • kopy - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        I can’t imagine a scenario where I’d have to say to a friend, “Dude, don’t even act like I didn’t get that donut. I have the documentation right here! … Oh wait, never mind. It’s at home… in the file… under ‘D'”.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    There’s a little bit of something for everyone in my post today. It’s a 3 parter.
    First Part - The Yankees won, the Red Sox lost and well unfortunately the Rays came back to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat the Rangers. Well as I’ve said once before 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
    Second Part - WOW what’s wrong with Cliff Lee? A 4-5 win/loss record an ERA approaching 4.00 and he has already walked more batters in 2 months this year then the entire year in 2010 and 2009. Right now it would seem like the Yankees made out like bandits by Lee choosing Philadelphia over the Yankees. He may have saved the Yankees a boatload of money.
    Third Part - It looks like the 2 consolidation prizes some might even say “booby prizes” the Yankees wound up with Colon and Gracia are both having better years so far than Lee and at a fraction of the cost and with no long term commitments. I guess Ruben Amaro, Jr. isn’t the genius all the Phillies fans thought he was and I guess Brian Cashman isn’t as dumb as people thought.
    Of course all of this is just my opinion.

    Just a side note for those of you who say wins and loses aren’t really a good way to judge a pitcher…and that maybe true. But I would like to point out that in 2010 Cliff Lee pitched the first part of that season 13 games for the Mariners in fact and went 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA and only 6 walks. And there is no more offensively challenged team in MLB then the Seattle Mariners. That to is just my opinion.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      It’s June 1st. Don’t really think one can make a judgement about the merits of various deals 1/3 of the way through a season.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      UYF, You of all people? Jaded? Wow….. You sound like the freshly dumped captain of the cheerleading squad… ;) And i don’t think anyone really thinks Cashman is dumb. Lee will get back to form, I just hope it’s well before mid June.

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        Maybe….Lee will be 33 in August, and he’s had only 4 good years in his career: 2005 and 2008-2010, and only one of those with a sub-3.0 ERA.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        Now you, I expect it from you paperlions. You seem to love to wish all kinds of terribleness on the Phills. Wait… Paper, did you just use ERA to judge a pitcher?? Naaa It couln’t be…. I must be dreaming…

        xFIP tells a much different story stat heads….
        Cliff Lee is ranked 4th best in the MLB , not the NL, but both leagues.
        And just an FYI, First place is Doc, second place is Hamels, overall pretty good for the Phills I’d say.

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        I’m not a believer in xFIP, or FIP just yet. The problem with them (I think) is that they make a bunch of assumptions about the defense played behind a pitcher as well as about the relative effectiveness of the pitcher from the wind up and stretch. Some guys give up more runs that you would expect by chance exactly because they are not as effective once in the stretch, not saying this applies to Lee, just that it does apply to many pitchers. There are pitchers that regularly out perform their xFIP and those that regularly under-perform compared to their xFIP…and people are starting to realize that those are real effects and not sample-size-related phenomena.

        And piss off…please find where I wish any kind of terribleness on anyone. What I am is realistic and grounded, I don’t get overly excited or pessimistic about small sample sizes. Saying things like “see, I told you that Howard’s contract was a bad idea” (which I haven’t said, well, I guess now I have) isn’t wishing anything on anyone, it just demonstrates an ability to accurately assess a situation as opposed to getting all emotional and defensive about a situation.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM

        Who’s getting defensive? I haven’t told anyone to piss off….. You’ve got issues dude, and it seems they revolve around cutting digs at everything Phillies related. Which is cool by me, it means they must be doing SOMETHING right.

        “There are pitchers that regularly out perform their xFIP and those that regularly under-perform compared to their xFIP…”

        And I do believe in x-fip, these are results of past performances, who said these things were created to tell the future anyway?? If you’re looking for that go talk to Miss Cleo.

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM

        Actually, xFIP is designed to be a better predictor of future performance by trying to isolate the pitcher ability. It has no use with respect to evaluating performance, what happened happened, it’s only potential utility is to project how a pitcher may do going forward.

        Sorry for getting defensive when you accuse me of wishing terrible things on Philly players or the team. Saying the Phillies have made some dumb decisions doesn’t mean I hope things don’t work out, it just means that I think the likelihood of things working out is low.

        I have issues? Who is so sensitive about unbiased perspectives of their rooting interest that they project onto those people a desire for terrible things to happen to their team? I took your comments as a joke, and meant “piss off” as the British use it (in a slightly joking, not particularly offended manner).

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

        Well no wonder you don’t like xFIP. You seem to expect it to predict future performance, which isn’t possible with the 10 million variables that can impact a person’s game. It is described as possibly the best predictor of future performances, and probably is, that doesn’t say people will vary not from this up or down. I say since it draws from past performances that’s exactly what it tells you. How they pitched previously. And that’s my point anyway from the get go. I mean c’mon dude. Only 4 good years huh? Is that why his War is + for all but 1 season and he was injured? It seems you version of “good” differs from everyone elses’. He’s had 2 seasons with an unfavorable WHIP. And you aren’t biased? Naaa not in the slightest.

        And the rest of that last post is nothing but spinning words, I’m not going to talk about perceived intent of words or anything else you’ll just try to spin around on. You just continue to be your “unbiased” self/ LOL!

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Simple test for you…right now, I will trade you Cliff Lee and his “boatload of money”(as if that really matters to the Yankers) for Bartolo Colon AND Freddie Garcia. Yes or no…THINK before you click that “Post Comment” button.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        Garcia was terrible in Philly. Mostly.

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM

        Would I rather have Lee for his contract or Colon and Garcia for theirs? If my team has salary limits to consider, I’ll take the short-term cheap guys over the super-highly paid soon to be 33 yr old.

      • phukyouk - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        not a chance in hell.. and its not about colon or garcia.. i dont want lee… never did never will.. he is OVERRATED and hes proving it each start. he had ONE good yr as an AL pitcher. the phils can keep him.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        Jonny, are you referring to that $10million win of his?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

        I forgot about that UT, thanks for reminding me. NOT!!! Wanna see something interesting, from even before last night’s batting practice session on Lee?

        http://crashburnalley.com/2011/05/31/cole-hamels-is-phillies-best-starter/

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        I forgot about that kinda UT. Damn. Check this out from before last night’s shelling of Lee.

        http://crashburnalley.com/2011/05/31/cole-hamels-is-phillies-best-starter/

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Philly fans shouldn’t hate Garcia because of his time there. They should hate the ownership for being too cheap to order a more recent MRI before trading for him.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        UT, I almost forgot thank you very much…

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        I was talking specifically about the Yankers…only a moronic yankers fan would rather have Colon and Garcia over Lee. Since when do the Yankers fans care about how much money they spend? Do any of you actually believe that Colon or Garcia will be effective in October? Seriously? Yeah they beat up on the A’s and the Orioles of the world in May. Wait until August when their hammies get tighter and their bellies get fuller. You will be begging for someone like Cliff Lee.

        Remember this gentlemen…the Phillies 4 aces are in cruise control right now. It’s hard to get motivated when you are facing the dreck that is known as the bottom of the NL Least. When the going gets tough, in October, Doc and Cliff will shine. The only question is whether the offense follows them.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        Chris, now normally I would respond to a poster who has as they say “thrown down the gauntlet”. However, to respond to someone who shows so little respect for the team I support that he can’t or won’t refer to them by their Official MLB name doesn’t deserve a response. You guessed it, that’s just my opinion. Have a nice day.

      • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        If Lee is on “cruise control”, someone ought to wake him and tell him to reset his speed, cause at this rate he is going no where in a hurry.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        uyf, I don’t even notice it anymore as it is ingrained in my system to call the Yankees the Yankers as much as it is to call the Mets the Mutts and the Nationals the Gnats.

        My apologies if I offended you in any way. I did not mean to hurt your feelings.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      Gentlemen, I just call them like I see them. Could things change over the course of the next month or 4 until the post season? Absolutely. But as of today, knowing what we know on June1, 2011 about what has transpired to date for this season it would be difficult to find fault with anything I posted above. And come on be honest guys we’re all entitled to little dig every now and then.
      BTW, as for my comment about “people” thinking Cashman was dumb. Then some of you apparently didn’t read any of the comments on this board when Cashman signed some or all of what I have affectionately called “reclamation” projects.
      I hope all of you know by now as I said at the start, I call them like I see them. My original comment was just that. But don’t worry should there be a reversal of fortunes I will be one of the first to point that out. That’s just my opinion.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        LOL!! Man I love “reclamation projects” myself. You can’t go wrong shelling out chump change for guys who may just turn out to be good. Win/ win imo. And UFY, I’m glad to see the digs coming from you sir, they are far and few between.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        Jonny 5, you were one of the few non Yankee fans as I recall that didn’t see any problem with the Yankees signing some of these guys.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM

      Don’t let them get to you, uyf. It’s just giving them a little payback for all their spring chants of “We got Cliff Lee nyah,nyah,nyah”. He’ll probably hit a couple of home runs for them next game.
      On more pertinent Universe matters, we’re beginning to get hits from everywhere, the circular lineup is beginning to re-emerge. Beep-beep is down to needing 17, at which point he’ll declare himself “The luckiest man on the face of the earth” and fall down a trapdoor behind 2nd.
      Misguided non-Universe fans don’t realize it, but we still have 3 weeks of spring training left before we get our season started.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM

        Don’t worry my friend. I won’t.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:05 AM

        AHHH shush Len!! A-Rod is overrated I heard. Just an FYI…..

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        Jonny Do I have to turn this car around?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM

        BTW, Jonny, you should have heard Ma & Pa Pinstripe last night on the ARod thing. Suzyn was at her apoplectic self, carrying on about all the voting players being jealous of him and Jeter. I thought she’d wound down by the 3rd inning, but then Mark Feinsand comes in the 5th and she gets all revved up again on him. John avoided the hissy fit by crawling under the desk and not remembering Tex had scored in the 6th.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        I just can’t get excited about results for “most overrated” players. I don’t get it. It’s so meaningless actually. It’s about winning games when it’s all said and done. Who cares about this? Even though it can be fun to discuss.

    • rebarratige - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      Twelve starts into the season, and you’re already carving Cliff Lee’s tombstone. I would, uh, hold off on that.

  3. kiwicricket - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    I only get a few games a week down these parts, so I very much look forward to the broadcast. The “world-wide leader in sports” trotted out Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe as a vocal pairing for the game. I might give baseball a bit of a rest for the next few days guys. I’m just not up for it.

    • bigxrob - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM

      Berman in awful. I’m sorry you had to deal with that garbage.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      Sorry man- I’ve been there and you’ll get past it, just be strong and don’t gouge out your ear drums with a pencil- that won’t stop the pain. On a serious note, If you start using lame 60’s rock & roll references while sounding like an old Jewish comedian, please seek immediate medical attention.

    • paperlions - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      Just turn the sound off.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      He made so many mistakes I was embarrassed by him. That’s right, not “for” him, but he made me embarrassed to be watching the game. Unfortunately, he’s got the call tonight as well.

    • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Kiwi, I too had to endure the audio. As people I like both, however, together they are worse than the sum of their parts. Berman’s stupid nicknames and Sutcliffe’s blithering commentary in which he jumps to ridiculous and unfounded conclusions borders on torture. The golden age of announcers has long since passed us by, where only Vince Scully (or his ghost, in what is apparently becoming a ghost town) remind us of what real broadcasts were like.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Another good one from Charlie last night; on Ross Gload and his inability to run apparently for the rest of the season, “I don’t know what I’m being with him. I don’t know if he can run or not. Evidently we didn’t think so because we put Kendrick in. I don’t know.” Good to see Charlie has a handle on things.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Yankees! Yankees! Yankees!

  6. Old Gator - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Feesh! Feesh! Feesh! Last night they were too embarrassed by their slapstick routines of the night before to play badly and scotched the Snakes.

    Anibal Sanchez continues to have a fine, fine year. Logan Morrison gets pissed off about the Chihuahua yipping at his Twitter career and crushes one for spite. Leo Nunez earns his league-leading 19th save. One more day of watching out for invisible horned toads and the Feesh come home to their beloved fire ants.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      Good, I hate the D-Bags and their lame arse fans.

  7. wonkypenguin - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I am truly hoping to see a quadruple play turned against the Twins this year. Sure, they don’t need 4 outs, but an exception can be made. Oh – and it’ll probably end the game. And it’ll probably happen in Detroit.

    • phukyouk - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM

      can it be the same game is when Cabrerra hits a 5 run HR while drinking a 5th and running the bases backwards… you know.. to keep it interesting.

      • wonkypenguin - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM

        Absolutely!

  8. kopy - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    What do we make about this Phil Humber character? Twins dropped him like a bad habit, and now he’s lighting it up for the South Side. 3.06 ERA, 0.975 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB, and currently a 1.8 WAR.

    His 4 earned against the red-hot Red Sox last night was his 2nd worst outing of the year, but he still got the W. He’s literally come out of nowhere. He’s not owned much in Fantasy BB, if that’s your thing, but the White Sox use a 6 man rotation until they take Danks out.

    • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      Hey Kopy; I saw Humber against the Jays. He’s awesome. Pinpoint control; doesn’t throw hard but changes speed real well and his tuff moves away from the hitters. He can move the ball both left and right. If you can, pay attention to that guy; he’s got a no hitter in him.

      Danks isn’t fit to carry Humbers’s shoes.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      He no-hit my Yanks through 7 or 8, I believe. He’s looking good. If you can shut down the bats of the AL East, you’re doing something right.

      • phukyouk - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        ummmm… lets be honest.. it was during the dead wood (hehe) time this season. not to take away from it cause it was 7 no hit innings but still. lets see if he has anything left after the break and THEN i may be convinced.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        I’m not calling for his bust to be placed in Coopertown’s just yet. I just said he looked good against the Yankees and looked good against the Red Sox. It’s not like he was doing it against weak competition.

      • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        Did well enough against Joey the Bat and his boys too. They ain’t chicken feed.

      • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

        Didn’t actually come out of nowhere. He was the 3rd pick overall in the 2004 draft. At one time a “can’t miss” candidate, who missed for quite awhile before his re-incarnation this year in Chicago. Good for him.

    • The Rabbit - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      I actually do own Humber in two of my fantasy leagues . I picked him up when some of my regulars, Oswalt for example, went on the DL. He’s been exceptional.
      Humber ran out of gas in the 8th last night. Two of those four runs were thanks to the arrival of Will Oh-Man! He inherited Humber’s two base runners (2 outs, I think) and resorted to his usual “I’ll throw it down the middle and see how far a baseball will travel.” In this case, it was Big Papi and the ball went really, really far.
      A better reliever and Humber’s stats are 2 earned runs.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

        Yeah no kidding. My fantasy team was so pissed about that damn Will “I sucked on the Cubs and will continue to do so anywhere I play” Ohman HR. Quality Starts are huge in our league (more so than W’s and L’s) and the bastard killed Humber’s QS. What a complete dick!

      • The Rabbit - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        Hmmm….I thought his name was Will “I sucked on the Dodgers and will continue to do so anywhere I play” Ohman.
        My league is big on QS, too, but the bigger issue for me was the ERA hit.

  9. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    I simply could not believe that Ryan Franklin struck out the side last night. It might just be an abberation (and Salas has definitely earned the right to be used in high leverage situations), but damn the man with the goatee has got some pride. And nothing eases the pain of another puzzling Carpenter start better than coming back to win it on a weak infield dribbler from the Cardinals very own weak infield Schumaker.

    • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      No one, and I mean no one has been more critical of Schumaker than yours truly. That said, Schumaker’s ball was hit pretty well, and he did make a fine play an inning or so earlier. The rest of the time he was Schumaker. Our best line-up these days has Pujols at 3B, Craig at 2B, Jay in RF, Berkman 1B, until we have the lead and then move in our defensive unit.

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:53 PM

        Well with Holliday going to the DL most likely, it seems we will be seeing a lot more of Schu at 2B, with Craig taking Matt’s place in the outfield. But I totally agree. That lineup has is so good it’s almost scary.

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    The plantar fascia is the connective tissue which supports the arch of the foot. I had plantar fasciitis once and it is painful ,but more so just really uncomfortable. It is the worst in the mornings. You simply have to stay off of your feet and wear shoes with arch support, not walk barefoot, and stretch your feet routinely for weeks. I can’t imagine how the hell he plays with a torn plantar fascia even with pain meds and other treatment.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      He manages by eating cake.

      • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        Lots of cake. And throwing AT the pie eaters.

      • Alex K - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        R.A. has brains…he is an ice cream guy all the way.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        He’s gotta be a cake guy…with sorbet, maybe?

    • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      I think I read somewhere that acupuncture can relieve a lot of the pain. If anyone would know what to do its R.A.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        As a former sufferer, the modern therapy of ultra sound, electro stim, and a fresh tape job each day can really reduce the effects of plantar fascitis. MLB has gone from Jay Buhner being out months, to Albert Pujols and RA Dickey being able to play with the condition.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      An athlete in a lesser sport – one of the Manning brothers, I think – played through the pain for a good chunk of last season. Not sure how he did it, though apparently people in that sport are supposed to do that.

      • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Eli. He didn’t play well.

    • Alex K - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      It’s terrible, terrible pain.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      The Dickmaster is a pie man all the way. All knucklers are pie fanatics. It’s in the freakin’ Bible I tells ya!

      • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        “Let them eat cake”; it’s in friggin history, as opposed to a text on mythology (ducks lightening).

    • Old Gator - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      El bravo, drink two small bottles of Sambazon or Bom Dia acai juice, or a full smoothie made with fresh frozen acai pulp and blueberries or red grapes, for a couple of weeks next time it acts up. The polyphenols and anti-inflammatory antioxidants in acai torpedo plantar fasciitis faster than all the stretching and insole supports to which you can subject yourself. I used to get the damned thing periodically but since the acai regimen – which knocked it out in about a week – and the subsequent daily acai protein smoothie, it’s never returned in four years. And the stuff tastes really good too.

      Torn facia is a whole nuther animule, though.

  11. royhobbs39 - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    As a Nationals fan (yes, me again) …I see this as the start of a possible run to make up for the last few weeks. Look at their schedule up until the All-Star break. With the exception of a series against the Cards and a series against the Giants, the games are winnable. D’Backs, Mariners, O’s, Padres, Pirates, Cubs? Maybe Werth’s comments are going to inspire the team. Maybe they will trade Pudge and make a dumb move like putting Harper behind the plate. Maybe Livan will start not only eating up innings, but eat up quality innings. Maybe Drew Storen will show he can go two innings. Maybe Marquis will just continue to inexlicably win. Maybe Zimmerman will come back better than ever. Maybe runners will get on base for Nix. Maybe Straburg will quicken his already fast rehab pace. Maybe the Nats are really the team to beat in the NL East!

    Maybe the fumes have gone to my head…

    • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      I tend to agree. If they could get Desmond going, and get Zimmermann back their line-up they would be pretty formidable. Espinoza probably has the inside track for ROY, and with power from Nix, Morse, and Werth, there aren’t many easy outs.

    • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      Rumor has it that Coffey is hot property or liquid or something. In my humble opinion I say trade while the iron is hot, maybe a package with Pudge. As a NL Central observer, I have watched him asplode on a regular basis. Act now Nats!

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      Roy, I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but those teams you mentioned…D-Backs, Mariners, O’s, Padres, Pirates, Cubs…they all are saying the same thing about your Gnats. Especially since, you know, they all have a better record than the Gnats, including those pesky D-Backs, who happen to be in first place in the NL West.

      One game a run does not make, sir. Let them beat the Wizard of Oooooooswalt in about 20 minutes and then enjoy the 2 game winning streak. They don’t come around too often down in the Nation’s capital.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:39 PM

        You really do believe in your reverse whammy don’t you Chris? I may be as well.

  12. spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    After an awful performance by McClellan on Monday, and down two in the eighth to Vogelsong and the Giants on Tuesday Cardinalland was appearing gloomy, but low and behold the kids came through again. Jay doubles, Pujols does likewise, but Berkman cannot get him over and Rasmus flails away and our rally seems snuffed, but Craig then comes through with a double of his own into right center and we are tied. After an IBB to Molina, Schumaker rips one to the left of Sanchez who makes a fine play but with two people covering first, Lopez and Belt, the wrong one catches his throw and Schumaker in his head-first way slides in ahead of the toss. Then Salas comes in and shuts the door, 10 for 10 in save opportunities.

    We miss Holliday, but with Craig and Jay with OPS’s of .915 and .922 respectively, it is certainly easier to swallow. Pujols has had much better swings in the past three days so perhaps the funk has
    finally seen its end. They say all wins are the same, but I contend this one was special.

    • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      It is a tough injury to heal. I had it a couple of times, and then last year I really had it. 6 months of agony. Nothing seemed to work, no relief, then I woke up one day and gone, just like it disappeared in the past. It can be a rather mysterious malady.

      • spudchukar - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        Computer malfunction. This comment should be in response to the Plantar Fascitis post.

        McClellan will miss his next start due to a hip problem, which undoubtably contributed to his rare misstep on Monday.

  13. APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Mr. Anderson and the White Rabbit are pals, basically inseparable on the A’s bench. So that 10 run “effort” by Mr. Anderson was just his way of making the White Rabbit feel better about his losing performance on Memorial Day. Today Gio gets the start, and we’ll know what to expect from his performance if we see Braden in the Mausoleum, sling and all, whispering sweet nothings into his ear before the game.

    As for Mr. Anderson, evidently the rules really didn’t apply to him last night, as he disregarded conventional wisdom and decided to spend his evening placing the ball on a tee for the Yankees. This strategy often works in the AL West, where such powerful lineups as Seattle’s, 30th out of 30, often whiff on pitches like that. Unfortunately for Mr. Anderson, the Yankees are the #1 offense in baseball right now, and with his mysterious loss of 4 MPH in velocity and an inability to command the hard slider he’s left with spotting his reduced fastball and twirling his 3rd pitch, a curve, for strikes.

    No doubt there’s an incriminating memo from the Great and Powerful Beane instructing Mr. Anderson to avoid throwing any pitch that might hasten his seemingly inevitable return trip to Dr. Andrews, but I doubt that memo said anything about pitching exclusively up and out over the plate to the team leading MLB in homeruns by a wide margin.

    Make no mistake. The bombs the Yankees hit the last two nights have not been cheap. None of this “just over the yellow line” stuff. Tex, the Grandy Man, and Cano all launched their shots. And for those of you scoring at home, the air in Oakland, in addition to being clean, pure, and golden, is at sea level, slightly chilled, and yesterday a touch on the humid side. So carry was a problem. A problem the Yankees solved by providing more solid contact, more muscle, and greater bat speed to their blasts.

    Of course, even the Yankees cannot overcome the stagnant economy here. After Monday’s sellout, yesterday’s game was only 64% capacity. The cheering for the Yankees was far less pronounced than Monday. I guess Oakland’s “dynamic” pricing was too much for them as it is everyday for Oakland fans.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      Thanks for your usual fine op-ed. Two questions that were not thoroughly answered:
      1) Was it $2 admission night or some such? What seats, and does this happen regularly?
      2) Who was the official scorer last night, calling errors “fielders choice” and “double steals”?
      I knew Garcia was going to get in trouble a couple of times last night, he seemed above his usual average in getting out of it.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        Once you’re inside, it’s not that bad. The problems are more the dark interior spaces and antiquated facilities. The groundskeeping staff is excellent, so until football season, it’s a pleasure to watch a game there, until you have to get up and use the facilities.

        As for the scoring, it’s a problem everywhere in the league, though last night was certainly bad. You knew it was going to be a tough night after Jeter’s first “hit” clanked off Ellis. That was certainly arguable, and was probably scored correctly. The second second, questionable call, Ellis’ bad throw to first on A-Rod’s grounder being E-4 rather than hit and an error on the throw, was probably incorrect.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        Len-

        Wasn’t $ 2 admission last night, just the opposite: full dynamic (ie, higher, pricing).

        Not sure what you mean about your question on the seats.

        Yeah, the scoring was bad, but it always is. I didn’t even notice, I’m so used to it.

        Garcia’s change was working well, especially in tough spots. True, he is nobody’s idea of a top starter these days, but as a #5, he gives you a professional outing.

        What can we expect from Burnett tonight?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        AJ will be some enhanced version of Garcia- get into, and hopefully out of, triuble, particularly innings 2-5. Presumably Magic Martin will be catching so past balls won’t be rolling all around the cavernous foul territory. His fastball has got some zig-and-zag lately, if he brings it. Remember, the Yanks bullpen is ready, so no going for an early exit, facing Noesi will do you less good than AJ.
        Bottom line: he could give up 4 runs, and if it’s all at once, we’re in trouble unless we can get hits from the entire lineup like yesterday.

    • cur68 - Jun 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      There were some interesting A’s errors in that game, too APBA, can’t pin this all on Mr. Anderson (though he was errant). In what world does ARod get caught in a run down, Tex tries to score and an easy out at the plate results in a run scoring and ARod safe on 2nd? A’s World? Loved how Suzuki kept his cool while that was unfolding, but gee whiz, he’s gonna need some help from his boys to nail Tex. You know, like they teach you in AA? Throw-the-ball-to-the-CATCHER-not-into-the-umpire’s-ribs-on-the-hop kind of help. Painful I tells ya.

      After the ballpark ranking post I paid special attention to what it is that pains me so about The Mausoleum (once I cleared the verp, that is). It’s not finished. A tinny tune of concrete, painted caterpillar guts yellow & green, mismatched seating alignment and a bullpen in the field of play. They lost the will to live while designing it, went ahead and built it half conceived and buried the architect under the pitcher’s mound. Bleh. Verped again. I don’t know how you stand looking at that thing.

      • APBA Guy - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

        Cur-see reply above, somehow got under Len’s post.

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