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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 29, 2011, 5:52 AM EDT

Cliff Lee

Phillies 5, Red Sox 0: Cliff Lee.  Cliff Phifer Lee.  Cliff effin’ Phifer Lee throws his third straight shutout and completes his 32nd straight scoreless inning. Some may downplay this by claiming that this was against a weak Red Sox lineup, but a weak Red Sox lineup is still better than a great many other major league lineups at full strength. Either way, Lee is entering seldomly-navigated waters now, approaching the Hershiser Zone.

Mets 14, Tigers 3: Jose Reyes was 4 for 4 with a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored and Carlos Beltran drove in four. Clearly both should be traded.

Rays 4, Reds 3: Evan Longoria hits the walkoff jack. Which the Associated Press likes to call a “game-ending homer” for reasons that are unclear but are likely rooted in a love of buzz-killing bore-speak. Johnny Damon homered and drove in three. The Rays are on fire, having won nine of 11 and now stand a single game behind the Red Sox for second place in the East.

Pirates 7, Blue Jays 6: The Pirates roughed up Jo-Jo Reyes to take a 6-1 lead and then just held on as the Jays clawed back with the help of two homers from Edwin Encarnacion.  Kevin Correia gets his 10th win, though, becoming the first Pirate to win 10 games before the All-Star break since Bob Walk did it back in 1993. No one knows who did it before that because no one except some random scientists and academics had the Internet before then.

Cardinals 6, Orioles 2: St. Louis gets back on the winning track, helped by five shutout innings from Kyle Lohse. He had to leave a bit early due to a half-hour rain delay, but by then things were under control.

Giants 13, Cubs 7, Giants 6, Cubs 3: It’s not often that the Giants’ bats carry the day, but they did in this twin bill. They broke out for a baker’s dozen in the first game, saving Ryan Volgelsong from an uncharacteristically meh start. In the nightcap, two RBI a piece from the fearsome duo of Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford made it more or less the same story.

Yankees 12, Brewers 2: I toyed with the idea of writing this one up as “a possible World Series preview!” because everyone else was saying that about the Red Sox-Phillies, ignoring the fact that, unlike the series going on down in Philly, at least both of these teams were in first place. But really, my heart wasn’t in it, because I’m not sure I take Milwaukee 100% seriously yet. Certainly the Yankees don’t, as they smacked Zack Greinke around. Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher each drove in four.

Rangers 7, Astros 2: C.J. Wilson didn’t allow the Astros’ offense to do much and, given how bad the Astros’ pitching is, a two-run game from their bats is basically a death sentence.

Twins 6, Dodgers 4: Yesterday, one of the Dodgers’ lawyers actually said, in open court, that the bankruptcy can’t possibly be affecting the Dodgers seeing as though they won 15-0 on Monday night.  If I were the judge I’d call his office this morning and demand that he file a supplemental brief explaining the result of last night’s game.  Don’t get cute with the baseball, Mr. Lawyer Man. That’s my gig.

Rockies 3, White Sox 2: Ty Wigginton hit the game-winner — a bloop single — in the 13th. Again, AP goes with “game-winning hit.” Maybe ESPN or someone copyrighted “walkoff” and that’s why AP style won’t allow for it. I kind of hope that’s it and that every time I use it I’m offending some ESPN lawyer or something.  And that the cease and desist letters keep getting lost in the mail.

Diamondbacks 6, Indians 4: Cerrano hit the curve! Wily Mo Pena with a pinch-hit, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning for yet another walkoff (walkoff, walkoff, walkoff) win last night. Necessitated, however, by a rocky outing for J.J. Putz, so it’s not all Skittles and beer in Dback land.

Padres 4, Royals 2: The Padres stay hot, winning their sixth game in seven tries. Kansas City, in contrast, has lost eight of 10.

Braves 5, Mariners 4: Brian McCann may be the hottest hitter in baseball right now. Four hits for the Braves’ catcher, including a two-run single that put Atlanta up for good. He also threw out Adam Kennedy on an attempted double steal, blowing a hole in the middle of what could have and should have been a Mariners rally.

Athletics 1, Marlins 0: Gio Gonzalez and Javier Vazquez were both on point, but Gonzalez was pointier, allowing only one hit over eight innings while striking out nine.

Angels 11, Nationals 5: Vernon Wells went 4 for 5 with a homer and a couple of RBI on a rare night of big offense at home for the Halos. Davey Johnson just doesn’t know how to win.

  1. writtenbyross - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    Wow, using the Major League reference against the Tribe. That’s cold, Craig. You have no marbles.

    • FC - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM

      On the contrary that’s a big display of marbles.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    As some of you may know I have been postulating a theory about excessive sunflower seed consumption as it relates to Aroldis Chapman and his declining performance. So, I decided to conduct a little experiment. The other day I grabbed a friend who has a catchers mitt and a large bag of sunflower seeds and headed to a local baseball field. As it happens the two pitches I am able to throw are fastball and slider, just like Chapman. First, I would like to relate some important differences. Chapman is listed at 6’4′ 185 pounds and left handed while I am 5’9′ 160 pounds and right handed. He throws 105 while I throw in the upper 70’s. Furthermore, there is probably a significant difference in the bite on our sliders. Anyway, sans the seeds I got into a groove of throwing my pitches well for me. Then, I stuffed my mouth with increasing amounts of sunflower seeds and attempted to pitch. My results were that as I increased the amount of sunflower seed consumption, my command significantly decreased.

    • writtenbyross - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:23 AM

      If Marge Schott was still running the show you’d have a bright future in the Reds organization (as an executive or a pitcher, not sure which).

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:31 AM

        Maybe both?! She could really save some dough having him work double-duty. Other pitchers and bench players could work concessions on their nights off or join the grounds crew before games. Ole Marge knew how to squeeze those pennies until they bled.

    • Glenn - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      Is this support for or against sabermetrics?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        It was an independent experiment devoid of any statistical analysis. It was not meant to conclusively prove my theory rather a personal demonstration that chomping on what can only be defined as a ridiculous amount of sunflower seeds can lead to control problems.

    • spudchukar - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      So the moral of the story is that sunflower seeds are a laxative?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

        No, not exactly. The moral of the story is that if Chapman wants to permanently solve his command issues he must tone down on his sunflower seed consumption while pitching.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    The Feesh exploded for a single during one of the nine innings. Now back to you, Craig.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      Not only that, it was a Hanley throwing error on a routine grounder that got the aged Matsui to third with 1 out, so that Kurt Suzuki’s fly to the Iron Giant could work as a sac fly instead of “out number 3″. And that double by Matsui was one of those opposite field flares that ML hitters sometimes get when they are jammed and fight off the pitch.

      Not only that, remember that Gio is from Hialeah, one of the few places in America where it gets more uncomfortable after the sun goes down (humidity rises, temp doesn’t drop) and the humidity in the Bay Area was Macondo like yesterday at 90%. So he and Vazquez were both in their elements, and pitched like it. Lots of warning track fly balls that with the normal humidity would have carried to the wall or over.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        A Hanley throwing error must mean that he’s returning to normal. It’s just a long, parabolic process.

        I know there are two games to go but there’s a certain sense of inevitabilty about this. Why don’t I just send you four bucks via PayPal and you can go buy that coffee?

  4. uuddlrlrbastart - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    The Mets had not hit a grand slam in 299 games, as documented in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Last night they hit grand slams in consecutive innings.

    I’m pretty sure Jayson Stark’s head exploded as he rushed to write his wacky news article or whatever the hell it is that he does.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:03 AM

      Off one pitcher was it not??? Ouch.

  5. cleverbob - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    The Bosox need to suck it up. Cliff Lee gave the super depleted bullpen the night off, and even chipped in a sac fly ribby. What did Beckett do?

    • hank10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Damned if you, damned if you don’t. If the Fightins’ lost to a ‘depleted Boston line-up’ there would be chatter on how Lee could not beat a team missing X, Y & Z. And when they win, it’s ‘oh they beat a team without their real line-up.’

  6. uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Didn’t really expect that sort of offensive explosion from the Yankees in the 1st game of the series with Greinke on the mound. But it was nice to see. Maybe all that speculation about Greinke not being able to pitch in NY before the start of the season for whatever reason might actually be true.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

      LOL!!!!

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      Uyf- do you ever get an inkling that we have some addition by subtraction going on?

      • uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        yankeesfanlen, my friend. I’m thinking that with the exception of Cashman signing CC before the 2009 season which really was a no brainer. This season’s pre-season for Cashman may very well be his finest hour as the Yankees GM. With what was available after Lee decided to go to Philadelphia and the holes the Yankees had to fill Cashman is looking like a genius. That’s just my opinion.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM

        yankeesfanlen, my friend. On this day 70 years ago (June 29, 1941) Joltin Joe hit in his 42 consecutive game on his way to a record 56 game hitting streak. A streak that still stands today and may never be broken. Joe DiMaggio’s salary in 1941 was $37,500. RIP Joe.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      Maybe all that speculation about Greinke not being able to pitch in NY before the start of the season for whatever reason might actually be true.

      He’s pitched a total of 5 games in NY (4 YSII, 1 YSIII) including a 6IP 0 ER effort. Let’s not jump on the amateur psychologist bandwagon yet.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        Why? Isn’t that what virtually every fan on every blog does. Voice their opinion on topics/subjects that they have virtually no expert knowledge in or of.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        I think Greinke is too soft-skinned to play in any big market. He never seemed to recover from the Granderson triple which Morgan misplayed- which also happened to be the second batter of the game. I really don’t think the dude can handle pressure. If the Brewers make the playoffs, I don’t see him doing well.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

        Why? Isn’t that what virtually every fan on every blog does. Voice their opinion on topics/subjects that they have virtually no expert knowledge in or of.

        Touche

        In all seriousness, probably because I’m a bit annoyed at seeing it brought up all the time. It’s a convenient excuse for some people to use (see Vazquez, Javy) when they have nothing but speculation for their beliefs.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        This might be a stupid question but what does YSII stand for?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        forever- church means Yankees Stadium 2, the new one is YS3. Although I usually go to OYS and NYS. Then there’s OOYS in pre renovation days.
        161st and River in various incarnations. Kind of like the Vatican.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        I have a feeling there might be some plunking going on at Yankees Stadium tonight. The Brewers looked perturbed that the Yankees were stealing bases up 7-0. I don’t think they should considered it was only the 3rd inning and the game had a long way to go, but whatever.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Thank you for clearing that up for me.

  7. Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Just like Cliff Lee I can hang 3 wet beach towels on my Deck.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      It’s really late over here J5….is that code for something?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:24 AM

        Deck is code for . Mine is wood, and attached to my house. The “Deck” Lee can hang 3 wet towels on should never be stood on.

  8. Reggie's Bush - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    As I have stated before….

    Jose Jose Joseeeeeeee!

    Also, a mention of Jason Bay’s grand salami would be nice as he, as everyone knows, has been turrible /end Charles Barkley

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Nobody needs to hear about Jason Bay’s grand salami.

  9. sdelmonte - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    I have concluded that Reyes will be here the rest of the way. Because he’s not cooling off anytime soon, and either he’ll be the only thing drawing fans or he’ll be in the thick of the wild card race.

    And also because no one who needs a shortstop is going to make the Mets the kind of offer it would take. I really think that the Mets will do better to keep him, see about convincing him to accept less years and less money, and live with two draft picks while someone else gives him a 7-year deal that that will be an albatross much sooner.

  10. halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    “Good Morning, Boston. Now, who’s your daddy?”

    —Cliff Lee

  11. Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I Bet Francona is having bouts of intestinal agony trying to not picture Ortiz on first base and Gonzalez in RF for tonight’s game…. Hey, did he actually give up gum for sunflower seeds?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      For his sake, I hope not. Sunflower seeds might adversely affect his ability to manage.

    • Ace - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      I believe the phrase is “intestinal turmoil.” But I actually think the relief of seeing Ortiz penciled in as the #5 hitter instead of Darnell McDonald will more than make up for it.

  12. Kevin S. - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    To be fair to the AP on Wigginton’s game-winner, a walk-off has traditionally referred to a game-ending home run, not any other type of game-ending hit. Doesn’t justify not using it for Longoria, obviously.

  13. rynev - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    They have Skittlebrau in Arizona? That’s it… I’m moving.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Yes. Where is this land of Skittles and beer? I need to go to there.

  14. halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Phillies fans, please help me out with this one.

    After last night’s Phillies/Sox game, I put on 610 WIP to get fan reaction to the game like I always do. Gary “I only know football” Cobb was the host of the show. Instead of this buttwipe talking about the game and exploits of Cliff Lee, his (2) topics were who is the best pitcher on the Phillies staff (Lee, Hamels or Halladay) and is Philly still a football town or is it now a baseball town.

    Almost every single caller said that they think Lee is the best pitcher on the staff. What????? Am I missing something? Are these people on drugs? Lee better than Halladay? Are they joking?

    Also, callers stated that it’s still a football town and always will be. I hate to say it, but there is a good portion of Philly sports fans out there that are dopes. To them they only have an attention span of 1 day a week worth of sports and don’t have the intelligence to follow a sport like baseball.

    It was the worst post game radio talk show I ever heard.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      To answer both your questions, as an outsider who nonetheless takes an interest in Philly sports: A) does it matter who the best of Lee, Doc and Hamels is? You have all three. B) Does it matter whether Philly is a baseball or a football town? There’s very little overlap between the seasons.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

        Well, Kevin, anyone that says that (A) Cliff Lee (who’s great) is a better pitcher than Doc is nuts. I heard call after call last night to this effect. (B) If football wasn’t in lockout, they would be in their minicamps and free agency periods and they will talk football all summer. Unfortunately in Philly, during a non-lockout season, they will talk football a majority of the time regardless of baseball.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      Bicepts, All three of the pitchers you mentioned are in the top five best in the NL and top 10 of all of baseball. If you look at these lists they change a whole bunch year after year, even month after month. There is one exception to that rule. Big Roy. Now with that said, right now, they are all dominating the mound like Ron Jeremy on his honeymoon. I’d say nobody is pitching as well as Lee right now, and he’s got little ground to make up before he’s got numbers as good as the other two. Man it’s a wash, and unless you want to get into a sabermetrics battle of wits and number crunching madness I’d leave it at that.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        Jonny 5,

        Simple question. If it was game 7 of the World Series, who would start the game for you if all three pitchers had the same amount of rest (Halladay, Lee or Hamels)?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        Well it depends greatly on “recent results” And I have 3 different answers.

        1) If it were today I’d have to have them draw straws, or play a game of poker for it.

        2) No really, if it were today with all these guys pitching just like they are, I’d use all 3 to pitch 3 innings each in a game 7 of the WS. That would be just awesome wouldn’t it?

        3) naaaa, maybe I’d give it to Lee to make up for effing with his head as he got shipped to Seattle. Seattle……

        I don’t know Bicepts, it’s going to come up if they make it. It’s going to come up if they make it to the playoffs too, so let’s see when the time comes. Lots can change between now and then.

      • cur68 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        Jonny consider the line “dominating… like Ron Jeremy on his honeymoon” stolen. No credit will be given as I use it nearly constantly for the next 3 weeks or until one of the ladies I work with complains. And, thank you.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      And Philly is a sports city, it doesn’t just revolve around one sport.
      Eagles Games sell out
      Phillies Games sell out
      Flyers Games sell out
      Union games sell out
      Sixers games don’t sell out, but they will soon if the team keeps improving.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        Agreed. I just don’t like it when the Philly sports stations talk about any football in the middle of the summer. And I am also a football fan.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        J5…I asked about your tickets last night, but I guess you were gone. You said you didn’t want to go down to Swedesboro to get them…would you have been picking them up at a local meat plant down there?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        No, they’d be coming from a person who works for a very large concrete contractor.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        Ahh…I see. I didn’t think there was much else down there in good old Swedesboro except my brother-in-law’s meat plant. Also, since his 2 tickets next to me weren’t used last night, I had a weird thought that maybe it was the same place. Woulda been a big coincidence.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Your first mistake was tuning in to WIP. Your second mistake was, having made the first mistake, you compounded that by continuing to listen while “G” Cobb was the host. Your third mistake was worrying about what the dopes who call “G” Cobb’s show said.

      That being said, Philly IS a football town no matter what anyone says.

      Regarding the “best pitcher” question…I’ll just say this…

      When he is on his “A” game, Cliff Lee is the best pitcher on the staff. However, for consistency, Doc is the best pitcher. Carlton is a very small step below both on both of those points. In other words, if I had to pick one guy to pitch one game to save my life, it would be Doc. But if I had to pick a guy to pitch 5 games, when he is on…it would be Lee.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        WIP has (3) good hosts: Gargano, Ellis, and Startare. Do you agree with this?

        Unfortunately, you never know when a pitcher is on. This being the case, I would pitch Doc over any other pitcher in baseball at any given time.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        Some people who study Sabermetrics feel Hamels has been a small step above the other two Chris. This season overall.

        I feel it’s a wash, but yeah when Cliff is on, he can’t be hit. But it hurts my brain to try to figure out who’s better right now.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        bicepts, I don’t listen to WIP at all, except in the morning on my way into work. And that’s only because they usually have guys like Seth Everett or the guys from some of the local sports pages or suburbs llike Randy Miller etc. My ride into work is only about 45 minutes so that’s all I listen to. The cuz was always OK, but I’d rather listen to Mikey Miss. I don’t even know who Ellis is, and Startare must be on after hours too.

        J5…if Sabremetrics would take Hamels over Lee and/or Halladay, then that’s just more confirmation of why I don’t like Sabremetrics.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

        Here Chris, check out the response to most valuable pitcher selection. Made before last night keep in mind. And these are Phillies fans as well as numbers crunchers.

        Most Valuable Pitcher

        Paul: Roy Halladay

        I thought about giving this to Cole Hamels just to be a little different, but really, Doc is the slam-dunk choice here. A 7.7 K:BB ratio, a 2.40 ERA in 127.1 IP, five complete games and the best B-R WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Hamels is close – very close, actually – but Halladay is having a better year in 2011 than his 2010 Cy Young campaign. Believe it: this guy’s becoming more of a Hall of Famer with each passing start.

        Jeff: Cole Hamels

        This is a two horse race between Doc and King Cole. So let’s compare the numbers. Halladay is 10-3 with a 2.40 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 1.1 BB/9, and a 2.68 SIERA. Hamels is 9-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, and a 2.76 SIERA. You couldn’t go wrong picking either one as MVP, so I’m going off the trail a little. The only real difference I could find between these two aces is with the bat. Hamels has posted a slash line of .229/.250/.286 while Halladay has only managed aline of .073/.095/073. Cole has a higher OBP than Atlanta Braves 2nd baseman DanUggla (.250 vs .244). For that fun fact alone, he wins the tiebreaker over Doc as my pitcher MVP.

        Bill: Roy Halladay

        As much as I want to give it to my pre-season Cy Young pick, I have to hand the award to Doc Halladay whose 2011 season has been a tiny fraction better than Hamels’. I’ll try not to echo Paul too much, but Doc has an equivalent strikeout rate as Hamels, but a better walk rate and has pitched 15 more innings with a lower ERA. It’s a negligible difference for analytic reasons, but for simply awarding the best pitcher, that’s how Halladay wins it: by the slimmest of margins.

        I like to see Cole get his credit, all above state that the difference between Cole and Roy are so small they can’t say either are better.

    • CJ - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      There is a quite simple solution to your problem.

      Step one: Flip the Dial from AM to FM
      Step two: Turn it to 97.5

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        97.5 is not my cup of tea. Other than Mike Miss, too many young hosts on the station that talk too much hockey and basketball and don’t know much about baseball. And, all the intro rap music that the station plays after the breaks. The station needs to hire better hosts and get a new program director.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        Not at night though…Tony Bruno’s national show sucks.

      • CJ - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        Good point, Bruno’s national show is brutal. Early evening is good though, they bring Daulton in most week days and he knows is stuff.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        CJ,

        Darren Daulton: “Right on, Mike.”

        After the show, Daulton picks up his phone and talks to lizards and 2012.

  15. brianmoline - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    RE: Giants’ bats carrying the day. Most teams’ bats would carry the day when the starting pitchers were Doug Davis (1-7, 6.50 ERA, 1.86 WHIP) and Rodrigo Lopez (0-2, 5.40 ERA, 1.85 WHIP). The sad part is that the Cubs couldn’t even hit Barry Zito (only 6 baserunners in 7 innings). Ugh…

  16. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Again, I shall quote myself from yesterday and put everyone on notice that I’m clearly a seer of some kind:

    “Lee has allowed one earned run in June. No pitcher has been better than Lee in June. For what it’s worth, I predict Lee will dominate again tonight and the Phils will win. Beckett will be an afterthought to Lee’s dominant evening.”

    Like I said on the other Lee post, I’ll be rubbing my balls all over this quote for the remainder of the day.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      El Bravo, what can I say, you are a prophet. I will be rubbing my balls on my Cliff Lee puppet today.

  17. spudchukar - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Hey, did anybody hear if the Phillies won last night?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      I hear ya potatoman…I mean, why isn’t there more talk about the Cardinals cutting their deficit in the NL Central to just 2 games with their monumental win over the Orioles?? The insanity!!!!!!

      • APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        LOL

  18. marinersnate - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    “Yankees 12, Brewers 2: I toyed with the idea of writing this one up as “a possible World Series preview!” because everyone else was saying that about the Red Sox-Phillies, ignoring the fact that, unlike the series going on down in Philly, at least both of these teams were in first place”

    I think the Red Sox figure that so long as they are within nine games of the Yankees’, they are in first place.

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