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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 13, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

Zack Greinke AP

The Brewers topped the Pirates 7-2 last night behind yet another impressive performance from Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Greinke has a 1.75 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in all of them. After a slow start to the season (at least superficially), the 27-year-old right-hander is now 11-4 with a 4.08 ERA. He is averaging an eye-popping 11.22 K/9, which is by far the highest among MLB starters with at least 100 innings pitched.

One of the hottest teams in baseball, the Brewers have won 14 out of their last 16 games. They are now 68-51 on the year and currently sit four games in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central.

Your Friday box scores:

Pirates 2, Brewers 7

Nationals 4, Phillies 2

Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Padres 3, Reds 5

Rays 5, Yankees 1

Giants 1, Marlins 2

Twins 2, Indians 3

Cubs 4, Braves 10

Angels 5, Blue Jays 1

Royals 5, White Sox 1

Rockies 1, Cardinals 6

Rangers 9, Athletics 1

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 4

Red Sox 6, Mariners 4

Astros 0, Dodgers 1 (10 innings)

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    I didn’t watch the Phillies last night because of previously scheduled plans but I have some observations to make upon reading the boxscore and play by play this morning.
    1) Hamels obviously didn’t pitch well. Looks like he had problems with command. I would assume it was locating his fastball. Maybe had something to do with the Hamels Foundation fundraiser the previous night.
    2) I see Gload strike out again. Here is my assumption of how the at bat went, against Clippard it looked like. There was at least one fastball that was either down the middle or middle in. If it was down the middle he fouled it weekly to the opposite field because he couldn’t get around on it, if it was middle in he couldn’t get his hips cleared and fouled and popped it back. Then, he either struck out on a high fastball or a change-up in the dirt because he has to cheat fastball.
    3) Lidge had a caught stealing?? To me that has to be the most remarkable thing about the night. He doesn’t hold runners on at all….what did the guy fall down on the way to second?

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Doctor,

      Manuel and Hamels both say that Cole is going through a dead arm period. Fatigue. Not sure what I think. Guess we will have to see. But, yes, his fastball wasn’t good. I noticed that from the start.

      I didn’t see the Gload strikeout nor the baserunner caught stealing while Lidge was pitching, so I can’t comment on that. I was doing other crap while watching the game on and off yesterday.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        Yeah, that isn’t a big deal. Lee goes through it in early September as well. Oswalt worked through it last year. Hamels will work through it as well.

    • FC - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      I’ll check the MLB Archives and the incidents in quesiton.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        Thanks.

      • FC - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        On MLB.com the Desmond Caught Stealing is actually a highlight clip. They were trying to bunt and Desmond was about half-way between 1st and 2nd when the batter missed the bunt and he was kind of hung out there and decided to dash for second.

        Ruiz was looking to throw at first until Desmond went for broke. Rollins tagged him out at second after he overran the base. Of course he only overran the base because Rollins basically had the bag covered so he was going to be out no matter what.

        Gload At-Bat:
        1) Fastball middle, fouled off opposite field.
        2) Fastball high, swung and miss
        3) Fastball in, fouled off opposite field
        4) Change up down in the dirt, swung and missed, blocked, K, out at 1B.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Thank you….yep, that pretty much sums up every at bat by Ross Gload. I hate to keep harping on it, but he is done and needs to be replaced ASAP. I know Charlie is loyal to his veterans, but there will come a time when that LH PH will be really important. I realize that is fairly irrelevant for the rest of the regular season, but the playoffs are a different story.

      • spudchukar - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        Mr. Primate’sBrigade, the comment “I hate to keep harping on it” is hardly accurate. It is what you live for.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        Live to harp in general or on Ross Gload in particular?

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM

        Doctor, I was looking up some info on dead arm and came across a good read on Dr. James Andrews and his treatment of athletes that was done by ESPN a few years ago. Thought you might enjoy.

        http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=3024046

      • spudchukar - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        No just the Gload, Goad.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        You are right, I do enjoy harping on the Gload thing a bit. There is only so much a team can do to improve themselves at this time of year. One of the big issues I see for the Phillies is their bench and that is something that can be improved upon. I understand keeping Valdez and Martinez…they have some utility and with Polanco out their role is expanded. Mayberry Jr. is a good player and has been platooning. Ben Francisco is awful and will be out the door soon enough, but even he has some utility. Gload has none. Can’t play the field, has to be pinch ran for and is a singles hitter with an OBP of .273. DFAing him and bringing in any left handed bat they have on the farm…shit, even Pete Orr would be an upgrade. It is just sad when I don’t even watch the game and pretty much can surmise what happened in his at bat.

      • FC - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

        Thought Experiment: everyone knows Gload has a bad hip that’s a genuine injury requiring surgery. Postseason Roster: you can’t add a guy from the 40-man roster to the playoff roster UNLESS he’s replacing someone on the 60 day DL…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        That is why he should be DFA’d right now….honestly, if they are carrying somebody who can’t run or play the field who they are only keeping for alleged “power” off the bench, they might as well add Matt Rizzotti to the 40 man and call him up to see what he can do. Hell, I don’t think Rizzotti can hit at the MLB level, but at least if he runs into one, he can put it out.

      • FC - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        What I’m saying is: If any of the 40-man roster guys shine in September (during call ups), they can place Gload on the DL towards the end of the season and replace him for the post-season with one of those guys. Or would baseball frown on that?

        Also, why DFA him when you can place him on the DL? Accomplishes the same thing.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        Anybody who is on the 40 man roster at the start of September can be on the playoff roster. I say DFA him to open up another spot on the 40 man.

      • FC - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        I think that’s not quite the case, this is what I found.

        To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on either
        a) the 25 man active roster,
        b) the disabled list,
        c) the bereavement list,
        d) the suspended list as of August 31st at midnight.

        Just being on the 40 man Roster at the start of September allows you to replace a guy on the DL in the Post-season, but I’m certain it doesn’t automatically allow you to place a minor leaguer in the 40 man roster on the playoff roster. That’s why a DFA is premature, wait to place him on the DL at the end of the season after you’ve seen and evaluated the September players and you have more flexibility on who can replace him, if you replace him now you’re stuck with your decision.

        Also the waiver wire might still produce a replacement a la Mike Sweeney, so why mess around with transactions that you don’t have to do yet?

        Of course I could be completely wrong about this and missing something.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        You are right…that is bizarre. Anyway, my point on Gload is that I don’t want him on the roster period…not post season, not now.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Doctor, during tomorrow’s afternoon festivities when they unveil the Harry Kalas statue, I think they should strip Gload down, tar and feather him, and hang him from one of the flag poles. What do you think?

    • natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      Still in shock that the Nats beat Hamels, but having watched the last 7 innings and replays,…

      Hamels was indeed having trouble locating. He wasn’t hit hard, just singles through the infield at the right times — including two RBI singles by Livan. Not surprised that he has a dead arm.

      Changeup in the dirt. On occasion, it might be a slider instead of the high fastball or changeup. But a nice description of Clippard’s MO.

      Two Nats runners got picked off.
      — First time, Ruiz threw to 1st and Ankiel stole 2nd.
      — Second time, Jordan Zimmerman came up to bunt, but missed. Ruiz threw to 2nd, Rollins missed the tag on Desmond, but Desmond overslid the base. Technically a CS,

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM

        I see….I figured it had to be something fluky in order for a runner to get a CS against Lidge.

      • FC - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

        Two Nats runners got picked off.
        – First time, Ruiz threw to 1st and Ankiel stole 2nd.

        Sooo…. where’s the “picked off” part in this statement…? To me a pick-off is only a pick-off if it results in an out. I guess Ruiz decided 2nd time around to wait for the runner to break before throwing.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Wernon Wells was cheered before his first at bat at the Rogers Center. Without the help of the man in white, he hit a first pitch slider for a home run. I guess that he just hits well in Toronto; however, just see if we cheer the #****###^^^xxx traitor again.

    There was a man in white dressed as Colonel Saunders. His sign said that he was too chicken to steal signs.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

      How is Wells a traitor? AA gave him away! (And was glad of it.)

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        It was a feeble attempt at humour Ari.

      • Ari Collins - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        WHOOSH. Right over my head. : )

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      “There was a man in white dressed as Colonel Saunders.”

      In whispers (ala Field of Dreams): “If you tell Joe Blanton, he will come.”

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM

        Say it ain’t so Joe!

    • cur68 - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      Back a ways we detailed all the ball players that fans love to hate for some reason. I think it was a Frenchy post of Craig’s (of course). I made the case for Canadians not hating any particular ball player, even Wells. Sure enough, the fans cheered him like crazy. Right until he went out and blipped one juuuuuuust over the fence. The fans, they stopped a cheering, didn’t they? Ahhhh Vernon, I bet you missed Roger’s Center more than anything else about being a Beaver Wrestler, don’t you?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    I missed the Feesh game last night due to prior commitments and, admittedly, a sagging store of interest in this bunch of underachievers – so, naturally, I missed their best played game in a month. All that talk of “payback” came to nothing last night, of course, as the Snakes put another gout of daylight between themselves and the Brobdingnagians.

    But while perousing the stats last night – something I only do when my insomnia kicks in and I don’t feel much like watching any more idiotic anguished-vampire shows on cable – I noticed that the Iron Giant has been drawing a lot of walks lately. Now on one hand that’s great news – the kid is batting .261 with 104 hits and 50 walks (20 of which since the ASG), 25 dingers, 70 ribbies and an OPS of .872, best on the team among the regulars – but on the other, do you really want one of your primary RBI guys rotting on base while his teammates run up one of the lowest RISP averages in baseball? The Iron Giant’s situational hitting is still not take-it-to-the-bank but you can see that he’s using this lost planet expedition of a season to do some serious learning.

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