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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EST

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I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch someone not totally kicking butt and putting the fear of God into opposing pitchers when on base.

But the games, as they always do, still went on.

Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 2: Have yourself a day, A.J. Pollock. He homered twice, doubled and drove in four. He also made a diving catch in center field. And you were proud of yourself for only hitting the snooze button once.

Nationals 5, White Sox 2: This game was delayed 15 minutes because the umpires were stuck in traffic. Really. This a day after Denard Span tweeted about being stuck in traffic on the way to Nationals Park. Perhaps the Nationals ought to invest in some dorms near the park or something. Keep people from having to fight D.C. traffic. Or perhaps everyone involved needs to realize that this isn’t 2009 anymore and people actually go to Nationals games.

Cardinals 10, Reds 0: Jake Westbrook tosses a shutout. Not that he needed to. He lost that first game of the season 1-0, but he still hasn’t allowed an earned run in 2013. Four homers for Cardinals hitters. Including one from Matt Adams, who is 9 for 14 with four extra base hits on the year.

Giants 10, Rockies 0: Barry Zito: superstar. Seven shutout innings plus he went 2 for 3 with an RBI. It’s gonna be awesome when, in the event he falls short of 200 innings and his 2014 option does not vest, the Giants pick it up anyway because, at long last, he has actually earned part of the contract everyone says is the worst ever. It’s wrong to talk about someone who “persevered” while being massively overpaid for so long, but give Zito credit for not quitting and phoning it in when a lot of others would have. Unless this is just a mirage and he returns to 2011 form soon, in which case let’s just forget we had this conversation.

Phillies 7, Mets 3: Domonic Brown and Chase Utley homered in a five-run first inning that put this one away early. Good to see a prospect some didn’t think would ever get a chance and a veteran some thought was washed up coming through in the early going.

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 6: The Tigers led this one 6-1 in the fifth inning. Viva la Bullpen. Well, that and Viva La One Inning Too Many for Rick Porcello. Which, when your bullpen stinks, stretching your starters is something that may be understandable for a manager. When is Jose Valverde getting here again? Big hits for Edwin Encarnacioncheck this one out, by the way, as it was awesome — Mark De Rosa and J.P. Arencibia.

Rays 2, Rangers 0: It was 39 degrees at game time. In Texas. It hit 80 up here in Ohio. Go home weather. You are drunk. Matt Moore and four relievers combine on the shutout.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 5: A five-run rally capped by a three-run Manny Machado home run ruined this one for the few Red Sox fans who stuck around for the ninth inning. Let’s see if, after a week of talking about how fun and likable this Red Sox team is, Boston writers and radio yakkers decide that Sox closer Joel Hanrahan is a villain or something.

Braves 8, Marlins 0: Atlanta with its second straight sweep. The sweep-ees were the odds-on favorite to be the worst two teams in the National League, but wins are wins. The Marlins have scored 16 runs in nine games.

Royals 3, Twins 0: And … the sweep. Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered. I feel like today is going to be “how ’bout them Royals!” day among national columnists looking for something to write about.

Athletics 11, Angels 5: Brandon Moss drove in five and homered for the second night in a row. That’s seven straight wins for the A’s who are showing that last year’s formula — lots of homers and lots of people wondering why the A’s are so good — is still intact.

Astros 8, Mariners 3: Chris Carter and Rick Ankiel each hit two-run homers. It’s gonna be funny if Safeco Field, long one of the best pitchers’ parks in the game, suddenly becomes Coors Northwest. The Astros scored 24 runs on 37 hits in the past two games.

Dodgers 4, Padres 3: Homer for Carl Crawford. Who is hitting .464./.531/.714 in 32 plate appearances. Crawford returning to form or, at the very least, respectability, was one of the many not-at-all-certain-to-be-filled prerequisites for the Dodgers to go from being a great team on paper to a great team, so that’s good.

Yankees vs. Indians: POSTPONED: The rain falls hard on a humdrum town, this town has dragged you down. Oh, the rain falls hard on a humdrum town, this town has dragged you down.

Brewers vs. Cubs: POSTPONED: Bottle eyes, glassy blue, I watch the rain come out of you. Sky is white with the flu, I’m terrified of losing you. If I go to the sea, I’ll bring you down, down with me. If I go to the rain, you’ll never see me again. You’ve got cold girl fever.

  1. jarathen - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    The Angels are in deep trouble. This could be a rough several years.

    • 4d3fect - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      The only hope for Angels fans is to remind themselves, “Hey, April 2002 really sucked too!”

      • jarathen - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        What’s sad is that it’s true. They said it last year, too. “6-14 and then World Series!”

        That was a strange year in many ways and is unlikely to be repeated.

        The only solace I can take in last night’s loss is that Blanton is actually the #5 starter; he’s just in the #3 spot to break up the lefties.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Yankees-Indians.
    Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son ?
    And what did you see, my darling young one ?
    I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
    I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
    I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
    I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
    I saw a white ladder all covered with water
    I saw ten thousand takers whose tongues were all broken
    I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
    And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
    It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

    • umrguy42 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      When the rain comes,
      They run and hide their heads
      They might as well be dead
      When the rain comes

    • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Now, I’m glad I didn’t go for the Goethe.

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Two seats, alas, reside in my contract
        A commitment I desire to dissever
        One clings to fond memories with tentacles of nostalgia
        The other yearns to fly away to Tampa Bay on powerful wings….

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Nice. I was gonna go dark and up the Doom with a little:

        “…In seinen Armen das Kind war tot.”

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I’d accompany you with one of my famous duschlieder if we could skype this….

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Oh, I imagine you are NSFW in any language.

    • stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      So far we’re -4 for Dylan and -2 for the Beatles. Cranky crowd.

      Think I’ll pass on Creedence Clearwater.

      Did you know that Irish has about two dozen different words for describing the quality of rainfall?

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        The Eskimos have them beat all to hell with their list of terms for snow. And their cooking is better, too.

      • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Old Gator, you need to pay a visit to the Emerald Isle. Their cuisine has improved significantly. Viva la globalization.

      • 9foldmuse - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        Don’t try and snow us here. Innocently or otherwise, Franz Boas grossly exaggerated the Inuit vocabulary for the white stuff. English arguably has more terms, though it’s such a huge, evolving and varied language maybe it’s an unfair comparison.

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Inda: I’ve spent lots of time in Eire, either studying falconry in Cork or attending the annual James Joyce Society conferences (and wandering Dublin on Bloomsday). I don’t count the best tandoori in Dublin or the best Peruvian fish restaurant in Shannon as Irish cui…cui…cui….food.

      • stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        I can document my finding about Irish rain with the “Let’s Go” Travel Guide from 1996. (Think I still have it).

        As to Irish cuisine, I will go with Inda. A lot is borrowed from immigrants and reverse flow from their American cousins, but it is much better.

    • tmohr - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Now even the rain it don’t come ’round
      Don’t come ’round here no more
      And the only sound at night’s the wind
      Slammin’ the back porch door
      Yeah it stirs you up like it wants to blow you down
      Twistin’ and churnin’ up the sand
      Leavin’ all them scarecrows lyin’ facedown
      In the dirt of this hard land

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    1) How about them Royals? Expect a closer controversy in KC as Herrera is clearly demonstrating that he is the best man for the job. Herrera was dominant last night while Holland has been shaky in his outings.

    2) Got to love that Tigers bullpen. Villarreal walked three Jays in a row and was replaced by Dotel who promptly gave up a bases clearing double to Arencibia.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Another team that might be thinking of a new closer is Boston. Hanrahan had a poor spring and imploded yesterday. Boston has at least 3 other closer candidates in their pen.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Might want to worry about YOUR team proudly, i havent seen one thing this year that impresses me about it thats for sure. Your offense is ordinary, your rotation sucks ass and your bullpen sucks balls and the team fielding is pathetic.

    • detroitr1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      We love Jay’s starting pitching as much as you love the Tigers bullpen. Good luck with that rotation the rest of the way.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        It is early and after Verlander, the Tigers rotation is very ordinary.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        If Fister’s career high K rates (20.4% vs 16.3% and 7.6/9 vs 6.1/9) from last year become his new true talent level, the Tigers have three above average pitchers, not including Verlander.

      • detroitr1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Yeah, fortunately we slugged our way to the World Series—otherwise our rotation after Verlander would have been exposed. Too bad we didn’t trade for a pissed off Buehrle.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Where’s the love for Scherzer, gents?

      • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        I think COPO referenced Scherzer by saying the Tigers have 3 above average pitchers, not including Verlander. That would be Scherzer, Fister, and Sanchez, no? I would definitely not call the Tigers’ pitching rotation very ordinary outside of Verlander. The bullpen on the other hand–ai ai ai. They wish they were just ordinary.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I agree, Burgie, but he gave numbers for Fister, so I was hoping for more re: Maxie. I’m just piling on here.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        Yea i loved seeing Josh DL Johnson take the hill today, lasted a big 1 1/3 innings. Im not sure what is funnier however, seeing Johnson get lit up again or seeing proudly attempted to put down the tiger rotation. hey proudly? the jays dont have one decent pitcher!!! And the bullpen is just as bad!! hahahahhahahaha bye bye jays 3-6 last place again…

    • Detroit Michael - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      It’s early folks. The Tigers’ bullpen in 2012 was 0.13 earned runs per 9 innings worse than the MLB average bullpen. Being slightly below average is not good for a team with playoff aspirations, but it’s not worth this much hand-wringing. Except for Valverde (who was probably “addition by subtraction”), the 2013 squad is largely the same group of relievers.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        For now…

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      How about them Jays? 3-6 and holding up last place as usual? Not too bad, i hope AA stopped printing those world series tickets and saves some paper

  4. wlschneider09 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Gotta love cherry blossom time. At least you can fleetingly see pink flowers while you wait for the car in front of you to move forward 3 inches.

    • natslady - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      The umpires are supposed to arrive one hour before game time (and are fined if they are late). A friend said they usually stay at a hotel located 1.6 miles from the park. Another friend who went to the game said it took him an hour and 45 minutes from Conn and L to Nats Park and he got there at the end of the 1st inning. That’s not all blossom traffic, there was also a massive immigration rally and 90-degree weather (think tourists with baby strollers. flip-flops, and shorts). I would say the umps could have walked but I assume they were carrying equipment. Probably the best choice would have been a pedicab.

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Did the freeze last week impact the blossoms much? I was wondering if the buds were going to get frostbitten this year.

      • natslady - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        I don’t think it went below freezing, but yes, the cold weather caused the forecasters to adjust the peak twice. Yesterday (April 10) was the official peak and that’s about a week later than average. The prolonged colder-than-normal weather followed by a sudden jump (high in the 40s to 90) has made for a spectacular show this year. Everything is in bloom all at once, forsythia, magnolias, daffodils, some tulips, you name it (except azaleas, that’s later).

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Time for some Doro Wat at one of the Ethiopian taste palaces up on Adams Morgan, then….

      • APBA Guy - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        OMG, 40’s to 80’s in one week when the air goes from dry to humid and pollen fills the air. I remember it well. I also remember the resulting colds and flu. Once in the Spring and once in the fall, the makers of Zithromycin rejoice.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        The folks who came to town for the big Cherry Blossom festivities must have been bummed, though.

        Last two games have been more like June, very nice weather indeed. By tomorrow AM, the rains come. Along with lower temps. And the Braves. I’m sure the Braves’ arrival is coincidental.

  5. Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    The Feesh now stand at 1-8, and get a day off to practice their math. Unlike baseball, that;s easy. Their record projects to 1-161, which has held steady for the past four games now. Alex Sanabia was gutting along on his highwire until the bottom suddenly fell out in the feefth, when the Bravos, led by the phenomenal Elvan Gattis’ three run shot, out six runners across the plate just to indicate that they had gotten tired of the charade. The boolpen, just to remind the non-Braves fans in the stadium that they were still there, chipped in with another couple of runs. The Feesh New Look No Run Offense answered with its trademark ferocious silence. Second worst start in Feesh heestory, but that, as Jimmy would likely remind you if he weren’t at the dentist having his cracked teeth puttied, is what a healthy franchise run by the best owner in baseball does.

    Last night’s announced attendance at Macondo Banana Massacre Field was thirteen thousand and change, but those of you who were taking notes yesterday when we did the Macondo Math for Feesh attendance can simply interpolate the thousand-touchas loss from yesterday to arrive at an actual presence of about five or six thousand spectators. It would be nice to know what the concession sales were like. I wonder what the expiration date is on all those unsold hot dogs and hamburgers. Oh, and how well are the local ratones and mapaches going to make out today if anyone leaves the lid of a stadium dumpster unlocked out back?

    • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Now, now. Be fair. The Feesh’s record, at their current rate of wins and losses, projects to 18 wins and 144 losses.

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        I know where the losses came from, but where did you find those seventeen extra wins?

      • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Well, the Feesh get to face Doc in a few days. If Doc can’t beat the flacid Feesh…

  6. illcomm - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    did u write this or have someone write the article for you. sounds diff and good for once. no bias

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      It actually had a lot of bias and bad stuff in it early, but I made edits and changes without noting it in the article.

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        I see illcomm’s trailer trash spelling and punctuation haven’t improved any. Sometimes you have to appreciate a refreshing silence on its own terms, I guess.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Too funny – I too noticed it was devoid of back-handed compliments “Player X over came his woe-fulness for one night”

  7. historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Both the American and Canadian summaries above might leave one with the impression that the Tigers’ bullpen was the only sucky thing going in the Tigers-Jays game yesterday (which was greatly delayed by rain — and today may be scrapped altogether). You would be smart, however, to infer from the scoring that this was not the case. In actuality, the 5th and the 7th kind of mirrored each other. In the earlier inning, the Tigers scored and partially so by being walked in with the bases loaded. In the latter, the Tigers returned the favor. This was sloppy ball all around. There were some nice hits, yes, but when the outcome of the game is affected by BB’s….well, you might as well be watching the pitchers hit. Urgh.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      +1 Gator DH trolling.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        he he

      • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Buddha forbid that anything as interesting as periodicity be introduced into a designatedhitterball game. And strategy? Naaahhh, it burns high voltage holes in the brain.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      As a bonus, if you listened to the home announcers yesterday, you were treated to one of those awkward brief exchanges wherein the gentlemen averred that Porcello is a nice looking young man.

      • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        I love those moments. And yes, he is.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Maybe that’s our problem. The SP’s are handsome but the closers….are not.

  8. paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    You can’t stop the Astros, you can only hope to contain them.

    • natslady - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      The Angels are in last place in the AL West. Who knew?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        They should never have traded Wells.

    • stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      It may be a convergence of some galactic forces that we only dimly understand. Or it may be a combination of a Seattle rotation that goes down quickly after Hernandez and a newly renovated park.

      But hey, the Astros will take wins where they can get them this year.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        The Astros are kind of my adopted AL team now since they hired Luhnow and moved out of the NL Central. He did great things to the Cardinals farm system, not just drafting talent, but developing it. There are a lot of key contributors to the current Cardinal team that were late draft picks that pretty much no one thought would make it, much less be solid or better players. Lynn, Kelly, Rosenthal, Carpenter, Adams, Craig, Jay….all later or really late round picks that they system developed. I am rooting for him to be able to do it again…if he does, to me, that will really legitimize his approach to scouting and development.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Wait, you adopted the Astros for your AL team when you live near a Tigers’ affiliate? Grrrrrr.

      • stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        One can only hope. They have made a lot of bad moves (particularly in the front office and broadcasting areas) that are not going over well in the community. Like most of us can’t see games and can barely hear them on the new radio flagship station. And raising prices while cutting quality. And Crane is tone deaf in his media relations.

        But Luhnow putting it back together would go a long way. Especially if the ownership model is truly Tampa Bay and not Pittsburgh, as many of us fear. But it’s still a long slog.

    • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      You know, Paperlions, you and I are very much alike. Baseball is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am a shadowy reflection of you. And it would take only a nudge to make you like me, to push you out of the light.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        I will not come to the dark side, oh shadowy reflection. Tempt me not.

        I am not nearly as well read as you….sadly (or not), I spend a LOT of time during the day reading and writing sciency stuff. Often, the LAST thing I want to do in my free time is stare at more words….unless those words come in very small doses and require little thinking….like blogs and their comments. :-)

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Get a room, you two!

  9. alexo0 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Craig with the Phillies slam. Boom!

    • skeleteeth - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      What? Where? Those are reasonable observations in defense of Brown and Utley.

  10. umrguy42 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    “The sweep-ees were the odds-on favorite to be the worst two teams in the National League, but wins are wins.”

    The Marlins – so bad they count for TWO! ;p

    • Robert Dobalina - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      I believe the other team he was referring to was the Cubs, who the Braves swept also.

      • umrguy42 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        *gets more caffeine, re-reads* Ahh, I see it now.

        Still, I like my way better :p

      • stex52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Thanks for clarifying. I made the same error in context as umrguy. Your explanation makes a lot more sense.

  11. jiminthebay - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    She’ll be riding six white horses when she comes
    She’ll be riding six white horses when she comes
    She’ll be riding six white horses when she comes
    …………What ? i cant sing too ?

  12. skeleteeth - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I know it’s early but nice to see what Crawford can do when given the chance to heal.

    Also, is the HBT specific search function gone? I seem to remember a search box that would list everything posted on HBT on given terms. I only see the WordPress-wide search in the toolbar up above. Maybe I imagined it.

    • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Nope, not your imagination. It used to be there, and now it isn’t.

      • skeleteeth - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Looks like the javascript that was used to expand all the different sub-blog titles (HBT, PFT, etc) on mouse-over has been removed as well.

        On a whiteboard somewhere in a closet @ NBC…

        To Do:

        1. Edit function in comments. (2020?)
        2. Improve mobile app
        3. Make posting interface more intuitive.

        Done:

        1. Remove magic title bars
        2. Remove search function.

        OKAY!

    • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      You’re right! Hey, bring it back!

      I agree on Crawford too. It’s early, but I am so happy to see him succeed.

    • indaburg - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      The search function is back. The same committee research Oakland’s ballpark situation is working on an edit function for HBT.

  13. royhobbs39 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Not sure I get the Sox sticking with Hanrahan? Seems like Bailey had the better Spring, has better stuff right now, and has better career stats. He had a bad string of appearences last year, but it seems like he has rebounded.

  14. thomas844 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Man the Redbirds really stuck it to my Reds. Guess that is payback for Monday lol. I love how these two teams go at it, always exciting when they play. Right now they have baseball’s best rivalry in my opinion.

  15. lukeslice - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I click that damn Encarnacion link EVERY TIME … will I ever learn my lesson? Dammit.

  16. kelshannon19 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Lets all take a moment a understand the Angels are in last place behind the Astros. Just let that sink in.

  17. sportsdrenched - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    We’re coming up on 2 times through the Royals rotation and their K/W ratio is close to 5/1. We ain’t seen anything like that in recent memory. I’ll take it.

    The Blue Jays come to town this weekend. They haven’t started off as planned, and that concerns me.

  18. APBA Guy - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I hadn’t realized that the Astros had climbed past the Angels in the standings, however temporary that will be. But even the BBTN analysts are on board the “Angels pitching sucks” bandwagon now, with Cora pointing that out last night.

    The A’s have 20 runs, 26 hits, and 4 HR’s in the last two games. A’s pitching has surrendered 10 runs, 27 hits, but no HR’s.

    Basically the A’s pitching is been more effective with RISP, especially keeping the ball in the park. But, the A’s pitching hasn’t been great. I mean if the Angels scored 5 every night that would be an 810 run season. No team scored that many last year, with Texas coming closest at 808. But they’d also give up 1620 runs, almost twice as many as Colorado’s 890, the MLB high for 2012.

    So yes, they aren’t going to give up 1620 runs. But it’s not because the A’s are a super offense that, once they leave, the Angels pitching will be able to relax and drop back to 3-4 runs per game. Last year the Angels gave up an average of 4.31 per game and still had a positive (+69) run differential.

    So is this a bad stretch, or are the Angels really in deep trouble?

    Personally, I think they are in deep trouble. They have to get back to that 4.3 runs per game. That may be impossible without Weaver, and with their current bullpen.

  19. APBA Guy - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    “is been”. No edit function. And I hate being interrupted by real work when I’m trying to be so serious.

    • Old Gator - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      So retire. I recommend it.

  20. rwpsych16 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    No one should be “wondering” why the A’s have been so successful. They finally have the lineup to go with their great young pitching depth they always have.

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