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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 14, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

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The Marlins are an awful team, but they’ll be worth watching this year when Jose Fernandez pitches.

Fernandez, 20, tossed six innings of scoreless ball Saturday in Miami’s 2-1 victory over the visiting Phillies, yielding only two hits and two walks while striking out five. He boasts a high-90s fastball and offset it well on Saturday with sharp sliders, curves and changeups. 53 of his 85 pitches were strikes.

Fernandez now has a 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 13/3 K/BB ratio through the first 11 innings of his MLB career. The native of Cuba hadn’t pitched above High-A ball before the start of the 2013 season. But he looks like he belongs in the bigs for good.

Fernandez will face the Reds next at Great American Ball Park. It’ll be a nice test for the youngster.

Your Saturday box scores:

Rays 1, Red Sox 2 (10 innings)

Giants 3, Cubs 2

Braves 3, Nationals 1

White Sox 4, Indians 9

Orioles 5, Yankees 3

Tigers 7, Athletics 3

Mets 4, Twins 2

Brewers 0, Cardinals 8

Reds 1, Pirates 3

Blue Jays 3, Royals 2

Phillies 1, Marlins 2

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 5

Rockies 9, Padres 5

Astros 4, Angels 5

Rangers 3, Mariners 1

  1. paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    The Cardinals have now thrown 3 straight shutouts and haven’t allowed a run in 32 innings. Their starters have an ERA of 1.99.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I don’t know how they did it without Kozma yesterday….

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        He was cheering really loudly, that helped….plus they still had Holliday playing to ensure an adequate dose of OK goodness.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        It’s a good think you have backup on that.

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Depth is key over 162 game season.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        *thing Dangit!

        Of course depth is key — you might need to recruit more to be on the safe side (although I saw a lot of Cards tees in the stands at the MiLB game last night). BTW, the OK goodness didn’t help the A’s yesterday, but I am not unhappy about that.

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        I OK goodness decreases in effectiveness as you move farther from OK itself…plus players have to back there from time to time to recharge.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        That and Tigers awesomeness refracts other juju.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Don’t forget the fact that the Brewers look like they’ve already quit this season.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Fernandez drew a purported (just being careful here – the data is coming from the Fees front orifice) twenty thousand and change to Macondo Banana Massacre Field last night and for the first time the actual scenes of the seats seemed to bear some vague resemblance to the numbers. Even so, it was a Saturday night game against a marquee team with a lot of local fans, so the bottom line remains that by normal standards it was a pretty thin crowd.

    On the brighter side, everyone who cares about baseball – or, perhaps more importantly, used to care about it – seems to be talking about this kid here in Macondo. Even as the mindless drone of spawrts tork raydeeo about the NCAA basketball miasma subsides and the Heat, Buddha bless them, set their sights on the playoffs, callers are bringing up Fernandez (I heard a few call him “Hernandez” – these things take time), trying to tweak or engender the usual vapid comments out of the show hosts. It’s perfect for the market: Cuban, a genuine human drama of escape under a hail of gunfire, heroism at sea (without having to eat anybody), a good clean kid with a great attitude and visible enthusiasm, and a sense that maybe we’re watching a superstar in the making. Also, at the moment, an unanticipated novelty. On days he peetches at home, he will, assuming he isn’t “solved” too quickly, defer momentarily the ongoing disgrace that is Scrooge McLoria’s misgovernance of this franchise and market.

    Meanwhile, Chase Utley fields Coghlan’s double-play grounder cleanly in the bottom of the 9th, we’re not having the same conversation. But we’ll take it. Who ever thought that by the eleventh game of the season the Feesh would still be tied with the Los Angeles Angels of the San Andreas Fault Zone?

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      PS – those of you who heard him interviewed last night or following his debut last week should know that when he got off that boat in Mexico five years ago he couldn’t speak a word of English. He set himself to learning the language with the same focus and near-ferocity that he invested in learning to pitch. What you’re seeing now is no accident. This is one very impressive young man on a whole bunch of levels.

    • indaburg - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      My new projection for the Feesh is 32 wins. But even I know that’s ridiculous. With his innings limit, there is no way Fernandez will get 30 more starts.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        This Indametrics seems to vary wildly from day-to-day. Gator is likely to complain that it’s whim-driven math. :)

      • indaburg - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        This is Feesh baseball. It’s all based on whimsy.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Well, there’s two schools of Indametrics, see? That’s why there’s some confusion. In one school we divide all of Loria’s douchiness by the length X weight of an average Fernando Rodney Plantain. In the other school we use what is known as a “Hangover Banana’s” heft and weight. Very similar, but there can be wide discrepancies based on if ‘Burg’s been drinking or not. Tricky business.

      • indaburg - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Yeah, what cur said.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Ah, yes, I forgot the rum factor.

      • indaburg - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        When discussing the Feesh, heavy alcohol consumption is necessary to arrive at the correct calculation.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        In the future, you should give the rum factor when making projections to show your work.

      • indaburg - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        The proof of my work is 80.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        You stat nerds are ruining the game

      • indaburg - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Game? What are you talking about? Baseball is an advanced statistical simulation being run in a computer lab.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Get off my lawn, nerd

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        I’m gonna have to come up with a conversion chart that translates the rum factor to vodka…and for Gator, the Pisco Sour. I’m not knocking rW’s, if that’s your thing. Some of us (read: American) prefer traditional measures. (The psW for Gator is, of course, Floridian/regional.)

      • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        If you had been paying attention for the past four years you’d know that my drink is the sublime and never to be equaled pina colada. Nobody floats around in the swimming pool inflatable lounger with a pisco sour in the armrest drink holder.

        I don’t know which fingers and toes you’re counting on, Inda, by my state-of-the-artful Royal McBee macroprocessor now projects the Feesh at 2-160.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me!

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Gator, I don’t think the piƱa colada is working for you. Its your “Feesh” drink. And your Feesh, well…well they steenk. Sorry.

        I think you need to change it up. I think the Pisco Sour might be just what you need.

        Try this:
        (Recipe makes 2 servings)
        4 cups ice cubes
        1 cup pisco
        1/3 cup lemon juice
        1/3 cup white sugar
        1 egg white
        Aromatic bitters

        Place ice cubes, pisco, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, and bitters in the bowl of a blender. Blend on high speed until finely pureed. Pour into two glasses and garnish with an additional dash of bitters.

        Have two of those then check back with us in the morning.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Do I see a blending of old school and new school Indametrics?

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Beaver boy: had my first Pisco Sour at El Rincon Argentino, a great steak joint in Quito, Ecuador, over thirty years ago – at an altitude of 9.400 feet, which would be like having about five of them here in sea level Macondo. Needless to say, the drink impressed me, even though I was bitterly disappointed at how little it accomplished back home. Regardless, I love the drink – but it’s just not a swimming pool drink.

  3. paperlions - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    The Cardinals new Saturday only home uniforms, worn for the first time yesterday, are fantastic: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/cardinals-jersey-puts-st-louis-uniforms-143121537–mlb.html

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    As has been the case of late, the Tigers started well and then…the relief. Gah. (Seriously hope the gf cuts Craig off!) We were well ahead and then sweated out the 8th. Benoit got out of it in the end but my lord, it was nerve-wracking. On the upside, Peralta got a nice dhinger. (Torii, torii, torii…) Ahem. All in all, it was a good game to watch and ended in a W, so what more could I want.

    Last night, Mom and I hit the opening weekend for our local MiLB team. The 3rd inning went the same as the Cards’ 6th yesterday — only our team was on the wrong end. From the looks of this game, the Padres have a good future ahead of them and the Rockies will continue to suck. The final score was 13-2 but we did not give up. We were cheering for a rally and hollering “Eleven more!” in the 9th. Ironically, it was Grand Slam night…but not really. There were three scouts sitting behind us, and I felt bad for them because it was the worst Drillers game I’d ever been to. Still, they took notes on the sidewinder who threw strikes at 86mph (likely due to being confused by his awkward mechanics) and how hard our players whiffed. I did see something I’d never seen before: one of the umps made a slide. He was running to keep a good view of the ball and slipped. He jumped back up and jerked his fist up to call the out. So there you are: the sliding out.

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Mr. Anderson got caught in the matrix yesterday, giving up long homeruns to Hunter and “Proposition Joe” Fielder (growing resemblance), then a crushing HR to Jhonny Peralta. Brett would strikeout a hitter or two looking like a #1 worthy of facing the likes of Verlander, then he apparently lost feel and balls would hang, leak up and middle, and the Tigers, who are playing with a ton of confidence, just blasted those pitches. Whatever the caue-pressure of facing Verlander, lingering discomfort from trying two bare-handed fielding plays last outing, just a bad day-Brett was not at his best, and the beloved A’s 9 game winning streak ends.

  6. cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    The Return of Dickey yesterday was a cut-short affair for The BeaverMen. Pulled in the 7th inning, RA had pretty much had his way with the KC hitters on a cool, but not cold, evening at lovely Kaufman Stadium. A long hit to lead off the 7th saw John “Quick Hook ” Gibbons waddling anxiously from the dugout to get Our Boy. The BullPen did its job, though, despite some shaky, ruler straight, pitching from Santos and some BABIP unluckyness for the steady, if unspectacular, Janssen. A win was accrued.

    Aside from the pitching, which was Canadian-Bacon Good, there was another moment of true joy for this fan: after watching a succession of breaking pitches dance around the strike zone, Jose Bautista decided “Si. I can hit that” and went mammo over to the Left Field Bleachers with a man on. Now THAT is how we do THAT.

    And, just like that, My Boys have won two in a row. After some discussion my friends informed this was not a “streak”. Not even a “streakette”. Perhaps a “ministreak” but only labeled so out of charity, I think. What we have here, if assessed in the sober light of dawn, is but “2 victories in a row”. Nothing more. Nothing less. Today, noon MST, we see if we can sneak into “streakette” territory.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      The morning after good Dickey is always pleasant. I’m very happy for your Beaver. Hopefully the improved performance doesn’t end prematurely.

      • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Let’s hope that the cooler weather…ahem…Extenze his career.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Morrow going today. It’ll be nicer today in KC than yesterday. That kid likes the warmer weather. He’ll manage 2 maybe 3 more starts, all of them good, then collapse in a heap when a hangnail becomes infected. Till then, he’ll be money.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        PS one of my baseball buddies will be at your game today…rooting for the Jays, bizarrely.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Your friend has good taste.

        C’mon BEAVZ…..

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        With the assistance of Good Dickey, Jose Bautista’s leadership and a Kawasaki paved the way to victory for The Jays. The little motorcycle that could, scored one run and drove in the first run of the game. Bautista’s 2 run homer was huge. Being a team player, Bautista started the game at third base. He will probably continue to play third until Lawrie returns from the DL. Following the injury to Reyes, the Jays revamped their lineup yesterday. Only Rasmus and Melky started in the same position in both of the first 2 games of the series. It is very good that several players on the team can play multiple positions.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Changing positions is always good.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Speaking from personal experience I presume?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Oh, yes. MVP Miggy moved from 1st to 3rd, you know.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Is Miggy also a switch hitter?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        He quit drinking.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Abstinence makes the bat speed faster?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        When did Miggy turn into a singles hitter? I expected a lot more power from him. Sure hope he turns things around.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        Don’t hate. We’re playing more small ball. It’s good. Teamwork! We gotta do right by our pickup in Torii Hunter — who has been grrrrrrreat!

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Miggy’s clumsy at third. No range and has gotten one to the face.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        That’s the kinda thing that will get you a Jeter basket.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Sorry aboot your Jays.

      • cur68 - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:24 AM

        I’m not. Solid pitching. Bats starting to come to life. If we can keep our manager from sending out a guy with 85mph max speed to face guys who’ve been whiffing on 92+mph FB’s all game, we should be ok.

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