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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 28, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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The Royals acquired right-handed starter Ervin Santana from the Angels this offseason for basically nothing. It’s still very early, but that’s looking like one of the best moves of the winter.

Santana went seven scoreless innings on Saturday night against a tough Indians lineup, striking out five batters and issuing no walks. He now boasts a 2.00 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in five starts this season with 31 strikeouts (and only five walks) in 36 innings.

The Royals are now atop the American League Central standings with a 12-8 record and a +15 run differential.

The Tigers are a game back of Kansas City at 12-10 (with a +16 run differential).

Your Saturday box scores:

Braves 4, Tigers 7

Reds 3, Nationals 6

Phillies 9, Mets 4

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 5

Orioles 7, Athletics 3

Rangers 2, Twins 7

Pirates 5, Cardinals 3

Astros 4, Red Sox 8

Rays 10, White Sox 4

Indians 2, Royals 3

Cubs 3, Marlins 2

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 3 (10 innings)

Giants 7, Padres 8 (12 innings)

Angels 2, Mariners 3

Brewers 6, Dodgers 4

  1. recoveringcubsfan - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Tigers beat Braves, 7-4.

    GATTITUDE!

    The lesson there is, if the Braves think the Nationals’ “Nattitude” slogan is dumb, the thing to do is NOT to make your own, dumb slogan, thereby opening yourself up to the same mockery you heretofore could direct at your rival.

    The Braves are 3-7 in their last 10. They’d better hope they really do have the Nats’ number next week, or else we might all have to go back and acknowledge that oh, yeah: April numbers mean very little.

    • indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I’m pretty sure the Braves were mocking the Nats regarding Gattitude. Can you be mocked for mocking? This is becoming very meta.

      Yep, April numbers. Put faith in small sample sizes at your own peril.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Fresh off 2 stunning injuries the day before, the Yankees proved their depleted team is still better than the revamped Blue Jays. With 6 key players on the DL, including 4 all stars, the Yankees lead the league in injuries. CC I continually proves why he’s an enduring ace. Without his best stuff, all year, he’s posted 4 wins this April. I think I heard that this is the first time in his career with 4 in April, but can’t find it in any news reports. He went 8 innings on pure guts , which you’ll note, he has in abundance. The pen got a well need rest. Pronk hit a game tying, momentum swinging 3run home run, along with a surprising, rare triple, for a guy generally timed in whole numbers with a calendar. Cashman has shown to be the best gm in all of baseball when signing players well past their prime for virtually peanuts and getting unexpectedly superior performances. Youklis, wells, Hefner and overbay are this years examples. After starting 1-4, the Yankees are 13-5 since and will be looking for a four game sweep of the Jays later today against RA Flukey.

    • jwbiii - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Good call on Sabathia. April record:
      2001 2-1 4.57
      2002 2-3 6.82
      2003 0-2 3.79
      2004 1-0 1.71
      2005 2-0 0.92
      2006 0-0 11.57
      2007 3-0 3.18
      2008 1-4 7.88
      2009 1-2 4.73
      2010 3-1 3.12
      2011 2-1 2.25
      2012 3-0 4.58
      2013 4-2 3.35
      Career 24-16 4.05

    • indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      To my chagrin and beffudlement, these aged and decrepit Yanks keep winning. At the same time, see above regarding April numbers and small sample sizes. If the Yanks are still up there later in the season, then start bragging about Cashman and his skillz. I’ll give him his props then.

  3. spudchukar - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Another bull pen melt down for the Red Birds. Some credit to Russel Martin who hit a pretty good pitch into the right field bleachers, but the Kelly, Scrabble, Rosenthal, and Boggs all struggled. Odd combination, the best starting pitching in the NL, and the worst bull pen.

    The St. Louis management has been successful in recent years, bringing up fire balling youngsters, sending them to the pen to get their feet wet. However, there is no guarantee that past formulas work for all players.

    Kelly is an enigma to me. I saw him in Spring Training in 2011, and he possessed a power sinker, treasured by the St. Louis organization. And he was steady in 2012, racking up quality start after quality start. But even then he didn’t exhibit the great sinker that made him so attractive as a youngster. Plus he closed games in the minors, so relief is not all that new.

    Scrabble hasn’t been effective for some time. He can be tough when he gets ahead of hitters be them right handed or left handed. But his lack of command gets him in trouble, and when he cannot resort to his out pitches, he is meat.

    Rosenthal will probably come around, and may still be moved into the closer role if Motte need surgery. He is raw, and at times his inexperience shows. However, is was stellar at the end of 2012, and can most likely sort out his early season difficulties.

    Boggs has always been an implosion on hold. Yeah, he had a good 2012 in the eighth inning role, but with such a fragile psyche, it is hard to see how he turns things around to the degree where legitimate faith in him can be restored.

    Salas hasn’t been the Salas of the mid-summer of 2011, but he generally throws strikes, challenges hitters, and has three quality pitches. His change-up hasn’t been the out pitch it was when he was called on to close, but his breaking ball has improved, and he has always shown the ability to go more than one inning.

    Which brings me to conclusion that St. Louis may possess guys who don’t especially fit into the traditional 7, 8, and 9 roles. Perhaps it would be a better strategy to alternate days with the pen and allow whoever is called upon to go 2 innings. All relievers discussed above have often proved to be more successful in the 2nd inning of relief. It is worth a try, cause the current approach is failing miserably, with the exception of Mujica.

    But if Motte indeed needs TJ, a move to secure another proven arm, might be prudent. Gast might be the answer to replace Rzepczenski, but it is hard to see Memphis providing other alternatives. Sure Wacha is interesting, but he is a 5 pitch guy, and not ideally suited to relieve.

    Fortunately the fourth-place Reds are struggling, particularly offensively, with real production questions in left field, short stop, and catcher, creating a weak bottom half of the line-up. But the young talented Reds will still rebound. Their start gives St. Louis a little time to iron out the back half of the pitching staff, but the Cards should have a comfortable NL Central lead, with the fabulous showing of the starters.

    One last thought. With both Carpenter and Westbrook most likely coming off the books in 2014, shouldn’t the Red Bird brass consider resigning Beltran to a two year deal. Yeah, it might block Taveras somewhat, but he is still unproven, and 4 quality outfielders is a not a dilemma but a choice. And there is plenty of cash to afford the switch-hitting Puerto Rican, who appears healthier, and happier in St. Louis where he has already stated he would like to stay.

    • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Er.. regarding Kelly, that should read, “closed in college” not minors.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Spud- a very nice, comprehensive synopsis about the bullpen for a team I don’t follow closely.

    • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Thanks, I still believe the successful Yankee acquisitions will come down to earth, but Cashman’s “gets” certainly have produced. The early season success is a surprise to me, and if it continues I will have some serious crow to eat. So far I have been dead wrong about the Yanks, Sox too.

      The Rays have shown signs, of shaking off, their early season struggles, especially their young guns, and while still offensively challenged, I think they will be in the mix. The Jays, I’m not as sure, particularly in the starting pitching department. They should score more runs, but unless they get better results from their frontline hurlers, it could make for a long season.

      The Yanks certainly have proven their mettle, with all the injury set backs. The Cervelli one may be the toughest to overcome, but overcome they sure have to date.

      • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        If you run short of crow, call for Jimmythemarlinsfan. He’s got plenty left over that he stocked up on this spring, originally intending to distribute it to the rest of us. If he doesn’t answer right away, try again the next day – he may just be on his way back from a meeting at Macondo Banana Massacre Field with the latest iteration of the Feesh marketing department’s Scrooge McLoria Charm Offensive plan.

  5. historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Yesterday’s sacrifice to Jobu proved acceptable. Note, people: a dish of ketchup, sugar-free pudding & baby carrots. Jobu must be reducing.

    After Porcello’s last meltdown outing, I was nervous. Those are always our iffiest games, but it went well. He pitched solidly and our defense held it’s own (of course, it was hard not to look good next to some of the Braves field work there). In case you didn’t notice, of late, we’ve been playing some smaller ball, and it’s working out — except, ironically, the dhingers from Peralta and Infante. It’s a good thing when the bottom of your order delivers. Most wonderfully, it was another good closing from V-Wiggles — wiggles and all. (The blonde tuft really clashed w/ the retro uni, btw.) He got down to business and the crowd was with him. It’s too early to exhale, but so far, so good. Grrrrrrrr!!!!

    I’d like to add that apparently, you never get over a true baseball crush. I did gasp and immediately start up when Torii Hunter got HBP. But, Torii was Mr. Cool and that was that. Also, Braves batters, go easy on hitting catchers in the cabeza on the back end of your swing. Sheesh.

    • indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      You offered Jobu ketchup, sugar free pudding, and baby carrots and live to tell the tale? Jobu rejects your meager offerings. (Next time at least use regular pudding made with pure sugar from a Caribbean sugar cane. Gak, sugar free?) There are reasons Porcello performed well, reasons which I cannot divulge. Trust me when I say there are greater forces at work here.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Maybe he just needed a break from people who only get him drunk to take advantage of his power.

      • indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Don’t listen to her, Jobu. Most men live to have someone get them drunk to take advantage of them. Jobu no different.

        I was very happy to see Porcello pitch well. Time to do a little spring cleaning and break out the brooms, yes?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I love to watch men doing chores. Have you seen Porn for Women? I could go for my boys sweeping it up today.

        And, some of us don’t chase baseball gods. We lure them in with the sacrificial equivalent of Don Kelly. Be merciful on us, Jobu. Take our unsweets and vegetables and make us jump up and down with glee in your presence.

      • indaburg - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Honey, it’s not usually much of a chase. ;-)

        Porn for Women? No, I’m not familiar with it. There’s no Fabio-looking guys in it, are there?

        (But seriously, cut out those artificial sweeteners. They’re terrible for you. It’s better to have a bite of the real stuff than a lot of the fake.)

      • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        It’s a calendar of guys doing household chores (fully dressed). It’s pretty funny.

        And, I will give up the artificial sweeteners the day the food industry starts using a moderate amount of sugar in their products. They don’t let you have just a bite of the real stuff. I almost never use sugar when I’m cooking at home. The market doesn’t give you much free choice a lot of times.

  6. uyf1950 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    All I can say is Hafner is worth every bit of the $2MM guaranteed he signed for and much more. If he earns the addition $2MM in incentives I believe most if not all Yankee fans will be very, very happy. I know I will.

  7. rockthered1286 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    All this talk about the yanks, BoSox and rays on track… Did the O’s fall back into obscurity by essentially not under achieving or over achieving? Everyone has the O’s pegged for “no way they stay hot. They’ll fall back to earth after no offseason improvements and losing a hot Reynolds bat,” yet here we are after holding the As who have the most runs scored in the AL to 4 runs over 3 games. Quietly the yard birds sit in 2nd place in the AL Beast without Roberts at second or an actual DH or an actual Ace on the starting rotation…

    • historiophiliac - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      M&M (McLouth & Machado) are on fire today!

  8. kcrobert10 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Go royals go. To bad Santana is going to cost way more than we can afford to pay this off-season. Its ok though we still have paulino and Duffy comming back from Tommy johns. Also take a look down in the minors will smith and Chris Dwyer doing well at Omaha. Ventura was on last years future all star team at northwest Arkansas. Kyle Zimmer last yrs 1st rd pick is dominating high A in Wilmington and in low A in Lexington there are a pair of arms emerging in Kyle smith and Ryan brickhouse.

    I was not in favor of the off-season trade for shields and Davis but ill admit I was wrong. I didn’t realize the amount of arm talent still stacked in the minors. Way to go Dayton Moore. Now please call up Miami and make a deal for Stanton and make this team a real scary contender. Could you imagine a lineup with him, butler, Gordon and the emerging talents of hosmer, Perez, and Escobar for the next 3 yrs wow.

    • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Kansas City is almost halfway home for the Iron Giant, and there’s no denying what a great music, arts and steak town it is. I can see him having some fun out there and putting up some ridiculous numbers while he bides his time, even if it is only designatedhitterball, until he’s ready for free agency and a return to California to play real baseball again.

  9. Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Despite the Iron Giant’s first moonshot of the season, the Feesh, as usual, ground out a close game only to find a bear waiting at the top of the salmon ladder. Last night the bear was wearing glasses and looked an awful like the Feesh’s former apocalypse from the boolpen, Kevin Gregg. As one of the Feesh announcers remarked as the “crowd” headed for the exits (they have to call it a crowd or they get canned, one assumes), Scrooge McLoria’s ragtags and recidivists need to play all but perfect baseball to have a prayer of winning a game, and last night they gifted a run to the Grubs in the first inning on an error, a wild pitch and a sac fly. Beengo. It was, I theenk, their eleventh one run loss of April. The broadcasters ran through the litany of anemia aboard – so many losses by two runs or less, so many games in which they’ve scored three, two or one run or less, and that whomever the Feesh selected as the prayer to be named later in the Strange Attractor deal with Toronto hasn’t reported to Single-A Jupiter yet.

    In other news, the Fernadez/Nolasco owner meddling controversy from Minneapolis continues to rage across the spectrum of Spawrts Torque Raydeeo here in Macondo. An assordid group of tawrk show hosts, all sounding like pimply adolescents with mild bronchitis who are still waiting for their testicles to find their way into their belly turrets (note to communications majors: the glottal stop is dead), and who spend more time talking about the peccadilloes of American Idol judges than sports on days when the Heat didn’t play the prior evening, continue to mention that Scrooge McLoria denies he made the decision, and they continue to laugh when they mention it.

    Coda: as if on cue, I received a Feesh merchandise email this morning featuring an “authentic” Iron Giant jersey for – are you ready for this? What? Laughing already? But I haven’t said what the price is yet! – $269.00.

    Okay. Now you can laugh. But if those spawrts torque hosts are still waiting for their huevos to descend, you gotta admit that the galley slaves in the marketing department have a bona fide set of brass ‘uns.

    • jwbiii - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      A bear at the top of the salmon ladder? You might appreciate this:

      http://demotivators.despair.com/demotivational/ambitiondemotivator.jpg

  10. Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    April, Harry, April. You’re already recycling your one liners. How are you going to hold anyone’s attention by July?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      By July we wont even be talking about the bluejays anymore, you know kinda like every year? Cause by then they will be so far out of it nobody will care and proudly will be here bragging about the MLB Draft and all the “sandwich picks” The jays have for sucking all these years. But as you see all the sandwich picks in the world doesnt help that team, they still suck year in and year out. And if you want my opinion this is the year the jays finish last, yep they actually took on more salary in order to get “worse”. You gotta love it!!

    • Old Gator - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      So who are you gonna rag then? The Gloryholes aren’t going to do you the same favor as the Feather Lice and the Razed always seem to find a way to stay material to the discussion into the Fall. And you’re gonna have to stand in line to revile the Beanbags. Thin pickings.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      As long as the jays, redsox, and phillies are eliminated from the postseason im a happy man and i will not have anyone or anything to rag on

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