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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

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Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seatNo he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter …

Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally break through against the Braves. Biggest reason: the best kept secret in baseball: Jordan Zimmermann‘s awesomeness. Why that’s a secret I don’t know, but ask 100 baseball fans to name the Nats rotation I bet his name is listed after Strasburg and Gonzalez by almost everyone, and I bet some folks even forget it. His numbers may be a tad inflated so far this season because four of his six outings have come against the Marlins-Marlins-Cubs-Mets, but he’s a legit stud. Maybe the most underrated starter in the NL.

Twins 6, Tigers 2: Anibal Sanchez was coming off a 17-strikeout performance against the Braves but here he didn’t really have it. “It” being either his best stuff or an opponent that would swing at it if the pitcher putted it up to home plate. Scott Diamond was sharp. The Twins showed when facing Bruce Rondon that you can throw it 100 miles per hour, but it don’t mean nothin’ if it doesn’t have any movement.

Pirates 6, Brewers 4: Pittsburgh finally takes one at Miller Park. Four runs in the eighth thanks to Starling Marte‘s two-run homer and RBI singles from Brandon Inge and Pedro Alvarez. John Axford blew up here, giving the Brewers their first loss this season when leading after seven. Shades of 2012.

Angels 5, Athletics 4: Mark Trumbo has been a bright spot at least. Three homers in three days for the big guy. He also leads the league in mixed metaphors:

“It was probably more of a nail-biter than we would have liked. This team hangs around and they’ll find a way to get back in it if you let them. You just have to keep your foot on the gas pedal and try to pound them into submission before they get their second wind.”

I hate it when people hit me with gas pedals when I’m trying to breathe.

Indians 6, Phillies 0: Ryan Raburn went 4 for 5 and is hitting .364/.407/.655. Because that makes sense. The Indians have won four straight, outscoring their opponents 39-5. The Phillies send Halladay and Lee into a two-game series and get outscored 20-2. That’s something that would have made no sense a year ago at this time. Heck, it still makes little sense.

Cardinals 4, Reds 2: Lance Lynn is 5-0 and has won ten straight decisions. He also got a hit and laid down “a perfect bunt” which he said after the game was what he was most happy about. Pitchers batting is adorable.

Yankees 5, Astros 4: Over at IIATMS, Jason is keeping tabs of how big the Yankees’ disabled list-only payroll is right now. It’s up to $95 million. Yet the Yankees are still winning ballgames. Later this year some manager on the hot seat is gonna start whining about all the injuries he’s had to deal with. He’ll say it’s “not an excuse,” but he really will be offering it as an excuse. When he does, I hope Johnny Sportswriter asks him why his injuries have kept him out of contention while the Yankees are still in the thick of the AL East race.

Cubs 6, Padres 2: Scott Feldman goes the distance, striking out 12 and allowing only two runs. Andrew Cashner — the Cubs first round pick back in 2008 — faces his old coworkers and doesn’t make it into the fifth inning.

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1: Clay Buchholz tosses seven shutout innings and improves to 6-0. Two homers for Mike Napoli, one which travelled multiple parsecs.

White Sox 5, Rangers 2: Texas had its chances against Chris Sale in the first couple of innings but didn’t take full advantage of all of their baserunners. Slenderman — which if people aren’t calling Sale that now, they really should be — settled down after that and didn’t allow anything after that. Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Axa homered in the seventh.

Giants 9, Diamondbacks 6: The comeback kids: the Giants rally against the Arizona bullpen for the third straight game to sweep the Gritties. Brandon Belt had a three-run homer. I haven’t watched many Giants games this year, but it feel like Belt has had a lot of big late hits for a guy whose batting line is rather blah overall.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 3: I suppose it’s possible the Rockies can keep winning despite getting meh performances from their starting pitchers, but I just don’t feel like it’s likely. Juan Nicasio only went four innings, but the bats — and Dexter Fowler‘s glove, robbing Adrian Gonzalez of a dinger — picked him up. This game lasted nearly four hours. You won’t be surprised to learn that Josh Beckett was starting for the Dodgers.

Royals 9, Rays 8: The Rays led 6-1 after three and a half, but Kansas City scored one in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth. After the game, Jeff Francoeur explained why the Royals feel like they can always come back from deficits:

“Our goal is to get the first one or two guys on every inning and then let whatever is going to happen, happen,” Francoeur said. “Tonight, we were able to do that.”

Jeff Francoeur: on base percentage guru.

Mariners 8, Orioles 3: Seattle has taken five of seven. Michael Morse hit his third homer in four games. After the game Eric Wedge provided his bosses with a baseline which can help them better decide if he needs to be fired later:

“I feel like our guys have taken significant steps and what you are seeing now is more the norm in regard to what our guys are capable of.”

Awfully courteous of him.

  1. kcrobert10 - May 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Go royals go. Got to love heart attack baseball.

    • bgrillz - May 2, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Being a Giants fan…it wears on you, but when those results come in, it’s worth it.

    • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      My ulcer disagrees with you. Ugh, what an awful loss for my Rays.

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Yeah, who’s laughing about losing to the Royals now? Huh? Hurts, don’t it?


      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I wasn’t laughing, I swear! Are these Royals (gasp) for realz?

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Inda – you need to be airlifted immediately to the ulcer clinic by helicobacter to have your pylori (if you have more than one of them) disinfected. And don’t forget to rinse out your duodenum too. You’ll be fine in the morning.

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        A little gastrointestinal humor to get the H+ juices flowing. I love it.

  2. kinggeorge96 - May 2, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    What’s the score?


    Who’s winning?

    Da Mets!

  3. jarathen - May 2, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Even when the Angels win it’s a waking nightmare.

    But hey, at least the smart personnel moves paid off last night. Frieri managed to shut the door, and Trumbo, Trout, and Kendrick all homered. CJ Wilson wasn’t particularly effective, and I hate to use such a Hawk-like term, but his performance was gutsy. 129 pitches to get through 6-1/3, but he did it.

  4. uyf1950 - May 2, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    This Yankee team continues to amaze. Now 17-10 on the season. Just for information the 9 players who started the game for the Yankees plus Phelps the pitcher had a combined yearly payroll of under $35MM.

    • dondada10 - May 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      It’s very impressive what the Yanks are doing.

      Who sits when Granderson comes back? Ichiro?

      • uyf1950 - May 2, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        I think Wells and Ichiro split time and occasionally Gardner will get a day off.. One hitting against righties and one hitting against lefties. I think when wells isn’t playing defense he will get AB’s DH’ing.

    • 18thstreet - May 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      I don’t understand how the Yankees are doing it, but when “it” involves beating the Astros, then I’m not impressed. The Astros are very bad at playing baseball.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Believe it or not, the astros are not the only team on the Yankees schedule this season!! I kid you not!

      • 18thstreet - May 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Yes! I’m impressed! Just not when they beat the Astros!

      • mybrunoblog - May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Umm, wins against the Astros don’t count? Really? If the games are on the schedule you try and win them. And by the way. The Astros don’t have a ton of talent but I like there moxie( damn, I like the word moxie)

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        I like the word “their.”

        Sure, the wins count. They’re just not as hard to come by as other kinds of wins.

      • uyf1950 - May 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Gentlemen, normally I would agree with you about the wins should come easier when you face the Astros I would just point out when you have to start guys like Phelps, Nix, Francisco, Stewart and Overbay no win comes easy regardless of the team. That’s just my opinion.

      • 18thstreet - May 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Jason Nix, at $900,000, would be sixth highest paid Astro. Well, he’d be the seventh highest paid if the Astros also signed Ben Francisco for $1.2 million, making him 4th on that team.

        It’s easy to misinterpret the rantings of a long-time Yankee hater, but this is really a criticism of the Astros. They lose because they aren’t trying to win. They play in a gigantic market with no shortage of corporations to buy up advertising and luxury boxes. They have a retractable roof stadium (thanks, taxpayers), so fans never have an excuse not to attend. They get a bunch of games with in-state rivals that ought to draw visiting crowds. They were in the World Series more recently than all but eight teams. They drew 3 million fans in 2007, which isn’t that long ago.

        The Red Sox just beat them, too, and I wasn’t impressed by that, either. It makes me wish MLB had a way to relegate a team like the Astros to triple A and call up the Rochester Red Wings or Columbus Clippers or something to take their place.

  5. natslady - May 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Craig, re: JZimm. You said the Cubs, but you meant the White Sox. His one loss was to the Mets, when he gave up a whopping 2 runs, and only went 5 innings.

    Date Opp Dec IP H ER BB SO HR GB FB GSc WPA
    Apr 4 MIA W(1-0) 6.0 8 1 2 1 1 13 11 51 0.232
    Apr 10 CHW W(2-0) 7.0 7 2 0 4 0 10 12 59 0.149
    Apr 15 MIA W(3-0) 9.0 6 3 1 6 0 17 9 68 0.105
    Apr 21 NYM L(3-1) 5.0 2 2 3 4 1 7 8 56 -0.028
    Apr 26 CIN W(4-1) 9.0 1 0 1 4 0 12 13 88 0.724
    May 1 ATL W(5-1) 8.0 2 0 0 8 0 9 9 86 0.516

    • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      That table looked lovely and perfectly aligned before I hit the “Post comment” button. Grrrr. Anyway, you get the point.

      I love me some Mike Rizzo, but he needs to wake up to the Ace-dom of JZ. Yesterday on the radio, when asked why is Stras the ace of the Nats, he said, “Have you seen him pitch?” Said, Stras’ peripherals were as good if not better than last April. Said Stras had only got 1.86 runs per game of support. Great work ethic, etc. etc. Hey, Mike, have you seen Jordan pitch?

      Meanwhile, JZ got bad calls last night (so did Maholm, for that matter), and plowed right through. JZ doesn’t believe in strikeouts, believes in getting guys out, going deep into games. That’s why he doesn’t the the pub. (He was at 107 pitches, so Davey didn’t let him go for the 9th–and Soriano is proving to be quite trustworthy.)

      • cktai - May 2, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        He deserved that loss. -0.028 WPA, what a bum.

      • cktai - May 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Or is that a -0.028 gamescore, I can’t really see with the lack of alignment in the data. In that case, he really deserved the loss.

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        The (pre) tag is your friend.

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM
        IP  H R ER BB SO HR HBP  ERA 
       6.0  8 1  1  2  1  1   0 1.50 
       7.0  7 2  2  0  4  0   0 2.08 
       9.0  6 3  3  1  6  0   1 2.45 
       5.0  2 2  2  3  4  1   0 2.67 
       9.0  1 0  0  1  4  0   0 2.00 
       8.0  2 0  0  0  8  0   0 1.64 
      44.0 26 8  8  7 27  2   1 1.64
      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        You nested tables, didn’t you?

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Ted Codd recanted, yet Chris Date still babbles on. He’s a regular Babylonian.

      • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        I’ll have to look up how you did that. Nice job, thanks.

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Table contents

        Only with < > instead of ( ).

      • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        ok, here goes. hopefully this no one is paying attention if this doesn’t work. ;)]

        Date	Opp	Rslt	Dec	IP	H	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA	Pit	Str	GB	FB	GSc	WPA
        Apr 4	MIA	W,6-1	W(1-0)	6.0	8	1	2	1	1	1.50	89	60	13	11	51	0.232
        Apr 10	CHW	W,5-2	W(2-0)	7.0	7	2	0	4	0	2.08	90	60	10	12	59	0.149
        Apr 15	MIA	W,10-3	W(3-0)	9.0	6	3	1	6	0	2.45	103	70	17	9	68	0.105
        Apr 21	NYM	L,0-2	L(3-1)	5.0	2	2	3	4	1	2.67	96	60	7	8	56	-0.028
        Apr 26	CIN	W,1-0	W(4-1)	9.0	1	0	1	4	0	2.00	91	59	12	13	88	0.724
        May 1	ATL	W,2-0	W(5-1)	8.0	2	0	0	8	0	1.64	107	72	9	9	86	0.516
        44.0	26	8	7	27	2	1.64						
      • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        trying again. just ignore me…

        Date	Opp	Rslt	IP	H	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA	Pit	GSc	WPA
        Apr 4	MIA	W,6-1	6.0	8	1	2	1	1	1.50	89	51	0.232
        Apr 10	CHW	W,5-2	7.0	7	2	0	4	0	2.08	90	59	0.149
        Apr 15	MIA	W,10-3	9.0	6	3	1	6	0	2.45	103	68	0.105
        Apr 21	NYM	L,0-2	5.0	2	2	3	4	1	2.67	96	56	-0.028
        Apr 26	CIN	W,1-0	9.0	1	0	1	4	0	2.00	91	88	0.724
        May 1	ATL	W,2-0	8.0	2	0	0	8	0	1.64	107	86	0.516
    • mybrunoblog - May 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      I’m giving you a thumbs up just because you took the time to write all those stats out.

  6. philliesblow - May 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Couldn’t find video of Valdespin’s HR. Did it just clear the fence or did he hit it dead nuts?

    • dondada10 - May 2, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      He just continues to get the head out in front.

    • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Here ya go. Pretty solid to RF. How does he keep doing that? (PH HRs.)

  7. detroitr1 - May 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Sanchez seemed a bit amped up in the first inning and was throwing harder than he normally does (95+) and the Twins didn’t give in and took advantage…which is what they’re good at. He did settle down though and recorded 9 ks and went 6 innings–after throwing 35+ pitches in the first. The Tigers have recorded 6 games in a row with 10+ strikeouts setting an AL record.

    You could say Rondon needs more TWTW. Or in less polite terms, he is a dumpster fire when there is some pressure on him.

    • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      You won’t have Bruce Rondon to knock around anymore because, gentlemen, that was his last mound conference.

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        I wasn’t watching the Tiggers last night. Did they ship him out again?

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Off to Toledo!

    • dluxxx - May 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Wouldn’t you know the game this series I *didn’t* watch is the one the Twins win. Oh well, I’ll take it. I’d say I should stop watching them for a while, but that would completly ruin the point of rooting for them. And, I’m not really that superstitious…

  8. paperlions - May 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Cardinal’s starters continue to carry this team. They lead the league in ERA by nearly a run at 2.11 (Cinci is second at 3.07)….and that isn’t because of great defense, their OF has two below average guys on the corners and an average guy (if you are being generous) in CF, Craig and Descalso are below average, Kozma is about average….really their best non-Molina defender this year has been Matt Carpenter at 2B/3B.

    They’ve also played a tough schedule so far, the only opponent they’ve had that is currently below .500 is Philly and most of their games have been on the road.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Are you saying Jon Jay is a very average Centerfielder? Nah…can’t be. Has to be a typo.

  9. cktai - May 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I think you are misreading Trumbo’s quote. He is not pounding anyone with the pedals, he is pounding the pedals themselves. With his foot. Least they start breathing again. And let’s be fair, it is a bit freaky when gas pedals start to get their second breath.

    • jarathen - May 2, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      You can see this phenomenon in Iron Man 2. Gotta keep the pedal down and keep that Russian genius pinned.

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Why are you stepping on Vladimir Nabokov’s head?

    • cktai - May 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM


  10. chumthumper - May 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    It’s not just that “Pitchers batting is adorable.”; pitchers batting is the way it is supposed to be.

    • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Yes, by God, what gives meaning to baseball — and, really, what puts fans in the stands — is the perfect bunt. That’s clearly the most important number of anyone’s stats. We’ve devoted endless posts to it. There’s a section in the HoF just for the most perfect bunters. Frankly, I think the lack of bunting is what’s going to keep Mo out on the first ballot. Everyone digs the bunt. Baseball is bunt obsessed. It’s the only thing keeping it from dying.

      • dluxxx - May 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        You’ve been watching the Twins feed on the Twins/Tigers feed again haven’t you?

      • dluxxx - May 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        games, not feed. Edit function.

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        You want some sarcasm with that sarcasm?

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Too much?

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        No, not at all. Your sarcasm font is working perfectly.

      • paperlions - May 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Well, if watching guys weakly ground and pop out all the time bothers you, you shouldn’t want to ever watch Kozma bat either.

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        You are a terrible, terrible homer. You don’t even deserve your OK goodness. Have you no shame?

      • paperlions - May 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        No, not really.

      • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        @paperlions, I don’t ever want to watch Pete Kozma bat, ever. Weak grounders, ha. When did he learn how to do that?????

      • historiophiliac - May 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        He’s just trolling paper.

  11. albertmn - May 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    As a Twins fan, I am basking in the glory of a .500 record this far into the season.

    Is it early? Yes.
    Might they plummet back to the depths? Maybe.
    Should a .500 record something to be happy about? No.

    But, after the last two seasons, Twins fans will take whatever we can get. A .500 record brings hope with it. If they hang around .500, you know they might be within one win streak of getting into the race late in the season. If you can play .500 into late in the season and luck into one 10 game win streak, that could put you at 87 wins. That would have almost won the AL Central last year and who knows if it is enough this year.

    • kopy - May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out. A .500 record should keep any team within reasonable striking distance of the 2nd wild card. Then all it takes is a hot streak to reach the post season.

      Are there more interleague games this year, or just 1 series at all times? If there are more, I’m wondering if we could have a situation where it takes 90 wins to make the postseason in one league and 82 in the other.

    • dluxxx - May 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the Twins this year, especially considering how I expected them to perform. They are looking like a better club this year than last, and the pitching has improved (even if it doesn’t appear that way). It was bound to get better, but I just get this sinking feeling that it’s a mirage (is that the MN sports fan syndrome? I’m never sure.).

      My hope is that they can compete all year and sneak into the playoffs. That’s what my heart says, and I would be extatic if it happened.

      My head on the other hand, is waiting for the bottom to drop out. I’m just hoping that if it does, it happens sooner rather than later – like before the trade deadline sooner, if you catch my drift. I don’t want to see a repeat of 2011 where they were close(ish) at the deadline and didn’t make any moves. I want them to know if they’ll be sellers, and not be wishy washy about it.

      So, to sum up. I want the Twins to succeed, but not at the expense of the future. Does that make sense?

  12. chacochicken - May 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Trust the Jordan Zimmermann

  13. albertmn - May 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    As to the Yankees playing well with guys out injured, that is exactly the point that I have always made about the Yankees payroll. Because they have all that money, they can pump money into backups and reclamation projects that others can’t. They could throw money at Youk to cover for ARod. They can afford to slightly overpay Ichiro, keep Gardner, take a chance on Wells and Hafner, etc. Other teams with smaller payrolls can’t take those chances because they will be crippled if they don’t work. If they don’t work for the Yankees, they just move on to someone else and the money doesn’t prevent them from doing anything in the future. This is a different, SLIGHTLY more frugal Yankees, but the big payroll still puts them in better position to weather injury issues than other teams with lower payrolls.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      sounds like you need some cheese with that whine

      • kopy - May 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        He’s right.

  14. Jason Lukehart - May 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Let’s not turn the Yankees into some sort of ‘little engine that could.’ Even with all that injured payroll, they’re still got $100M NOT on the DL, a higher figure than many, many teams have even when everyone is healthy.

    • cktai - May 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      True, the Yankees are not the Marlins, who have recently placed all of their Major League level players on the DL

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Yes – to make room for some less expensive AAA and AA players.

        cktai – weren’t you on Star Trek?

      • cktai - May 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Oi I resent that question. I have been commenting on this board since Craig came over from The Hardball Times, if you want to ask me questions about my nick, you should have done it a long time ago 😦

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      By all means, let’s not turn the Borg into some Little Engine that Could. I read that Little Golden Book in my dentist’s office waiting room as a child. It brings back horrible memories.

  15. indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Last night, Mariano Rivera must have sprinkled some pixie dust upon my sleepy head to spare me the sight of my Rays completely collapsing. Hellickson has looked less than commanding all season. Really, our pitching except fot Moore and Cobb has been less than impressive. The excuse that it’s only April no longer holds true. If our pitching doesn’t sort itself out, we are in some deep doo-doo because this team wouldn’t outslug the Bad News Bears.

    It’s going to get better, right? Please tell me it’s going to get better. You can lie to me.

    • dluxxx - May 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      It’s going to get better. 😉

    • mybrunoblog - May 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Sorry real men don’t lie about baseball. It’s probably not going to get better. The Rays can’t hit their weight.
      I will however enlighten you on the three universal man lies(they’re very crude but brutally honest)
      I love you, the check is in the mail, and I promise I won’t c– in your m—-. If a man says anyone one of these 3 things to a woman, chances are he is lying. Sorry. Truth hurts but it’s enlightening.

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        You, sir, are no gentleman. I like that in a man.

        But please have mercy. I haven’t eaten breakfast yet.

    • sportsdrenched - May 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      They can get better as soon as the Rays Charter rotates off the runway at MCI.

  16. mungman69 - May 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Wait till the Phillies start pitching, hitting, fielding, whatever.

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      At 63, I hope I live to see it.

  17. hisgirlgotburrelled - May 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Can’t remember the last time you could say a team scattered walks, but that’s what Cleveland did to Philadelphia last night: 7 walks, 0 runs. The team that 2 weeks ago didn’t take a walk in 39 straight innings drew 7 last night.

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  19. sportsdrenched - May 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    So much snark I could spin from Francoeur’s comments especially with Ned Yost being the manager, and the front office having a 30 year old offensive strategy….but the Royals are winning, the even got back to 1st place after falling out, so I will save said snark for later.

    No way they play todays game. It’s May 2, and sleet/snow are forecasted for KC, so that makes sense. Makes me long for the days when it was 107 at first pitch.

    • geoknows - May 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      It won’t snow until tonight. Not that it’s nice right now…41 degrees and drizzly. If they can dodge the raindrops, they’ll play; the Rays don’t come back this year.

  20. Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I suppose Scrooge McLoria and Tom Rickettsiae are both grateful to Craig for giving their awful teams top billing this morning. Me – as you can see – I read myself to sleep by energy-saving bulb last night since the game was mercifully over by late afternoon, and was delighted with the allusion to incest in Chinatown. Whereas I will not make any comments about the cat carcasses hanging in the restaurant kitchens in that part of town, so as to avoid infuriating anyone of the Sino-American persuasion for a change (I have some railroad spike jokes for that), I definitely want to mention that if it’s incest that Craig is interested in, he should have mentioned the relationships between MLB, the Scrooge McLoria crime family and the Macondo County Commission that got this black hole of a stadium built over the clearly expressed opposition of the people of this community.

    But hey – I don’t want to offend all those Circling the Bases green card and student visa holders who like to come on here out of nowhere and demand surcease from political discussions. As we all know, this is “supposed to be” a pure baseball fantasyland blog.

    So let’s to Macondo Banana Massacre Field with a consideration of the epic events of the past three days: (1) the Feesh found another team so inept that they could actually take two of three from them; (2) despite the absence of the Iron Giant, the Feesh were able to score six earned runs in a losing cause yesterday, which may or may not have been a tribute to their fallen gladiator; (3) Terry Collins might or might not have received a stay of execution by avoiding a humiliating sweep; (4) the Feesh are facing something more like a real team tonight in Feeliedelphia, where the long-term effects of ingesting horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches are finally becoming apparent, and finally (5) at 8 and 20, though the Feesh continue to own the worst record in real baseball, the Astros, recently downgraded to playing designatedhitterball, now sport the same motley record. So, that’s companionship, of a sort. I guess it’s like making a good buddy of the guy chained next to you in a Carthaginian galley as the Roman fleet closes in.

  21. deathmonkey41 - May 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Are our friends North of the Border asking for John Gibbon’s head yet?

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      From what I’ve read and heard from my Toronto friends, no one ever wanted him back in the first place.

  22. jaysfan64 - May 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Oh after the opening series they wanted Gibbons gone…it’s not his fault (yet) they aren’t hitting, pitching, or fielding at a major league level…but what Melky did last night was just stupid…I was never sold on him to start with – there’s reasons the Giants told him to just stay away after the suspension was served…sigh – this looks like it might be a long season…

    • deathmonkey41 - May 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I heard- not sure if it was rumor or truth- that the Yankees traded Melky away because they were afraid he was becoming a bad influence on Cano.

  23. APBA Guy - May 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    OG, personally, I prefer a Silesian pirate fleet old buddy to a Carthiginian one, only because it’s a pirate’s life for me!

    With that said and a bottle of rum before me, we contemplate the A’s first loss of 2013 to their big money rivals from SoCal. Being welcoming sorts of folks, the A’s arranged to have perfect SoCal weather imported to NorCal to make their guests more comfortable. Scioscia responded with a lineup that had Jimenez at 3rd and Shuck in left with Hamilton at DH. The A’s worked CJ to nearly 30 pitches in the first, but he escaped with with none allowed and again in the second until the A’s got 2 in the 3rd. CJ hung around until the 7th by going an heroic 123 pitches no doubt energized by three solo shots, including a Trout bomb that was way up in the seats.There were no late inning heroics for the A’s, probably because they were still tired from Monday night’s marathon and they were also looking towards their upcoming 10 game road trip against the Yankees, Cleveland, and Seattle.

    As I mentioned yesterday, the A’s have not fared well against teams not named Astros and Angels (11-1 vs these two teams, 5-12 otherwise). Now would be a good time to turn that around.

    • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      That is a very strange profile, isn’t it? I understand why the Astros are terrible. Minimal talent. I understand why Toronto is terrible – AA made the same dumb mistake as Larry Beinfest last year, adding new pieces to a team that really needed having old pieces replaced, not added to – and I understand why the Cubs are terrible; they’re accursed. I certainly know why the Feesh are terrible – their owner is a cheapskate, a crook and a meddling bungler. But I have to confess that I cannot fathom why the Angels are so awful.

      • Old Gator - May 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        PS – I’ve been trying to imagine a scenario wherein a Roman fleet closes in on a Silesian pirate ship. You’ve got me stumped.

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Cilician, not Silesian. I would imagine Silesian pirates, if they existed, would have harassed commerce on the Oder, much as the Pittsburgh Pirates do on the Ohio.

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