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Settling the Score: Sunday’s results

Sep 2, 2013, 7:24 AM EDT

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Hope you all are having a nice Labor Day weekend. Hope that you get today off work. Hope that, even if you don’t, you’re able to at least take it a bit easier than usual and not have too stressful a go of it.

That’s kind of our plan today too. We’re here for whatever comes down the pike in the world of baseball, but it’ll be a decidedly more chill experience than most days. I may even leave my fortified compound for a bit to go get stuff to grill this afternoon rather than eat my canned beans and C-rations.

There was baseball yesterday. Here’s what went down:

Cardinals 7, Pirates 2:
Orioles 7, Yankees 3:
Angels 5, Brewers 3:
Royals 5, Blue Jays 0:
Cubs 7, Phillies 1:
Indians 4, Tigers 0:
Dodgers 2, Padres 1:
Red Sox 7, Whites Sox 6:
Rockies 7, Reds 4:
Astros 2, Mariners 0:
Giants 8, Diamondbacks 2:
Twins 4, Rangers 2:
Marlins 7, Braves 0:
Athletics 5, Rays 1:
Nationals 6, Mets 5:

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    I see that there is still some life left in the Orioles and the Indians. The Yankees had a chance to gain ground on Tampa Bay yesterday, but blew it as they gave up 7 runs in the 7th inning. Boston seems to have the AL East well in hand. Tampa Bay has a tough schedule and is faltering a bit, but they do get Matt Moore back tomorrow.

    • skeleteeth - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Tigers, Yankees, Rays, Yankees, Orioles. In good position yes. In hand…maybe.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        The Red Sox schedule gets tougher this month; however, every team chasing them also has a tough schedule this month.

      • dan1111 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        The Red Sox have somewhat tougher opponents (but not by much). However, they also have four off days during September–as much as the Rays, Orioles, and Yankees combined.

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  2. dondada10 - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Speaking of Labor Day, the Mets lost a heart-breaker last night in Washington. I know what you’re thinking, and I don’t care either. But the game ended around 11 pm and the Mets play at Atlanta today at 1 pm. Their flight landed around 5 hours ago.

    Also, anybody else see that the Astros are going to be wearing various NFL jerseys while at Oakland?

    http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130830&content_id=59034578&notebook_id=59035688&vkey=notebook_hou&c_id=hou

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      C’mon, lost a heartbreaker? The gritty Nats staged a comeback! Well–against the Mets’ bullpen, but it still counts, right?

      Even though it was Nats/Mets, ESPN got their money’s worth, 29 hits in the game (including @upperdekker’s upper decker), and also some pretty good pitching though Soriano had the ONLY 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 9th.

      Too bad Nats fans had to leave when it got exciting. Scene on the Metro platform and train with folks and their phones,

      —wass going on?
      —tie game!
      —two out
      —6-5!!!
      —Soriano, do this!
      —No service, wait’ll we get to a stop.
      —Won it!

      ESPN should pay for Metro service if they want to schedule 8 pm games. There wasn’t even a rain delay or extra innings, but the last train leaves at 11:20, so by 10:50 or so you have to leave.

      Jayson Werth still believes.

      OTOH, if you ask him how it feels to hit the game-winning double (or HR),

      “That’s a secret,” he said. “Only people that do that sort of thing get to know what that feels like.”

      Funny guy.

    • indaburg - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I care, dondada. I care.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I really hate all that themed road trip crap. I’m also the person in your office that avoids stupid team-building exercises and group lunches. If I wanted to be in a club where I had to dress like everyone else, I would’ve joined a sorority.

      • spudchukar - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Pretty sure “dress like everyone else” is a reasonable definition for “uniform”.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        I guess I should’ve specified “off the field.” Civvies are different.

      • indaburg - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Cranky pants.

        I love wearing scrubs. It’s like wearing jammies to work.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        That’s work. Do you let them tell you what to wear at home? If so, I am NOT sitting next to you on the bus, nerdle.

      • indaburg - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        They don’t tell the players what to wear at home. Just on the trips, and that’s part of work. I dunno. Seems like a small price to pay for the privilege of playing baseball professionally.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        I’d just really like to see Maddon tell Ty Cobb he’s gotta dress 80’s or put on nerd glasses before he gets on the bus.

      • indaburg - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        I want to see him in total drag queen. If he wasn’t already dead, it would kill him. Normally, I’m not into those things either, but there was one where they did pajamas, and Price flew in footed pajamas. That’s awesome. I want to fly in footed pajamas.

  3. skeleteeth - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    4 consecutive series wins for the Sox equals a 5.5 game lead? Of the division? And it’s LABOR DAY?

    Someone needs to eat their hat.

    • indaburg - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      It’s still early September. The Red Sox have plenty of time to blow it (although, truth be told, they’re showing no inclination of doing so). They look great all around, and the “chemistry” we sabermetrically inclined discount, seems in balance. Winning does amazing things to chemistry too. At the same time, our resident mathlete likes to remind me periodically of the sine curve, and what goes up must eventually come down, and vice versa.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        I’m gonna need you to make some offerings to Jobu for me today, so we can help you out with that AL East standings thingy. K, thanks.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        indaburg and historiophiliac are going to start a coven?

        I’ve got some outfit ideas if you’re interested.

      • indaburg - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Starting a coven? I am an Ordained High Priestess in the Church of Baseball. In May, I gave a blessed plantain to Fernando Rodney (I sprinkled some tap water on it in the Tropicana Field women’s restroom, but whatever, that counts). The Rays went on to win six straight after that. I have powers. I do need a good outfit though.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Lemme guess. Something along this line:

        http://garyplayer.com/enterprises/gary_player_collection

      • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        God dangit, Burgie. The first rule of baseball coven is that you don’t talk about baseball coven. >:(

      • indaburg - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        I would make the worst spy ever.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        Me too. A couple of glasses of Chianti and I will tell you anything. We have a real blabbermouth coven here, I tell you.

  4. jwbiii - Sep 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Updated playoff odds:

    Team  Cool   B-Pro
    Cle    6-1     7-1
    Bal   11-1    10-1
    NYY   14-1    14-1
    KCR  143-1   125-1
    
    WsN   16-1    33-1
    Ari   36-1    45-1

    The Indians, Orioles, Royals, and Nationals all avoided sweeps. The Orioles hopped back over the Yankees.

    Next, the Indians will host the Orioles, the Yankees will continue their homestand against the White Sox, the Royals will return home to face the Mariners, the Nationals will visit the Phillies, and the Diamondbacks will play golf or have cookouts or do whatever Phoenicians do on Labor Day while waiting for the Blue Jays to arrive on Tuesday.

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    The White Sox have not been playing well lately, so the Yankees could soon move ahead of the Indians and the Orioles whom you have noted are playing each other. The Diamondbacks and the Jays actually begin their 3 game series today rather than tomorrow.

    • jwbiii - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      My bad. I knew it was a three game set and I just missed it on the schedule page. Of course it makes no sense to have an off day on a national holiday, but this is MLB we’re talking about.

      I wrote that comment after the Mets/Nats game last night. I should probably write comments earlier when I’m not dozing off and there’s more blood in my alcohol stream.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Good thing for Jays fans that the game actually was played today and counted in the standings. We need every win we can get. The 4 kids up from triple A all contributed to the win.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Boy if Houston was playing in the NL where they belong the jays would be in dead last place in team ERA and many other team pitching stats if Houston was playing where it belonged.

    • nbjays - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Meanwhile, the Yankees trail the Jays in EVERY offensive stat this season… with the exception of SB, where they lead by 3. Yep, and they are tied for DEAD LAST in the AL with the Royals in SLG% (and only KC has hit fewer home runs). And they strike out more, too.

      See harry, other people can play the “your team sucks because…” game here.

      And I don’t know where you get your pitching and fielding stats (except for pulling tem out of your ass, as usual), because the only pitching stat or fielding stat where the Jays are worse than every team but the Astros is in opponent OPS.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        NY is now fielding almost what would have been the opening day lineup with a exception at first base. the jays on the other hand…..your opening day rotation was available to you pretty much the whole year except for Happ and we all saw how that worked out. sometimes the truth really hurts nbjays, this is one of those times

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Samething with team fielding, if the astro’s were in the NL like they should be guess who would have the most team errors? Yep you know the answer……bluejays

    • jwbiii - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Errors are awarded at the whim of the official scorer. A much better, although not perfect, measure of fielding is defensive efficiency rating: how often a team turns balls in play into outs. The Blue Jays are a few ticks below average. They are also a few ticks ahead of the Yankees.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    This from the jays website, just a FYI

    RHP Esmil Rogers will make his 16 start and 40th appearance of the season when he opens a three-game series at Arizona for the Blue Jays. Rogers is looking for his first win since June 18 when he allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings in an 8-3 game against the Colorado Rockies at Rogers Centre. He was 3-2 with a 3.14 He was 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA then. Since then, he has gone 0-5 with a 6.50 ERA in 12 games, including 11 starts. The team is 3-9 in those 121 games. He is 0-2 with a 5.33 ERA in nine games, including three starts, in his career against Arizona.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    another FYI

    LHP J.A. Happ allowed five runs (three earned) in four innings in taking the loss as the Kansas City Royals salvaged one game in the three-game series with a 5-0 win. It was the 10th time in 13 starts that Happ has failed to last six innings. He has lost four of his past five decisions.

    • nbjays - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      A more relevant FYI…

      The Yankees’ bullpen imploded last night and coughed up 7 (yes, SEVEN!!) runs to the Orioles in the 7th inning. Nice 3-run homers allowed by Shawn Kelley and the immortal Joba. That let the Borg fall back BEHIND the O’s in the race for a wild card spot.

      Clearly the Yankees’ bullpen lacks tWtW.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        NY has a 83% save rate with only 9 blown saves, they are 2nd only to the rangers. Wanna guess where the bluejays bullpen is? try 12th with a 65% success rate and 16 blown saves. That’s pretty shitty when you think about how few save chances the jays have had this year since they never have the lead very much going into the 9th. As a matter of fact this is a new thing im going to start here for my fans, the “daily shitty stat of the day”
        otherwise known as DSSTD. Once again the truth can really hurt and for the 2nd time today this is one of those times

      • nbjays - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        “As a matter of fact this is a new thing im going to start here for my fans, the “daily shitty stat of the day””

        Daily Shitty Stat of the Day????

        This stupid name brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

        Or the Harry Department of Stupidity… also redundant.

    • Old Gator - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Then Happ will be able to catch up with our resident Artificial Stupidity if he lives another hundred years or so. Poor Dim One Note Harry has been enough of a total loser during his fourteen years of simulated existence that even Mike Maroth couldn’t string together enough record breaking losing seasons to catch up with him/it within a normal lifetime.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Meanwhile, down at the estuary, the Feesh finally decided that Nate Eovaldi was a good enough kid to score some runs for him and now they can waddle off to Chicago on their lobed fins with one win to show for their last seven games. Eovaldi has been cringing in the shadow of El Keed most of the season but has thrown some stellar games, is really learning his craft, and is making the Hanster trade look like not a half bad deal for the Feesh brainstem trust.

    And while the Kreamsicle Kids make their way to that prion-infested archaeological site on the North Side where, I remind you, an Indonesian brain-eating neurological disease known locally as die Vloek van der Geitbok has been incubating and breaking out in annual cycles for over a hundred years, I’d like to tell all you gourmands in the peanut gallery about a fantastic way to make up a batch of red-eye gravy for your ham and grits.

    First of all, eschew packaged grit mixes. Eccchhhhh. Use a cub of real masa harina, yellow cornmeal, medium ground. Three cups of water with a half a packet of chicken bouillon, a tablespoon of butter and a good shake of ground black pepper completes the mix. Cook it over medium heat till it boils, then simmer, covered, over low heat till the grits are fully cooked – add a tablespoon of water now and then to keep the grits from getting too thick.

    Meanwhile – pan fry a half dozen morcilla (Argentine blood sausage, easily available here in the northernmost city in South America and increasing available in the meat section of supermarkets anywhere Spanish is spoken, even a little bit) over low heat after poking them several times each with a cornholder, until they are nicely browned on all sides. Remove them to a plastic container and put them in the fridge until tomorrow, when I’ll tell you what to do with them. Then fry your ham in the morcilla drippings, having trimmed off the ham fat, diced it finely and placed it back into the pan to render. When the ham is done, add a half a tablespoon of butter, some salt and pepper to taste, and melt the butter into the mixed ham and morcilla drippings. You can add a teaspoon of bacon fat from your handy bacon fat jar too. Wait till it’s all rendered together, then add about a quarter of a cup of good strong black coffee to the pan. Use your spatula to scrape the pan and get all that good black and brown stuff off the teflon or iron and into the gravy; bring it to a boil, turn off the heat and spoon the redeye over your ham, grits and eggs. (If you didn’t make grits, make some biscuits, split ‘em and soak them with the redeye before laying the ham and eggs over them, then add some more redeye).

    Can’t get morcilla out there in WASP country? Awwwww, don’t worry. By the time we get around to passing immigration reform you’ll be overrun with Latinos anyhow. It’ll make the meat section of the general store a lot more interesting. Until then, you can order morcilla from I-gourmet. Eat hearty!

  11. historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Boy, did the box scores make me feel better about yesterday’s game. Watching V was painful. He was getting outs but it was a long, drawn-out affair to get there. Seriously, dude, you HAVE to get your first inning under 30 pitches. Good Lord. Still, we were hanging in there until the end. Thankfully, it was Sunday and no one gave a shit. We cannot be doing that today, however. Miggy is still out, so let’s hope we need no MVP boom to blast the BloSox. I shall leave you with this holiday salutation:

    Happy Labor Day everyone! Proud to be a #UnionMember — thank you to Michael Weiner and everyone at @MLB_PLAYERS for all you do— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) September 2, 2013

  12. APBA Guy - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    The A’s sweep the Rays, something I would not have foreseen two weeks ago after losing a series to Houston. Sorry Inda, but if your guys only get one HR off Griffin they just aren’t making quota. Please turn that around against the Angels. Not sure why Maddon was going with a bullpen game yesterday. I guess with Moore on the DL and Hellickson demoted there must have been an open spot in the rotation.

    Anyway, Labor Day afternoon game against Texas, with the teams separated by 1 game. The A’s are playing well right now, so there’s hope. The ‘as added 4 guys to their roster for September call-ups as the River Cats are not in the AAA playoffs for the first time in 6 years or something. Time for the G & P Beane to restock the farm.

  13. APBA Guy - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    The A’s sweep the Rays, something I would not have foreseen two weeks ago after losing a series to Houston. Sorry Inda, but if your guys only get one HR off Griffin they just aren’t making quota. Please turn that around against the Angels. Not sure why Maddon was going with a bullpen game yesterday. I guess with Moore on the DL and Hellickson demoted there must have been an open spot in the rotation.

    Anyway, Labor Day afternoon game against Texas, with the teams separated by 1 game. The A’s are playing well right now, so there’s hope. The A’s added 4 guys to their roster for September call-ups as the River Cats are not in the AAA playoffs for the first time in 6 years or something. Time for the G & P Beane to restock the farm.

  14. sadtwinsfan - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    given a rare win yesterday and a fine debut by alex pressly to assuage the departure of our beloved canuck justin morneau, you wouild think happytwinsfan would be posting today. but as we watch todays game we see our remaining beloved canuck (albers) chased in the second by the mighty astros.

    but wait! young mr pressly has just scored on a double delivered by another earnestly striving bubble player.

    perhaps happytwinsfan will return. if not, back to the history channel.

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