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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Apr 14, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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Braves 10, Nationals 2: Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton each hit two-run homers and Andrelton Simmons added a three-run shot of his own. The Nats have lost five times this season, all of the at the hands of the Braves. This continues the pattern from last season when the Braves took 13 of 19 from Washington.

Padres 5, Tigers 1: Max Scherzer has started three times this season. The Tigers have scored three runs for him. Contrast this with last season when he enjoyed some of the best run support in baseball. Not that he was all that sharp here. Jedd Gyorko and Xavier Nady homered and the Padres took two of three from the Tigers.

Giants 5, Rockies 4: A walkoff bomb into McCovey Cove for Brandon Crawford. Just like the Braves own the Nats, the Giants own the Rockies, at least at home. They have beaten Colorado 15 of the last 18 times these two have played in AT&T Park.

Athletics 3, Mariners 0: Scott Kazmir and four relievers combine for the shutout and Yoenis Cespedes broke a scoreless tie in the eighth with a two-run homer. And even though he got the no-decision, hats off to Chris Young. He started his first game since September 2012 and tossed six shutout innings. Not bad for a guy who battled shoulder trouble all last year and then was released just before the end of spring training.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 4:  And we should come up with a definition for an Edwin Jacksonian start. This one seemed pretty Jacksonian, as he threw 114 pitches, walked a lot of guys and gave up four runs on eight hits. Like, it’s not bad. Not good either, of course. Generally inefficient. Kind of frustrating. Certain points where you watch him and think “man, he should be doing better than this.” You know, the sort of pitching in which Jackson has specialized for his entire career. Anyway, Matt Carpenter drove in three. The Cubs drop their ninth straight series.

Angels 14, Mets 2: Bartolo Colon gave up three homers in the space of seven pitches in the first inning, to Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez, respectively. Hank Conger hit one off him later. In contrast to Max Scherzer, C.J. Wilson has had 23 runs of support in his last two starts. Of course he was excellent here anyway, allowing two runs over seven innings.

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Brewers 4, Pirates 1: The Brewers have won nine straight and are now 10-2 on the season. It’s the best start the Brewers have had since they went 13-0 to begin the 1987 season. That was one of my favorite teams ever, by the way. Just so many cool dudes on that club and they were insanely fun to watch when you got the chance (which wasn’t often because, dudes, it was 1987 and there wasn’t nearly as much baseball on). Of course one of the things that made them fun was their wild unpredictability. After starting 13-0 they all but negated that with a 12-game losing streak in early May on the way to a 91-71 record. Which looks nice, but was only good enough for third place in the excellent AL East that season. Anyway, I’m sure they’re hoping for a little more consistence in the early going this year.

Rangers 1, Astros 0: Martin Perez tossed eight scoreless and had four double plays behind him. The Astros dropped two 1-0 games to the Rangers in this three game series.

Phillies 4, Marlins 3: Chase Utley had three hits including a homer and is now sporting a pretty spiffy line of .500/.565/.875 on the young season. He’s got six doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. All this even though he missed three games with the flu. Makes you wonder how his past few seasons would’ve been with healthy knees. The Phillies sweep the Marlins. 

Twins 4, Royals 3: Kind of a crazy game. The Royals had a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth. Minnesota took the lead when, with the bases loaded,  Chris Herrmann hit one back to pitcher Wade Davis. Instead of an easy home-first double play, Davis tossed it clear past the catcher, allowing two runs to score. And the game ended with Mike Moustakas being called out when he looked at a pop fly and got in the way of catcher Kurt Suzuki who was trying to field it. That’s interference and it was the last out of the game. Good effort, Royals.

Blue Jays 11, Orioles 3: The Jays rattled off 17 hits and Mark Buehrle won his third game of the season, lowering his ERA to 0.86. Also: a game in which a team scored 11 runs and had 21 base runners ended in two hours and forty five minutes. Last week there was a game that ended 1-0 that lasted nearly three and a half hours. God Bless Mark Buehrle. Would that more pitchers worked as quickly as he does.

Reds 12, Rays 4: Chris Heisey hit a grand slam and and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in four. In other news, I went down to the Reds-Rays game on Saturday and spent the night at the same hotel at which the Rays were staying. When I was leaving to come home yesterday morning, all of the Rays’ suitcases were lined up by the valet waiting to be taken to the charter flight. David Price‘s golf clubs were sitting there — his uniform number on a tag on the bag — with no one nearby. I feel like you all should congratulate me for my restraint in not stealing David Price’s golf clubs when I totally, totally could’ve.

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 6 : The sweep. Adrian Gonzalez homered for his fourth straight and drove in ten during this three-game series. The Dbacks have started the season out abysmally, and already find themselves six games back of the Dodgers.

White Sox 4, Indians 3Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer off John Axford in the ninth to rally the Sox from one down.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: A two-run homer for Carlos Beltran and seven and a third solid innings from Ivan Nova. The Yankees’ third run came on a fielder’s choice which was originally ruled a double play. Joe Girardi challenged, however, and batter Francisco Cervelli was ruled safe at first on the replay. John Farrell came out and yelled at the umpiring crew about it and was immediately ejected because, well, you just can’t do that. But the day before baseball admitted it got a replay call wrong that went against Boston and Farrell was obviously still steamed. After the game he said it was “extremely difficult to have any faith in the process that’s being used” for replay. Expect more on this in the coming days.

  1. cur'68 - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    I would have totally selfied with David Price’s clubs. THEN stolen them. But then I’m like that.

    The Rays took a real loss to their rotation with Cobb going down with the dreaded Oblique Strain. They left him in more than 6 innings even though he was wincing from the first inning. It was inexplicable. What might have been a minor injury may now be over a month out of the lineup. Jeez.

    And My Boys? Well some rum, some fine cigars, and a live chicken’s ultimate sacrifice has taken fear from bats. At least for one game. The first two were close with the O’s; 2-0 Beaver then 2-1 O’s. Could have been either team’s games, that. The last? Forget it. It was All Beaver. Ubaldo got just rocked.

    Its not like The O’s didn’t have Mark Buehrle all figured out either. They did. They hammered him all over the park. But the defence was airtight for The Beav. They bailed his butt out.

    So there it is: Improved Defence = Improved pitching. Hail Beaver.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      It did not look good for Buehrle early, as the first 2 batters he faced got hits resulting in 1 run. He did not allow another run. Esmil Rogers allowed 2, two out homers in the 8th. Lawrie and Rasmus made some terrific plays in the field for the Jays. On one of them, Buehrle just stood there and looked at Lawrie in awe. He did not even bother checking to see if Lawrie’s throw to first was in time.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Tip of the cap gentlemen. Not much I can say about that game other than getting outplayed from the first pitch. And as much as I blame Ubaldo for throw a freaking 89mph fastball dead center on a 2-2 count to Rasmus in the first? That bomb was a thing of beauty. I swore it was bound for the warehouse, but fell just short and possibly left a nice dent in Eutaw Street.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        You are both a gentleman and a baseball fan.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        No reason to be bitter or a jerk about it, amirite? Although it seems the thumbs down brigade would beg to differ. With everything.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        It’s not a brigade, it’s a harpy.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        Also, how do we not have analytics on thumbs above (below?) replacement commenter by now? PC’s having himself a hell of a morning, but I’d like to know how he stacks up against OG, PL and historio for the year.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        I win all thumbs down contests.

      • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        No you don’t… and I just thumbed you up to prove it :-)

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        I thumbed her down because Cur has a nice lead.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        cur had a 3 hour head start and he only has 25 more than me — and you know the harpy passes out early. Plus, he has more thumbs up than me too.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Condolences, sort of.

  2. renaado - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Braves…Thank you! You never let me nor my caffeine drinking habbits down.

    • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      CALM YOUR CAPPUCCINO DOWN FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR EYES XD !!!

      • renaado - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        Calm your caps down for the love of your Yankees and humanity achaela…

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        NE-NNNNEEEEVVVVEEEERRRR!!! HAHAHAHAHA !! XD

    • NatsLady - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      The Nats’ll lose 50 games. 18 of them will be to the Barves. ;)

      • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery, Natslady. :-)

        Now you just have to convince Mike Rizzo.

      • jjschiller - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Why is this narrative taking hold, that the Nats can beat anyone but the Braves? The other side of that coin is “The only teams they’ve been able to beat are the Mets and the Marlins.”. So that math has them losing 124 games this year.

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Nova is a tough kid to figure out. He’s so darn inconsistent then he goes and pitches a game like this it makes me want to pull what little hair I have on my head out. Monday’s an off day for the Yankees then they take on the Cubs with Tanaka on the mound. That should be a fun 2 game series.

    • RickyB - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      I thought Nova was walking a tightrope all game with as many flies to the track that were caught. Seemed more fortunate than exceptional, but I am not complaining!

  4. moogro - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Pretty rough overall series for Goldschmidt. He could have been charged with an error or two more.

    Not only did Wade David airmail the catcher, he also didn’t cover home on the play.

    Were they tall left-handed golf clubs? Then you made the right choice.

  5. penguins87and71 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    I think the Brewers are definitely for real, they have good hitting, good pitching, and a good bullpen. They just beat and swept a pretty good Pittsburgh Pirates team. I think the Brewers might be the most complete team in the MLB(will see with Cardinals). It’s going to be a real interesting year with the Cardinals, Pirates, Reds, and Brewers all being quality teams.

    • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Brewers for real? It’s still to early in the regular season to speculate stuffs like that, we all know they’ll wane down further into the regular season anyways.

      • penguins87and71 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        Their pitching has been fantastic so far to start the year. Pitching can really carry a team pretty far, plus they have the offense to back up the good pitching, they are definately a team as a Pirates fan I’m scared of, they are a darkhorse team to make the Playoffs.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      There can be no fer reals in MLB until at least Memorial Day. And even then it’s shaky.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Ubaldo…Ubaldo…Ubaldo…. People in Baltimore will be having nightmares of this guy for years to come (at least 4 of them unfortunately). Here’s my 3 biggest issues with him:

    1. STOP CHALLENGING HITTERS WITH FASTBALLS! He get’s ahead of guys and thinks he can blow them away with his stellar 89-91mph fastball down the heart of the plate and if you slow it down you can literally see guys laughing as they drive the ball out of the yard. Somebody needs to show him the gun because I think he thinks he’s hitting 98+. Not. Even. Close.
    2. WHEN A PITCH ISN’T WORKING YOU NEED TO ADJUST! His splitter was a joke yesterday. How many did he throw in the dirt versus solid splitters that hit the spot he wanted? And as a result he got behind a ton of hitters, forcing him to throw strikes and back comes that heater of his down the gut…
    3. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! He can’t hit a spot to save his life. I don’t have much more to say than that. His location just sucks.

    Overall I’m happy with our rotation taking a turn for the best- Tillman looks like a stud, Norris pitched a gem on Saturday and Gonzo pitched a very good game Friday (2 runs over 7). I like having Gausman and Britton ready to jump up and steal a spot (most likely Britton jumps into Chen’s spot, Gausman spot start/injury replacement). That being said… 0-3 start for Jimenez and I’m already screaming that he’s the equivalent of Arrieta when we had him- high pitch count, flashes brilliance, terrified with runners on and falls apart when he gets behind. At least Jake was dirt cheap and younger. Ubaldo is just reverting to his former self and that is terrifying. Let’s see how long that leash really is…

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      To further prove my point with the Jimenez splitter: Last year he worked that splitter 4% of the time. So far this year? 24%. It’s almost as if he trying to force a pitch that’s not working, thus running his pitch count up, thus getting behind batters, thus a ton of hits, thus a 7+ ERA.

      One more note from the Department of No Friggin Way: Prior to last nights game Ubaldo had gone 25 straight games giving up 4 runs or less. Seriously. How? I’m not sure. But there it is.

    • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I feel your pain, Eutaw. This time last year, it seemed like every Jays’ starter was pitching like that. Seeing Ubaldo pitching BP for the Jays in yesterday’s game makes me thankful that Anthopoulos didn’t go after him in the offseason. I just hope the Beaver bats coming alive yesterday is a sign of things to come, and just not a product of Jiminez being Jiminez.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Thanks NB. It’s like ripping off a band aid every 5 days.

        I think my bigger concern is the big picture in Baltimore. This is the first time in a long time Uncle Pete went out and spent in free agency. He gambled and it appears he lost. Big time. For us O’s fans this spells disaster. We’re likely to see Uncle Pete throw his hands up and say “see? That is why we should not play in FA and spend my money,” thus reverting to his old “build from within” game…. except he gave up 2 of our top 5 prospects last year and aside from Bundy and Gausman? Our minors are fairly barren. Cringe worthy scenarios will likely play out from here unless we see an uptick in performance by Ubaldo and Cruz.

      • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Just hope the injury bug doesn’t bite you guys like it bit us last year. If it does, you are looking at a 2013 Jays-esque season, and that ain’t a pretty thing to contemplate. On the upside… Crush finally hit his first dinger last night, not that it impacted anything.

    • dowhatifeellike - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      I don’t see any flashes of brilliance from Ubaldo. All three of his starts have been atrocious no matter how you look at it. I’d rather see Matusz or Britton in his spot. At least those guys have quality stuff.

      • dowhatifeellike - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        And I’ll add that I really didn’t like the signing but was willing to give him a chance… but after 3 awful outings he has a WHIP over 2, ERA over 7, and a BAA of .348. Awful any way you slice it. Even O’Day would be a better option.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    It’s good to see that David Price has his off-day priorities right.

    The Sawks are off to a tough start. When Drew, Ellsbury and Saltalamacchia left, they were replaced by 2 kids and A.J. Pierzynski. It’s always tough for a pitching staff to get used to a new full-time guy, this also can’t be helping. Losing your lead-off guy also doesn’t help.

    Now Pedroia is having his wrist examined. I can’t even talk about that.

    One of the most important factors in winning a World Series is that you have to have a lot of good fortune along the way. That doesn’t appear to be the script for 2014.

    • NatsLady - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      Tell me about it. 2013–and now, 2014 ain’t starting off so great on the injury front. Nor on the luck front.

      Another day, another kid gets to call his parents because he’s making his major-league debut.

      Well, as Mike Rizzo said, “No one’s feeling sorry for you.”

      On to the Fish.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        There has been a rash of injuries across baseball as a whole that is unlike anything I can recall. Very few teams have been untouched by serious injury problems so far.

        The good news for all scuffling teams is the same as the bad news for the Brewers – sample size. Regression to the mean.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      It’s frustrating, especially when it’s the worst baseball they’ve played since 2012. They were pretty consistent last year (their worst month was May, and they were .500 that month).

  8. historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    If I told you His Heterochromianess struck out 10 in 5 innings and Coke gave up nothing, would you think we’d lost? That was so painful. Miggy’s bat has been quiet. We’re getting hits; we are moving around the bases. We just couldn’t get runs. Was that really worth messing up my beauty sleep schedule for? I’m sure I have more lines now. Thankfully, we are to return to Central Time — where repressed feelings, plain living, and the DH dominate. It’s a return to normalcy.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Pitcherhitterball is horrible, and a return home to real, DH-improved baseball should be a tonic for the Tiggers.

      The sight of the Indians always seems to put a little bounce in their tails – last year it was pure ownership.

      I think National League clubs should have to play home inter-league games with gloves from the Prohibition Era. It would be more in keeping with their blind and rigid adherence to tradition.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        I choose to believe that all those thumbs down are from folks who think I haven’t aged a bit and my skin is as lovely as ever.

        FYI, the ubiquitous bunt and wasted out are their punishment for their unrelenting conservatism. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Yeah, but pitchers hitting and bunting and double switches and strategery …

        /goes out face down on desk, immediately drooling

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        I knew you were a drooler.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Not just when I’m sleeping either. It’s Pavlovian, is what it is.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Palladia is playing Dropkick Murphys from Fenway – very happy hour in the otherwise melancholy anniversary of of the Boston Marathon bombing.

      • illuminancer - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        4 words and a video for you:

        Madison Bumgarner grand slam.

        /drops mic

  9. jm91rs - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    The thumbs down guys are back?

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      looks like it. you would think that whoever has nothing better to than create a zillion fake logins so they can give multiple thumbs down to whoever it is they don’t like wouldn’t be an early riser, but apparently bitter anger is quite the motivational tonic.

      • moogro - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Or someone with access to a computer lab, like a student. Each new computer IP allows one login another thumb.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      It’s ridiculous.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      School’s out for spring break. Timing is everything.

    • indaburg - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      And it looks like it you…

  10. ftb15 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Double take on Xavier Nady in the Padres capsule. I had to read the others just to make sure I didn’t open up an ATH from 2004 or something

    • gloccamorra - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:45 AM

      After Mark Kotsay retired, the Padres wanted a “veteran presence” in the clubhouse, so they got Nady. If it works out, the comeback story of returning to the team that originally drafted him and succeeding at the decrepit age of 35 will put tears in some eyes. Then will come the baseball movie starring George Clooney as Nady.

  11. goodellisruiningtheleague - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    nationaLOLs

    and people predicted them to win a world series

  12. janessa31888 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Our pitching stinks. We are lucky to have six wins.

  13. uyf1950 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Come on guys how can one comment have 50 plus thumbs down and others have over 40 thumbs down when there aren’t even 30 comments on the topic.

    • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Because the thumb harpy (or harpies) is back, showing the world how important they are by spamming anonymous digital disapproval of someone else’s thoughts – likely because they lack the ability to form a coherent one themselves.

      Happy Monday, Uyf!

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Come now NB, we should be happy that they stick to the thumb- could you imagine having 50 Harry’s on HBT? Sends chills down your spine at the thought of the vast amount of illiteracy and snide trash talking with zero logic to back a less than cognitive thought…

      • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Oh God, please no! This Monday is bad enough already without having to contemplate THAT horror. I already spent an hour before work digging up the access hatches to my septic tank so it could be pumped out before it backed up all through the house.

        Actually, now that I think about it, having multiple harrys (or vivabears, or metsfan4evers) spewing on this blog would be the digital equivalent of a septic backup. I’ll take the harpy, thanks.

      • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Our virtual village idiot is one of the harpies, NB.

      • nbjays - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        That’s precisely the point, Gator… he’s only ONE… thankfully.

      • vivabear - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Lest ye forget; all the diarrhea in this comments section flows directly from Old Felcher’s keyboard.

      • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Now you’re obsessed with fecal matter, eh, sewerbear? Not surprising. Disgusting is your natural environment. Freud has a lot to say about that, of course – I bet you can fingerpaint up a storm with it, too.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Hah! Okay OG, I owe you five bucks….Canadian. I guess Sewerbear must think everyone on this board – except maybe his frere, your virtual village idiot – is one of your IPs. I feel that I have already done my professional duty and recommended he seek help. Anything after that, it’s his deepening pathology.

        So these snakehead fish – they’re really taking over your waterways down there, are they?

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      You know the script by now- we get these days every once in a while for HBT (specifically ATH) gets bombarded with thumbs downseses. My guess? Schools out for spring break and all of the middle/high school kids are allowed to use mommy and daddy’s ipad for a nice Monday morning trolling session.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        I wonder why they even bother with these thumbs. They’re childish and silly, and if encouraging dialogue is what the site is supposed to be for, all they do is discourage it.

  14. phillysports1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I’m going to the game tonight vs the Braves . Hopefully Chase can keep the hot streak going !

  15. indaburg - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I’m guessing I couldn’t pilfer David Price’s golf clubs because the clubs are taller than me.

    Rays pitchers expect hitting to carry them all the time? Hitters gave them two runs Friday, one on Saturday, and four yesterday. Pitching really needs to do their part and pitch shut outs every game. Is that asking too much? In related news, therapist Lueke gave up the grand slam. Always mixed feelings when he’s on the mound. I want my team to do well, but I love seeing him fail.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Don’t worry Burgie- your boys are coming to OPACY where the O’s will make our sacrificial offering of Chen tonight against Archer. Essentially you’ll get your shut out and the bats will flourish. At least until the 5th when Chen will inevitably get pulled and you’ll hear mumbling about Britton jumping from the pen to take Chen’s spot in the rotation.

      Remember that name! Britton has done a stellar job in the pen so far this year giving up only 1 hit over 6.1IP. A few walks but 5 K’s to go along with it. Essentially he’s pitching better than 4/5 of our rotation.

      Bring on the thumb harpies.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Craig was at the floating carpets’ hotel – bad mojo.

      Lueke at the mound – even worse mojo.

      David Price just brought his clubs in case there was a rain out – that way he could practice at the driving range – and you know how he feels about driving in inclement weather.

  16. sportsdrenched - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    It’s taken two weeks for the Royals to become a dumpster fire. Sadly, this is not a record for that.

    They have 3 games with the Astros this week. This is important because I’m thinking the Astros will reach the playoffs before the Royals, so I tend to over analyze their head to head match ups.

  17. dluxxx - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    My Twins continue their interesting April. At this point they’re .500 and I’m happy about that. It’s just their doing it in an odd fashion. Here is their series win loss totals so far. 1-2, 2-1, 0-3, 3-0. I fully expect them to continue this trend and finish at a even 82-82…. Okay, maybe not. But still, it looked like things could get ugly quick and then the Royals come along to make everything alright for a weekend.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      yes, the royals visit seems to have been what the doctor ordered, but it would be un minesota-ian of us not to feel bad for royals fans who watched their boys, continue to not hit, get blown out in the first two games, and after finally making it competitive with a well pitched third game, trade in an easy inning ending double play for the scoring of the tying and winning runs. trouble is though if we do that royals fans will be thinking oh god we’re so bad even twins fans feel sorry for us. i don’t know what to do.

      • dluxxx - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Enjoy it while you can…

  18. sometimesimisscandlestick - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I’m relatively happy to see how the Giants did over the first two weeks of the season. The starting pitching seems to be a little rocky, but the boys are finding ways to win. And I would like to see both Panda and and Pence get back over the Mendoza line, but overall I think the Giants and Dodgers will be neck and neck with each other all season.

    • illuminancer - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      I’m still cautiously optimistic, though a lot depends on whether Timmy and Vogey can manage to be competent 4th and 5th starters and not completely implode.

      On the other hand, I’m not happy that I’ve had to go Mama Giraffe this early. Panda and Pence are hitting like crap: Bochy says, “mumble mumble be consistent mumble don’t want guys to think they’ll lose their spot if they struggle a little mumble growl”. Brandon Belt’s tied for the NL home run lead and goes 0-4 and 1-4 and it’s “mumble growl giving Belt a day because he’s been struggling mumble mumble cough”. There are 2.9 million reasons to play Belt, and yet the second he has a bad game, he’s riding pine.

  19. hushbrother - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    The 1987 Brew Crew featured Molitor’s 39 game hitting streak, Juan Nieves’ no-hitter, Teddy Higuera having his last good season, Dale Sveum’s walkoff homer off Greg Harris, and Rick Manning’s walkoff single with Molitor on deck to end the streak, and the fans rightly booing him.

  20. dowhatifeellike - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    HEY HEY
    HO HO
    UBALDO HAS GOT TO GO

  21. APBA Guy - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Scott Kazmir did his Bartolo imitation, starting strong and giving way to the A bullpen. Good series for the A’s, 2-1, to take into the Angels’ series. I’ll definitely be watching these games.

  22. janessa31888 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Oh no, we play the Tigers next? AAAAAAAhhhhhhhhh. /faints and lands with a heavy thud.

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