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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Apr 6, 2014, 8:54 AM EDT

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Jose Fernandez starts have become must-see events for both casual and serious baseball fans.

The 21-year-old right-hander was again in fine form on Saturday night against the Padres, yielding just three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings while using his upper-90s fastball and wicked-but-under-control slider to strike out eight Padres batters. Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and Christian Yelich drove in one as the young Marlins grabbed a 5-0 victory over the Friars and moved to 5-1 on the year.

It’s ridiculously early, but the Fish currently hold the best run differential (+23) in the major leagues.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Twins 7, Indians 3

Reds 3, Mets 6

Yankees 0, Blue Jays 4

Phillies 2, Cubs 0

Orioles 6, Tigers 7

White Sox 3, Royals 4

Giants 7, Dodgers 2

Mariners 3, Athletics 1

Braves 6, Nationals 2

Cardinals 6, Pirates 1

Angels 5, Astros 1

Padres 0, Marlins 5

Rangers 4, Rays 5

Brewers 7, Red Sox 6 (11 innings)

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    US baseball fans know nothing about the Rob Ford Jinx. Since he became infamous, the Rob Ford jinx has become apparent. When he attended a home game in Toronto, wearing the home team’s jersey, the home team loses. I first noticed it last fall, when Ford showed up at a couple of Argo’s games and a Bills game (played in Toronto). Of course, the team he was supporting lost. On Friday, he wore a Jays sweater to the home opener and the Jays lost. Yesterday, he did not go to the Jays game and the Jays won. (Dickey outpitched Pineda and the Jays got a couple of timely home runs off Phelps in the 8th.) Instead of jinxing the Jays yesterday, Ford went to a crucial Leafs game wearing a Leafs uniform. The Leafs lost, and Ford was almost tossed out of the Arena for his drunken behaviour.

    Memo to the Blue Jays: Please ban Rob Ford from all Jays games this season.

    • cur'68 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Lets just ban him from Canada altogether, eh? We can ship him south to be with Bieber in exile. They deserve each other.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        We are not your penal colony!

      • ptfu - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        We also got stuck with Celine Dion, though at least she’s (somewhat) confined to Las Vegas.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        first you have to Not reelect him.

      • kcrobert10 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Phil ur on to something lets let them send all there waste down here cause after all its just normal behaviour down here and in return they can give us a trillion dollars a yr to help our debt.

    • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      PC, you had to be heartened to see Biggeth Dicketh return to form yesterday. You might have been able to tell the speed or location of one of his particles but never both at the same time. And of course the Melkman and Joey Bats unloaded as well.

      As far as Rob Ford, that’s great about the Leafs game – the Ford story, I mean, not about the Leafs’ end-of-season implosion (though, then again, at least this time they’ve spread their ineptitude out over two weeks instead of packing it all into one disastrous third period in the playoffs). Buy that man a cracked meat sandwich from Caplansky’s for me as soon as you’re able to hop around on your pogo stick again!

      If you have any kind of link to the Ford story, by all means send it along.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Hey Drew – re-check the box. El Keed fanned eight last night, with A J Ramos and Mike Dunn whiffing one each in relief. Ackcherley, Macondo’s answer to Lance Armstrong didn’t have his best stuff last night, throwing his entire allocation of early season peetches (110; he used up 108 before Mike Redmond yanked him in the seventh, cursing into his glove for having thrown a quantum particle on a third strike and leaving a runner on base for Ramos to strand). He scuffled a bit in the third as well, getting out of a bases loaded jam after a hit and a couples of strolls on a jugo doble. But then, that’s El Keed – his idea of a “struggle” is 6-2/3. 0 R, 2BB, 8K. His fastball, well, I think his top speed was 98 last night but dear Buddha, that slider bites like a Tokay gecko.

    Apropos the growing charisma and drawing power of our sophomore savant, Macondo Banana Massacre Field rocked with over 35,000 of the smitten and curious (paid) last night, at least a 100% increase over every other night since he last took the mound. Drawing power? Sheet mon, he’s right up there with Maurizio Nichetti in Allegro Non Troppo.

    Meanwhilst, the Pod People (chaaaaaaaaaaggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh) managed to keep the Iron Giant in the park but he still drove in two, one more than El Keed would need, and the boolpen continued its sterling work with two and a third scoreless. Casey McGehee watch: two for four with no ribbies or runs, and in his inert condition – he may have been pupating – he let the Iron Giant pull ahead of him for the team ribby lead at eleven. So yes. the Giant can go to eleven. Yelich, Dietrich and Reed Johnson donated three somewhat less media-exalted ribbies between them.

    • Drew Silva - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    • paperlions - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Like I said OG, sleeping giant…..and yes, this is just as sarcastic as the first time I said it.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        And like I said, dead Cthulhu lies dreaming. Tommy is his avatar.

  3. 13arod - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    marlins are looking good and so are my rays

    • convincedofthehex - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Rays/Marlins World Series! Oh yeah!

  4. chill1184 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Ike hitting a walk off grand slam still amuses me, him of all people.

    • ptfu - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      In a pinch hitting appearance, no less. We don’t see a walkoff pinch-slam every day.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Well maybe you don’t but on the planet where I come from, we see them every day.

    • jwbiii - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Have the Mets had a pinch hit walk off grand slam since this?

  5. penguins87and71 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Nice to see the Marlins doing well to start the season, but look at who they have played, the Rockies and the Padres. I want to see how they fare against the elite teams in the MLB before I say they are for real.

  6. aresachaela - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Just a question, This Dickey guy , might I ask what kind of pitch he was throwing this game against the Yankees? I’ve been seeing some different kinds of pitches now but I’ve never seen a ball move something like that.

    • ptfu - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I believe the technical name for that pitch is the Canuckleball.

    • spudchukar - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      From what I have read recently, aresachaela, you are relatively new to Baseball, so I assume your question is real. It is a knuckleball, and yes it certainly is different.

      • aresachaela - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        Thanks spudchkar, I just searched the google about this kind of pitch and only quite a few people knows how to throw the pitch I believe some guy from the Redsox throws this pitch also a while back. And yes I’m relatively new to Baseball, if it weren’t for Renaado I wouldn’t even be here now nor fully understand how this game is uniquely amazing fom other sports we have here in our country. I really owe him a lot :-).

      • spudchukar - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Welcome to Heaven.

      • renaado - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        You seriously have nothing to owe me for Ares, just as long you and everyone we know are liking and fully understanding the game are all enough for me. Just as long you keep in mind the things I’ve said to you yesterday you’ll be fine here.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    …And Joe Kelly was Joe Kelly to the max. His outing made Jan Brewer look good, but unlike the Arizona governor he was effective. He is rapidly becoming a personal favorite, however, watching him escape jam after jam is tough on the ticker. Houdini wished he had Kelly’s escapability.

    Little known fact, Kelly has the 3rd best ERA in the NL among starters since 2012. To be fair, twice he was relegated to the pen, but that was due more to the plethora of St. Louis rotation options, and his adaptability, than demoting.

    For the record, Kelly’s line was 51/3 IP, 6 hits, 1 R, 1 ERs, 4 BBs, and 4 Ks. In his defense for some reason Welke’s knee high strike zone was much more liberal when Liriano was tossing which assisted raising his pitch count, and he hadn’t pitched in 12 days.

    The Cards jumped on Liriano early plating three in the first, and later added on with a Molina blast, and then Peralta’s 2-iron, his second of the season, his only two hits this young season. The bull pen was again sterling as Martinez, Siegrist and Neshek held the Buccos in check.

    St. Louis has hardly been hitting on all cylinders, Bourjos whose swing currently resembles Elmer Fudd, fumbling for the light switch, is still hitless, and Peralta whose homer or nothing approach looks like he is channeling Adam Dunn.

    Smart out of the box move by Matheny, calling on Martinez early to squelch out a threat, and bridge to Siegrist and Neshek. The Cards now turn to Wainwright to continue to stymie the Pirates, and escape the gorgeous PNC, with a series win. A 4-2 start would be more than acceptable, having to open the season on the road with challenging series against play-off division foes. Chances are good knowing that they face NL’s worst 2013 ERA poster, Volquez, but then Pittsburgh undoubtedly though similarly entering Saturday’s match-up. Volquez will probably have to perform some eely-like Kelly magic to wriggle out a win.

    • paperlions - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah, that was….ahem….vintage Kelly. One thing that seemed strange, and maybe it was based on their scouting of the Pirates. Kelly and Martinez both threw a lot of breaking balls in key counts when each has fantastic and effective FBs. Kelly’s curve may be improved, but it is slow and loopy and hitters seem to ID it very quickly and lay off.

      I also like the move going to CMart to stop the rally…using him in high leverage situations like that shows he is learning that it doesn’t have to be the 8th or 9th to be an important time to use a high quality RP.

      • spudchukar - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Yeah, I don’t think this was Yadi’s game calling zenith. More than once I was screaming no more breaking balls. Your description of Kelly’s curve is perfect. When he can fool hitters with it, it is fine, but when players are looking for it, it is hittable, as both Marte and McCutcheon illustrated. Martinez not as much, and Yadi has called for it in tense situations and Martinez has delievered.

  8. username5891 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Marlins played the Rockies 1st who have one if the best offenses in the NL. Our pitchers handled them pretty well. Other NL teams with lesser offenses will have trouble scoring on us. We hit good enough against a really good young pitcher last night in Andrew Cashner. Got his pitch count up by being patient and then scored off the padres bullpen.

  9. historiophiliac - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Torii! Torii! Torii! Some people around here scoffed when we picked up Hunter. He’s older. He can’t keep performing at that level. Blah, blah, blah. No, he isn’t as quick and this isn’t Torii at his peak, but this is one old man pick up that has worked. (I wonder how many guys get a silver slugger at 37.) He was the star of the game yesterday. Yowza. He was hot and we had a healthy lead going into the 9th…and then they send in Phil Coke. ptoo ptoo After Porcello did so well (Thank God) and Reed too, Coke promptly stunk up the joint. Ausmus finally pulled him and went with Albuerquerque — who is fine if you’re not already in a hole but certainly won’t dig you out of one — but he just added to the stink. We went from 7-1 to 7-6 with one out. The good news is that Ausomness is not going to be as hands-off as Leyland. He pulled Al-Al and called out Nathan (who they were trying to save). He managed the last two outs, and I was thinking: if that was still Valverde, we lose. The point is Beautiful Brad clearly is going to treat every game as if it was important and not sit back and watch the fireworks. So far, this team looks pretty good and seems aggressive. I have hope.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      PS Scouting report: after last night I can report that the Corpus Christi Hooks look very good. The Astros seem to have a good pool of talent to pull from there. The Rockies, however, are going to continue wandering in the wilderness for quite some time.

      • spudchukar - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Thanks for the info, but there is something inherently wrong with the “Corpus Christi Hooks”.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Even more bizarrely, they are the Hooks (yes, as in fishing hooks) but they play at Whataburger Field. Surf and turf, I guess.

        They were light years ahead of the Drillers in defense (although the 3B needs to learn to let the catcher do his job with pop ups behind the plate — no more crashes). Offensively, they hit smart — finding nice gaps to get hits. We were very outclassed.

  10. beefytrout - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Frustrating loss for the Rangers, who got to David Price early and had the rookie Martinez keep them in the game. Bullpen snafus are the worst…

  11. kcrobert10 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Go royals go. Although with yost managing or mismanging ill need to drink and smoke those funny cigarettes a lotlot more.

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