Friday, June 11, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.

Today's honorary bat boy: Kent Tekulve

Astros 5, Rockies 4. The 'Stros are what you would call a streaky team. They started the year 0-8, won eight of their next 10, lost eight in a row and 11 of 12, won four straight, lost 13 of 17, and have since won eight of 10 after taking three of four from Colorado. Roy Oswalt pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and struck out nine.

Whitesox 3, Tigers 0. I'll do this one in KenHarrelsonVoice™:

"Johnny Danks twirls a one-hitter through seven, attaboy Danksey. Vizzy put one on the board eeee-yesss, and lookat A.J., little pop out of A.J. today, attaboy A.J. Little bingo for Alexei, he had a duck snort in the fifth. Good guys three, bad guys zero. The crew's pick to click Mark Kotsay went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Kotsy'll get 'em tomorrow though. Batting cage under the first-base stands, Kotsy be there in the morning, you better believe it. Attaboy Kotsy."

Reds 7, Giants 6. Second baseman Brandon Phillips ripped a two-run triple to cap a rally in the eighth for the Reds, who I can say for the first time on June 11 are the best team in the NL Central. Phillips had a four-hit game, and I think the second baseman from Redan HS (GA) could be putting together his finest season. His 120 OPS+ is 27 points above his career average and he's getting on base more, which clashes with the philosophy of Dusty Clogs Baker.

Athletics 6, Angels 1. This Trevor Cahill guy is OK. He gave up six hits in a career-high eight innings. The right-hander from Oceanside-760-(Braden'd) has now allowed three earned runs or less in all nine starts since he got beat up by Toronto in his first start of the year April 30. That's definitely the most words I've ever written about Trevor Cahill.

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