Thursday, June 17, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Jim Eisenreich

Braves 6, Rays 2. Since the Reds beat him up for eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings May 20, Tommy Hanson has given up seven runs in his last five starts (31 IP, 2.03 ERA), all Braves wins. Hanson was excellent again Wednesday, tossing seven shutout innings on a three-hitter. One of the hits was a bunt single by Carlos Pena, which doesn't count because I don't believe it actually happened.

Giants 6, Orioles 3. The feel-good story of the summer has ended. After winning their first consecutive game Tuesday, the O's couldn't figure out Tim Lincecum (6 IP, 2 ER, 10 K) and fell to 18-48, but they did hit him in the shoulder with a line drive, which in 2010 counts as a victory for Baltimore.

Mariners 2, Cardinals 1. We have found A Bright Spot in the 2010 Season of the Seattle Mariners™. Jason Vargas allowed one earned run in 7 2/3 innings of five-hit ball, continuing his excellent season. Since his first start of the season, when Texas got to him for five earned runs in 5 1/3, Vargas hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 12 starts.

Bluejays 7, Padres 1. It's amazing how a player can fall off the face of the earth for a couple years, then he's taking Kevin Correia deep on Kevin Correia Bobblehead Day (rumor). Vernon Wells, who sold me a DVD player at a Best Buy just last year, hit his 16th home run in a resurgent year. He still doesn't get on base enough, but his power is back (.571 slugging, almost 100 points higher than his career mark) and the DVD player no longer works.

Whitesox 7, Pirates 2. The last time Pittsburgh won was June 5, which doesn't sound that bad until you realize it's June 17. That's 10 consecutive losses for the Pirates after Zach Duke (5 2/3 IP, 5 ER) lost his 49th game of the year (unofficial).

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