Friday, July 9, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Billy Hatcher

Giants 9, Brewers 3. We're big fans of Buster Posey here at Offbase, going back to his school boy days at Lee County High School (GA). Posey hit another home run Thursday, his fourth long ball in the last four games. Also: Aubrey Huff continued his quietly-excellent season with a HR, 4-RBI night. Huff, in his first year with San Fran, has a slash line of .298/.384/.556 and a 145 OPS+ would tie his career high, set in 2003 with Tampa Bay when he finished 24th in the MVP voting behind Esteban Loaiza (unnecessary Esteban Loaiza reference).

Bluejays 8, Twins 1. Was at baseballreference going through some of the old Toronto seasons and realized the franchise hasn't retired a single jersey number in 33 years. Joe Carter hit more than 200 home runs, and one big one in the World Series, in seven seasons, but had marginal overall numbers. Roberto Alomar had a great five seasons, but it was only five seasons. Dave Steib (3.44 ERA and 173 wins in 15 seasons)? John Olerud (.395 OBP, 130 OPS+ in eight seasons)? If we had to choose, we'd say Tom Henke's No. 50 (2.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 217 saves in eight seasons). Or Rance Mullinks' No. 5.

Astros 1, Pirates 0. Roy Oswalt probably doesn't have much time left in a Houston uniform, but first he said "please, please, please, can I face Pittsburgh once more?" Oswalt tossed a one-hit shutout and Lance Berkman launched a pair of solo home runs as Houston swept the three-game series. Jeff Clement: DNP.

Whitesox 1, Angels 0. KenHarrelsonVoice™ returns:

"Johnny Danks had it hummin' on a muggy day on the southside, tellyouwhat. Howie Kendrick in the first, he gone! Mike Napoli in the second, he gone! Jeff Mathis, Kevin Frandsen, Cory Aldridge, they gone! Aldridge came back up again with a fist full of determination, but he gone! Then with two down in the ninth, Danksy got the sign from A.J. and Kendrick came up again-he gone! Good guys got a little bingo in the first, sac fly from Pauly, attaboy Pauly. Wimpy's pick to click was Vizzy, who walked twice but made an error and was caught stealing. Wimpy drops to third behind Stoney and the Crew. Good guys 1, bad guys zero."

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