Sunday, July 11, 2010

Shot Of The Night

Shot Of The Night is Off Base Percentage's toast to a player who had an exceptionally good or bad night. There's always a reason to drink.

Tonight's shot of the night is a Red Snapper: 1 oz Crown Royal Canadian whisky, 1 oz amaretto liqueur, 2 oz cranberry juice. I do enjoy the occasional Red Snapper or anything with Crown in it. There was an amazing pitching duel and then whatever the opposite of that is. Lets do some toasting. The honorees are Travis Wood and Roy Halladay.

Travis Wood gets the top billing tonight taking a perfect game into the 9th inning. I got to the party I was attending and put the game on just in time for Chooch to spoil both the perfect game and the no-hitter with a double. They don't call me Jinxy McGee for nothing. But the rookie Red pitcher was fantastic nonetheless in his third start. He went 9 innings and gave up just the one hit and zero runs. He also had 8 strikeouts to go with no walks to earn a no decision because he was pitching against...

Roy Halladay is never one to be outdone. Halladay went ahead and threw his usual 9 shutout innings to also earn a no decision. Halladay gave up 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. I'm not sure if anybody has noticed but Halladay's WAR (4.6) is higher than CY Young favorites Josh Johnson (4.4) and Ubaldo Jiminez (3.6).

Dishonorable Mention: Scott Kazmir

I'd have to check but I'm guessing this is the worst starting pitching line of the season. Kazmir went 5 miserable innings serving up 11 hits, 3 walks, 3 home runs and 13 earned runs. I'm convinced Scioscia left him out there in hopes Kazmir would spontaneously combust. I don't see anyway that the Angels can keep running Kazmir out there every 5 days. However it happened, he's done. It's painful to watch. I've seen pitching machines at batting cages have more success getting people out than Kazmir this year. Sure, maybe it was against me and perhaps I have some poor eye-hand but still...

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