Sunday, August 1, 2010

Casey Kotchman's Golden Sombrero

A golden sombrero is awarded to a player who manages to strike out four times in a single game (real golden sombrero not included). It's quite the feat unless you're Ryan Howard or Mark Reynolds. Unfortunately, cycles and no-hitters are all the rage nowadays. Not for me, though. I will pour over the box scores to bring you the finest at swinging and missing.

I always had high hopes for Casey Kotchman but that was back when I thought the Angels could develop prospects. I was adorably delusional back then. Since Kotchman was flipped to the Braves for two months of Mark Teixeira, he has also played for the Red Sox and now the Mariners. If you go by UZR/150, Kotchman is the third best fielding first baseman in all of baseball. So he's got that going for him.

What he didn't have going for him today was making contact. Kotchman went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts and regressed to a .219/.293/.359 slash line. *shudders* Let's break out the cheap tequila and hope Kotchman didn't embarrass himself too bad while earning that hat...

Top 2nd: Kotchman struck out looking against Francisco Liriano. Well there's the problem. Liriano was pitching. Liriano is a left handed strikeout pitcher and Kotchman is left handed and terrible at hitting.

Top 4th: Kotchman struck out swinging against Liriano. 3 pitches. Damn lefty-lefty match up.

Top 7th: Kotchman struck out swinging against Liriano again. Liriano did strike out 11 in 7 innings so Casey wasn't the only one flailing away at the plate.

Top 9th: Kotchman struck out swinging against Matt Guerrier to end the game.

It was not a good day at the plate for the Mighty Casey. Ugh, I'm not proud of that sentence.

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