Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

Curveballs for Jobu is Offbasepercentage's daily trip around the ballparks.

Today's honorary bat boy is Kurt Bevacqua

And so ends the Derwood in Columbia, Tennessee experiment. The last five days have been a blur, and by 'blur', I mean the last five days have been excruciating. If you've never been to Columbia, you really should go. They have trees, and roads. And coming January, 2011: a Bojangles. Anyway, it's good to be back in the Jobu cockpit, though MTD, as always, did solid work in my absence.

Orioles 3, Whitesox 2 (10). So Baltimore is 6-1 since hiring Buck Showalter? How long have I been away? Jesus. Brian Roberts hit his first home run of the season leading off the 10th, and the O's are just 21 1/2 games back of Toronto for the AL's seventh playoff spot.

Astros 10, Braves 4. Top prospect Mike Minor's debut (6 IP, 3 ER, 5 K) in an Atlanta uniform was overshadowed by Kyle Farnsworth's 694th appearance (1/3 IP, 4 ER) and Peter Moylan's 36th-to-last appearance (0 IP, 2 ER) as Houston snapped a 4-4 tie with a six-run seventh.

Rays 6, Tigers 3. This has a lot to do with my bitterness towards the 2006 AL Division Series and the fact that the first round of the playoffs is a ridiculous best-of-five, but I'm really glad Detroit stinks.

Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 4 (10). It's been a rough second season in Milwaukee for Trevor Hoffman. The HOF closer has had plenty of scoreless outings, but he's also had plenty of outings like Monday-1 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB. That's the eighth time Hoffman has allowed two or more runs in a game in 2010, or what we at Offbase like to call the Dave Righetti Corollary.

Cardinals 7, Reds 3. Randy Winn: DNP

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