Saturday, August 14, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Milciades Arturo Diaz "Junior" Noboa and he's here to remind you that I have a weird fascination with the Montreal Expos.













Jobu is late and slightly hungover today which can only mean one thing. It went out drinking with me last night and passed out a couple of feet away from the couch. I should never be left in charge of Jobu, I'm a terrible influence.

Orioles 5, Rays 0. The Buck Showalter express keeps rolling right along improving to 9-2. Eleven games seems like a big enough sample size for me to give the Manager of the Year award to Showalter, right? The Orioles won despite being dressed for Halloween.













Hideous. That's Luke Scott pictured celebrating after hitting his 22nd homer of the season in the 7th inning. Also pictured, Adam Jones doing his best impersonation of a candy corn.

Mets 1, Phillies 0. R.A. Dickey leads me to believe that if I can learn to throw a knuckleball, I can get my major league career back on track. The resurgent Dickey 1-hit the Phillies for the shutout with 7 strikeouts. Cole Hamels pitched all 8 innings for the Phils but allowed the lone run and took the loss. This never would have happened if Chase Utley was healthy.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9 (11). I despise the Rangers. Almost everybody in both lineups hit home runs but Nelson Cruz's walk-off in the 11th was the one that counted the most. The Sox were up 8-2 in the 4th but couldn't hold off Josh Hamilton who went 4-5 with a homer and a walk. Mitch Moreland hit his first homer of the season because why not.

Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 2. Joe Saunders gave up 10 hits and all 4 runs in a less than optimal 6 innings. It may seem like I pick on Saunders a lot but that's only because I do and he's not so good at the pitching. Wil Nieves, inspired by Mitch Moreland, hit his second home run of the season.

White Sox 8, Tigers 4. Gordon Beckham temporarily remembered he was good at baseball going 2-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Juan Pierre keeps leading off and went 1-4 to keep his OBP (.337) a good 30 points higher than his SLG (.307).

Cardinals 6, Cubs 3. Albert Pujols went 3-5 and hit his 29th homer of the season. Who knew a .313/.408/.579 line could be so disappointing? Colby Rasmus had a reverse Golden Sombrero going 0-0 with 4 walks.

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