Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Claudell Washington.

Tigers 3, Yankees 1. If anyone has seen the Yankees offense, please contact Joe Girardi and his coaching staff at the following address:

Grounders to Short Foundation
c/o New York Yankees
E 161st Street
New York, New York, 10451.

Padres 9, Cubs 5. MTD doesn't want to admit it, but I'll go ahead and say it: I thought for sure that was Miguel Tejada working at the Chevron down the street from my apartment, but apparently he's batting 2nd for San Diego. Either way, August Employee of the Month is Jeremy's to lose now that Tejada is having nights like Monday (4-for-5, 2 RBIs) for the first-place Pads.

Orioles 5, Mariners 4. When Adam Moore gets four hits, you really have to win that game. But this is the 2010 Seattle Mariners ("We'll win when we feel like it, back off, pal"), and when Moore popped a solo home run in the top of the 10th to give the M's the lead, David Aardsma, like most of us, couldn't stand the sight of Julio Lugo and walked him on four pitches with the bases loaded to force in the tying run. With two outs and a man at third in the 10th, Adam Jones bunted for a hit, scoring Nick Markakis for the win. O's manager Buck Showalter said he "loved" the bunt idea, which means we're about a week away from the debut of BuckySmartball™.

Mets 3, Astros 1. Jason Castro: 0-for-4.

Pirates 7, Marlins 1. Seems like every year we get to this point with the Marlins. They're "under-performing", "not playing to their potential" and "playing in front of 83 people every night". But maybe it's time to recognize Florida for what it is: a franchise that had two really good teams and got some luck in winning the World Series in 1997 and 2003, but for nearly two decades of existence has been at best a .500 team with a couple stars that no one cares to come watch play. They aren't under-performing, they're just the Marlins-baseball's version of the fictional basketball team, the Briggstown Saints.

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