Thursday, April 21, 2011

Curveballs for Job 4/21/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Bud Harrelson.

[Harrelson 1990 Topps manager card, autographed. Estimated value: 17 sunflower seed shells.]

Yankees 6, Bluejays 2. Ladies and gentleman: 2011 Bartolo Colon. El Pitcher, as he's known around my apartment, pitched into the seventh and struck out seven in his first victory in the big leagues since May, 2009. Colon gave up a home run to J.P. Arencibia leading off the second, then retired the next 12 batters he faced, including Arencibia in the fourth! That's called ArencibiaPayback™. On the flip side, Brett Cecil smelled funny: 5 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB.

Nationals 8-3, Cardinals 6-5. We're now living in a world where a Jim Riggleman-managed team is above .500. That guy living in my ear may have been right: it's time to stock canned goods and see if Flanders has any room.

Indians 7, Royals 5. Wilson Betemit: DNP.

Padres 5, Cubs 4. Chicago won game one of a Wednesday doubleheader, 2-1 on Reed Johnson's walk-off solo home run in the 11th, but the Pads earned a split thanks to Ryan Ludwick, who was employee of the month at the BP station down the street before getting three hits and homering to get that average up to the Betancourt Line.

Marlins 6, Pirates 0. This photo of Florida third base coach Joey Espanada is the early favorite for MLB Photo of the Year.

Let's get a Marlins fan's opinion on the photo and the Wednesday victory:

Astros 4, Mets 3. Justin Turner: 0-for-1, K.

Redsox 5, Athletics 3. I was going to make fun of Boston for batting Jed Lowrie fifth until I noticed Lowrie was hitting .462....just seems like there isn't much to make fun in that lineu....oh wait, Jason Varitek is batting, period. Found something.

Other games, but down here....

Phillies 4, Brewers 3
Tigers 3, Mariners 3
Rockies 10, Giants 2
Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1
Devilrays 4, Whitesox 1
Orioles 5, Twins 4
Angels 4, Rangers 1
Dodgers 6, Braves 1

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