Friday, April 15, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 4/15/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Nelson Liriano.

Yankees 6, Orioles 5. Phil Hughes stunk again-4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER-and apparently, I'm not allowed to come within 1,000 feet of him until "all the evidence comes in", according to this letter. Anyway, this time Hughes' odor didn't matter. Trailing 5-0, New York rallied for a run in the fifth, two more in the sixth and another in the seventh to make it 5-4. Then in the ninth, Felix Pie came racing home on a wild pitch and tried to slide through the covering Joba Chamberlain, who literally ate a (different) Felix Pie for breakfast Thursday morning. Chamberlain applied the tag, Pie never touched home and Little Bucky came wobbling out to argue. When all that was over, Jorge Posada led off the bottom of the ninth with a tying home run, and Nick Swisher, who had hit three balls a total of 37 feet in his previous three official at bats, lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to help NY sweep the rain-shortened two-game series and move into sole possession of first in the East. Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez? Off to an OK start: .412/.512/.882 slash line after a 3-for-3, 2 2B night.

Astros 1, Padres 0. Fernando Abad: 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Devilrays 4, Twins 3 (10). All the talk of Tampa's slow start, but after Johnny Damon's walk-off home run won it Thursday, these two teams have the same record: 4-8. A Tampa Bay fan had this to say after the dramatic win:

Royals 5, Mariners 1 (8). It's sad for us to say, but we're almost out of things to make fun of about Wilson Betemit. The guy hit his first home run of the year and is hitting .387 as KC improved to 8-4 with a rain-shortened victory. And who told Bruce Chen he could scatter six hits in eight scoreless innings? I mean, just what in the name of Terry Shumpert is going on in Kansas City? A Tampa Bay fan may have our answer:

Rockies 6-9, Mets 5-4. Sometimes the staff at Offbase (MTD, Derwood and a squirrel named Lenny) bypass rational, April-type thinking and make outlandish statements. Here's today's: when it comes to the New York Mets baseball club, they are mathematically eliminated from the NL East race. That's it, we've already had enough. Thursday, the Mutters (4-8) were swept by Colorado in the doubleheader, which completed a four-game sweep for the Rocks. Troy Tulowitzki had a decent series: 10-for-16, four HR, 8 RBIs, on base in 14 of 20 plate appearances.

Marlins 6, Braves 5. Emilio Bonifacio: DNP

Phillies 4, Nationals 0. Cliff Lee faced three over the minimum and threw 25 balls in his 12-strike out, complete game victory. Other teams should've tried to sign him instead of letting him go to Philly, where he's only going to get over-shadowed by Wilson Valdez.

Other games, but down here....

Brewers 4, Pirates 1
Tigers 3, Athletics 0
Cardinals 9, Dodgers 5

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