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Monday, April 18, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 4/18/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Calvin Shiraldi.





Yankees 6, Rangers 5. I'd like to start today's Jobu with one of the top-17 stupidest things Bobby Valentine said during ESPN's Sunday Night broadcast. In regards to the Yankees success since 1996: "The reason for the Yankees' success the last 15 years is (Mariano Rivera), and no one else."

Anyway, NY got a two-out single from Eric Chavez to snap a 5-5 tie in the eighth and take two out of three in a 2010 ALCS rematch. C.C. Sabathia allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings, and because Chubbs Chamberlain gave up the tying run in the sixth, Carsten Charles is still winless, which would mean something if pitcher wins meant something, which they don't. Vinny in Jersey can put that talk radio rant he wrote out on loose leaf paper back in his desk drawer for at least one more day: Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth inning despite temperatures in the Bronx dipping into the low-50s.

Indians 4, Orioles 2. That was a cute, little 6-1 start for Baltimore, wasn't it? Like when your friend's kids are two and three-years old, carrying around a teddy bear named Alex and dancing to Tina Turner songs. Then, one day they're 12 and they start skateboarding and getting pimples. The Orioles are the kid who started skateboarding and got pimples. Sunday's loss was Baltimore's seventh consecutive as Grady Sizemore played his first game since last May 16 and homered in his first at bat. Cleveland is 11-4.

Mets 3, Braves 2. Mets win! Mets win! Mets win! Mets win! Dillon Gee, as in "gee, I didn't think the Mets were ever going to win again this season," allowed an earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his first start of 2011.

Mariners 3, Royals 2. Chris Gimenez: DNP

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1. 1. Matt Kemp is good at hitting: 3-for-4, walk-off, two-run HR in ninth, .474 average; 2. Ryan Franklin may need to try throwing left-handed: that was the second time in the series Kemp homered off the Cards' closer in the ninth (though Thursday's solo shot didn't mean much in a 9-5 Cards win), and Franklin has four blown saves and an 11.57 ERA. Simply Irabuian.

Angels 4, Whitesox 2. Dan Haren continued his excellent April, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball as The LA-Anaheim Angels of one of the Parts of Southern California completed the sweep. Meanwhile, Chicago has Riggleman'd four in a row and five of their last six since a 6-3 start.

Pirates 7, Reds 6. Miguel Cairo: 3-for-4, HR (1).

Diamondbacks 6, Giants 5 (12). During the final six innings of Saturday's game, these four pitchers-Juan Gutierrez, David Hernandez, J.J. Putz and Josh Collmenter-

A. Organized a rally outside Chase Field to help raise awareness of eye black
B. Went in foursies on a goldfish
C. Pitched six scoreless innings, struck out eight batters and allowed one single

The answer, of course, is C.

While the Four Raccoonmen were mowing down the defending champions, Stephen Drew helped Arizona avoid the sweep with a 12th-inning single that sent a reported 446 people at the ballpark into a frenzy.


Other games, but down here....

National 8-5, Brewers 4-1
Padres 8, Astros 6
Rockies 9, Cubs 5
Athletics 5, Tigers 1
Twins 4, Devilrays 2
Redsox 8, Bluejays 1

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