Monday, April 4, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 4/4/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Ray Knight.

Tigers 10, Yankees 7. Well, Bartolo Colon's New York debut went pretty much exactly how most Yankees fans thought it would go. But this edition of Jobu isn't about making fun of Bartolo Colon. It's about making fun of Bartolo Colon a lot. Colon, who impressed in spring training with his "fast ball" and his "pant size", relieved the odor that was Phil Hughes (4 IP, 5 ER) and allowed four runs in four mostly horrible innings. But he did record five strike outs, which is good news for anyone who hung on to Colon in their 2002 keeper league.

Reds 12, Brewers 3. The defending NL Central champs completed the season-opening sweep behind Ryan Hanigan's two-home run, four-RBI day. Miguel Cairo: pinch-hit single, RBI.

Indians 7, Whitesox 1. Ladies and gentleman, the 2011 Cleveland Indians will not go winless, though it's possible no one in attendance Sunday will come forward and admit they witnessed the victory. The Jacobs Field (we don't refer to anything as "Progressive Field" here at Offbase) crowd was announced at 8,726, the lowest in the park's 17 seasons. Those who skipped the matinee missed a great start by Justin Masterson (7 IP, 1 ER), an Indians triple play, the second turned by the franchise since 2008, and a hot dog fight in section 305 (speculation).

Mets 9, Marlins 2. Somebody break up the Metropolitans! Thanks to six shut out innings from R.A. Dickey, the Mets are one game over .500, baby! Check out these post-game quotes from inside a euphoric NY clubhouse:

"We're not thinking about October yet. But we win Tuesday, then you can mark us down as THINKING ABOUT IT." - Jose Reyes

"Did we expect to be tied for second place after the first weekend of the season? No, but this team isn't done winning. We plan on winning again, real soon." - David Wright

"The only people who believed in us were the guys in this clubhouse. But we did it, we beat the Marlins at their own game: baseball." - Manager Terry Collins

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