Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 6/15/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Kimera Bartee.

Hey kids, sorry for the long break between recaps. I've been struggling with what we in the industry call a busted up laptop and your Uncle Derwood hasn't been seen since he went on an expedition to look for a shoe he lost in 10th grade. Hopefully my laptop screen will stay lit until Fox Sports buys me a new one (so, forever). Look, baseball!

Tigers 4, Indians 0.
Justin Verlander lost the bid for his second no-hitter of the season in the 8th inning but finished with a complete game, 12 strikeout shutout. As brilliant as Verlander has been, he's still just 4th in the AL in WAR (2.9) and 6th in FIP (2.99), with two Angels and CC Sabathia ahead of him in both categories. The Indians are 2-8 in their last 10 and are a game behind Detroit in the Central now. Pull the rip cord, you're in free fall.

Angels 4, Mariners 0.
Jered Weaver wasn't as nasty as Verlander but he still threw his own shutout allowing 5 hits and striking out 6. Weaver actually got run support early and, luckily, it didn't throw him off his game. Weaver still leads the AL in WAR (3.4) and ERA (2.06) and is second in FIP (2.54) behind teammate Dan Haren. Russell Branyan got another start because Mike Scioscia wants to see if he can get me to light myself on fire.

Rays 4, Red Sox 0.
James Shields is the third pitcher who threw a shutout and won 4-0 yesterday. Coincidence or.. Yeah, probably just a coincidence. Shields also gave up 5 hits but struck out just 5. Still an impressive feat against the red hot Red Sox. The loss ended the Sox 9 game win streak and leaves them just 1.5 games up on New York and 3.5 up on Tampa. Kevin Youklis went 0-4 and remained ugly.

Phillies 9, Marlins 1.
Four different Phillies hit home runs off of Chris Volstad who was kind enough to throw 5 innings of batting practice. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown were the recipients of Volstad's charity and Brown added a second homer against Edward Mujica for good measure.

Nationals 8, Cardinals 6.
The Nats welcomed Ryan Zimmerman back to the lineup with a win. Zimmerman doubled for his only hit in 5 at bats. Lance Berkman hit his 17th home run of the season. Remember when I made fun of that signing? Whoops. Albert Pujols is up to 15 homers after his slow start.

Mets 4, Braves 3.
The Mets scored all 4 runs against Jair Jurrjens who saw his ERA balloon from 1.82 to 2.13 for the season. Jose Reyes continued his big cash money year going 3-5 (.346/.389/.525) with 2 stolen bases. On the other hand, Dan Uggla hit his 9th homer and is sitting at a sad .181/.252.333 line. But hey, he's only been as terrible defensively as he was last year.

Other games, but down here...
Yankees 12, Rangers 4.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5 (11).
White Sox, Twins PPD.
Royals 7, A's 4.
Cubs 5, Brewers 4 (10).
Pirates 1, Astros 0.
Rockies 6, Padres 3.
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 5.
Reds 3, Dodgers 2.

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