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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 6/18/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Luis Ugueto.



















Mariners 4, Phillies 2.
Seattle had its future on display Friday night and it looks pretty good. Dustin Ackley made his major league debut and recorded his first hit. He even turned a nice double play. Justin Smoak was 1-1 with a pair of walks and Michael Pineda gave up 1 run in 6 innings. Chone Figgins went 0-4 confirming he has no future, or present either. Figgins is the Scott Kazmir of position players.

Red Sox 10, Brewers 4.
Boston has scored double digit runs in 4 games in June and look more or less unstoppable. John Lackey pitched 8 innings and allowed all 4 Brewer runs but the outing still looks like a masterpiece for this current version of the Angels former ace.

Blue Jays 3, Reds 2.
The Jays will keep getting mentioned here as long as Adam Lind continues his consecutive game home run streak which is at 4 now. If history has taught us anything, it's that I'm a huge jinx. Sorry Pittsburgh Pirates, although a 2 game win streak isn't something you should have been bragging about in the first place.

Angels 4, Mets 3.
After some of my finer analysis, I've come to the conclusion that the Angels number 3 hitter Torii Hunter (.232/.309/.365) and 4 hitter Vernon Wells (.194/.235/.326) stink. I'm expecting my offer from Grantland.com any day now. Jordan Walden walked 2 but struck out the side for his 16th save. He has some nasty stuff.

Rays 5, Marlins 1.
Things could get worse for the Marlins but it involves the cast of Jersey Shore being added to the roster. Hanley Ramirez put up another goose egg and his .201/.295/.299 line isn't what you typically look for from your leadoff hitter let alone franchise player. The Marlins even made Wade Davis look like a good pitcher.

Twins 6, Padres 5.
Interleague at its finest. Two last place teams battling it out for pride or oil change coupons or something. Exciting.

Other games, but down here...
Astros 7, Dodgers 3.
Indians 5, Pirates 1.
Cubs 3, Yankees 1.
Nationals 8, Orioles 4.
Rangers 6, Braves 2.
Royals 5, Cardinals 4.
Rockies 13, Tigers 6.
Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 1.

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