Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 6/21/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Tripp Cromer.

Dodgers 4, Tigers 0.
Clayton Kershaw is really good at throwing a baseball. The 23-year-old lefty tossed a 2-hitter against the Tigers walking 1 and striking out 11. Get ready for some nerdy numbers. Kershaw lowered his ERA to 3.01 but his FIP (2.52) and xFIP (2.83) actually suggest that he is pitching better than his ERA reflects. He's already to 3.1 WAR and should easily pass his career high of 4.8 from last season. His K/9 and BABIP are inline with his career averages but he's cut his walk rate by almost a full walk per 9 from last year which was his previous best. So, um, he's pretty good.

Braves 2, Blue Jays 0.
More accurately, this should read Tim Hudson 2, Blue Jays 1. Hudson took matters into his own hands throwing 8 shutout innings, surrendering just 2 hits and striking out 8. He also hit a 2-run home run in the 7th to account for all of the scoring. Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Corey Patterson combined for an 0-12 day. Hmm, one of those doesn't belong.

Angels 2, Marlins 1.
Jered Weaver only made it through 7 innings, allowed a run and struck out just 6 Marlins. He lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the season but, frankly, anything less than a complete game shutout of the Fish is a disappointment. The Marlins are 1-19 in June and 0-1 under the corpse of 80-year-old Jack McKeon.

Red Sox 14, Padres 5.
In their quest to catch the Yankees in run differential (+98 to +92), the Red Sox dumped double digit runs on an opponent for the 6th time in June. Chase Headley went 4-5 for the Padres and is sporting a .297/.389/.407 line this year. If you split the difference between his terrific defensive year at third base last season (16.5 UZR) with his below average 2011 (-2.7 UZR), you have a pretty valuable player. In a wasteland for NL hot corner men, Headley might make a surprise appearance in my All Star voting for the BBA later this week.

Other games, but down here...
Rockies 8, Indians 7.
Rangers 8, Astros 3.
Cubs 6, White Sox 3.
Yankees 5, Reds 3.
Orioles 8, Pirates 3.
Rays 8, Brewers 4.

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