Saturday, August 20, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 8/20/11

Curveballs for Jobu is the trip around the ballparks that Offbasepercentage keeps forgetting to take.

Today's honorary bat boy is Luis de los Santos.

[Santos' 1989 Donruss card. Estimated value: 1 Dixie cup of mayonnaise]

That's two consecutive days for Jobu. Let the Espinoza-like streak begin!

Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (10). It was quite a day in Chicago: the Cubs fired their general manager Jim Hendry right before batting practice, then Tyler Colvin, who after a solid rookie season in 2010 has been Simply Rey Sanchezian this season (.144/.197/.301), delivered a pinch-hit single to send the Cubbies to their first consecutive win. Meanwhile, St. Louis continues to allow 68-year old Arthur Rhodes (0 IP, 1 BB, 1 ER) and 57-year old Octavio Dotel (1/3 IP, 2 H, ER, LOSS) to pitch in games at the highest level of organized baseball.

Devilrays 3, Mariners 2. Felix Hernandez really should learn how to hit. The righty allowed one run through seven, then gave up a bunch of singles in the eighth and Tampa went ahead for good. Of course, the Seattle offense could only muster a Kyle Seager solo home run in the seventh. If Kyle Seager is your only offense, that's a problem. Let's get a Tampa fan's opinion:

Padres 4, Marlins 3. Alfredo Amezaga: 0-for-3, walk.

Nationals 8, Phillies 4. Philadelphia, which has already won the 2011 and 2012 World Series, led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth when Ryan Madson happened. The Philly right-hander gave up three straight singles to make it 4-3, then after a sacrifice and intentional walk, Madson did his best Greg Cadaret impersonation, giving up Ian Desmond's single and Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off grand slam. Wilson Valdez: 1-for-4.

Yankees 8, Twins 1. Two things happened at Target Field Friday: Russell Martin actually brought his bat to the plate (2 HRs, 3 RBIs) and Phil Hughes took another step towards establishing himself as New York's No. 2 starter. The righty had his fourth consecutive solid start, tossing 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball and there was nothing Rene Tosoni could do about it. The much-anticipated Hughes vs. Hughes match up in the eighth went Luke Hughes' way as the Twins' second baseman singled. Also, from the DJCINOSTTCDD (Derek Jeter's Career Is Not Over So Try To Calm Down Department): the shortstop is 19-for-37 (.513) during an eight-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .292 with a fantastic August.

Angels 8, Orioles 3. MTD informed me that Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler no longer broadcast Angels games. I found that sad since I had May 3, 2012 in the Rex Hudler Bludgeons Steve Physioc to Death with a Baseball Pool.

Astros 6, Giants 0. Astros win! Astros win! Astros win! Astros win! Astros win!

Other games, but down here....

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2
Tigers 4, Indians 1
Rangers 7, Whitesox 4
Reds 11, Pirates 8
Brewers 6, Mets 1
Redsox 7, Royals 1
Braves 4 Diamondbacks 2
Athletics 2, Bluejays 0

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