But what’ll they give us for Hawkins? [We kid!]
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
Monday, May 26th, 2008
And the Wizards’ wands are busted: the Seattle Mariners are a bad team. The only success they have had of late was against the lowly Padres when they strung back-to-back wins together for the only time in their last 33 games. The club from the Emerald City is last in the league in OBP. They have no starter that possesses a winning record, and have only one starter with an ERA+ over 100 in Felix Hernandez, whose record is 2 and 4. King Felix is on the mound tonight while Boston sends Bartolo Colon, who had a serviceable debut for Boston against KC his last time out.
The Sox are glad to be out of Oaktown, but continue a left-coast trip which means baseball after hours for you east-coast fans. Lineups to follow, comment away.
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
Last time out, Jon Lester did something special. Now, he has a chance — like 250 other pitchers, by my count to repeat that feat. Unfortunately, the odds aren’t the best: 249 have failed.
To make matters worse for the Red Sox, it might take something special for the Red Sox to actually have a chance at winning this game, considering 1. They’re on the road, and 2. They’re facing a pitcher with a modicum of talent. I would say the Sox are the Boston Celtics of MLB, but the Celtics now have actually won a road game in the last two weeks, something the Red Sox (0-6 on the road in that span) cannot say.
So comment away!
Jarrod Washburn was so bad (how bad was he?) he managed a negative 1 game score in his last outing. Seriously. Of course, a line of 2.1 12 9 9 0 2 will do that to you. That was against Detroit, and this year the Yankees seem to have Seattle pitchers’ number to an even greater extent the Tigers.
So it’s the Yankees and the Mariners, who are trying very hard to redefine awful for us. Looks like an easy sweep in the offing as the Yanks send their ace to the hill. Comment away!
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
I often hear fans and journalists claim that no other sports team has won so many championships as the New York Yankees. As a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, and a stickler for detail, that’s always raised my ire. JHU won its first men’s lacrosse title in 1891, and then won or shared another twenty-five before the inception of the NCAA tournament in 1971. Since then, the Jays have won nine more crowns (and come in second eight times) for a grand total of, yes, thirty-five. That’s a lot of championships.
Mike Mussina pitches on short rest to help spell Wang’s game leg. The Mariners have had a dismal season thus far, and have been especially bleak against the Yankees; if there was a day for the M’s to break out, this is probably it, but it seems the Yankee engine is coming to life.
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
The Best Team In The Majors, the Boston Red Sox, take their show on the road to Oakland, their traveling companion to the Land Of The Rising Sun in the bizarre pre-season circus that was the Japan leg of the regular season openers. Wakefield faces the Rich Harden, whom the Sox have already seen twice this season.
Lineups follow, comments GO!
The Yankees swept the Mariners May 2nd-May 4th at The Stadium at a time when the Bombers had just lost three to the Tigers. The Mariners are back in town for three games and send Erik Bedard to the mound, but this time the Yankees are coming off consecutive wins against Baltimore after the May 20th debacle. Andy Pettitte has not won since April 20th; he’s on the mound tonight.
Lineups follow, comment away.
Admit it. You saw it happening. The runner on third, two outs. Jon Lester one strike away from a no-hitter, but also one poorly thrown strike away from losing that and the shutout, to boot.
Of course, that didn’t happen. But no-hitters always bring to mind the much longer lists of those who came so close and couldn’t quite finish the job. In fact, since 1956, 19 Red Sox pitchers have thrown complete game one-hitters. Just 10 have thrown no-hitters. Before Hideo Nomo began this incredible string of Boston no-hitters in 2001, it was even more lopsided: 17-5.
Now, there are one-hitters, and there are one-hitters – the ones lost in the ninth. Pedro Martinez’s 1999 decimation of the Yankees is remembered mostly for the 17 strikeouts and zero walks, not really the one hit he gave up in the second. Hideo Nomo’s one-hitter in 2001 was arguably better than his no-hitter (no walks, 14 strikeouts), but the betting here is it would be better remembered had the lone hit come in the ninth and not the fourth.
Here, then, is a tribute to those five Red Sox pitchers in the last 52 years who came as far as the ninth inning but couldn’t hold on to the glory within their grasp.
I am pretty sure (actually, I KNOW) that Sox fans wouldn’t like A-Rod being the focus of an All-Star game gimmick at Fenway Park, but in the grand scheme of things is it that big a deal to have David Ortiz take a single swing for a fan at the House that Ruth Built? Bigger question, if the article linked is to be believed, is why did MLB do such a poor job informing the Yankees about their promotional plans? Having David Ortiz “call a shot” for a fan at the Home Run Derby in the Bronx just doesn’t seem like a big deal, and certainly not an event worth an entire organization getting in fits about, but why the stealth imposition of this affair on the hosts? The Yankees would be wise to stay magnanimous, but they never should have been put in this position. How can MLB and the Commisioner’s Office be so stupid?
Wait. Don’t answer that.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Chien-Ming Wang is hurt and though it should concern me, it doesn’t. Everybody seems to want to share an opinion on Joba, but the thought hasn’t even crossed my mind. The Sox are nuclear hot, but I’m not bothered. Ian Kennedy starts tonight and has yet to hold any team to less than three runs over six innings this season (in fact it’s usually much worse), but I don’t really care about that. All I care for is to A) watch ARod crush and B) watch the Yankees win.
The baseball gods find it amusing to taunt me. I have been a staunch opponent of instant replay in baseball, but the last few weeks have seen several errors on part of the Men In Blue when dealing with the long ball. To their credit, each time they have admitted their error (unlike the crooked brats in the NFL and NBA) and said that their utmost goal is to make the right call. Maybe it is time to give them some help. Deal with it, gerbil, you know you were wrong and you know that baseball is way tardy on using the cameras.
Sure, I know, you think I’m only writing this because of ARod last night. You’re probably right, but I want George King to be able to call his homers meaningless, not his grounds-rules doubles.