Couldn’t find the John Lovitz footage for that joke to work, and I’m too lazy to write a new lead. Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound, as the Yankees scratch their heads..
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
I’m unable to say how excited I am about Jason Collins coming out. Even if he’s a dude in the twilight of his NBA career. I hope the rumors about the 3 or 4 dudes planning to come out at once in the NFL are true; I’m incredibly happy as a straight dude with gay relatives and friends to see this come to pass, and incredibly happy (for the most part) to read about the generally very positive pro player responses on Twitter and in response to reporters’ questions. You knew it had to be sooner or later. 2012 seemed to be some sort of tipping point where the American public finally, firmly, came down on the side of justice and fairness.
Monday, April 29th, 2013
I have a throwback “rainbow” Astros jersey I bought just to wear around a lifelong Cubs fan friend of mine when we would watch NL games together to give him yet another deserved reason to want to punch me. Remember, the newly-minted Westros were in the Serious less than 10 years ago, but poor ownership and necessary redistricting have made them the patsy in the AL. Once was a time when the ‘Stros had a mystique about them manifested by the most awesome gunslinger in the history of the game.
But those are barroom tales. A -50 run diff at 25 games in portends a rough year for these “Westward Ho” ‘Stros. The rainbow jersey is still frickin’ cool, I don’t care what anyone says. Andy Pettitte faces his former indulgence from back when Mom and Dad were “taking a break.”
Lineups follow, comment away.
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Since the baseball gods (along with the bats, pitching, and defense of the Boston Red Sox…not to mention the pitching of the Houston Astros) have provided 3 wins…heck, why not one more?
The Sox face their least certain matchup today as eminently competent Bud Norris faces eminently injured John Lackey, making his first ML start since hurting himself back in early April against the BJ’s. Comment away!
Thanks to Hafner’s heroic home run and an unlikely triple(??) last night, the Yankees go for the sweep at the Stadium today with Phil Hughes looking for his first win of the season against struggling R.A. Dickey. Hughes’ last outing was solid, and though he did not record a decision he also did not give up a long ball. We’ll see if the Bombers can make it four in a row. Comment away.
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Going into a 4-game series, even against a bad team…you hope for 3-1. At least I think most baseball fans would agree, 3-1 against anyone is a good result. Sox can guarantee that today with a win.
Brad Peacock does not have enough of a major league track record to make judgments about him, but his starts this year have all been 5.0 innings or less, he’s never given up fewer than 2 (in 4.1), and has given up 7 against Seattle (his last time out). He goes up against Felix Doubront, coming off his best outing against Oakland. Comment away!
Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup and Chris Stewart takes over catching duties for the time being as the Yankees send C.C. to the mound. Sabathia had a rough go against Tampa Bay is last outing, but he has given Toronto fits over the course of his career. The Yankees face J.A. Happ. Comment away.
Friday, April 26th, 2013
Bedard has pitched 3.1, 4.0, 0.1, and 4.0 innings respectively in each game he has appeared for the Astros this season (the first appearance in relief), giving up 8 runs total (6 of them in the 0.1 outing against Oakland). Hopefully he opposes the Sox about as effectively today.
Bedard vs. Dempster, comment away!
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Last Saturday’s game between the Bombers and Jays in Toronto featured a stellar performance by Hiroki Kuroda countered by a serviceable start by Mark Buehrle that kept the Jays close enough to tie it in the eighth. A mental error by Aaron Loup and the resulting in a throw to an unmanned bag in the 11th gave the Yankees a two run lead, which was more than plenty for Mariano Rivera and the Yanks. Kuroda and Buehrle square off again this evening, this time at The Stadium. The Yanks have dropped three of four and remain in third place in the AL East behind Boston and Baltimore. Lineups follow, omment away.
Bard was with the major league team for the final game against the A’s after Wright went back down. Aceves has been ordered to Pawtucket and has 72 hours to report (sounds like they’re trying to trade him…hahaha). One of Bard/Lavarnway (the latter of whom is not officially on the roster yet, to my knowledge) will have to depart when Lackey comes back on Sunday. I imagine it’ll be Lavarnway, and they’ll try to make Bard a useful relief pitcher again in low-lev situations for the time being.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
The good thing about being laid up with Dengue Fever for the last three days is that I’ve watched every episode of Archer. The bad news is that whenever what is left of me (I’m shedding massive numbers of pounds on the sick diet) returns to the land of the living, no one is going to have any idea what I am talking about and why I am constantly cracking myself up.
Andy Pettitte goes for his fourth win of the season tonight, facing the Rays and Alex Cobb. Girardi stuffed lefties in the first four positions he could. PHRASING!
Bad pitching and hitting fully aligned for the Red Sox last night: Aceves was Keystone Cops bad and the offense was shut out on 3 hits in 7 innings of a rain-shortened game (two of the hits came with 2 outs in the 7th). Well, the bullpen got rest (only Aceves and Wright pitched last night), and Papi cooled his heels (possibly literally) at the right time.
Today, momentum would appear to be in the Red Sox’ favor, as Lester faces good-but-perpetually-injured Brett Anderson (sort of Bedard-lite), who sprained his ankle in the 1st inning last start against the Rays on the 19th, and left the game after giving up 4 runs. Who knows what will transpire at 4:05 ET today, though? Comment away!