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Nats in the Bronx, Marlins in the Hub: Comment Away

I think these games are supposed to anger up the blood, but I just don’t get it. In any case, it is baseball, so have at it in this joint inter-league gamer thread.

164 replies on “Nats in the Bronx, Marlins in the Hub: Comment Away”

Looks like either Wakefield has the k-ball moving well tonight, or the Marlins just don’t see his type of pitching that often: three quick outs on 9 pitches, including 2 Ks. Nice.

At least the Sox/Marlins series might be competitive — having the Nationals play *any* AL teams is cruel, nevermind the Yankees.

Hooray I’m home. Smoltz Thursday? Nice. Sox not yet losing? Nice. Yankees playing the Nats? Not nice.

Sox are now beginning an insanely easy stretch of baseball — something like 24 straight games against sub-.500 teams, including 16 at home and the next what? Nine games? against the NL.

These two series just shouldn’t exist. What little justification there is for interleague (novelty, local rivalries, etc.) is shot to pieces by this imbalanced garbage.

Looks like I’m the good luck charm: Uggla GIDP.
Penny, Clay, Lugo, Bowden straight up for Hanley right now, before the game! Do it! Make it happen!
That hypothetical trade makes my mouth water.

I am so sick of seeing Nick Green. I’d much rather be watching Lowrie put up slightly worse numbers — rehab quick, Jed!

Infield single and Ellsbury scores from second, EASILY. Did I mention I love his presence in this lineup?

This is just effing stupid. I don’t get it. Play more games against teams to care about. Marlins commentators RAIL on the fact there was no play on the dribbler. IMPOSSIBLE play. GAH.

HOLY F*CKING SHIT, Sosa was on the list of 104? Holy crap. I mean I guess I’m not surprised that he was a user, I’m just shocked that another one of the names on the list was leaked.
Okay seriously let’s have all the names please.

Seriously, Ath? This strikes me as a complete non-story. Is anyone on earth surprised by this?

Again, I’m not surprised with the name itself (because I always assumed he was a user–it was somewhat obvious) but the fact that another name on the list was released is what has me surprised. Can we please have all the names at once?

Marlins tie it up.
Glad Smoltz will join the rotation soon, if only because I’m so sick of the near-daily “Smoltz getting closer” articles in my RSS feed. Tracking his rehab has been like watching the proverbial drying paint.
And count me among the Interleague haters. Loathed the idea from the beginning.

Pedroia really having a tough stretch. Makes it harder for him to make up Chuck Norris facts about himself.

> Um…AG? What game are you watching
little tiny inset of the marlins feed on the corner of my box.. looks awful, and have no desire to continue watching.
So, I go. Later.

Jason Bay with yet ANOTHER rbi, though he gets caught in a rundown. I’m cool with that. 2-1 Sox.

meh…god-ZEE-ra swings through a pitch that bounced about 2 feet in front of the plate. 2-0 after 3.
The crowd is…YAWN…electric tonight.

Not only is Mrs. Masterson smokin’ hot, but she apparently bakes delicious cookies!

Holy crap crushed! PAPI!
Eckersley about 0.5 seconds after that hit: “See ya”

Aflac Question: “Who is the Marlins leader in HR, RBI and hits?”
Gotta be Lowell, right?

“These two series just shouldn’t exist. What little justification there is for interleague (novelty, local rivalries, etc.) is shot to pieces by this imbalanced garbage.”
I second that.

Green knocks in Ellsbury with a double, 4-1 Sox.
Anyone want to venture a prediction of the Boston record after this upcoming run of 24 games against sub-.500 teams? They’ve already got the best winning percentage in the East at .603. No jinxes.

Aaand Kottaras piles on, singling home Green, 5-1.
Pedey follows up with a single (end of the slump?), 1st and 2nd, 1 out, Drew up.
I’m liking Interleague a little better all of a sudden.

Funny thing is, no matter the Sox lead after this inning, Wakefield if perfectly capable of giving it all back next inning. Or, alternatively, of pitching a CG 6-hitter. Who knows?

RBF: Remind me, when’s Dice-K’s next start? I have a lotta good material saved up.

Somehow, that AB makes me feel even better about Papi than his last one this inning.

Don Orsillo and Eckersley talking about how two weeks ago DO was right in predicting the 6-man rotation.

Stuck, I think Francona has the right zen attitude about watching Wake. You just have to let it go, relax, roll with it.
Even if he weren’t 8-3 on the year, I’d much rather watch Wake than Dice-K any day.

Oh yeah, Hudson, I love Wake, frustrating as he can be. SF, on the other hand, cannot stand his games, as I recall.

If you pretend that the good knuckleball is some mystical beast like Sasquatch or the Lochness Monster, it becomes a lot easier to have patience and just let it happen. Maybe we’ll see the good knuckleball, maybe he won’t.

Wow, just saw the replay of the Hernandez homer: those Yankees fans sure were booing.
HAHAHA Kottaras pushed that ball fair before tagging the batter out. That was hilarious!

A six man rotation is not “one time through”. That’s a rotation adjustment. I can’t see any reason to deprive Jon Lester and Josh Beckett of 8-10 starts combined.

For the record, I like Wake as a player, and have nothing bad to say about him. I do not enjoy watching him, though.

Hanley runs into an out half an inning after this error. I doubt either will matter, though.

When did I say they would keep the 6-man rotation all season? I thought it was somewhat obvious that if they implemented it, it would be for a while to let things pan out. I thought it would be at least a month though, whereas Francona says it will be 2 weeks.

Wow, Nats with the lead through 6! They’ll give it up as soon as Washington goes to its bullpen, though, presumably next inning.

Not criticizing you, Ath, but rather the idea that the Sox are “going to a six man rotation” in general. I just don’t look at it that way – if the Sox use an extra starter a couple of times through to me that’s just not a six man rotation. It’s a blip. A six man rotation is when the team starts six pitchers consistently as their featured starters. One or two times through is not a rotation.
It’s semantics, I guess, but it annoys me.

Yeah, I can definitely see that SF. I guess everyone has been using the term a little too liberally.
In any case, I love the idea. I’m excited to see Smoltz pitch.
Wake pulled after 93 pitches? He’s done well the last few innings.

I guess with the off-day yesterday Tito wants to give some guys in the bullpen a workout.

Double off the wall.. off the top of the wall.. really should’ve scored easily for Damon..
Teixiera with another RBI though it was close. Thanks Villone!

Well, it was cute while it lasted — Nats bullpen gives up the lead in its first two ABs. Oh well.

This blog’s “post another comment” link is annoying, instead of just giving me the textbox like it used to! Why is typepad keep onn making this worse?
Anyhow, ARod strikes out with the tiebreaking run on second. Not clutch. Needed to at least move him to third on that one..
Here’s Cano.

Got a nice surprise today. A friend of mine in Aurora, Ill., gave me a cap from the Greenville Drive, courtesy of Drive pitching coach Bob Kipper, also an Aurora native. They’re good friends.

“In play, run(s)”
Damn you Cano! Yankees have 7 hits, and 4 of them are from Cano.

Cano ripped one over Dukes’ head – looked like he kind of misplayed that one a little bit.
Cano tries for a triple and thrown out, just barely, at third. Yanks with the lead.
Looks like Cano hung out a little bit at home plate for a second, and that second was the difference between reaching third. Still, Yanks up 4-3, hard to complain with that and here’s Posada.

Wish I’d acted fast enough to take your bet, Ath. That game is O-V-E-R. No way Nats come back to even tie it.

IBM, I saw that on mlbrumors today while I was looking for Penny news! He’s only 28, and that would have been a good move all around.
Though the idea of Nick Johnson excites me more.

Uh oh, Sabathia back out there in the 8th! I bet he gives up a hit or two, then Aceves comes in and slams the door on the 8th.

CC out in the 8th. I know you _can_, but it doesn’t mean you should! I don’t have the pitch count in front of me though..

Nick Johnson with a stash looks kind of like Palmerio. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe he looks like Mario. Haha..

Wake for ASG? Nah. Wins are not the measure of a pitcher. Is Wake one of the top 12 or 13 pitchers in the entire league? No way.
Now, if the players vote him in that’s another story. That would be pretty cool for him to make the trip at this point in his career. But chosen by the manager? I don’t think that would be right.

Nick Johnson walks! Is Girardi going to leave him out there to possibly get the loss?

2 out walk with Zimmerman up. Yes, you take him out now.
Thanks Joe for not being stupid this time. It’s purely to protect CC and why not? Bruney comes in immediately in a maybe rough spot, except it’s the Nationals. Okay, I’m totally jinxing it..

Zimm comes out swinging, fouling off the first pitch..
Bruney throwing 96 fastball 1-1 pitch, getting the crowd into it..
Zim fouls off a pitch and then holds up on the high 1-2 heat. Zim hits it to the right side, and Cano was solid in throwing the Teixiera out.

I think when Wakefield retires, he should be the designated pitcher in the ASG if they go into extra innings. Then it’ll become a home run contest! ;)

I would love that Lar! Or let him pitch those 73mph fastballs for everyone in the HRD.

Zimmerman with a great play to get Swisher out at first.. Gardner goes to third on the play.
So here’s a real and “easy” chance to score an insurance run.. got to get this..

Pena now in what would’ve been a good Jeter spot as Melky was walked. 1 out and Pena dumps one to left field and the Yanks lead goes up 5-3.

I have four goddamn lead-off guys on my fantasy team, and they all suck tonight:
Jeter: 0 for 3
Scutaro: 0 for 5
Roberts: 0 for 4
Soriano: 0 for 0 (rain out)
That last one doesn’t count, but still. Throw in the fact that Howard and Ibanez are 1 for 8…

Ath – in my h2h league, my opponent has Cano, Ortiz, and a few others. He is currently 12/20 with tons of RBIs. Haha.. I’m so down.

Fielder’s choice for Damon, getting the runner at second. Melky moves to third and here’s Teixiera trying to pad it just a little bit more..

Amusingly, Gardner is playing CF. He came in for Matsui, so Mo would bat err.. if it comes to that.

1-2 pitch looked good, but no dice.
Dukes looked overmatched for the first few pitches, but now fouled off a few pitches..
And now he grounds out to Cano, one away. That was a nifty pick on a ground ball up the middle.

I was in Tampa visiting family two years ago, and the Sox happened to be playing. So I made a sign that said MVP, but it spelled out Most Valuable Pornstar. Well the guards at the gate took it because it was “vulgar”. I later saw Jools warming up in the outfield about 15 feet from where we were trying to catch batting practice balls, so I yelled to him “Tavarez, most valuable pornstar!” He looked up at us, did two pelvic thrusts in the air, flashed me a thumbs-up and went back to warming up.
True story.

From the AP write-up of the game: “Wakefield made his 380th career start for Boston, two behind Roger Clemens for the most in Red Sox history. He has 90 wins at Fenway, five behind Clemens.”
Man, I cannot wait till Wakefield takes those records from Roger. It’s going to be SO SWEET.

No one in the Greater Chicago Area was stunned. But how’s this quote from Cubs GM Jim Hendry: “As soon as somebody writes a story saying somebody did something, that doesn’t make it a fact,” Hendry said.
OK, Jim. You get back to me when you file that libel suit.

And ath, the response you got (which I missed the first time around), is my point. No one is shocked about it. Everyone has assumed for years that he did it. Now we have something more concrete.
Now, the other 102 names, please.

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