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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
And That HappenedIf they're only going to throw four games up at us on a perfectly wonderful May evening, we're going to have to seriously investigate expansion . . .
Braves 8, Mets 3: As a Braves fan, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Atlanta break things open in the seventh inning. As a baseball fan, seeing Johan Santana get boned by his teammates once again is beyond depressing. The guy has given up four earned runs all year yet here he is at 4-2. He wasn't exactly unhittable last night, but he certainly deserved a better fate. As for Atlanta, hey, how about Martin Prado batting third! Bobby: it didn't hurt last night, but please, let's not make a habit of it, OK? And can someone please get Derek Lowe to some kind of specialist? I understand why he usually looks all sweaty and splotchy -- baseball is played in the summer and everything and, like me, he's a native Michigander who just can't handle heat -- but last night it was in the mid-50s at game time and he looked like he had just run a 10K in Houston in August. He looks like the kind of guy who's sweaty 97% of his life.
Indians 9, White Sox 4: I had the choice of watching either Lowe vs. Santana in the Mets-Braves game on ESPN or this game on STO. Which do you think I chose? Jhonny Peralta goes 3-5 with 3 RBI. I guess those hits to the opposite field the past couple of games were a good sign, huh? The starters in this one -- Carl Pavano and Gavin Floyd -- combined for 12 runs on 21 hits in 11 and a third. Pavano wins his third start in a row, by the way, with an ERA of 6.45, which is totally fair in light of all that Santana has dealt with.
Giants 11, Nationals 7: Number 298 for the Unit even though he didn't pitch particularly well. Facing perhaps the worst starting pitcher in baseball in Daniel Cabrera will do that for you. At this rate, one wonders if Johnson might just notch 300 and call it a career with a nice round number. In other news Ryan Zimmerman extends his streak to 29 in classic style, hitting two homers.
Reds 13, Diamondbacks 5: Willie Tavaras goes 5-5 and the Reds' offense picks up Bronson Arroyo who has his third cruddy start in four outings.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:34am
How’d you like Pedro Feliciano being left in there against Matt Diaz? You think Jerry Manuel is not aware of each player’s platoon splits or just doesn’t believe in playing the odds?
Posted 05/12 at 09:18 AM
Big Unit’s trek to 300 is getting ugly - 3 HR’s in 5 IP was actually an improvement from his last start (7 ER, 0 K’s).
Posted 05/12 at 09:25 AM
Yea, Max, that was mind-numbingly stupid. If he wants to test his relievers then just leave Parnell into face McCann. A lefty who has struggled to get out righties the last 2 years + a righty who only hits lefties and hits them very well + bases loaded= Jerry Manuel is a moron.
Posted 05/12 at 09:30 AM
Exhibits 496 and 497 for why won-loss records are meaningless.
Posted 05/12 at 09:56 AM
I watched the game on ESPN, and Steve Phillips actually made me miss Joe Morgan. First, talking about how great teams never ever make any mistakes, and every player on the Mets makes a mistake every night. Then a lenghty discussion about how players need to be angry in order to play well. Then talking about how the great players pick at their scabs and never let their wounds heal. Is it just insanity, or is some of it sour grapes because the Mets aren’t his team anymore? Either way, the guy has got to go.
Posted 05/12 at 10:45 AM
Vegas Watch said...
“Pavano wins his third start in a row, by the way, with an ERA of 6.45, which is totally fair in light of all that Santana has dealt with.”
Posted 05/12 at 10:49 AM
Vegas Watch said...
Whoops. Anyway, the sentence quoted above isn’t really fair. First of all, that’s his ERA on the year, a period in which he is 3-3. Over his last three starts, his ERA is 3.66. And yes, his ERA on the year is high, but that’s mostly because of his first game, where he went one inning and allowed nine runs (and did indeed get a well deserved loss). Since then he’s 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA, which seems reasonable enough to me.
Posted 05/12 at 10:52 AM
To be fair, Pavano has sported a 3.66 ERA over those last 3 wins. Since being solely responsible for an Indians loss (9 runs in 1 inning) he is 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA. This is more of a case of where ERA shows its shortcomings than win-loss record. 9 runs in one inning only loses you one game, but at the end of the season it can make it look like you deserved to lose more.
Posted 05/12 at 10:57 AM
Well, I don’t know why I didn’t see Vegas Watch’s post when I went to write mine, so apologies for posting the exact same thing
Posted 05/12 at 11:01 AM
Chris Gilmore said...
The Atlanta Journal’s Braves beat writer Dave O’ Brien had an interview with Derek Lowe towards the end of spring training. In this interview DOB asked Derek “How do you feel the day after a start?”. Lowe replied with a strait face, “Sexy”.
Posted 05/12 at 11:30 AM
Eric J said...
Drew - Phillips also declared that Johan’s poor run support comes from having a bad rhythm in his game (so basically, it’s his fault the Mets score 2 runs per game when he’s pitching). I can’t believe he gets paid to talk about baseball on the air. Can you imagine if he actually ran a major league team?
Posted 05/12 at 11:45 AM
APBA Guy said...
Joey Votto at .381. With Cueto and Volquez, Jay Bruce and Votto, Cincy is starting to build a nice little core.
Posted 05/12 at 12:51 PM
Are there people in here defending Carl Pavano? Has it really come to this?
Posted 05/12 at 02:54 PM