Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 3: At the risk of offending the sample size gods, allow me to point out the following:
In 1990, Bob Welch won 27 games; He was 4-2 through his first eight starts;
In 1972, Steve Carlton won 27 games; He was 5-3 through his first eight starts;
In 1968, Denny McLain won 31 games; He was 5-1 through his first eight starts.
These examples don't necessarily mean anything of course. As the game recaps note, John Garland was 8-0 through his first eight starts, and he ended up going 10-10 the rest of the year. Still, it's fun to talk about, no?
Marlins 7, Brewers 2: That's six straight losses for Milwaukee. Next up is a four game series against the division-leading Cardinals. Given how they're playing right now, it's entirely possible that the Brewers will be seven or eight back by Monday night. Don't you pretty much have to fire Ned Yost at that point? I mean, this team was supposed to contend this year, and it's looking up at Houston for cryin' out loud.
Red Sox 5, Tigers 1: Justin Verlander has started eight games and seven have been stink bombs, and now the Tigers have dropped six of seven. The Detroit lineup failed to draw a single walk in the game. Miguel Cabrera has an OPS of .772.
Braves 5, Padres 4: Atlanta's starter had to leave with a blister early, and then the guy who replaced him had to leave after colliding with a baserunner. As a result, the Braves had to go through seven pitchers. They also had a guy batting leadoff -- Omar Infante -- with a career OBP of .298. In other words, the Braves were making things hard on themselves. Didn't matter though, because the Padres couldn't hit yo momma. In other news, Shawn Estes threw his first pitch in a game that counts in over two years.
Rockies 9, Cardinals 3: The Cardinals are starting to get what they're paying for out of Kyle Loshe (4 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 7 ER).
Yankees 6, Indians 3: Travis Hafner rides the pine again. The previous night's heroics from David Dellucci notwithstanding, the Indians are a team with way, way, way too many holes in the lineup to consider themselves contenders.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 3: Man, when Troy Percival decides to blow a save, he really blows a save. This one was a three-run-lead-in-the-ninth variety, wasting eight shutout innings from starter Edwin "Jekyll and Hyde" Jackson (Seriously: in four of his starts he has given up a total of two runs; in the other three has has given up 17). Dioner Navarro saves everybody's bacon with a 13th inning salami though, so the long flight back home was probably a happy one.
Orioles 4, Royals 1: Daniel Cabrera (CG, 1 ER, 7K 1BB) mowed 'em down.
Rangers 5, Mariners 0: Fisticuffsmanship! I've watched the reply several times right now, and I'm not sure what's more pathetic: that Gabbard couldn't hit a target as big as Sexson, or that Sexson charged the mound after a pitch that was essentially over the plate. Sexson might strike out 150 times this year and he'll swing at worse pitches than Gabbard's. In any event, for all of the drama, baseball players once again show that they don't know how to fight.