Tuesday, June 17, 2008

And That Happened

Well, not a whole hell of a lot happened now, did it? Only five games, and one of those was a rescheduled snow-out. But who cares? I get paid the same (nothin') either way.

Phillies 8, Red Sox 2: Bartolo Colon is so big and looks so uncomfortable when he pitches these days that it makes my stomach hurt just to watch him. Last night it probably made Sox fans' stomachs hurt too, what with how dingeriffic he was. One to Jimmy Rollins and two to Ryan "How on Earth do I not have a nickname yet" Howard on the way to a big loss for Boston. I have no idea how Cole Hamels makes a living in that ballpark given how many flyballs he gives up, but he just keeps on keepin' on, eh?

Braves 7, Rockies 1: No matter what happens the rest of the year for the Braves as a team, picking up Jair Jurrjens (7.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 7K) for Edgar Renteria has to be one of the best trades of the offseason, no? Meanwhile, Brandon Jones goes 2-4 with a couple of RBI. He's 8-17, 2B, HR, 4 RBI since his callup. And hey, the Braves sweep the Rockies! Sure, it was a one game series, but a sweep is a sweep! Also: while I'm inclined to think that the Braves are done, their next six games come against the Rangers and Mariners. If they don't win a goodly portion of those, they have to be considered to be really done, no?

Florida 6, Seattle 1: Bavasi may be gone, but his embarrassment of a roster lives on.

Giants 8, Tigers 6: Verlander (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K) out-pitches Lincecum (7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER), but unfortunately Detroit has a bullpen, and that pen gave up five runs in the eighth to blow the game. And you know, that bullpen isn't going anywhere, which is just one of the many reasons why I fail to be impressed with all of yesterday's "here come the Tigers!" stories. Yes, they won a bunch of games in a row, but three of those games came against the Dodgers, and beating the Dodgers has been no big trick recently.

Mets 9, Angels 6: After the game Billy Wagner said: "I honestly don't think we go out there thinking, well, I've got to make sure we win this game so Willie can keep his job, because that's out of our control. I think we're all out there just trying to do our job." Actually, Billy, you shouldn't go out there thinking that because even winning the game won't help. Yes, kids, Willie is gone.


themarksmith said...

Rodney has been activated and Zumaya is coming back soon, so the bullpen should have a badly needed face-lift. Reports are that Zumaya is throwing triple digits again. Oh to have the healing abilities of a 23 year old. Think Smoltz can get some of that?

themarksmith said...

Even though Rodney pitched poorly, I don't think he'll continue to pitch that way. Just a little rusty. Why pitch a guy who is in his first outing back in such a crucial situation?

Mark Runsvold said...

Also, with the Tigers' draft picks, the bullpen very well could be going somewhere soon.