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Fredi’s Gone: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 24th, 2010 by Dan

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A lot of this happened last night.

Florida inexplicably went and replaced their manager, Fredi Gonzalez, yesterday and Edwin Rodriguez stepped in as interim manager. I still don’t understand why this happened, but I guess we’ll have a new manager next year.

23 June

NPB
Hanshin Tigers (9) at Hiroshima Carp (4). I was really hoping that Hiroshima would have a better showing coming off of some relatively solid interleague play. He’s on the wrong team, but Toritani had himself quite the night (4 H, 2 RBI). Go Toritani! The Carp record drops to 26-37-2, still in fourth.

Saitama Seibu Lions (8) at Rakuten Eagles (10). Remember when Rakuten had no offense to speak of? They’re lucky to have won this considering that Darrell Rasner only went 3.2 innings and gave up five. The Golden Eagles are now 31-35-1 and they’re closing in on fourth.

MLB
Kansas City Royals (1) at Washington Nationals (0). I hope Strasburg doesn’t end up one of those pitchers who never gets any run support from his team. Washington has been seriously struggling offensively of late, so I’m not too surprised, but it’s a waste of a quality start. Strasburg K-Kount (see what I did there?) is up to 41. The Nationals record is down to 33-40.

Florida Marlins (7) at Baltimore Orioles (5). Even though their winningest manager in franchise history was fired, the Marlins were still able to show up, offensively, and dominate the birds. Gaby Sanchez has been quietly making a case for Rookie of the Year with his offense while Chris Coghlan is definitely back to his old self, hitting 0.317 since his season low of 0.146 in April. That’s good enough to put his average at 0.280 now. The Marlins record improves to 35-36 while Baltimore drops to 19-52.

San Diego Padres (5) at Tampa Bay Rays (4). So frustrating. They’re still tied for second, but Shields’ loss to San Diego extends their losing streak to three. Maddon needs to sit down with his players, hash this out, and get them back on course, pronto. The Rays are now 42-29 on the season.

Marlins at Orioles: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 23rd, 2010 by Dan

Hanley Ramirez Warming Up

Action shot!

I just can’t miss seeing the Fish when they’re in town. I let nothing stand in my way, even the dental surgery I had last night. It was with a sore jaw that I saw them rock Baltimore last night. New York got its chance to beat up on the Orioles and the Indians to improve their record. Now it’s time for Florida.

22 June

NPB
Hanshin Tigers (13) at Hiroshima Carp (7). A real brutal game for the pitchers. Kan Otake has a bad night, but my boy Higashide manages two RBIs. The Carp still hold on to fourth, but their record drops to 26-35-2.

Saitama Seibu Lions (5) at Rakuten Eagles (3). Could moving Ma-kun’s starts around have affected his rhythm? It’s odd for Tanaka to give up five. We’ll see if he’s this bad next week too. The Golden Eagles are now 30-34-1 in fifth.

MLB
Florida Marlins (10) at Baltimore Orioles (4). Not Anibal Sanchez’ best pitched game, but not a total wash either. I think I see Wieters homer most games I go to. The kid’s got some pop. Florida’s record improves to 34-36 in fourth while Baltimore drops to 19-51 in a historically bad last.

Kansas City Royals (3) at Washington Nationals (4). Atilano managed a decent start after a few miscues the last few times up. Facing the Royals can only be good for Washington and tonight’s matchup is bound to be yet another impressive Strasburg start. Washington is still in fifth with their 33-39 record.

San Diego Padres (2) at Tampa Bay Rays (1). This is as hard-luck as they get. Wade Davis has really been struggling, but this could have been turned around with a little more offense. The Rays retain their tie with Boston for second, 1.5 games back with a 42-28 record.

Only One Game: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 22nd, 2010 by Dan

Wrigley Sign

Ok, so this doesn't totally prove I was there, but I took this.

Try not to be too disappointed Min, but there was only one game.

21 June

NPB
None

MLB
Kansas City Royals (1) at Washington Nationals (2). Liván Hernández returned to form against a weak Royals squad to end the losing streak. Washington’s win doesn’t take them out of last, but it puts them at 32-39, only eight back from first.

I Saw A Game At Wrigley: The Weekend’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 21st, 2010 by Dan

The Chicago Bean

I wasn't at the Bean, but it's also in Chicago. My photos aren't uploaded yet.

Lots of action this weekend, including a game I attended in the Friendly Confines that will not be mentioned because I don’t cover the Cubs or the Angels.

18 June

NPB
Yakult Swallows at Hiroshima Carp. Rain delayed.

Rakuten Eagles at Chiba Lotte Marines. Rain delayed.

MLB
Chicago White Sox (2) at Washington Nationals (1). Strasburg went out for his second home outing and pitched another stellar game, allowing only one over seven innings and striking out another 10. This kid is insane. The game is lost on a bad throw in the 11th, and Strasburg gets his first no decision.

Tampa Bay Rays (4) at Florida Marlins (7). I turn off my Rays switch again to root for another great Marlins game. I’m super bummed I missed it, but this game had Mike Stanton’s first home run and boy was it a doozy. First homers don’t get any better than grand slams.

Baltimore Orioles (2) at San Diego Padres (3). The Padres are the biggest surprise this year. The Orioles, not so much.

19 June

NPB
Swallows (1) at Carp (5). The Carp have to wait a day to kick off non-interleague play, but they come out with a bang. It’s no surprise Yakult’s score is so low, it was a Kenta Maeda start. That guy is a monster.

Eagles (3) at Marines (0). Iwakuma returns to form against the PL as he blanks the hard-hitting Marines.

MLB
White Sox (1) at Nationals (0). Jake Peavy throws an incredible game and the Nats just keep on losing and sliding down.

Rays (9) at Marlins (8). A wild game that went into extras was blown by Jorge Sosa walking in two in the 11th. The Marlins came within one, but couldn’t tack that final one down.

Orioles (5) at Padres (4). Stop the presses, Kevin Milwood FINALLY got his first win of the season. Congrats, buddy, you didn’t deserve to go this long without one.

20 June

NPB
Eagles (1) at Marines (3). Rakuten went through with its plan to separate Tanaka and Iwakuma, but that means they won’t be winning back-to-back almost every Saturday and Sunday. Rakuten closes the weekend in fifth with a 30-34-1 record.

Swallows (4) at Carp (2). I hate losing to the Swallows. A lot. It’s especially bad when it’s all thanks to the bullpen. The Carp are now 26-35-2 in fourth

MLB
Rays (1) at Marlins (4). Price vs. Johnson was one of the best matchups of the weekend, but David was no match for the Fish while the Rays struggled against the Marlins ace. Way to go Florida, you’re now 33-36 in fourth while Tampa drops to 42-27, tied with Boston for second.

White Sox (6) at Nationals (3). The losing streak continues. It’s starting to get really ugly in Washington again. They are now 31-39 in last. Do they have any other rookie phenoms to call up?

Orioles (4) at Padres (9). 19-50. Yikes. Enough said.

He’s Practically a Planeteer [Embedded Reporter]
Jun 21st, 2010 by Dan

Another week means another Rooster Teeth short that will annoy Eric because it auto-plays on my webpage. This, my favorite RT short so far, covers the oil spill.

Traveling: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 18th, 2010 by Dan

Domo on a suitcase

Gonna see the Cubs this weekend!

17 June

NPB
Nope

MLB
Washington Nationals (3) at Detroit Tigers (8). Deja vu. Atilano loses again. Change of scenery tomorrow, but this sweep was ugly. 31-36 in last.

Texas Rangers (6) at Florida Marlins (4). Ricky Nolasco just hasn’t been the same in so long. Guy gets two earned, but the other unearned were on errors by him. 31-35 barely in fourth.

Tampa Bay Rays (1) at Atlanta Braves (3). Jason Heyward and the Bravos beat the struggling Shields. The Rays have not played well this month at all. They are still tied for first with their 41-25 record.

Still So Behind: RT To Compensate [ER]
Jun 17th, 2010 by Dan

I’m still super behind on my posting, so today you get a bonus Rooster Teeth Short to bide your time. This one is probably my second favorite episode (so far) this year, so be sure to watch it.

Everyone Loses: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 17th, 2010 by Dan

Sad panda cookie

It may be blurry, but it's sad like I am.

The sad panda is sad like me because every team I follow lost last night.

16 June

NPB
Still chillin’

MLB
Baltimore Orioles (3) at San Francisco Giants (6). Lincecum only strikes out ten, which is a statement I heard one of my softball teammates utter yesterday. Guess what, buddy. 10 is GOOD. 10 > 1 K / Inning. The Orioles drop to 18-48.

Washington Nationals (3) at Detroit Tigers (8). The Tigers are a team no one seems to give much credit, but even I wouldn’t have expected them to crush Liván Hernández for eight runs in this game. The Nats drop to 31-35 in last.

Texas Rangers (6) at Florida Marlins (3). The Fish are killing me with their play. What’s wrong with the Marlins bullpen?! At least Cogz and Gaby are hitting well. Where’s Stanton’s power? The kid needs to relax, be patient, and start hitting! 31-34 in fourth.

Tampa Bay Rays (2) at Atlanta Braves (6). Tommy Hanson is an absolute stud. Wade Davis has been struggling. A lot. Thank god the Yankees lost too because the Rays are still tied for first at 41-24.

OK Go’s New Video [ER]
Jun 16th, 2010 by Dan

It’s not quite as ambitious as the giant Rube Goldberg machine nor is it as polished as “WTF?”, but OK Go’s latest music video for “End Love” is a return to their old, quirky “A Million Ways” and “Here It Goes Again” ways. I already love it.

Frustration: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [Wednesday Morning Quarterback]
Jun 16th, 2010 by Dan

Marlins practice at Citizens Bank

It's this guy, up front and on the right. It's his fault.

The Marlins drop a game they should have won in the 9th inning. It’s just disheartening.

15 June

NPB
Still finishing up interleague make-ups.

MLB
Washington Nationals (4) at Detroit Tigers (7). John Lannan just does not have a great outing. Can’t do much about that. Washington drops to 31-34 in last.

Texas Rangers (3) at Florida Marlins (2). It’s tough being a closer, I get that, but Leo Nuñez blows this game in the 9th by walking batters and screwing the Marlins over. Matt Treanor, former Marlins catcher, gets the game-winning hit with a triple and I just get mad. 31-33 in fourth. Pull it together, Florida!

Tampa Bay Rays (10) at Atlanta Braves (4). David Price saddles Kenshin Kawakami with yet another loss. David Price is easily one of the Rays best starters and this win ties him for most in the AL with 10. A Yankees win keeps them tied for first with their 41-23 record.

Baltimore Orioles (4) at San Francisco Giants (1). Jake Arrieta is finally doing what the Orioles youngsters are supposed to do: winning with good pitching. 18-47 in last.

Each year there’s maybe a team or two who has got a rock solid bullpen. The Rays had one in 2008, but struggled in 2009. The Marlins have had closer troubles for as long as I can remember. It’s just frustrating. Is there a way to improve bullpens? Most clubs look at the bullpen as a place to put pitchers who aren’t quite good enough to be starters. What if this is the wrong idea?

Washington drafted Drew Storen last year in the first round. I’m not part of the organizational brass, so I don’t know if it was their plan all along, but it sure seems to me that the kid was picked to be a reliever from the getgo. From day 1 of his callup, Storen has been in the Nats bullpen and it seems like specializing him this way is paying dividends.

His 11.2 innings are on the low side for conclusive evidence, but, still, he’s pitching with a 1.54 ERA this year in a bullpen that, outside its setup man and closer, has had its struggles.

Who’s to say that other teams aren’t really doing this, I know, but it just seems like, with Florida, at least, that the bullpen is composed of guys who aren’t making it as starters. You need good people to get you to your closer, so why not develop them that way, Florida?

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