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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?

Attendance Drops a Bit: Yesterday’s Scores That Matter [WMQ]
Jun 11th, 2010 by Dan

Attendance at the Strasburg game at Nationals Park

Last night's attendance was less than half. I guess that's what happens when Strasburg's not pitching.

Pittsburgh debuted some rookies last night too. The Nationals crowd of about 18,000 was not impressed.

10 June

NPB
Chunichi Dragons (7) at Rakuten Eagles (2). Wei-Yin Chen Tossed six scoreless with five strikeouts as the Dragons got revenge. Rakuten’s record slides to 29-31-1 in fifth.

Hiroshima Carp (12) at Chiba Lotte Marines (7). Eric Stults goes 5.1, but how strange is it to see such a high-scoring game go into the 12th? Wanting desperately to avoid the tie, Hiroshima burst out in a big way, scoring 5 in the 12th. The Carp are now 23-34-2, in sole possession of fourth.

MLB
New York Yankees (3) at Baltimore Orioles (4). Jake Arrieta makes his first MLB start in a trial by fire, but comes out only singed by the Yankee heat. Wow, that was quite the bit of sportswriting there. Their record rose to 16-43. Wake me up when their win rate rises above 0.333

Florida Marlins (2) at Philadelphia Phillies (0). The rematch of Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay gets delayed until today and it does not disappoint. The Marlins plate one in the first, which was all they need, while JJ went 8 innings, striking out five. The Fish are now 28-31, making a comeback in the East.

Pittsburgh Pirates (2) at Washington Nationals (4). Liván Hernández does it again. This guy has really reemerged as a great pitcher. The Nats are in fourth with a 29-31 record.

Toronto Blue Jays (3) at Tampa Bay Rays (2). More hard luck for Wade Davis who just can’t keep the Jays down and takes another loss. Thanks to the Yankees loss, the Rays retain their two-game lead with their 39-20 record.

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