Sunday, June 8, 2008

A look ahead; Weekend recap


It's baaaaack! I speak of interleague play, and it presents us with the Bad Baseball game of the week. Friday night, A's at Giants. Take a wild guess who's starting for the Giants... if you guessed Barry Zito, you're absolutely right. I gotta imagine A's general manager Billy Beane will give himself a little pat on the back for every run Zito (a former Athletic) gives up. Can Zito reach double digit losses on the year? I sure can't wait to find out.

So there's the look ahead, now let's look back on a weekend of bad baseball...

Friday: The Braves proved they're gonna miss John Smoltz quite a bit; Blaine Boyer (blown save) and new closer Manny Acosta (losing pitcher) worked together in the 9th and 10th innings to lose the game against the Phillies ... In Washington, Nationals starter Jason Bergmann had a rough go of it against the Giants; he allowed 5 earned runs on 10 hits and 2 walks.

Saturday: Andy Pettite posted a triple-double for the Yankees in his start against the Royals; 10 runs (all 10 earned) on 10 hits. The Yanks offense would eventually bail him out on Ramon Ramirez's and Joakim Soria's blown saves, a rare double choke job. Ramirez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits while Soria fell apart in the 9th, also surrendering 2 runs on 3 hits.

Sunday: Blaine Boyer struck again for Atlanta; he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in his second effort to demonstrate how badly the Braves need Smoltz in their bullpen ... The Nationals somehow lost to Bad Baseball's favorite punching bag Barry Zito, giving him his second win of 2008 ... Kevin Slowey had no problem picking up his 6th loss of the year to the White Sox; he allowed 8 runs on 10 hits ... Billy Wagner blew his third save of the year for the Mets; he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits to the Padres.

And with that, I'm off to rest up for another week of Bad Baseball...

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