Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weekend recap, a look ahead


I truly hope fathers every where had an enjoyable weekend, and that days weren't ruined by favorite teams blowing late leads. That being said, let's take a look back on Bad Baseball from the weekend.

Friday: The Phillies scored 20 runs against the Cardinals, so it's tough to blame any one pitcher for the mess. Todd Wellemeyer allowed 8 runs on 8 hits in 3.1 innings. Ron Villone came on next, only to watch 6 runs cross the plate on 5 hits. Next up: Mark Worrell, who allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings. Russ Springer only recorded a single out, but only allowed a single run. But it wasn't over! Ryan Franklin allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in just a third of an innings. Ironically, second baseman Aaron Miles was lights out, pitching an inning of perfect baseball . . . Giants starter Barry Zito finally reached double digit losses in his outing against the A's. He allowed 4 runs on 4 walks and 6 hits in 5.2 innings pitched. He's on pace to easily lose 20+ games.

Saturday: Rough outings for both starters in the Dodgers - Tigers interleague bonanza. Brad Penny (Los Angeles) allowed 7 runs on 7 hits 3.2 innings. His Tigers counterpart, Eddie Bonine, allowed 6 runs on 9 hits in 5.1 innings, which was good enough (or not bad enough) for the win . . . The Twins scored 5 runs in the 12th inning to beat the Brewers, thanks largely to Julian Tavarez and his 4 runs allowed on 4 hits . . . Ugly 9th inning in Baltimore for the Pirates - Orioles (ah, the beauty of interleague play!) game. Matt Capps blew his save chance for the Bucs by allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while recording just 2 outs. George Sherrill had blown his save already, also allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, but was bailed out by that juggernaut O's offense . . . Late inning win for the Padres, too, against the Indians. Tribe reliever Edward Mujica allowed 5 runs on 3 hits to pick up his first loss of the year.

Sunday: Nothing too crazy around the league to report on here, though the Yankees lost another starter to injury. This time it was Chien-Ming Wang, who left after spraining his foot running the bases. No word yet on how long he'll be out. No worries though; off-season acquisition Johan Santana will pick up the... oh wait, they didn't get him. Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy, the two guys the Yanks were unwilling to part with will just... oh wait, thats not working out, either. It's your move, Brian Cashman. What's your plan? . . . Ramon Vazquez had a big day for the Rangers. The bad in that? ESPN now has to post this mugshot on it's top performers line.

So now let's take a look ahead. This week's featured Bad Baseball match up: Wednesday afternoon, Tigers at Giants. Might as well keep tabs on Barry Zito, as he's on pace for a historically bad season. They must have scheduled this at 12:45 pm San Francisco time on purpose - nobody planned on going to it, anyways, so might as well save electricity costs and play it during the day.

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