Monday

Baseball Notes: Webb/Peavy, New Type of Post Tomorrow & DFTU

Hello again everybody...

It was a fun weekend in the world of Baseball, including a game that was nearly the definition of my favorite kind of game. I'm also going to introduce a new Notes column tomorrow that I'd like to tell you about. And finally, I'll bring you up to date with my favorite teams.

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Let us away...

In Friday's post I pointed out a few weekend pitching match-ups that I thought would be worth look at. And foremost amongst them was Brandon Webb (Arz) vs. Jake Peavy (SDP) Sunday afternoon. Now it's not a stretch to say that a match-up of the last 2 NL Cy Young Award winners would be a good game, but funny things can happen in Baseball when you least expect them. As it was, it turned out to be a 2-1 Diamondback win and a solid pitchers-duel.

Here are the pitching lines:

IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brandon Webb (W,6-0) 6 5 1 0 4 5 0 1.98

IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jake Peavy (L,3-1) 7 4 2 2 3 9 1 2.09

Peavy made one mistake that he got caught on, and that cost him the game. And it cost him the game because Brandon Webb was able to scatter 5 hits and overcome walking 4 different batters. So it wasn't that both pitchers were unhittable, but both were able to work out of jams multiple times.

These are exactly the kinds of games I enjoy most. They move at a quick pace - the time of Sundays game was 2 1/2 hours. Each At-Bat becomes progressively more critical to a team's chances since runs are so scarce. And most importantly, these games highlight the artistry of baseball. The pitchers throw a lot of strikes, making the batters put the ball in play and relying on the defense to make the kinds of athletic plays that highlight the top of SportsCenter.

Others may disagree, but give me a good pitchers-duel any day of the week!

Ed.'s Note: You may recall last week when I talked about Barry Zito's struggles and how the poor schmuck never stood a chance when he matched up against Brandon Webb. Well, he also apparently stood no chance yesterday against Reds rookie Edison Volquez, giving up 6 runs in the 1st innning. As of 7pm Monday night, ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that Zito will be moved to the bullpen. Is this the worst major contract bust in MLB history? I sure can't think of one that's worse. Oof.

Next, a quick note on the Poll. Thanks to all who have voted. If you haven't looked lately, check out not only the poll, but also the comments folks have left at the bottom of Friday's post. But I still need more of you to chime in. Come on people! We can't have a 3-way tie for 1st place! Make a pick! You don't even have to defend it (unless you're going to vote other... then you're on the hook for telling us why!)

Thirdly, I'm going to introduce a new column tomorrow. So far, the blog has been completely centered on Baseball. I certainly don't have any desire to lessen my focus on my favorite sport, but since I've titled this blog, "The Sports Take", I also feel like I need to stretch out a touch when an appropriate opportunity presents itself.

For instance, the folks that were getting my "College Football Picks" emails this past fall, will be happy to know that I fully intend to bring those back in blog-form for this coming season. I can't make any promises about "Team of Destiny" talk, but who knows? Maybe somebody will step up and take another run at History.

So please check back tomorrow for yet more new material! (Thought I was going to tell you what I'm going to write about didn't you? Nope. You'll have to tune in tomorrow! Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!)

Finally, it's time for everybody's favorite segment, "Dan's Favorite Teams Update"!

Minnesota Twins: It was an ugly road-trip for the Twins, who dropped to 11-14 after a 10-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. Dropping 2 of 3 against Oakland and Texas was certainly not what Twins fans had in mind ahead of this trip.

And perhaps the most depressing part was the shellacking that Livan Hernandez took on Sunday. The veteran right-hander had been a rock for the Twins coming into that start, but he was only able to last 2 2/3 Innings on Sunday giving up 7 runs on 9 hits. Maybe it wasn't Liriano's fault. Maybe there was something wrong with the food on the plane. Yeesh, those are some ugly numbers.

The one saving grace from the weekend was the debut of Bobby Korecky who was called up when Francisco Liriano was sent to Rochester. Korecky pitched on Saturday and Sunday for a total of 2 2/3 Innings giving up only 1 Run on 2 hits. Not a bad start for the kid. And as evidenced this weekend, the Twins are going to need all the bullpen help they can get!

And in a quick update on CF Carlos Gomez. It looks like his calf-strain wasn't as bad as I feared on Friday night. He was held of of both Saturday's and Sunday's games against Texas, but it doesn't look like he's headed for the DL. The off-day today will make 3 straight days of rest, which could have Carlos back in the lineup Tuesday night.

The Twins open a 2-game set with the White Sox on Tuesday night, before welcoming in the Tigers over the weekend.

Arizona Diamondbacks: And the train keeps on a'rollin. Another weekend and another series victory for the Snakes brings them to a record of 18-7. That's still the best record in Baseball.

The D'backs took 2 of 3 from San Diego on the road over the weekend. And the one game that Arizona lost was a 13-inning affair. The Diamondbacks offense is cooling off a touch, but still leading the league in most categories, including Runs (148), RBI (142) and Slugging Percentage (.465).

Their pitching is still red-hot too. Brandon Webb leads the league with a 6-0 record. And as a team, they lead the league in Earned Run Average (3.04) and Opponents Batting Average (.218). Brandon Lyon has seemed to settle into his role as a closer and not enough good things can be said about the jobs Juan Cruz and Chad Qualls are doing in the late innings. The bullpen is setting up nicely, and if that remains the case, this ballclub is very short on weak spots.

The D'backs host Houston tonight for the first of three before hosting the Mets over the weekend, which should include Arizona's first look at Johan Santana in a Mets uniform!

That's all for today. Remember to come back tomorrow for the new column!

2 comments:

  1. Other sports, eh?

    I suggest you cover more of The Beautiful Game, as well as Lacrosse, and maybe throw in some Indoor Football...y'know, 'cause those are the other sports that are actually being played right now.

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  2. All interesting suggestions, but not exactly what I had in mind... Stay tuned!

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