The Cutoff Man: No April showers, no May flowers + Monday Short Hops
Published in the Tartan, 4/26/2010: http://thetartan.org/2010/4/26/sports/baseball
- The Mets are back on track, the Braves are not…: The Mets completed a sweep of the Braves with a rain-shortened 1-0 win on Sunday. The game is listed as F/6 on MLB.com, but really only lasted one pitch into the sixth before it was delayed and eventually called. This must have frustrated any fantasy players who started Mike Pelfrey, who could’ve had credit for a complete game shutout if Raul Valdes hadn’t thrown that one pitch. Big Pelf now has a 24-inning scoreless streak going and is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA, which leads the Majors. The Nationals’ Livan Hernandez is second at 0.75, followed by the guy people expected to be up there after April, Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay. The Mets have won four in a row and are back above .500; their 10-9 record is tied with the Marlins and the Nats for second place. The Braves have now lost five in a row and are all alone in the basement at 8-10.
- …and neither are the Pirates: The
Pirates rebounded from their embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Brewers with a less embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Astros. They were only outscored 19-8 in the series in Houston, far better than 36-1 against the Brewers. The Pirates’ winless week dropped them from second to sixth, but the NL Central is certainly weak enough that any form of a winning-ish streak would catapult them right back into it. The Pirates now will look for revenge as they travel to Milwaukee for a three game set. The Astros, on the other hand, are now 8-10 after starting the year 0-8.
- The lamest puns around: Okay, we get it. David Price pitching a good game provides the cheesy opportunity for a Bob Barker/Drew Carey joke. But I’ve found at least fourteen different articles about his complete game shutout on Sunday with the words “Price is Right” in the headlines. That doesn’t even take into account every other time that joke’s been used (I found at least four other examples from earlier articles). It’s even worse than the constant “Bend It Like Beckham” fecal matter that the monkeys were slinging around while, before and after No. 1 pick Tim Beckham was selected by the Rays in 2008.
- Why Jose Molina is better than Victor Martinez: Toronto’s Jose Molina, not known for his offense, threw out four would-be base stealers on Sunday against Tampa Bay. That awesome feat set a Blue Jays record as Molina became the first guy since Charles Johnson did it for the Marlins against Montreal in 2002. Victor Martinez is known for his offense, and if you recall, allowed nine stolen bases last week against the Rangers.