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Sunday Short Hops

May 2, 2010

Here are this week’s Sunday Short Hops:

  • Reversal of fortune #1: Terry Francona opted to buck his recent trend of pinch-hitting Mike Lowell for David Ortiz against a lefty reliever yesterday against the Orioles. Ortiz responded to being left in by hitting hit second homer of the game and tripling his season total. He is still batting under .200, though.
  • Reversal of fortune #2: Despite Ortiz’s homers, the Red Sox still lost, dropping their second straight in Baltimore. Logic would then point to the Orioles winning two straight. Ty Wigginton hit two homers (he now has eight) and the O’s hit five overall to win 12-9 on Saturday to spoil Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 2010 debut. Matsuzaka gave up 7 runs, 6 earned in 4.2 innings, including 2 homers. Tim Wakefield, the odd man out of the Sox rotation after Dice-K’s return, didn’t help his own case at all, following Matsuzaka’s outing with 2.1 innings in which he gave up five earned on three homers. This is the second time in a week and the second time all season that the Orioles have won two in a row, and although the O’s have now tripled their win total over the past ten days, I wouldn’t necessarily call them “surging.” They are still only 6-18, one game worse than the 1962 Mets after 24 games.
  • Reversal of fortune #3: The Braves pummeled the Astros 10-1 last night to take their second straight after losing nine in a row. Likewise, the Dodgers beat the Pirates for the second straight night, somewhat stabilizing themselves after a dismal losing streak.
  • Reversal of fortune #4: The Mets got smashed 10-0 by the Phillies yesterday to end their eight-game winning streak. Mike Pelfrey, who started for the Mets, saw his ERA jump from 0.69 to 2.40 after four innings of six-run ball. Raul Valdes did his best Hisanori Takahashi impression with three innings in relief of Pelfrey, striking out six. Unlike Takahashi’s long one-run outings, though, Valdes’ outing also included four runs allowed.
  • Almost reversal of fortune: If the Nationals had beaten the Marlins last night instead of losing 7-1 thanks to a Chris Volstad complete game, Washington would’ve been tied with the Mets for first in the NL East. But they lost, so they remain a game back. Philly is 0.5 back.
  • Sunday Night Mets? The Mets will be on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball for the third weekend in a row, following their victory over the Braves on April 25th and their loss in St. Louis on April 18th. Additionally, their April 19th win over the Cubs was featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball, and their April 26th game against the Dodgers would have been on Monday Night Baseball as well had it not been postponed. Barring a programming change, the Mets and Giants will not be on ESPN next Sunday, and Mets fans’ eardrums will finally stop bleeding from Jon Miller and Joe Morgan’s inane, inept and incessant blabber.
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