Thursday, September 01, 2005

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Bazooka Joe

Hell of a performance by Joe Blanton last night. Giving up only two earned runs in eight innings drops his ERA to 3.54. He's now on the cusp of breaking into the top 10 in AL ERA. And if you throw out that lousy performance in Tampa Bay, his ERA would be 3.15. That's friggin fantastic. But what's even more encouraging to me is that Fat Joe's striking people out.

Just three weeks ago, Blanton faced these same Angels and struck out only one with four walks. Last night, he struck out 10 with just one walk. It seems as though HE'S adjusting to the league more than the league's adjusting to him. That he could do this so early in his career is very exciting to me.

And I'll be the first one to give our lead-off hit a lot of credit for that.

April: .30.1 IP . 10 K .. 9 BB . 3.0 K/9 . 1.11 K/BB
May: .. 18.1 IP .. 6 K . 14 BB . 3.0 K/9 . 0.43 K/BB
June: . 43.2 IP . 28 K .. 9 BB . 6.4 K/9 . 3.11 K/BB
July: . 24.1 IP . 17 K . 11 BB . 6.3 K/9 . 1.55 K/BB
August: 40.0 IP . 32 K . 12 BB . 7.2 K/9 . 2.67 K/BB


The knock on Blanton early in the year was that he couldn't strike out Major League hitters. I think that he's proven over the past few months that he most definitely can. I tend to think that the REAL Joe Blanton has a K/9 rate around 6.7. Over the course of a full season, that would make him one of the top 15 strikeout pitchers in the league.


"Blanton's K rate won't stay this low. "

--Roman, April 28
I hate to toot my own horn.


"And, like I said, his K/9 won't stay this low. History says so."

--Roman, April 28
But TOOT-TOOT!!!

I can't believe people would be so quick to judge Blanton after less than one month, but whatev. If it weren't for the morons in this world, I wouldn't have anything to keep me amused.

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One and Done

What the fuck is up with Chavy swinging at almost every damn first pitch? And if the first pitch is out of the zone, he's swinging at the second. Fuckin' a, that's frustrating. Even when he gets a hit.

August 31st
Top of 1st
John Lackey pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: E Chavez flied out to left

Top of 3rd
John Lackey pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: Strike (looking)

Top of 6th
John Lackey pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: E Chavez flied out to left

Top of 8th
Scot Shields pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: E Chavez singled to right

Top of 9th
Francisco Rodriguez pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: Strike (swinging)


August 30th
Top of 1st

Bartolo Colon pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: E Chavez grounded into double play

Top of 4th
Bartolo Colon pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: Strike (looking)


Top of 6th
Bartolo Colon pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: Ball
Pitch 2: Strike (foul)


Top of 9th
Bartolo Colon pitching for Los Angeles
Pitch 1: Ball
Pitch 2: Strike (foul)



August 29th
Top of 1st
Erik Bedard pitching for Baltimore
Pitch 1: Ball

Pitch 2: Strike (looking)

Top of 3rd
Erik Bedard pitching for Baltimore
Pitch 1: E Chavez grounded out to pitcher

Top of 6th
Erik Bedard pitching for Baltimore
Pitch 1: Strike (looking)


Top of 7th
Chris Ray pitching for Baltimore
Pitch 1: Strike (foul)

Top of 10th
B.J. Ryan pitching for Baltimore
Pitch 1: Strike (looking)

Top of 12
Jorge Julio pitching for Baltimore
Pitch 1: Ball
Pitch 2: Strike (foul)

I don't particularly like this new approach, but here's something that's pretty surprising: It's working.

Eric Chavez, 2005
Count 0-0: .323 Avg .324 OBP .600 Slg% .924 OPS
Count 1-0: .323 Avg .313 OBP .484 Slg% .797 OPS


If it's working, it's kindda hard for me to disagree with it. But knowing that every one of Chavy's AB's is going to be over after a pitch or two just frustrating as hell to me.

Maybe it's just his recent failures that are clouding my judgement.

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Ervin "Magic" Santana

I'm not very optimistic about our chances tonight. Ervin's gone 13 innings against us allowing only three earned runs. With Crosby and Kotsay out of the line-up, I'd be happy if we were able to get even two off of Magic tonight.

Adam Melhuse is 1-2 with a HR vs Santana, so MAYBE he'll get the start instead of Kendall tonight. But I doubt it. In case you haven't heard, our manager is a moron.

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Alberto "Magic" Castillo

God help Ken Macha if Adam Melhuse doesn't start getting a significant number of ABs at DH. Now that we've finally got our third catcher, Melhuse had BETTER start getting as many ABs as Hatte. There's no reason for him not to.

Which reminds me: Why wasn't Melhuse pinch-hitting for Scutaro in the ninth last night?

Oh, that's right, because our manager is a douche bag.

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Anonymous smac said...

Which reminds me: Why wasn't Melhuse pinch-hitting for Scutaro in the ninth last night?

I had a fucking aneurysm.

Hatte's hitting about .450 v. Halos this year. If Millhouse is in there tonight at DH, I'll give you $500 (at some point before you die).

Thursday, September 01, 2005 2:14:00 PM  

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