West Coast games are not completed at this time.
– The Royals scored 12 runs tonight against the Red Sox. They scored seven in one inning, when the Phillies hadn’t scored for 30 innings. Yuniesky Betancourt, universally recognized as not a terribly good baseball player, hit a grand slam. He now has more career grand slams than Derek Jeter.
– Bill Hall pitched for the Red Sox tonight. He had an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. Granted, it was against the Royals, but seriously.
– So far in May, two position players have pitched for the Red Sox, Jonathan Van Every and Bill Hall. Their combined ERA, 4.50, is lower than seven of the Red Sox’s actual pitchers’.
– The Phillies scored runs and won a game! Which is more unpredictable, the fact that this happened or the fact that we’re talking about this as something surprising?
– Manny Ramirez hit a home run at Coors Field for the first time in his career tonight. Yeah I know, he spent most of his career in the AL, but interleague, and his time with the Dodgers, and he hadn’t hit a homer at Coors in his whole career? Surprised me.
– Miguel Cabrera hit three home runs tonight. The Tigers still lost.
– The New York Mets’ staff has been pretty highly touted this year, and they recently had some utterly insane scoreless innings streak, but tonight was just the first time any of their starting pitchers went eight innings. The Yankees’ 37-year-old Andy Pettitte’s done it three times so far this year. Fistpump! (fans self)
– Here are some pitchers and their 2010 W/L stats and ERA:
Nick Blackburn, 6-1, 4.28
Zack Greinke, 1-5, 3.57
Kevin Millwood, 0-4, 3.71
Roy Oswalt, 3-6, 2.35
Luke Hochevar, 5-2, 4.95
I don’t know if this proves “you can’t predict baseball” as much as “pitcher W/L is the most terrible and horrible stat in the entire universe.” Which is always something worth repeating.