– I just turned on Royals/Angels to see a great PA, and a walk, by… Alcides Escobar.
– Mike McCoy – as in the utility infielder on the Blue Jays – pitched a scoreless inning today.
— He had three swinging strikes.
— This inning was against the Red Sox, who scored sixteen runs in today’s game.
– Tim Lincecum struck out the first batter he faced and had a perfect first inning.
— That’s not unpredictable. What was? That batter was the only one he struck out today.
— His line: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K.
– Well, at least he wasn’t Colby Lewis. 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
— Against the Twins.
— Without Mauer, Morneau, Thome, or Span in the lineup.
—- The Rangers, on the other hand, got five-hit in this game.
– In 2009, Javier Vazquez pitched 219.1 IP of 2.87 ERA with 9.8 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9. He was excellent by any measure. Since then, he’s pitched 219.2 IP of 5.65 ERA (that is a 74 ERA+) with 6.6 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9. Yeah, he had a lot of innings on his arm and he wasn’t young, and 2009 was likely a career year for him. It’s just kinda sad to see.
— and that doesn’t even count tonight’s 3.2 IP, 7 ER disaster. At least he struck out six I guess?
– Hey, every game today except four had at least one team that scored five runs (and one of those games was the Nationals/Padres game, soooo). Slow clap.