Monday, September 29, 2008
Games, Games, Games
Win Number 100 Nailed, Angels Look Forward: Angels 7, Rangers 0A tour de force by Joe Saunders, whose outstanding pitching performance made me wonder whether Ervin Santana and John Lackey might be helped by passing some kidney stones, or at least some extra rest. Hokie Joe struck out a career-high nine batters and looked as strong as I've seen him all year.
The offense managed to scratch out a run in the second despite Howie Kendrick's lineout double play to right; the whole of the two-out rally got started with Gary Matthews, Jr.'s single, and ended with Mike Napoli's ensuing two-run double. In fact, the game may as well be dropped into Napoli's lap, for he drove in four of the Angels' seven runs, including a monster leadoff homer in dead center in the fifth.
The one hundredth win set a franchise mark; the real work starts Wednesday.
Lincecum Stymies Dodgers: Giants 3, Dodgers 1Didn't see this one, but just as well; a lot of substitutions made this one a post-clinch rest game. Tim Lincecum got his 17th win, a seven inning, one-run outing. Hiroki Kuroda pitched five innings of scoreless ball but the Dodger bullpen couldn't hold the lead, as Chan-Ho Park took the loss.
Nomar Garciaparra got to be the manager for the day, a custom Joe Torre carried over from the Yankees.
- NL Wildcard: C.C. Sabathia beat the Cubs 3-1 in a complete game, while the Mets bullpen imploded once again in an Oliver Perez start, losing 4-2 to the Marlins. The Phillies will face the Brewers and the Cubs will face the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs.
- AL Central: Minnesota blanked the Royals 6-0, and the White Sox beat the Tribe 5-1, setting up a mandatory makeup game 162 with Detroit tomorrow. If Chicago wins, they host to a one-game playoff against Minnesota on Tuesday; otherwise, the Twins go to the ALDS and face the Rays.
Postseason SchedulesThe postseason schedule has more detail now, including times, so we may say that none of the games germane to this blog overlap, though logistically if you're planning on going to any of them (and I am) the Cubs @ Dodgers game on Oct. 1 will have some issues.
Now let's see that 25 man roster and how much Scioscia really values a 3rd catcher come playoff time. Useful i'm sure (in spite of Josh Paul), but i just can't fathom Budde or Wilson on it. As stated earlier, there's no need imo to replace Mathis for a PR late. Nap? Sure , but do you really want to take a chance and have him replaced for Mathis with a slight chance he goes down and then go into extra innings with Budde/Wilson???
Firing Yost: brilliant move! The Times reminded me the NJ Devils fired Ftorek and replaced him with Larry Robinson with just a few games remaining to win the Stanly Cup a decade or so ago and won the Cup.