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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Pickoff Moves

Off On The Right Foot: Dodgers 4, Padres 1

No Manny required, but a lot of good things going on for the Dodgers, who beat Jake Peavy for the first time since September 13, 2003, when Kevin Brown toed the mound for the Dodgers. Needless to say, I missed this game in its entirety, and consequently have little to say on it.

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Quitcher Bitchin': Cubs 4, Astros 2

Roy Oswalt hasn't seen much of the old dominator he used to was back in the day; his ERA+ in 2008 was 120, a fine showing but quite a ways from the 149 he had only two years prior. We listened to this game on the way to Angels Stadium, with the Astros announcers calling the game on XM, and the funny part was how much whining they were doing, complaining about this checked swing call or another. It recalled the "Bud Killed Us" t-shirts the team wore under their uniforms in the wake of a Hurricane-Ike-mandated move to Milwaukee during a crucial series late in the season. The predictable result: a Carlos Zambrano complete game shutout, but then, they were whipped before they entered the building. I can't imagine the Astros are going anywhere this year, and it's moments like this that compound that feeling.

Aside from Zambrano's mastery (again) of the Astros' lineup, the story to come of this game was an early pull of the troubled Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome, after he bobbled a ball while playing out of position in center field. (Shockingly, Al still supports the idea that Fukudome is a "plus" fielder, at right, anyway; he's seen him play more than me.) I can easily see Fukudome becoming a free agent by the All-Star break.

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Ronald Who? Belisario Makes The 25-Man

A real head-scratcher. A player who's never had an overly impressive K/9 rate (his most recent season at AA Altoona was 5.7), these comments in the BTF thread would seem to apply:
Since the linked article is advancing the claim that Belisario/Belizario's season stats aren't representative because he learned a new pitch and made drastic improvements over the last month or so:

RB, August 2008: 15.0 IP, 4.14 FIP, 1.53 WHIP, 6.60 K/9.

He was crap in April and May, good but not overwhelming in June, and mediocre in July and August.

Call him the 2009 Dodgers' answer to Darren O'Day: expendable, but if he can pitch, well, yay, free pitcher.

Don't You Wish You Had Pitching: Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 8

Aaron Cook lasted two and a third, Brandon Webb four, and between them they gave up a dozen runs. Webb would be the main guy I would be concerned with, and he's apparently suffering from shoulder stiffness. Nice euphemism, that ...

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Did I Miss The New Times Angels Blog?

Looks like it. Orange County Register sportswriting alumnus Steve Bisheff anchors a team blogging crew. Sidebar changes a-coming.

Dodgers Release Greg Miller

Jon clues us in, and what a world of change it's been for him.

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