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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Pickoff Moves

Blowed Up Real Good: White Sox 6, Angels 2

Lather, rinse, repeat ... the Angels grounded into three double plays, one each by Kendry Morales, Vlad, and Erick Aybar. Sean O'Sullivan got tagged with the loss, and only went five innings. Jim Thome and Paul Konerko both homered, Konerko off lefty Brian Fuentes who is still in unsettlingly bad land.

Day game today, which, yuck.

Yahoo boxAngels recap

You Can Keep Your Boos: Brewers 4, Dodgers 1

They booed Prince Fielder lustily after yesterday's reports about him trying to chase down to the home clubhouse. Fielder's move was understandable, if ill-advised, considering the point Vinny made during last night's telecast: before Mota plunked Fielder, Joe Torre had another pitcher (Ramon Troncoso) warming up in the bullpen. Unintentional? Huh.

The Dodgers' offense couldn't get anything going against junkballer Braden Looper, save for Rafael Furcal's solo homer in the first. (Oddly, the Yahoo box gets it wrong and says Prince Fielder hit that homer; WTF, Yahoo?) Jason Schmidt didn't have it, and only lasted 3.2 innings.

Yahoo boxDodgers recap

The Best Rotation In The Division: The Rockies?

That's what Erik Manning at Fangraphs has to say:
The Rockies’ starting five has been the best in the National League by a good margin – their 125.6 runs above replacement is 11.6 runs better than San Francisco’s. The Rockies seem to have torn a page or three out of Cardinal pitching coach Dave Duncan’s book “Keys to Winning with an Iffy Staff”. We know Ubaldo Jimenez is great and Aaron Cook is usually solid, but the Rockies are getting good production out of three retreads – Jason Marquis, Jason Hammel and Jorge de la Rosa. What pitching coach Bob Apodaca (fun name to say) has been able to do is coax his pitchers to throw strikes and induce ground-balls.

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