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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Pickoff Moves

Angels Take Two Straight On Matsui's Career 1,500th RBI: Angels 4, Mariners 3

Scary to think it's been almost two weeks since the Angels took two games in a row, but the April 25th win against Cleveland was that far in the rear view mirror.

I liked the Angels scoring first, not so much Joe Saunders bleeding runs to make himself ineligible for the win, despite the fact that two of the runs were unearned. As he has all season, he wasn't much in the strike zone (of his 106 pitches, only 54 went in for strikes). The bullpen managed their job; worst offense in the league or no, it's still a positive development.

Hideki Matsui drove the winning run across in the 10th, and yay. Hopefully, this marks the end of his late skid. Kendry's still batting cleanup for a reason.

ESPN BoxAngels recap

Haeger The Horrible, Part 7: Rockies 8, Dodgers 0

This was Charlie Haeger's seventh start for the Dodgers this year, and I was struck, looking back at his record, how he doesn't even have a single quality start past his first one, and even that was only a technical quality start thanks to an unearned run. The talk now is of Carlos Monasterios taking the job, and who can blame Joe Torre for that? Well, me, for one; why has it taken this long for the team to figure out that Haeger isn't getting it done? Is John Ely that bad?

I looked up, and it was 6-0 in the first, and Haeger hadn't made a single out. The last time a Dodger starter gave up six runs while failing to record an out was Claude Osteen on August 28, 1971 against the Mets. Shockingly, the 31-year-old Osteen still had some miles left in him, continuing to compete in the majors for another four years, two of them with the Dodgers.

An embarrassing outing for the Dodgers, who failed to score despite getting seven hits off Rockies pitching; but all save for an Andre Ethier double were singles.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

Mariners Fire Hitting Coach Jim Cockrell

The usual scapegoat has been fired. Lookout Landing says AAA Tacoma's hitting coach Alonzo Powell is his replacement.

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