Saturday, April 29, 2006

Alberta Baseball Confederacy, Open Thread Weekend Edition: Days 27 & 28

A peek at the scores as we head into the last two days of Week Four:
On Top 207 1/3
Rooters 162 2/3
NLFC 156
Doctrine 154
Italiani 153
Drizzle 152 2/3
Rougnecks 144
Patricians 134 2/3
Supernauts 130 2/3
Miners 128
Helmet 113 2/3

Trivia: It being Saturday, all 30 teams start: only 7 will open the game with a pitcher whose ERA is under 4.00.

Barry Watch: Saturday's matchup is against RHP Juan Cruz, who moves from Arizona's bullpen to the starting position to replace 8-million-dollar-man Russ Ortiz. In 12 innings of work, Cruz has delivered a 3.00 ERA, 14 SO, and 10 BB.

Cruz last started a game in 2003, and is expected to be capped at 80 pitches. Bonds is 1-for-1 with a double against Cruz this season (pictured at left). Arizona's bullpen has a 4.27 ERA on the season, but half a point lower when Jason Grimsley is removed from the mix.

Sunday, which if tradition holds will be Barry's Day of Rest, the Diamondbacks plan to send staff ace Brandon Webb to the mound. Webb is already 3-0 with an ERA of 2.21 and a 4:1 SO:BB ratio over 36+ innings. Judging by past performance, Barry could combine rest and play: in 19 career plate appearances against Webb, Bonds is 1-for-6 with 13 BB.


At 10:26 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

We should have a Pujols watch. What is that, 13 HR this month?

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

And a monstrous 1.404 OPS.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

God love Prince Fielder. And to think you were down on the guy, Marty.

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Colby Cosh said...

I guess Kevin Mench's feet were really bothering him, huh?

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Apparently. He's like the anti-Coffey.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Well, Pujols hit another one. And Papelbon now has 10 saves in 14 innings. He struck out the side tonight to save the victory. Oh, and an ERA of 0.00.

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

I'm scared to jinx things, but Kazmir is mowing down the BoSox: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB and 9 K.

His performance won't help me get another win this week, that ship has sailed, but it's gratifying.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

Hmm. I didn't jinx Kazmir's performance, but the 9th inning was a close call for the Devil Rays: back to back homers; a walked-runner advancing to third on a stolen base and an error; and then a HBP just to make things a little more interesting. Fortunately for me, they hung on for the win:

Chad Orvella pitching:
Varitek grounded out to first.
Lowell homered to left.
Pena homered to left center.

Tyler Walker relieved Chad Orvella:
Trot Nixon hit for Dustan Mohr.
Nixon walked.
Willie Harris ran for Trot Nixon.
J.T. Snow hit for Alex Gonzalez.
Harris stole second.
Harris to third on Hall´s throwing error.

Shawn Camp relieved Tyler Walker.
Snow hit by pitch.
Alex Cora ran for J.T. Snow.
Youkilis struck out looking.
Cora stole second.
Loretta grounded out to shortstop.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger theDrizzler said...

How about Chris Capuano...

Turned a 3-1 week in Keg league into a 2-2 week, and if my man Westbrook craps his pants tonight then my bro comes out of nowhere to take a win away from me in ABC land.

One guy... hurts me twice...

Oh yeah... Nomar: 30 points

At 9:50 PM, Blogger theDrizzler said...

Well, Westbrook pitched great, his bull pen (Jason Davis specifically) sucked, and I lose to my brother by 2 points. The fact that Nomar and Maggs and Lane are sitting on the bench with 60 points between them is buggin me a little too.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

The artist formerly known as Nomah is a plague on your house. The sooner you dump him, the sooner you will start winning. I can even flip you a SS for relatively little, that is how much I want to "ease your pain."


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