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04/15/2005 Archived Entry: "baseball update"
I am back. Took a little vacation to greet a new addition to my family. Merek Arthur Lopez an 8 lb 1 oz boy took his first look at Chicago from the outside for the first time on April 5th. Now, I am ready to go.
First, for all of you fantasy players and gamblers, this has been a screwy week. I have seen three games decided by millimeters. The Cardinals put together a great comeback, only to see it snatched away because of a ground rule double. Had the ball stayed in the park, the game would have been tied with the heart of the order coming to the plate. We would not have seen a manager walk the bases loaded to pitch to Pujols (by the way, that’s the greatest last name in baseball history, pronounced “pull hose or hoes”). This feat of insanity was rewarded with a double play to end the game.
Next a passed ball in New York, that should have allowed Biggio to score from third easily turned into an out. This would have been the only run scored in regulation, but as it would go, the run was erased and the game went to OT. The Mets won it in 11, thus Clemens in a great outing got a no decision instead of a win.
Lastly, the biggest bone job of the week came last night in Boston. This won’t show up on any stat sheet. In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, Boston up 4-1 and Sheffield at the plate with a 3 and 2 count, Bronson Arroyo unleashed one of the nastiest, filthiest pitches ever thrown by a human. It was a curve ball that folded over and fell off the table waste high and dropped dead center in the strike zone. It was called ball four by a startled umpire who I firmly believed did not see the pitch. The Yankees went on to tie the game in the inning and essentially robbed Arroyo of a win.
As for the games that I am responsible for, Seattle man handled Kansas City, The Mariners have won 7 straight against the Royals. Jamie Moyer threw nothing but salad at KC who managed to do some early damage but failed in the bottom of the third to hurt Moyer. They loaded the bases with no outs and did not score. Taking advantage of the mistake, Seattle ran off 6 runs in the top of the fourth to put the game away and add another notch into Moyer’s belt.
Believe it or not, a pitchers duel broke out in Texas. The night air must have been heavier than normal and Halladay took advantage. The Toronto star normally has a rough time in Texas but he faired well scattering a few hits and holding the potent Rangers offense to just one run. The Jays mustered enough offense to beat Texas in their home park by a score of 2-1.
Minnesota took the Tigers out behind the woodshed and beat them silly. Radke avoided starting the season 0-3 mostly due to the Twins putting up 10 runs. It did not hurt that the Tigers decided to take the night off.
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Congrats on the addition! Tell Merek to visit me in the south suburbs when he's older. lol
Posted by Michael Toeset @ 04/15/2005 03:29 AM EST