Man, good to see those guys go. The Jays pretty well got spanked around for that entire series, huh? Good to see the Red Sox come to town, since they're apparently just as bad as the Jays. After the last couple games, combined with the fact that every game the Red Sox play lasts about 4.5 hours (those who know me know that I exaggerate quite a bit, but this is hardly an exaggeration... their games just take fucking forever), I can safely say that I'm more than likely not watching this game tonight, and may possibly skip tomorrow's too.
Last night's game just kind of sucked, save for Yunel Escobar (2 for 3 with 2 walks, HR, and Zaun head) and Jose Bautista (2 for 4 with a walk and 2B). I really hope there wasn't something wrong with Brandon Morrow, who, unsurprisingly, looked good for the first 2 innings. Stinks that the defense kind of gave up on him in the 4th inning though. Corey Patterson is still scared of the wall, and probably a lot more stuff, and shall henceforth be known as "The Groundhog". I don't care how poorly Rajai Davis is hitting, he should be in the outfield every day, as far as I'm concerned anyway. And holy cow, Brandon Morrow is only compatible with Jose Molina, right? Let JP catch everyone please. Man, I can't wait until July-ish when the farm starts coming up/Snider returns. I think every twitter account in Canada was upset with the Morrow hook, especially with the amount of bullpen work going around lately. I'm kind of meh about it; I'm not interested in seeing these starters throw 40 pitches in an inning. It's not that he pitched poorly, it's more that he wasn't getting any help and there's no need for him to be in there getting pounded, so I can go either way about it.
For anyone who actually does feel like watching this one, Kyle Drabek takes to the mound to face the Red Sox, and he'll be up against Jon Lester. Let's wish that Drabek can avoid walking a batter per inning the way he's been doing lately, because pitch counts, right? It looks like Adam Lind won't be in the lineup tonight either, and may end up on the disabled list, which fucking blows. Let's hope that doesn't happen either.
But I've got a better idea, which segues nicely in to my daily "Around the league" segment.
Roy Halladay. Versus. Josh Johnson. Tonight. I just came in my pants while writing that. The idea of that pitching matchup just makes me want to go give money to charity. This is really the kind of thing that Chuck Norris facts are made of. There very well may be a battle of perfection between these two tonight, given the offensive lineups that these teams submit. Over/Under on this game should be 0.5 runs, and this game will either go on for 1 hour (if anyone ever scores), or forever, since it will be a 0-0 tie. Related to one of those bad lineups is a report that Chase Utley is set to begin rehab efforts. Read about that here if you need more info, but I can't imagine you do.
Not to be outdone (note: Halladay vs. Johnson completely outdoes this), Tim Hudson and Jason Marquis battle tonight in Atlanta. Both have pitched really well so far, and these two teams actually have offense as well, which might make this game last longer than 45 minutes. Having said that, Marquis gave up a shitload of runs in his last start, so maybe his hot start is worthless.
That's not even the last one! Clayton Richard and Shaun Marcum go for SD and MIL respectively. A lot of people shit their pants when Marcum got beat up in his first start for MIL this season. He's answered that by being the fucking balls, with a 1.62 ERA since that fateful afternoon.
AND TIM LINCECUM PITCHES TONIGHT TOO. HOLY COW. I LINCE-CAME AGAIN.
Buuuuuuut my girlfriend wants to go see Thor, so there goes that night of fun.
What else happened last night? Apart from the skullfucking the Jays took, that is.
Cincinnati won last night, beating Houston thanks to Travis Wood hitting a homerun, as well as pitching 6.2 innings, allowing no runs and striking out 6. On the wrong team, but that's a Zaun head performance right there.
Trevor Cahill continues to impress people who are concerned about pitching records, winning his 6th game of the season, matching Max Scherzer. Cahill went 7 innings, allowing just 1 run, striking out 7. Josh Willingham knocked in 5 with the help of a homer.
Zack Greinke made his first start in Milwaukee, going 6 innings and striking out 9. The Brewers won 4-3 with a little help from defensive superstar (sarcasm) Yuniesky Betancourt's defensive superstardom (not sarcasm).
And finally, the Mets loaded the bases with two out in the 6th inning with the score tied at 1, but neglected to pinch hit for pitcher Chris Capuano. Capuano capped off the inning by striking out and killing the rally. Colorado scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the 7th. Jhoulys Chacin started for the Rockies, and had one of the more entertaining lines of all time, throwing 107 pitches over 6 innings, with just 55 strikes. He allowed only 2 hits, walking 6 and striking out 5. Still, a 2.68 ERA is pretty good, and when you dissect it further, it becomes even better. Just a 1.24 home ERA in one of the best hitters parks in baseball, even under a pretty small sample.
My source for lineups has both John McDonald and EE playing third base tonight, as well as having Rajai Davis pitching, so I'm just gonna guess until something more official comes.