Sunday, 23 June 2013
Go Time: Going Streaking
This is fun.
I went golfing yesterday and then got drunk, so I didn't see the (compressed version of) game until this morning. Bautista hitting that jack off O'Day was poetry. Time to crank it up to 11. One louder.
And it gets better! Freddy Garcia pitches for the Orioles today! I say that despite the fact that he's won consecutive starts against the Jays, but whatever, 14 hits over 11 innings shouldn't get the job done.
Those 14 hits over 11 innings probably do a lot to explain the outlying strand rate of 83%, and the 6.50 FIP Garcia is sporting for the season, albeit over a sample of just 50 innings. And really, what would an Orioles' pitching staff be without some unsustainable success?
I mean, I get solid defense and everything-- Manny Machado has been worth 1.5 fWAR counting only his defense, and JJ Hardy, Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty have all been pretty solid as well, so babips for pitchers are certainly going to be a bit lower than average. Even still, I see some pretty glaring red flags here, in that this is a team with a 42-33 record and a rotation full of guys who have FIP's in the mid-4's, save for Wei-Yin Chen, who has suppressed homeruns at an astounding rate for a fly-ball pitcher in a bandboxey park.
I sound like a broken record, I'm sure, but the O's are going to break.
As for stuff, The Mariners have DFA'ed former Blue Jay Eric Thames. Thames, of course, isn't Travis Snider, but was traded for Steve Delabar, in what has become one of the more hilarious schemes that AA has pulled off in his time. Of course, at the time, the deal was perfectly fine for both sides, in that Thames had some upside if he could ever not hack at balls outside the zone, and that Delabar had a 30-year old robotically repaired arm.
BBB looks back at the 2008 Jays 10-game winning streak down the stretch.