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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Orioles 5, Royals 3: Adam Jones with the walkoff two-run homer as Baltimore smacks Joakim Soria around. At least one doctor voiced concern about Soria after the game. Now, the doctor is a dermatoligst, not an orthopedist, and he was hundreds of miles away at the time and has never once examined Soria, but since it’s Rany Jazayerli, I kind of agree with him here. Kansas City has lost eight of ten.

White Sox 8  Rangers 6:  This was the scene in the fourth inning when they stopped play and started evacuating fans through the dugouts and through tunnels into the bowels of the stadium due to tornado warnings all over the Metroplex. To quote Ozzie Guillen’s Twitter feed yesterday, “This blepen tornado killing us my god.”  And then when that all died down — following a three hour delay — Carlos Quenten killed the Rangers with three home runs.  He is the fifth guy in less than two weeks to hit three homers in a game. Makes you wonder if it’s weather, as opposed to a new deadball era, that has depressed offense so far this year.

Athletics 6, Angels 1: David DeJesus hit two homers and the Angels could do bubkis against Guillermo Moscoso for six innings. Brian Fuentes was not asked to pitch. I assume that, because of this, he was comfortable and that his pyloric valve remained open due to the lack of a disruption to proper geometry and theology or whatever the hell it was he’s angry about the other night.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4: I follow a lot of New York Yankees fans on Twitter. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened that way. Some are men, some women, some my age, some barely out of college, some writers, some not. The common denominator: despite all of the success the Yankees have had over the years, despite all of the expectations and despite having every single reason in the world to be complacent, stereotypical New York fans, they all go into hilariously gleeful nerdgasmy fits when the Yankees do something like come from behind late. If it wasn’t over something as boringly corporate as the Yankees I’d say it was cute. But even if it isn’t quite cute, per se, it does sort of give me hope for the human race somehow.

Braves 2, Pirates 0: Jair Jurrjens shut the Pirates out over seven, upping his record to 6-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.56. Still kills me that all he cost the Bravos was the corpse of Edgar Renteria. Pfun Pfact: Dan Uggla, who was given the night off, was used as a defensive replacement in this game and actually represented a defensive upgrade. Neat!

Cubs 11, Mets 1: After this one, you have to wonder if Fred Wilpon isn’t going to find a reporter this morning and say “see, I had a point!”

Reds 6, Phillies 3: In my video chat with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury yesterday we talked about the Phillies’ offensive outburst on Monday and about how Ryan Madson had really come into his own lately and grabbed that closer’s job for himself. So of course they come out on Tuesday and score only three runs and Madson gets lit up like a pinball machine. Prescience: we haz it.

Tigers 7, Rays 6: A real see-saw battle. And the fat kid jumped off when his little brother was up high, making him slam to the ground and start crying. Wait … lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, Alex Avila hit two homers, the second of which put the Tigers up to stay. Al Alburquerque got his first major league win. I know he’s from the Dominican Republic, but every time I hear his name I think of Nathan Arizona.

Rockies 12, Diamondbacks 4; Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2: Losing Jorge De La Rosa for the year stinks, but at least the team won his final game, right? Eh, OK, maybe not much of a consolation. But Carlos Gonzalez did hit two dingers and drove in four.  In the nightcap it was all Dbacks, as Joe Saunders allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Red Sox 4, Indians 2: Cleveland didn’t have any miracles on this night, nor did they have any answers for Josh Beckett (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). A two run homer by Jason Varitek helps Boston up its record to 15-7 in May, which is the best in the league.

Twins 4, Mariners 2: A complete game for Nick Blackburn.  What ended up being the winning run scored on a balk. All kinds of excitement here.

Dodgers 5, Astros 4: A Jerry Sands grand slam and a Jay Gibbons solo shot stand up and this time the Dodgers bullpen closes things out. Making his debut and striking out two out of the pen for Los Angels: Rubby De La Rosa, who I had the pleasure of seeing in Arizona during spring training. This kid has fanTAStic stuff, so keep your eyes on him.

Marlins 5, Giants 1: Ricky Nolasco shut out the Giants into the ninth inning but ran out of gas before handing it over to the bullpen. No worries, though, as Gaby Sanchez drove in three and Mike Stanton hit his 11th homer.

Cardinals 3, Padres 2: The Padres continue to be miserable on offense and miserable at home, getting two-hit in this one. Indeed, after a fourth inning hit by Chase Headley they were 0 for 19.

Brewers 7, Nationals 6: Milwaukee rallies from a 6-3 deficit in the seventh inning to take their 12th in the past 15 games. Jonathan Lucroy hit a homer and drove in the tying and winning runs on an eighth inning single.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 16: Starting pitcher J.A. Happ #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 16, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Did you know J.A. Happ is in the thick of the American League Cy Young Award race? Of all the contenders, he may be the biggest surprise, even ahead of Drew Pomeranz. Happ leads the league with 17 wins and only has three losses to go with it. He’s holding a 3.05 ERA and a 133/44 K/BB ratio in 150 1/3 innings.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Happ was struggling to stay in a starting rotation. In 2011, his first full season with the Astros, he finished with a 5.35 ERA. In 2012, he put up a 4.79 ERA with the ‘stros and Blue Jays. The next year? 4.56 followed by 4.22, both with the Jays. Then, with the Mariners, he continued the mediocrity with a 4.64 ERA before he was traded to the Pirates.

Under the tutelage of Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, Happ turned his career around. In 11 starts in Pittsburgh, the lefty had a microscopic 1.85 ERA. That came with significant improvements in his strikeout and walk rates. Even the ERA retrodictors like FIP and xFIP, which had so often agreed with his uninspiring ERA’s, agreed that he had thrown like an elite hurler. So that’s how we arrived at J.A. Happ, Cy Young Award contender.

Among AL starters, Happ is fifth-best in ERA behind Cole Hamels, Jose Quintana, Aaron Sanchez, and Steven Wright. However, his 17-3 record is equaled only by Rick Porcello. As there are still a significant number of voters in the Baseball Writers Association of America who consider won-lost record, Happ is sitting in a good position and will be even better if he can cross the coveted 20-win threshold. He’ll get a bit of a boost as well if he can help the Jays return to the postseason for a second consecutive season.

Happ’s Jays will host the hapless — and Happ-less — Angels on Thursday evening. He’ll take on veteran Jered Weaver in a 7:07 PM EDT start.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Seth Lugo) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 7:15 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 8:05 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta), 8:10 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (James Paxton) @ Chicago White Sox (Anthony Ranaudo), 8:10 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 9:40 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Ross Stripling), 10:10 PM EDT

Let’s play the “how long has it been since the Cubs won the World Series?” game!

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It started with a no-good St. Louis Cardinals fan being a troublemaker. That no-good Cardinals fan was Drew Silva, who began things innocently enough, noting that, despite their dominance this season, any team can theoretically beat the Chicago Cubs in a short series because that’s just how baseball goes:

Cubs fans started giving him guff for that, so Drew gave some back:

And with that it was on like Donkey Kong (a super old video game which was not invented for another 73 years after the Cubs last won the World Series). I tweeted this:

And with that, my followers went crazy. Here’s a sampling of some of the best ones:

And, for that matter . . .

Too soon. Unlike the last Cubs World Series title.

Like I said, this was just a sampling. I’ve retweeted a ton more on my timeline and those I didn’t retweet can be seen in the replies here. My favorite one may have been “literally the invention of sliced bread,” which debuted in 1912, but I can’t find that tweet.

Please, Cubs fans, have a sense of humor about this. You have a wonderful ballpark that is not named after a third tier mortgage company, a grand history that is fantastic even if it hasn’t featured any championships and a future that is as bright or brighter than any other team out there. Maybe even come up with some of your own in the comments! History is fun! As is self-deprecation! What I’m saying is don’t be salty about this sort of thing. Salty is a bad look.

In other news, the Morton Salt Company was incorporated in 1910, two years after the Cubs last World Series victory.