Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Walks

Last night wasn't a good night for Tigers starter Justin Verlander, who gave up 6 runs in a no-decision against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Verlander struck out only 2 batters, ending my winning streak on FOX Sports Baseball Hot Streak at 3. 

My pick today is the Phillies Roy Halladay, 5+ K's against the Reds,

Another 3 HR last night for a big league ball player, this  time it's the White Sox Carlos Quentin, who smacked three long balls against the Rangers in Arlington.

Quentin's 3rd HR of the night came at 1:19 AM CT after the two teams waited out a rain delay of nearly three hours.

In 12 days five big league players, the Mets Carlos Beltran on May 12th, the MLB HR leader, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays on March 15th, the Rockies Jason Giambi on March 19th, Corey Hart of the Brewers this past Monday, and now Quentin last night.

It was sad to hear today of the passing of former KC Royals pitcher and broadcaster Paul Splittorff

Splittorff, the Royals All-Time leader in wins, was a terrific lefty hurler for the Royals while I was growing up watching baseball in the 1970's, and I remember him being very hard for the Tigers to beat.

Splittorff was the 1st Royals pitcher to win 20 games, in 1973, and he spent all 16 years in the big leagues with KC, winning 166 games, and is also the Royals career leader in starts with 392, and in innings pitched, 2,554 2/3.

If you like day baseball, and who doesn't, there are 8 day games on the big league schedule today, starting with the Red Sox and Indians at high noon in Cleveland.

Barry Bonds, the games All-Time leader in home runs, has reportedly come forward to help the family of Brian Stowe, the Giants fan who was severely beaten by fans at Opening Day in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Bonds, who spent time in Stowe's hospital room in Los Angeles has offered to pay for the college education of Stowe's children, according to sources at NBC Bay Area TV.

The recent comments by the New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon degrading his players, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes are laughable when you think about how Wilpon and the Mets were swindled by Ponzi scheming Bernie Madoff.

One more sign of the times is the complete game pitched yesterday by the Yankees C.C. Sabathia.

It was the first complete game pitched by a Yankee pitcher since Sabathia blanked the Orioles on May 19th of 2010.

Starters simply don't go the full nine innings any more, weather he's pitching well, or not.

Last Sunday in Pittsburgh Tigers manager Jim Leyland took out starter Rich Porcello after 8 innings of 2 hit, shut out baseball.

Unless the starter is tossing a no-hitter, or the staff bull pen has pitched to much, the odds of a starter completing a 9 inning game won't happen.

Enjoy today's baseball.

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