Hey, South Side. I see you there, with your 25-16 record. It’s very good. Don’t think because your North Side brothers get all the love that nobody notices. You’re just ornery bastards, that’s all. Anyhow, your ace Chris Sale, did his best to catch Clayton in the Best Pitcher 2016 Sweeps. The White Sox won tonight, naturally, because Sale put them in a great position to win. He pitched a complete game allowing 1 ER, 4 hits, striking out 9, no walks. The one run–a homer. That mistake cost him the lead in BP16. His bWAR 2.6. Kershaw bWAR 2.8. It sucks not have to face a pitcher in the line-up. It really helps the old ERA. Final score: White Sox 2-Astros 1. El Oso Blanco hit the home run. What I really love though are pitching and defense. Check out Springer’s catch.
Oh, in case you’re 90 years old at heart: that puts Sale at 9 wins and 0 losses for the season. 😉 Sale was the man last night.
The Blue Jays were so shaken by the Rays that they put Jose Bautista as lead-off today. I was dying laughing when I saw the line-up on Twitter. We broke the Jays? I guess the change worked. They beat the Twins, a semi-pro team with a record of 10-30 in 11 innings with a score of 3-2. Both teams were on losing streaks prior to this game (Jays 5 games, Twins 4), so somebody had to break their streak. I guess. Both Santana and Estrada pitched well enough to deserve to win, but those are the breaks. Osuna “earned” the win by simply being lucky enough to be standing on the mound the inning prior to which his team scored the winning run. I mean, if your team gives you no offense, it’s a hard knock life and all of a sudden , Chris Sale is 3-6 instead of 9-0, with the exact same pitching line.
I understand the value of tracking the likelihood of winning when a particular pitcher is on the mound (hey, it seems like every time this Sale fella pitches, our team wins!), but to award the pitcher the win? Who came up with that?
I like good defense:
When did the Mariners (23-17) get good? I mean, it’s Seattle, we’re all sleeping by the time they win, but who knew? Mariners 7-Orioles 2. I don’t want to see the O’s lose necessarily, but it makes me feel a little better about my own rooting interest’s failings in Seattle. This team is legit. “The Orioles took their first series loss at Camden Yards” reports MLB.com.
The Cubs continue to struggle against inferior-on-paper teams. First the Padres, now the Brewers. They took the series loss as they dropped the game yesterday, 5-3.
Cover the bag, baby. Double steals are exciting.
Status quo for the Braves. They lost to the Pirates, 8-2. Pirates wore uniforms with vomit on them for some reason. Maybe solidarity for their opponent? Poor Erick Aybar (his brother though, screw him). A lot of people are making fun of his going to the hospital because he got a chicken bone stuck in his throat. The jokes were funny, so don’t get me wrong. I love humor but I could see that a lot of the jokes on Twitter were coming from a place of ignorance. I am a recovery room nurse in a surgery center that specializes in gastrointestinal issues. My specialty is GI. This is no joke. Per ESPN:
“That poor guy had to be scared to death,” Snitker told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “He looked OK when he left, but I don’t think he’s feeling very good. Let’s just hope everything works out all right.”
According to the newspaper, one Braves player said Aybar had some blood coming from his mouth and was unable to lift his shoulder because the bone had caused so much discomfort.
Yahoo is calling it the “strangest injury of the season.” Yahoo, you ignorant slut. Esophageal food bolus, fancy medical talk for what happened to Aybar, is common. I joked on Twitter that esophageal food boluses and butts give me a job. Before you start making silly jokes and look unintentionally dumb, at least read up on what he has. From the National Institute of Health: esophageal food bolus–then make more educated jokes. Many times the pathophysiology of this disorder has to do with the state of the esophagus. My wild conjecture? He might have something called eosinophilic esophagitis. It is an autoimmune disorder that is becoming more and more common. We’re diagnosing it with alarming frequency. Basically, your army of white blood cells, normally your friends in disease management, have decided that your esophagus is the enemy, and… ATTACK! Why this happens, we don’t know. But I bet the biopsies taken during the EGD he had to extract the bolus will reveal the issue. Food boluses can be painful and scary. I hope you and your loved ones never have to go through that. Anyhow….
Okay, now go make fun of the Braves. Aybar is going to be just fine.
Nationals 9-Mets 1. The Dark Knight, Harvey, had a very rough night, getting KO’d in the 3rd inning; this is his shortest career outing. He allowed 9 runs, 6 earned. He is not missing many bats this season. Something is definitely wrong with Harvey and with his history, I’d get him checked. My nurse’s Spidey senses are tingling. Strasburg, another pitcher with a thick medical chart, pitched very well.
Ok, little quicker. I need to sleep. This has absolutely nothing to do with anything. Just one of my favorite Pixies songs. I saw them live at USF and I lost my voice for 3 days. This is my all-time favorite band and what brought me to HBT in the first place. Calcaterra is a big fan.
Cardinals 13-Rockies 7. “Neither starter made it past the fourth.” Glad I skipped this game even though Trevor Story almost hit for a cycle.
LAA 7-LAD 4. Trout making Scully look good with the praise he heaped on him last night (homer and 3 RBI–next time we’ll review why RBI is another team dependent stat 😉
Angels’ fans with the classy gesture. This is Scully’s last game in Anaheim. Crap, it’s starting to sink in. Last season.
This is my idea of a love song.
Yankees 4-A’s 1. Well, my pox on the A’s finally started working… when they play the Empire. I am a dumb witch. I told you, very inexperienced witch. I shouldn’t mess with this stuff. Reddick homered, but then fractured a thumb on a head first slide? Oh, crap. My curses never involve injury. At worst, they might itch a little. Someone else did that.
Giants 3-Padres 1. Shark dominant. What kind of shark is he anyway? Hammerhead? Nurse? Great white?
Cleveland 7-Reds 2. Cleveland takes the Ohio Cup? Is that really a thing? It sounds like the worst trophy ever. Keep your Ohio Cup. I have been to Ohio. It sucks. I could not differentiate between the sky and the asphalt. The people were pretty okay. Nice, kinda bland but it was so depressing. I could not wait to leave. I saw why so many just hop on I-75 and don’t stop until they get to Florida.
So, what did I miss? Have a great Friday!