Today in baseball,
Albert Pujols hit 3 Hrs in St. Louis’s win over the Chicago Cubbies. He now has a .299 avg, 9 HRs, and 34 RBIs. He is not in the top ten for any of those three categories. 2010 has been a tough year for the two years running NL MVP. I’m not saying Pujols is bad at all. He is still the best, THE BEST, hitter in the game today.
After what clearly was a successful stint in the minors, Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers came up from triple A. It was so obviously a success due to the fact that he struck out 14 batters from the A’s over 5 and two-thirds innings. This is the Major league’s 2010 season high. Not bad from a guy who had a 7.29 ERA before being sent down. Clearly Jim Leyland knows what he’s doing.
“I hope everybody understands sending a player down isn’t punishment,” Leyland said. “It’s to hopefully get results like we got today. You have to go down there and work on something and get better and get yourself back in sync and grab the bull by the horns. This was one outing so I don’t want to get too carried away, but obviously that was pretty impressive.“http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100530&content_id=10615518&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb(that’s there so they’re isn’t any legal stuff involved lol)
Whilst this hath not happened today, I doth deem it worth of noting. whoa Roll over Shakespeare. Uhmmmm Doc Hallady threw Major League Baseball’s 20th perfect game against the Marlins on Saturday. Worth noting, I think, was that it was a 1-0 nothing score. Josh Johnson had another strong outing going 7 innings of shutout ball. ALSO WORTH NOTING, this is the SECOND perfect game in the 2010 season, and the third no-hitter. Probably many would not have thought Dallas Braden to do it, but Doc would have been given a “he could do it” by most. I think it was important for Doc to have a strong outing after getting bombed at home by the Redsox for 6 runs over 5 and two-thirds innings. Real quick, Boston’s pitcher that game was knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who pitched 8 innings of shutout ball.
While We’re on knuckleballers, let’s move over to RA Dickey of the New York Mets. Dickey has been one of the few consistent pitchers on the Mets staff this season. after being called up from Buffalo, he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA. He is a bright spot on the Mets pitching. He has made, a so far, seemless transition back to the bigs. Whether he is taking Oliver Perez(I’ll get to him in a minute), John Maine, or Jon Niese’s rotation spot it has been working out well for the Mets. The Mets have gotten absolutely phenomenal starting from two replacements. One, RA Dickey and two, Hisanori Takahashi(who starts tomorrow against Kevin Correia and the SanDiego Padres). Now to Oli, I personally think that the Mets should honestly send him down to the minors. If it doesn’t work there, give him a flat-out release and let Takahashi or Dickey pick up the slack.