Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

Uribe, I Ribe, We All Ribe

As if to prove that the Dodgers can destroy other people’s dreams as well as those of their fans, Juan Uribe — whose batting average is so low, it’s like he’s still working for the Giants — ended a Padre no-hitter last night after 8 2/3 innings.

The Padres have never had a no-hitter. They came within one pitch.

I’d feel bad for them, but I know too many Padre fans.

(Update: As Cosmonaut Snell has rightly pointed out, the Padres were as scoreless as the Dodgers up to the ninth, so striking out Uribe would have ended the inning, not the game. But the Dodgers, having survived their usual fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth inning collapses, undoubtedly would have given up a run in the tenth. Because they’re the Dodgers. So let’s assume that without Uribe’s hit, the Padres would have had a no-hitter and that I’m not an idiot.)

[Image courtesy of the LA Times.]


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