Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-4-23

4/23/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

NINE TO KNOW

April 23, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. If everybody loses, does everybody win? – Every team in the AL West lost yesterday and I don’t think that will be the only time that happens this season. The division is 25-32 overall.

2. The last time was April 4, 2007 – The last time the Pirates (9-6) were three games over .500 was over two years ago. The difference this time is that Joe Kerrigan is their pitching coach. They finished sweeping the Marlins outscoring the hottest team in baseball, 18-6.

3. New hottest team in baseball – The Red Sox have won seven straight after taking a day (rain shortened game) – night (more annoying rain) doubleheader from the Twins. Nice 50th birthday present for Tito Francona who moved to 4-3 as Sox manager on his b-day.

4. Yanks (9-6) and Sox (9-6) tied before they meet Friday – Melky Cabrera’s second homer of the game was a walkoff and the Yanks topped the A’s 9-7 in 14. CC was NG again giving up all seven runs.

5. Pujols is the Boss – I saw Springsteen last night and could not help but think that Albert Pujols is baseball’s equivalent, they both love what they do and do it better than anyone else (BTW: David Ortiz is Clarence Clemons; Big Papi, Big Man). Springsteen had many hits last night and Albert had two as well as St. Louis topped the Mets, 5-2. The Cards have won 9 of 12.

6. Pitch-a-Roni, a San Francisco treat – The Giants have allowed just five runs in their last five games, with three shutouts including last night’s 1-0, 10-inning win over the Padres. Barry Zito(!), threw seven shutout innings and dropped his ERA to 5.63.

7. Cueto is not a foot disease – Johnny Cueto pitched seven scoreless as Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0. The Reds have won 7 of 10.

8. KC royalee defeat the Tribe – Brain Bannister and two relievers shutdown the Indian 2-0 and in the process sent Cliff Lee (1-3) to another loss. Lee needs to win his next 21 decisions to equal his record of last year.

9. Rising from the ashes – Dan Haren entered last night’s game with a 1.89 ERA but an 0-3 record. That’s almost criminal. He left last night’s game against Colorado with a 1.38 ERA and a 1-3 record as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies, 2-0. Whew!

Bill Chuck is the creator of Billy-Ball.com (www.Billy-Ball.com) and, with Jim Kaplan, is the author of the book, “Walk-Offs, Last Licks, and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so Grand) Finales,” with a Foreword by Jon Miller, published by ACTA Sports, and available worldwide.

Bill Chuck is available for radio appearances, and writing for print or the web: Bill@billy-ball.com or 617-566-2784.

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