Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-5-15

5/15/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

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

NINE TO KNOW

May 15, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. Florida swept – Prince Fielder went deep, Dave Bush went seven for his third straight start and the Brewers finished off their sweep of the Marlins, 5-3. The Brewers have won nine of 11 while the Marlins have gone 6-17 since their 11-1 start. Talk about: Brewers reliever Trevor Hoffman picked up his 8th save and has a 0.00 ERA in 9 innings of work.

2. San Diego swept – The Cubs completed their three-game sweep of the Padres with an 11-3 victory led by the arm and bat of Ryan Dempster (3-2). On the mound Dempster allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings and at the plate he drove in two runs with a double and a single. Talk about: Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth straight game and now has 14 on the season for the Padres who have won only 3 of 19.

3. Detroit swept – Strange game in Minnesota yesterday, the Tigers broke up a 0-0 pitchers duel by scoring 5 in the 6th, then the Twins countered with 6 in the 7th and that was the final as the Twins completed their sweep, 6-5. Justin Verlander struck out 13 Twins in 6.1 before his bullpen imploded and cost him the win.Talk about: When we talk about great closers we often neglect Joe Nathan but he picked up his sixth save of the season and is 27 for 27 in career save chances against Detroit.

4. Seattle swept – Chris Davis hit a two run walkoff to give the Tigers a 3-2 win over Seattle. Texas starter Matt Harrison now has two complete games this season and has won four straight starts. It was the Rangers (20-14) 10th win in 12 games. Talk about: The Rangers won back-to-back walkoffs to complete the sweep of the Mariners who won one of eight on their roadtrip.

5. Boston swept – The Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins all lost yesterday. Jeff Mathis’ walkoff single provide the Angels with a 5-4 12-inning win (the Angels won the series, 2-1). The Red Sox left an incredible 17 runners on base going 3 for 23 with runners in scoring despite getting 15 hits. Talk about: Everybody is talking about Big Papi. David Ortiz went 0 for 7 and stranded 12 runners, tying Trot Nixon’s team record. Ortiz is down and his average, .208, reflects his state of mind.

6. New York sweeps – The Yankees behind CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera defeated the Blue Jays, 3-2 to win their series 2-1. Hideki Matsui’s 8th inning homer was the difference. The Mets, meanwhile, stole a victory in San Francisco swiping a team record seven bases in defeating the Giants in the opener of their series, 7-4. David Wright tied a club record with four stolen bases.Talk about: The Blue Jays lost consecutive home games for the first time this season. Francisco Rodriguez is now 10 for 10 in save opportunities and the Mets are now 10-3 in May.

7. Bourn to run – Michael Bourn joined Jacoby Ellsbury and Jayson Werth as players who have stolen home this season as he went 4 for 5 in Houston’s 5-3 victory over the Rockies. The Astros won the series, 2-1. Talk about: Wandy Rodriguez struck out 11 Coloradoans and has now not given up a homer in 15 straight starts.

8. Oh, to be a fly on the wall – Manny B Manny is supposed to meet his Dodger teammates when they are in Miami today in their first face-to-face since Ramirez was banned for taking a woman’s fertility drug. I wonder if it will be a baby shower. Talk about: Ramirez is eligible to work out with the Dodgers but hasn’t as of yet. Dodgers manager Joe Torre told ESPN, “It’s up to Manny,” Torre said. “Right now, I think he’s struggling with his feelings.” Or he simply could be upset about what happened on Grey’s Anatomy last night with George.

9. UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION: After all if I don’t do it, who will?

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