Game Forty-Two Recap
Livan Hernandez has a 1.62 ERA. Ty Wigginton, Kelly Johnson, and Jose Bautista are in a three way tie for second in the majors in home runs. Jose Lopez leads the world in UZR. You can now add this line-up scoring 15 runs in five innings to the list of things that make you just shake your head and laugh.
Mike Sweeney… he’ll get a post of his own next week.
How about Josh Bard? No, he’s not an all-star or anything, but I’d suggest that the M’s may have found their starting catcher, at least as long as they’re still playing for 2010. Another couple of well struck balls and a walk,
plus no annoying passed balls or other defensive problems I knew I shouldn’t have written that sentence while the game was still going. And we should note that he has a history of major league success – just under 1,800 career plate appearances, during which he’s been worth seven wins over a replacement level player. That’s 2.3 wins per full season. He’s on the downside of his career, so we shouldn’t expect him to play that well, but it’s not like he’s been a scrub for years and is having the best run of his life. He’s a switch hitter with some patience and power, and given the alternatives, that makes him the best catcher in this organization right now.
Cliff Lee is running a 31:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. Yeah, the Padres got a few balls to find holes and put up a couple of runs on him, but he’s easily one of the five best pitchers alive right now. He’s just so, so good.
Enjoy this one – you won’t see many more of those this year. Unless Wade LeBlanc ends up pitching against them again.