I wasn't planning on posting anything tonight because, let's face it, just the idea of writing two days in a row makes me tired, but there's nothing else to do.
- I'm watching the Twins for some reason (it's currently 3-2 Twinkies in the 2nd) and holy crap is Chris Davis the worst hitter ever. Last night, when the Rangers scored something like 30 runs and had 64 hits, he went 0-6 and made two errors. Now I've just watched him just wildly flail at two Pavano pitches. He strikes me as the kind of guy who can crush a fastball if you try to blow it passed him, but any finesse whatsoever and he's hacking at it like Delmon Young wearing a blindfold. Should end up being a hell of a softball player in a few years.
- You want to know what sucks worse than Jose Mijares? When you make a bet against Ryan Howard doing well because he's going up against Tim Lincecum and then Lincecum is scratched with the flu and Barry freaking Zito gets the start instead and gives up a home run to Howard in the first inning.
- As you could have predicted there are a ton of rumors/stories/whatever regarding NFL player movement since they're actually going to play now, and there are plenty regarding your precious Vikings - McNabb, Sid Rice, Tavaris Jackson, Ray Edwards, and Kyle Orton are all linked to Vikings in one way or another. I was going to run down each of these things individually but then I yawned and now I'm bored. So I'll just say that T-Jax going to Seattle makes me giggle. And lest you think they are just handing him a starting gig they've also signed sexy Matt Leinart. And they still have Charlie Whitehurst who I'm pretty sure is a werewolf. So yeah, I'd say they're in pretty good shape.
- Other than that I guess losing Sidney Rice would be a big deal, but only because they don't have any other options, not because he's all that good. He had one good year because Brett Favre realized that you can just throw the ball up high to him and no matter how not open he actually was he'd just go catch it. Give him a real QB and he can't do jack. Do you really think Ponder is going to come in and start flinging the ball around like he's playing drunk foosball? No. He needs precise route runners with good hands who can get open. Rice can't do that. If he comes back to the Vikes he's going to be bust city. With Seattle he'd have a fighting chance, if only because none of sexy, crappy, or the werewolf are real QBs so they might buy into the whole "lob it up" strategy.
That being said, the Vikes still need him because what's the other option here, Bernard Berrian? Buzz. Your girlfriend. Woof.
- Those two broads behind home plate are ridiculously hot. God bless Texas.
- I can't prove it, but I strongly suspect Carl Pavano is actually pitching underhanded. It's the only explanation.
- I finished the new Song of Ice and Fire book (same series that gave us the Game of Thrones TV show) and I'm stunned. I cannot believe Voldemort was Frodo's father. That is just stunning.
- Chris Davis is the next Brooks Robinson. Just so smooth, and such a termendous gloveman.
- J.J. Hardy hit two home runs tonight. That gives him 16 homers on the year. You know who else has 16 homers this year? The entire Twins roster combined. Fact. Hardy has become a top five shortstop in all the majors, meanwhile the Twins are hoping either a foreigner who dances around at the plate like Natalie Portman in that lesbian movie or a 28-year old who everyone is still waiting to reach his potential to take over the SS role. Great. At least the guys they got when they traded Hardy have done really well.
- FUN FACT: Justin Verlander is completely unhittable against everyone in the league other than the Chicago White Stockings. Tonight's line: 8ip, 7 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks, 4 ERs. Not bad, right? As a Twins fan we'd take it every night, but not a great outing for Verlander. The interesting part? That's just the third time he's given up more than 3 earned runs in a start this year - two of them against the White Sox. That's just the 8th time he's allowed as many as 7 hits in a game - three of those were against the White Sox. That's just the 7th time he's had 7 or fewer strikeouts - 3 against the White Sox. He's allowed 14 home runs this year - six of them against the Sox. And it doesn't really matter because Detroit won and Verlander got the win, but it's kind of interesting. Nobody else can hit him.
- Matt Capps just threw a fastball that was 93mphand pretty clearly had significant tail on it. I'm pretty stunned too. This is just like the ending of The Village - never saw it coming.
- FUN FACT: If Tim Lincecum is supposed to pitch and gets scratched they wipe out all player prop bets for that game. The good news is that I didn't lose my Ryan Howard bet now. The bad news is that I also had a bet on Aubrey Huff to not get an RBI and Vance Worley to throw more than 99.5 pitches, both won, neither was remotely affected by Lincecum not pitching, and neither is a win now. Not fair.
- Thome just came a few feet away from an opposite field jack to take the lead in the ninth. Which is extra funny because I was just typing how I was watching this game and barely typed anything about it because the Twins have broken my brain. Also funny - teh ball Thome hit should have been caught by Hamilton. Looked like he misjudged it a little, got a little off-balance, and lunged a little too far in the wrong direction. Just like that guy he killed by tossing him a ball.
- Nishioka is a retarded version of Ichiro, and he just tied the game with a retarded version of a hit by hitting a bouncer up the middle and getting an infield hit out of it. I really kind of hate him. Only partially because of racist reasons.
- Mauer pinch hitting. Runners on the corners, tie game, one out. Texas playing back at all infield positions. You know why? Because Joe Mauer is god damn ground ball machine and they know they can turn two. Announcer guys are stunned by them playing back, but that's because they're idiots. If you took a pitching machine and pointed it at the ground and fed it balls and had a contest with Mauer to see who could hit the most consecutive balls on the ground I'm pretty sure the machine would win.
- Well fuck me. You know that Simpsons episode where Skinner says something like, "You know none of these kids are going to college" and then when he realizes the kids are listening he says "Prove me wrong kids, prove me wrong"? Well that's what I was doing there - daring Mauer to prove me wrong. I'm a great motivator.
- I also was going to try to look that quote up and to do it I just typed "google.com" into the google search engine box. Maybe it turns out I'm the dumb one?
- By the way, when Nathan blows this one I'm going to bed and not sticking around for extras. I've got the new James Rollins book to read.
- Ripped single, fielder's choice, hit batter, strikeout, strikeout and the Twins win and I gotta say, that was vintage Nathan: some very good unhittable stuff with some terrible pitches mixed in. He's back, baby. Now somebody trade something good for him.