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Friday, December 9th, 2016

Good Morning, MLB Fans

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Cubs/Cardinals series recap will be the next post after we look at yesterday’s action…

We start with the best team of this young season: the Florida Marlins. Yesterday they were down 4-3 as they came to bat in the top of the 9th. They plated 4 runs to make it 7-4, then Matt Lindstrom finished off the Nats for his 3rd save. The Fish are now 11-1 and have won 7 in a row. Cody Ross homered and drove in 5 runs. What’s really interesting about their start is that Dan Uggla is hitting .244 and Hanley Ramirez is hitting just .245. What happens when they get it going?

The Dodgers are red hot too. They scored 7 in the 5th inning at Colorado and beat the Rockies 14-2. Matt Kemp had 2 homers and 5 RBI, and the 1-2 punch of Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson went 5-9 with 4 runs and 4 RBI. The Dodgers are 10-3 and have won 8 straight. Manny Ramirez is on a Barry Bonds-like pace for walks. He already has 14 in just 43 at-bats. It seems like he’s been quiet so far but he is hitting .326/.491/.535.

A.J. Burnett walked 7 and allowed 2 home runs, but only gave up 3 runs. NY beat the Tribe 7-3 as Cody Ransom drove in 3 and Jorge Posada homered. Mark Texiera is hitting just .206. No team in baseball has allowed more runs than the Yankees — 87 through 13 games. And the club that has plated the most runs is…

…The Toronto Blue Jays. But all they needed yesterday was a Lyle Overbay RBI-single as Ricky Romero smoked the A’s. He pitched 7 shutout innings giving up just 4 hits and striking out 6. B.J. Ryan recorded his 2nd save as the Jays won 1-0. The Jays also have the best run differential (+29) in the AL.

Javy Vazquez shut down the Pirates with 8 Ks over 6 scoreless innings. Martin Prado homered and Jeff Francouer had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Zach Duke was shelled for 6 runs and 12 hits in 6 innings for his first loss of the season.

Jon Lester got on the right track with his first win as the BoSox beat the Orioles 2-1. After allowing 11 runs in his first two starts, Lester struck out 9 and gave up only 4 hits over 7 scoreless innings. Koji Uehara was the hard luck loser for the O’s. Kevin Youkilis went 1-2 to improve his average to .468.

Rick Porcello got his first MLB win as the Tigers roughed up Carlos Silva and the M’s. Porcello was brilliant allowing just 1 run over 7 innings, striking out 3 with no walks. Ramon Santiago had 2 hits and 5 RBI.

And finally, the Line of the Night, courtesy of Kyle Farnsworth:

IP H R ER BB K PIT
0 1 1 1 0 0 2

The Farns threw 2 pitches in the 9th. The second one was hit over the wall by Michael Young for a walk-off homer. Farnsworth is now 0-3 with an ERA of 18.90. Ian Kinsler homered and had 2 steals. He is hitting .460.

  • PB

    I could never understand why any club would sign Farnsworth. That dude gives up way too many HR’s in clutch situations. Sort of reminds me of Nuke LaLoosh: million dollar arm, 5 cent head. FIRE FORD MANG!!!!!!!!!11

    P.S. Miguel Cabrera for MVP

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