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July 9, 2007
BASEBALL: John Maine and Pray For Rain

After Saturday night's marathon - the players and the ballparks may change, but the extra-long extra-inning games go on for the Mets and Astros - yesterday was pretty much a burnt offering; there was no way to get Dave Williams out of there before the game got out of hand. 5-6 on this road trip wasn't terrible under the circumstances, but it really should have been better - the Colorado series shouldn't have gotten that badly out of hand. The Mets are going to need better starting pitching to get through the second half.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:37 AM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

i would have been at that game if if wasnt for the rain in houston. yes nancy, i know theres a roof on the stadium, but i didnt have tickets yet and didnt want to stand in line in the rain or walk from where i would have had to park to the stadium without an umbrella (not allowed in the stadium).

i ended up going bowling instead and rolled a career high 167. still would rather have seen beltrans catch in person though.

Posted by: andrew at July 9, 2007 3:09 PM

Crank, remember me saying before the season started that the Royals were going to be much improved this year? I think they qualify. Also, you will remember I defended the signing of Gil Meche and statted I thought he would be one of the better free-agent signings. Here is a comparison chart from todays KC Star:
Free-agent comparison
Gil Meche has the best ERA of the 13 free-agent pitchers who signed for more than $8 million per year with new teams this offseason.

Pitcher, club Avg. salary W-L ERA
Gil Meche, Royals $11 million 5-6 3.54
Ted Lilly, Cubs $10 million 8-4 3.67
Jason Marquis, Cubs $9.33 million 6-5 3.67
Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox $8.67 million* 10-6 3.84
Greg Maddux, Padres $10 million 7-6 4.19
Andy Pettitte, Yankees $16 million 4-6 4.25
Miguel Batista, Mariners $8.33 million 8-7 4.54
Randy Wolf, Dodgers $8 million 9-6 4.73
Barry Zito, Giants $18 million 6-9 4.90
Jeff Suppan, Brewers $10.5 million 8-8 5.00
Adam Eaton, Phillies $8 million 8-5 5.69
Jason Schmidt, Dodgers $12 million 1-4 6.31
Jeff Weaver, Mariners $8.33 million 2-6 6.34
*Does not include $51.1 million negotiating fee

I know the season isn't over yet, but this is a real good start.

Posted by: maddirishman at July 10, 2007 10:29 AM
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