Monday, July 28, 2008

Around the Horn - 7/28

At first glance, you had to wonder what Jerry Manuel was doing. He took Johan Santana out of his last start in the 8th inning of a tight ball game with the Phillies. Yesterday Manuel let Santana throw a complete game in a 9-1 blow out of the Cardinals. But the Mets played 14 innings on Saturday and the bullpen needed a rest. In case you haven't seen it already, be sure to catch Carlos Beltran's home run robbing grab on Sunday.

The Tigers salvaged the final game, of their three game series with the White Sox, on Sunday with Miguel Cabrera driving in 2 runs. He's now knocked in 17 in the last 8 games.

Jarrod Washburn helped his trade rumors out Sunday with 8 innings of 4 hit ball against the weak hitting Blue Jays. Washburn is 3-2, 2.44 over his last 9 starts, averaging better than 6 innings per start.

The Royals topped the Rays on Sunday 6-1, but the big story may be lefty reliever Ron Mahay. KC signed Mahay to a free agent contract over the winter and now they have a decision to make. Keep him and keep the bullpen strong or trade him for some valuable chips. Mahay has allowed just 4 earned runs over his last 30 innings (1.20 ERA) pitched. He's been scored up on in just 4 of those 21 appearances.

The Cubs won a big one on Sunday, 9-6, after being down 5-0 to the Marlins. The victory earned them a split of the 4-game series and put them 1 game ahead of the Brewers going into tonight's Chicago-Milwaukee series. Ted Lilly faces CC Sabathia in the opener.

The Brewers had a chance to remain even, but after taking a 4-1 lead, they gave up 7 runs to the Astros in the 5th inning. Geoff Blum hit a pair of home runs off of Jeff Suppan, who may want to pitch around Blum from now on, since Blum is 13-24 (.542) off of him.

The Phillies remained a game back of the Mets after a wild one in the city of brotherly love. The Phillies came back from a 5-0 deficit and then nearly blew a 12-5 lead. They hung on for a 12-10 verdict with six home runs. The worst blow of the day though came on a home plate collision when Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino slammed his head right into the head of Braves catcher Brian McCann. McCann left with a mild concussion. We still don't know why catchers are fair game.

Here they come again. The Rockies' 2nd half surge last season got them into the playoffs, and ultimately, into the World Series. They're just 6 games back now in the NL West after an 11-0 drubbing of the Reds on Sunday. They don't know now whether to be buyers or sellers at Thursday's trade deadline.

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