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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Notes From Wednesday's Game

  1. Chad Billingsley was excellent aside from one pitch (6 IP, 3 ER, 1 Hit, 9 K, 4 BB, 1 HR Allowed, 87 pitches - 52 for strikes).
  2. Yes, the one pitch was a hanger that Ryan Zimmerman crushed, but overall it was an excellent outing for Chad. No-hitter through 5.2 IP, velocity was good, command was there even with the 4 walks (3 of which were to hitters you don't mind walking, Zimmerman and Adam Dunn), and his stuff was nasty. I actually thought he had Dunn struck out right before he walked him and Zimmerman homered, and if it was in fact a strike, then he goes at least 6 scoreless.
  3. Bullpen: 2.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits, 1 K, 2 BB.
  4. Orlando Hudson left in the 9th inning after tripping over Adam Dunn's foot and jamming his twice surgically-repaired left wrist.
  5. Rafael Furcal (2 Singles, BB), James Loney (2 Singles, BB), and Ronnie Belliard (Double, Single, BB) each reached base 3 times, the only Dodgers to reach base more than once.
  6. Furcal stole his 10th base.
  7. Jim Thome pinch-hit and singled to center in the 9th inning.
  8. The offense drew 7 walks (1 IBB) while only striking out twice.
  9. How does Eric Collins see "Saul" as being pronounced "Sa-oul"? Has he never seen Pineapple Express?

For comparisons sake, some other pitching lines from tonight:

  • Cole Hamels: 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 Hits, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 HR Allowed
  • Josh Beckett: 6 IP, 2 ER, 12 Hits, 7 K, 1 BB
  • A.J. Burnett: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits, 11 K, 3 BB
  • Jason Marquis: 4.2 IP, 6 Runs [5 ER], 5 Hits, 6 K, 5 BB, 1 HR Allowed
  • Scott Kazmir: 6 IP, 3 ER, 3 Hits, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 WP
  • Tim Hudson: 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 3 K, 2 BB
  • Mark Buehrle: 3.1 IP, 5 Runs [4 ER], 8 Hits, 0 K, 1 BB

What do these starters have in common? They will be or would be starting in the playoffs (Hudson would perhaps only start in the second round depending upon whether the Braves went with a 3-man or 4-man rotation in the NLDS).

I'm not one to make grand predictions and assessments over 1 game, or even half of a season. Too small of a sample size.

Do you?

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