Monday, July 12th, 2004
11:24 am - The All-Star Break  
The Dodgers closed out the first half of the season by taking three of four from the Astros. They're in first place, a half a game up on the Giants. They pitched very well in the series. The only loss was 3-2 Friday night. Wilson Alvarez even beat Roger Clemens Saturday.

Watched a couple of interesting games yesterday. The Sox made a decent come back against the Texas bullpen to tie their game in the seventh, but then Keith Foulke got cuffed around a little bit to give up the go ahead run. The Sox then squandered a golden opportunity when Pokey Reese managed to get picked off first in the bottom of the ninth, and Texas held on by their finger tips for the win. Later on, the Cubs were beating the Cardinals pretty convincingly until the bottom of the ninth when the Cards rallied after a couple of Cubs miscues. The rally fell short, but it was an exciting three outs.

The weekend was a lazy one. I spent most of Saturday playing games in Boston. Yesterday was devoted to (finally) sorting through my paperbacks and starting to organize the bookshelves that I spent so much time building. I was also fooling around with the custom season creation routine for High Heat Baseball, and getting tres annoyed. It all works very well, but then after you draft your league from the available (real life based) players, the program fills up all your minor league player slots with fake players, rather than distributing the remaining real players the way FPS Baseball did. That wouldn't be so bad, except that the computer controlled teams immediately promote the best of the fakes to major league spots. Now I really don't care what Ron Cey or Don Mattingly can do against "Blake Kadehashi" (there are lists of first and last names that the program draws from; some very odd combinations are possible). Feh. There has to be a way around this.
Current Mood: lazy
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Veejaneveejane on July 12th, 2004 - 09:18 am
I really don't know why we pay Foulke the big bucks. That's 3 in a row he's blown, and that's, you know, if we ever use him at all. We get more, and better, use out of, say, Mike Timlin, who as a pitcher is unsexy but reliable.

Would have been nice to sweep both home series, but beating the everloving pants off both teams at least twice each is a start.
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DXMachinadxmachina on July 12th, 2004 - 10:31 am
Timlin got bombed in his last outing, though (4 hits and 3 runs). Looking up Foulke's record, he hasn't had a save in about a month. That ain't good. The thing is, who else do you have to take over the closer's spot. Foulke is still probably a better pitcher than Timlin, and the only other guy to try might be Williamson, I think, but he's hurt. Makes me wonder if Foulke isn't nursing some soreness. He was a lot better last year (which, to answer your rhetorical question, is why you pay him the big bucks).
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