Nick Adenhart Death Aftermath
The shocking death of Nick Adenhart has left a void that can never be replaced in the hearts of the Los Angeles Angels. The saddest thing to happen yesterday to me after his death was his dad going to the Angels lockerroom and going to the locker of his son to reminisce about the life of his son. His son had struggled with the Angels last season and then on Wednesday night he pitched his best major league game and a few hours later he was dead after being hit by a drunken driver.
Even Scott Boras who is known to be a hard nosed negotiator and the agent of Nick Adenhart lost his composure when talking to the press about Nick’s death. The Angels already are wearing a patch in memorial of the death of Preston Gomez who had worked many years for the Angels organization. Now it is almost certain the Angels players will be wearing a patch to memorialize the life of Nick Adenhart. Earlier in the week an Angels fan had been killed at an Angels game.
This video from ESPN.com tells best the story of Adenhar and how on the same night of his biggest success in the major leagues he was suddenly taken away from us and more importantly taken away from his family. May God comfort his family at this time as they mourn the loss of not only a baseball player but more importantly a family member.
Chris Carpenter Is Back
Chris Carpenter had pitched only 21 innings combined over the 2007 and 2008 seasons before his near no-hitter yesterday. He allowed only one hit in seven innings and one unearned run. It is questionable whether another second baseman would have caught the ball hit by Ramon Vazquez that eluded the second baseman Skip Schumaker. If the Cardinals had Adam Kennedy or Aaron Miles at second base they may have caught the ball but the Cardinals let both of them go over the winter.
The Cardinals need Carpenter to stay healthy all season if they are to contend in the NL Central in 2009. He is capable of winning 15-20 games this season. MLB.com lists Carpenter as the fourth starter on the Cardinals depth chart but he may be the ace by the time this season is over.
Indians Pitching In Disarray
The first three pitchers in the Indians rotation have been hammered in the first three games of the season. Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona and Carl Pavano have lost their first starts and not only lost but have ERA’s over 10.00. The three pitchers have combined to pitch 11 innings while giving up 22 runs, 23 hits, 6 walks, 4 homers and a hit batsman. That is an incredible 30 baserunners not counting any runners that may have reached base by error.
Breaking down the stats of each pitcher shows that Cliff Lee has given up 7 runs and 10 hits in 5 innings for a 12.60 ERA. Fausto Carmona has allowed 6 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings and has an ERA of 10.80. Carl Pavano has pitched only one inning yet has given up 9 runs, 6 hits, 3 walks and 2 homers for an astronomical ERA of 81.00.
The bullpen has not fared much better with three relievers having an ERA of 9.00. Those three reliefers are Kerry Wood, Rafael Betancourt and Jensen Lewis. The Indians have a major league worst ERA of 10.88. It was a mystery to me why some prognosticators were picking the Indians to finish near the top of the AL Central knowing Carl Pavano was the third starter. In contrast two of their division opponents the Royals and White Sox are first and second in the majors with the Royals having a 1.73 ERA and the White Sox with a 2.00 ERA.
The hitters have not done that well either hitting .221 which places them 24th in the majors in batting average. It has only taken three games to show the Indians have serious problems with their pitching. The hitting will probably improve but this pitching staff is in complete disarray.
Yesterday’s Hitting Stars
Nick Swisher had a 3 for 5 game and drove in five runs in the Yankees 11-2 defeat of the Orioles. Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the season.
Evan Longoria hit a homer and drove in two runs as the Rays edged the Red Sox 4-3.
Marlon Byrd drove in five runs while Ian Kinsler drove in three runs as the Rangers defeated the Indians 12-8. Andruw Jones was 3 for 5 and is hitting .600. Grady Sizemore drove in four runs for the Indians.
Joey Votto had three hits in five trips to the plate and drove in four runs as the Reds topped the Mets by an 8-6 score.
Benji Molina drove in four runs for the Giants in their 7-2 victory over the Brewers.
Yesterday’s Pitching Stars
Jarrod Washburn pitched eight scoreless innings to defeat the Twins 2-0.
A.J. Burnett allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings to post a 11-2 win over the Orioles.
Matt Garza gave up only one run in seven innings as the Rays defeated the Red Sox 4-3.
Kyle Davies pitched seven scoreless innings of three hit baseball while his mound opponent John Danks pitched six innings of scoreless three hit baseball in a game that ended in a 2-1 victory by the Royals over the White Sox.
Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings while allowing one run in the Padres 4-3 defeat of the Dodgers.
Matt Cain held the Brewers to one run in seven innings in the Giants 7-1 win over the Brewers.
Looking At The Standings
The Rangers and Marlins are the only undefeated teams left in the 2009 season with both teams posting 3-0 records. The Blue Jays are close behind them with a 3-1 record. The Indians and Nationals are the only teams to not have a win with both having 0-3 records.
The Rangers lead the majors in runs scored with 29 while the White Sox have the fewest runs scored with 5. The Indians lead in most runs allowed with their opponents scoring 29 runs in three games. The Royals have allowed the fewest with only 5 runs allowed after three games.
No Pitch Counts In 1963 16 Inning
Complete Game By Spahn And Marichal
Nobody was worried about pitch counts in 1963 when 25 year old Juan Marichal and 42 year old Warren Spahn pitched the complete game with the Giants winning 1-0 in the sixteenth on a Willie Mays home run. Can you imagine a manager today in this age of pitch counts letting a 42 year old pitcher pitch 16 innings? On July 2, 1963 pitch counts meant nothing to managers. The boxscore doesn’t show the pitches thrown in the game but have read that Spahn was throwing his 277th pitch of the game when Mays hit the game winning home run.
Today managers get antsy when a pitcher has thrown 90 pitches and start warming up someone in the bullpen. Back in the old days the managers expected a pitcher to throw a complete game. Evidently back then relief pitchers didn’t get into games very often. How could a pitcher throw 277 pitches in one game and not have arm problems?
It seems like today that the pitchers even with the benefit of pitch counts seem to be on the disabled list more often. Now a team will sometimes let a starter pitch five innings then bring in a long relief pitcher to pitch the sixth and seventh innings then a setup specialist pitches the eighth inning and the closer pitches if his team is leading in the ninth inning.