I have to admit…

…I still love Luke Scott.  I wish we could have lost all three games to the O’s and won all three against the Stankees.  The O’s are my favorite AL team, after all.

That game was the least pathetic game we’ve had in a while.  Of course, five days after I dropped Brian Moehler because he stank it up, he tossed 6 innings of 1-run ball, but whatever.  Darin Erstad’s doing better for my team anyway.

I hate it when people gripe about AL pitchers batting in interleague play.  I think the DH is the stupidest rule ever because it takes a lot of strategy out of the game.  You don’t need to be careful putting pinch hitters in so you don’t waste all your players, and you don’t need to make double switches to put a new pitcher in behind the next batter.  YES, pitchers can and do get hurt batting in interleague play.  But guess what?  Every day, NL pitchers bat FINE.  YES, NL pitchers bat every time they start (unless he’s Jason Jennings in that 11-run 2/3 inning last year against the Padres) and they’re more used to it.

But I think a pitcher should not be a guaranteed out.  Look at Micah Owings, Carlos Zambrano, and Brandon Backe.  Hell, look at Dan Haren last night.  Pitchers can and do get hits.  And these guys don’t get hurt doing it.

Obviously, there’s a problem.  AL pitchers almost never take batting practice, so their risk of getting hurt is very high when they’re batting.  NL pitchers always take BP, and because of it they rarely get hurt doing routine things like, oh, I don’t know, turning a corner rounding third.  Interleague play (and the World Series) is rarely fair because the rule stays in favor of the home team, and the away team has to make adjustments to their everyday playing style.  Admittedly, the Stankees did sweep the ‘Stros, and that stunk.  But still.  Until someone gets rid of the DH in the AL or enforces it in the NL, there’s always going to be an argument, and being a National League girl, I’m always going to hate it.

In other news…

I decided to make a glove trick like Zack Hample’s.  I don’t know if it’s because I have a softball glove and not a baseball glove or what, but I really had to work to get it to keep a hold on the ball.  I’m proud, though, and it works great.  I need to try it off my balcony and see how it holds up.  I wonder if I can use it at Minute Maid Park?

3 comments

  1. Kylie

    Haha, thanks, Zack. I have it all working now and I practiced with it from the third floor balcony to the ground–and it worked!

  2. baseball318@hotmail.com
    National League Pitchers Batting
    Year   AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS
    2008   142   181   179   359
    2007   145   177   188   365
    2006   131   166   175   341
    2005   149   181   189   370
    2004   146   179   187   366

    National League Pinch Hitters
    Year AVG OBP SLG OPS
    2008 217 313 317 630
    2007 228 311 358 669
    2006 233 308 368 676
    2005 233 309 343 652
    2004 228 307 352 659

    Go back to the early 1900s and you won’t find much better performances from pitchers or pinch hitters

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