…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?