Jake Westbrook, photo by Samara Pearlstein
Sigh. ‘Though I guess people could just as easily be saying “Really, Nate Robertson? Seriously?” Insane pitching performances from the both of them. Wily pitching performances. Long pitching performances. Fast pitching performances. Scoreless pitching performances.
For cats’ sakes, we have Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman in the rotation, but it’s Nate Robertson and Jair Jurrjens who blow all our minds clean out of the water. And Jake Westbrook! Jake Westbrook, honestly.
Alas, only one can win. I guess the best thing you can say about this game is that at least Nate doesn’t get hung with the loss– THAT dubious honor goes to Zoom, who may have only pitched an ‘inning’ according to the stat sheet, but who really faced enough batters to count as two innings, especially because he got an out, had to sit down, and then came back out to the mound.
The hilarious bit is that Westbrook, for all his unbelievableness, doesn’t even get the win– that goes to Rafael Perez. So both Nate and Westbrook pitch what might be one of the Games of Their Lives, and it counts towards neither of their records. Nate did not deserve a loss, of course, but I reckon Westbrook deserves that win several thousand times more than Perez does. Oh, baseball stats, how charmingly flawed some of you are.
Speaking of CHARMINGLY FLAWED, how about THE OFFENSE? Nineteen men left on base is not OK. In fact, the Tigers proved very tidily that it is not OK, because there were 19 men left on and that equaled a loss. We’re lucky we didn’t get stone cold shut out in this game… one measly little run at the very end against Borowski, just enough to get us salivating and believing that maybe we stood a chance, but of course all the rallying happened in the bottom of the 10th with 2 outs already up, and there’s only so much you can do with that.
Of course, in the previous game the Racist Logos left 23 men on base. But that game was disgusting and that is not a recommended winning strategy.
Poor Nate, the guy just can’t catch a break.
Oh, wait, I almost forgot to press my specially-designed MVN Tigers blogging buttons. Here you go.
We can’t afford to lose games right now.
The division and wildcard races are too tight for anyone’s liking.
asdflkjasdlfkjasdflkj Racist Logos.
That’s just to put this already discouraging and infuriating loss in better discouraging and infuriating perspective.