Rays-Phillies Game 4: Baseball Sure Is Unpredictable

After tonight’s thrashing of the Rays by the Phils, my head feels like a giant puzzle.

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Seriously, what to make of the fact that in a blog post two days ago I offered Ryan Howard several ways for busting out of his slump. I guess one of them worked, because look at him.
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He’s dancing with joy over having smacked two homers and driven in five runs. This guy couldn’t buy a hit and now he’s a slugger again. Strange, yes?
And then there’s the case of
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Joe Blanton – a mediocre pitcher who, for no apparent reason, chose tonight to impersonate Cy Young. He even went deep! How do you figure?
There were plenty of other oddities:
* the normally capable Iwamura making two errors
* the much-heralded Rays relievers serving up bombs
* the sizzling hot bats of Longoria and Pena turning to icecubes.
Oh, and how about the National Anthem?
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Did Patti Labelle TRY to sound like a cat in heat?
It was such a strange game, from start to finish, and just goes to prove that those of us who predicted Tampa Bay would win the World Series might be dead wrong. I mean, Hamels vs. Kazmir tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park? Could spell The End for the Cinderfellas.
But the strangest part of all? When Fox’s Ken Rosenthal brought us breaking news from Mrs. Jamie Moyer.
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According to Karen Moyer, Jamie pitched last night’s game despite a bout of stomach flu. “He was sweating so badly I had to keep changing the sheets and pillowcases on the bed,” she confided to Ken, who then passed this crucial tidbit on to us, along with other details of Moyer’s unfortunate symptoms.
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Memo to Fox: There IS such a thing as too much information.

7 Comments

Well, baseball is like this. The Rays could easily come back…this game is so weird.
Kaybee-http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

I know Hamels is an absolutely amazing pitcher, but Kazmir is an excellent pitcher as well. I think we’ll see another pitchers duel only the Rays won’t have a chance to win if they can’t get their offense in line.

The game is weird and unpredictable, Kaybee, but that’s what makes it so great too. If we always knew how it would turn out, it would be awfully boring.

I agree we could see a good duel between the starting pitchers, but with Pena and Longoria slumping, it could be a tough road for the Rays tonight. They need production from those two, the way the Phillies needed it from Howard – and got it.

Yeah, the Moyer thing was gross. I had to go vomit after hearing that… as for Howard, perhaps he is a “Confessions” reader. I like to think that. Perhaps you could offer some tips for Pena and Longoria to get with it.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Some tips for Pena and Longoria. Hm. Maybe fewer Philly Cheese Steaks? I’ll think about it and try to send them vibes before tonight’s game.

Poor Jamie Moyer. He finally gets a World Series start and all they’ll remember about it is night of Pepto Bismol and Immodium.

Steve T
http://soxblog.mlblogs.com

It’s his wife’s fault. She shouldn’t have been so forthcoming to Ken Rosenthal. But then he’s an “investigative reporter.”

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