Venters, third-highest BABIP among pitchers with at least 10 IP this season.
But he’s also allowed 1.4 HR/9 and 30 percent of his fly balls allowed have been homeruns. So he’s getting hit hard. You have to wonder if there is an injury or some sorts of affects from all the innings last season and in 2010.
Bud Selig is a moron. Hey Bud, fix the replay situation and your old, crotchety, terrible umpire situation before you crack down on local broadcasters being homers for the teams they have to watch for 162 games. Just stupid. Good job with the All Star game, btw, that whole thing makes a ton of sense, too.
The second wild card is truly bad. Don’t want to beat a dead horse, but you will likely have the second or third best team in the league playing a barely-over-.500 squad in a one game play-off as often as not.
Some decent schedule news: after June 24 when we end that Death Tour against the AL East, our non-Division schedule, which makes up a much larger portion of the second half than I thought, is against a lot of teams that suck out loud. Other than the two Giants series and the last Dodgers series, it’s a crapload of Cubbies, Brewers, Astros, D-backs, Padres, Rockies, and we end against the Pirates (I know they’re a game over .500 now, but they’ll be dust by the end. They’ve scored 26 fewer runs than they’ve allowed). Our last three series: Fish, Mets, Pirates. Not easy, but way better than facing Phils’ starters or in-out-heads Nationals.
The Nats have it a little tougher on the non-East front, mainly due to 6 Cardinals games and equal Western toughness. They close out the year like this: Phils, Cards, Phils.
Just gotta beat the East, which we haven’t done. However, the softer non-East should keep us close enough to enjoy (i.e. pull our hair out) multiple chances to do so.