Thursday, August 23, 2007

Three Stars (and one team more atrocious than any other in the past 110 years)

Last night’s studs:

1. BRANDON WEBB -- Webb was solid in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee, giving up five hits and two runs in seven innings, but the Diamondbacks’ ace gets credit for a ridiculous 42-inning scoreless streak. The streak was the fifth-longest since 1940. Superstitious manager Bob Melvin avoided Webb during the streak and hadn’t talked to him in a month. Cool.

2. ALBERT PUJOLS -- Pujols has homered in five consecutive games, three shy of the Major League record. The tater was his 30th of the season, making Pujols the first player in MLB history to hit 30 homers in each of his first seven seasons. Pujols' bomb came with him hobbling around the basepaths with a hamstring injury which left him numb from the waist down at one point. Yeah, it totally sounds like he’s only 27 years old.

3. FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ -- Thankfully, it looks like we’re back on track; after a rash of no-namers earning Stars the past few weeks, Gutierrez is the only “who?” to make the list today. The Cleveland right fielder homered, doubled, walked and made a running catch to rob Magglio Ordonez in the third inning of an 11-8 win over the Tigers.

AND ONE TEAM MORE ATROCIOUS THAN ANY OTHER IN THE PAST 110 YEARS: THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES: Baltimore made modern Major League history, losing to the Texas Rangers 30-3. Despite the inception of weight training, corked bats, dieting, juiced balls, expansion and steroids, somehow, Baltimore managed to give up more runs than any team since 1897. We’re not giving a Star to the Texas Rangers for piling up 30 runs against the Orioles. It is impressive on their part, yes, but it takes a special performance of great ineptitude to give up 30 runs. Hang your heads in shame, Orioles. That was a poor performance of epic proportions.

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