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Friday, July 30, 2010

Game 103: Nothing pretty tonight (56-47)

I'm sure I don't have to explain to anyone out there not to take much from Oswalt's start tonight. He's gone through a lot in the last day. Relocating his family, joining the Phillies on the road, etc. This was his first day with the team. No time to really talk to Chooch and the coaches to get a game plan together.

That being said, he didn't pitch well tonight. The home plate umpire was awful. The official scorer was terrible. The Phillies announcers were atrocious. The hitting was bad.

Nothing much to say about the manager when your team doesn't hit and your usually solid catcher is throwing the ball to the third base ump (left field). However, I don't like Greg Dobbs, and Carlos Ruiz's OBP is way too high to be batting 8th in this lineup. Flop them at least.

I think there is some credence to the idea that Pudge Rodriguez might have the scoop on Oswalt having caught him for some time in Houston. He can easily "fill the Nats' lineup in" about his tendencies or other things to look for. Oswalt's better than this, let's not worry.

Chris Wheeler and Tom McCarthy were commenting on how "Oswalt isn't known to be a good hitter" early in the game. I had no idea how good Oswalt was, and I was a little doubtful when they said that, but I believed them. I guess I'm an idiot. CSN promptly showed Oswalts career batting stats. AVG .158 HRs 1 RBIs 33. I don't know about you, but I think a pitcher hitting .158 is pretty damn good. It's not eye-popping, but definitely not bad. What a jerk.

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