Goddamn it I'm so sick of baseball after this week. My roto fantasy team is in the shitter (thank you, Jonathan Sanchez), my phone pretty much exploded from the sheer volume of "OMG DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MANNY TRADE" text messages I received yesterday, and even though I spoke out strongly in favor of sending our be-dreadlocked cleanup hitter packing, I'm still broken-hearted as fuck over the end of what may very well be the greatest era of Red Sox history I will ever live through.
Fuck me, I just started crying. Again.
But, as they say: life goes on. On to the good news!
Former NL Rookie of the Year and all-around good guy Jason Bay will bring his well-mannered Canadian style of offense to the plate in Boston this weekend. The new outfielder (or "ootfielder," as I believe he pronounces it) will be a welcome presence in the Boston lineup as well as a boon to assholes like me who love making Canada jokes. I also just discovered that Bay and I have almost the exact same birthday (mine's September 19th, his is the 20th), so I've decided that we're going to be super best friends and have a joint party at Papa Gino's together. Hooray! The (goddamn) A's will be in town as we find ourselves once again mired in second place, 3 games back of the (goddamn) Rays.
On to the matchups!
Friday, 7:05 pm. Do the A's even HAVE pitching anymore? Justin Duchscherer (10-7, 2.37) is the closest thing they have to it, anyway. Kid's about as exciting to watch as paint drying, but he'll be solid against Timmy Wakefield (6-8, 3.94).
Saturday, 7:05 pm. Dana Eveland (7-7, 3.88), who's looked good lately but who really gives a crap, will take the mound against Jon Lestah (9-3, 3.17). Lester's K/BB ratio is creeping down again lately but it's still nice to feel a real sense of comfort when he's tossing for us. It's not quite the sense of safety that watching Beckett pitch last year always brought, but it's still pretty great. So, like, yay for Jon Lester.
Sunday, 1:35 pm. Daisuke Matsuzaka (11-2, 3.04, WHIP of approximately 400,000) will square off against Dallas Braden (2-1, 4.39), who might very well be the ugliest man in baseball. GAHH. My eyes burn just from looking at his MLB.com player page for too long. Remember when the A's pitching staff was scorching hot? Here's a picture of Rich Harden.
Let's put this lame-ass trade deadline bullshit behind us (what kind of trade deadline doesn't involve Kenny Lofton?!) and enjoy the games this weekend, yes? Have a good one, anyhow. I'll be drunk starting 5 minutes ago.