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West Coast Games

The O’s start up 3 against the Mariners tonight at 10:10. I hate the West Coast trips. I’m not one to be in bed and be asleep by 10, but during the week I like to be asleep by 11:30 or 12. With my sleep schedule in mind, chances are that I’m not going to be able to watch any of the Seattle games til the end. All three of the games are 10:10 starts.

I love living on the East Coast. Every game (with the exception of weekday game on the west coast) starts at a reasonable hour. I pity the west coaster who’s the fan of an east coast team. 7:05 games start at 4:05. A 1:05 matinee starts at 10:05 in the morning. It would hard for me to catch a game or an entire game during the week.

As a result of this, the AL West and the NL West are the divisions that I’m the most ignorant on. Before I go to bed, I might watch a couple innings of a Dodgers or Angels games. On the whole though, my knowledge of the Western divisions pale on my knowledge of Eastern and Central divisions.

A few scraps of knowledge that I discovered tonight.

The collected batting average and OBP of the San Franciso Giants is .240 and .298. Neither of those are good. Their record, 8-12, is probably 4 games better than I thought it’d be at this point.

Half the Giants, I’ve never heard of…Fred Lewis, Brian Bocock, Eugenio Valez.

Barry Zito…0-4….that contract….not looking good.

The Dodgers, 8-11. Didn’t see that coming out of the gate.

Andruw Jones is batting .159 and hasn’t looked the same since 2006. On the other hand, Rafael Furcal is on fire. He’s batting .392 with a massive .489 OBP with 3 HR and 8 RBI. He also has 8 doubles and 4 SB.

The Padres are at 9-11.

Trevor Hoffman has 4 saves. That’s the good news. The rest is bad news. He’s 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA.

If I’m going the dog the Giants for their offense, I sure have to dog the Padres. The Padres are batting .239 with an OBP of .301. They’ve won more games and will win more games than the Giants because the Padres’ pitching is much better than the Giants. The Padres have a collective ERA of 3.88 where as the Giants have one of 4.48.

The Rockies have a 9-10 record. Not quite the start that was expected of the reigning NL Champs.

Troy Tulowitzki is off to a rotten start. 0 and 0 in HR and RBIs. .165 BA with an OBP of .250.

The D-backs are killing it with a 14-5 record.

Justin Upton is having a monster start with 5 HR and 13 RBI. Brandon Webb, Micah Owings, and Dan Haren have a combined record of 11-0. The team’s collective ERA is 2.98.

Over on the AL side, The Angels are tied for the top spot with the A’s with twin 12-8 records.

For the Angels, Casey Kotchman…finally healthy, has 4 HR and 12 RBI. Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana has helped fill the void of Kelvin Esobar and John Lackey. Santana has an ERA of 2.67 and Saunders, a 2.15.

The A’s were supposed to be really bad after trading off Haren and Swisher. Bobby Crosby’s finally healthy and has 2 HR and 15 RBIs to this point. Guess what, Rich Harden is on the DL again.

The Mariners are at 10-10. Erik Bedard was supposed to come over and be the ace to take the pressure off Felix Hernandez. Guess what…Bedard’s made only 2 starts and Felix has 2-0 record and a 1.47 ERA. Richie Sexson (not Sexton) has 5 HR and 15 RBI. He has 18 strikeouts already, he has plenty of those.

The Rangers are 7-12. Josh Hamilton was a nice pickup with 4 HR and 19 RBI. Kevin Millwood is 1-2 with a 2.53 ERA.

Now I feel a lot wiser about the Western Divisions. The game just started, now I can watch Brad Wilkerson (0 HR, 4 RBI, .182 BA, .308 OBP) and not feel like a fool.

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