Jeff Kallman’s Catbird In The Nosebleed Seats is helpfully spreading the rumor that LAnaheim might be keen to send Jeff Weaver to the Red Sox. I suppose that’s one way to find room for Jered in the rotation. The Angels beat the Padres today, 3-2, courtesy of HR’s by Garrett Anderson and Dallas McPherson, the latter’s being of the inside-the-park variety (Dave Roberts, above, say hello to the wall). Jake Peavey went 8 innings for San Diego in the loss. I’d say something about suing for lack of support, but Ralph Sampson might be reading this and I’m sure he has his own side of the story.
In Oakland this evening, Kenny Lofton’s 9th inning triple off Huston Street plated Rafael Furcal and kept the Dodgers alive ; they’re currently tied at 4 with the A’s in the top of the 13th. Despite outpitching Derek Lowe, Kirk Saarloos (7 IP, 8 hits, 2 runs) has a no-decision for his troubles. Dannys Baez, Jonathan Broxton, Kiko Calero and Brad Halsey have all been strong in relief, and I might be reduced to staying up while waiting for someone to make a mistake. Leaving the doors to the house unlocked and the stove on “simmer” don’t count, apparently.
I’m one of those desperate individuals who keeps making lists of pitchers who might be available at the trading deadline. Seattle’s Gil Meche (above) usually figures high on my list, but I’ll have to cross him off if the Mariners can’t find a way to fall far out of the NL West race with some greater degree of urgency. David Pinto cites Meche’s 2.39 ERA at Safeco while hailing the righty’s complete game, 7 K, 5-hitter, as the Mariners beat the Giants, 8-1.
After a night in which Kris Benson earned a measure of revenge against the New York Mets, I would like to thank Scott Kazmir for finally doing something nice for the organization that gave him his big break.