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Weekly Baseball Ramblings

max.jpgMax Scherzer, the top right handed pitching prospect for the Arizona Diamondbacks will make his Major League Debut Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. He has an upper 90's fastball and likes to strike people out. Not to mention that he has one blue eye and one brown. It's really kind of hot. If he is all the hope for, then the Diamondbacks are approaching the point at which they will be unbeatable.

A corporate sponsor pledged $10,000 dollars to Muscular Dystrophy for every home run that the Houston Astros hit in their May 2nd game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The team answered the call with 5 home runs, three coming on back to back to back homers from Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee respectively.

Eric Gange, closer for the Milwaukee Brewers gave up a 2 run lead on Sunday to the Houston Astros. That is 5 blown saves this year and probably close to the last save for him as a closer. He proved that his career was winding down last year in Boston and the hits just keep on coming. Mind the pun.

John Danks, starting pitcher for the Chicago White Soxs walked Matt Stairs of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th inning of the May 3rd game, ending a streak of 88 batters faced without issuing a base on balls. The record is owned by Greg Maddox who went 70 1/3 innings without issuing a walk, which amounted to 274 batters faced.

The New York Mets, with the help of pitcher Jore Sosa, beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday May 4th, handing the Diamondbacks their first series loss since their season opening series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Manny Ramirez, Left Fielder for the Boston Red Sox, broke an 11 game streak without an RBI on Saturday, May 3rd when he scored his first batter since hitting his 496th home run on April 19th. the poor guy hadn't gone that long since his '97 season. It was surprising drought, seeing as how he is hitting .317 on the year.

On Wednesday, April 30th, Derrick Turnbow, relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, gave up 6 runs in 2/3's on an inning, bringing his ERA to 15.63 and leading to the teams cutting him from their roster.

Congrats to the Philadelphia Phillies who won their game May 1st against the San Diego Padres. It was the 125th anniversary of the first game in franchise history. By the way, the Providence Grays beat them 4-3 in 1883 in what one can only assume was a barn burner.

Following the May 1st win over the Baltimore Orioles, Matt Garza, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays is now 4-0 lifetime against them. His record against everyone else is 5-13. But hey, he sure has the Orioles number.

Ryan Howardis just not having a great year fot the Philadelphia Philies. He struck out 6 times last weekend against the San Francisco Giants. The 2006 National League MVP is now hitting .167 for the season and has a league leading 45 strike outs in 32 games. Its kinda looking like he maybe should have signed a new contract this off-season.

Is almost $15 million worth it to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who picked up the "slugger" in the off season? Andruw Jones watch this week - 3 for 16 with 0 RBI's. The answer is no. Brenton Metzler