had this little blurb on it’s website today, right next to the story about how the Red Sox found a way to lose their fourth in a row and second consecutive to the Royals: 

Who leads the American League in blown saves since June 1? Would you believe it’s Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a one-run ninth-inning lead in the Red Sox’s 5-4 loss to the Royals. It was Papelbon’s second consecutive blown save, and his fifth in his last 15 opportunities after starting the season 20-for-20. Papelbon shares the A.L. lead in blown saves since June 1 with Ambiorix Burgos.

Somebody please tell me: how is it possible to lead the league in blown saves over a period of two and a half months and still have an ERA lower than one? I guarantee you Ambiorix Burgos’ ERA is more than one.

There, I checked. It’s 5.43. That’s an ERA you’d expect from a guy who’s leading the league in blown saves. How in the world does Papelbon keep his ERA so low?

Has he had way more appearances than other closers, minimizing the impact of the runs he gives up? Or is he the AL version of Reds reliever Rheal Cormier, who gained a reputation this season for coming into games and always allowing inherited runners to score, but never his own (thus his misleading 1.93 ERA)?

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  1. Sarah Green says:

    Pap’s actually been quite good with the inherited runners. As of tonight, he’s been left with 19 and 3 of those have scored. When you wrote that post, I believe it was 17 and 1. The Sox have had a ton of close games this year—Jonathan has allowed 6 runs in 60 innings of work, but has 5 blown saves on the season. He’s just coming into a lot of one-run situations.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    I hear what you’re saying, Sarah. But, of course, it doesn’t matter how many runs he’s allowed. All that matters is how many games the Red Sox win. When Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams used to close for the Phillies, he would come in and walk the bases loaded. It was infuriating. But he’s always wiggle out trouble. And he’s always get the save. So at the end of the day, do you want the closer with the tiny ERA who leads the league in blown saves, or the closer with the huge ERA and terrible whip who always does just enough to get the save?

    Of course, nobody wants Mitch Williams. But would the Sox rather have Joe Nathan or Billy Wagner? I’m not sure, but I suspect we’ll know the answer after we get to see Papelbon pitch in the heart of a penant race.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Uh, dude? I was just answering the question you posed. About how his stats could be reconciled. Obviously we’re not happy with blown saves, whether he’s giving up three runs or just one.

  4. Who cares what she wears or promotes. I just might buy one of them Blue Jay ones for my girl and pretend it’s Alyssa.

  5. Oh my God! That stuff is so cute. I can’t wait until it hits stores. I will definitely buy some. Cleaver girl.

  6. I don’t know what I would rather do. Wear one of those stupid pink jerseys or wear a Dodgers kimono. Oh wait, I know. I’d rather kill myself by eating rat poison.

    Or stabbing myself. With a CLEAVER.

  7. this actually bothers people? seriously who cares.
    You know what bothers me?
    How amazingly terrible the vast majority of mlb uniforms are.
    Blue Jays? Brewers? Diamondbacks. the third uniform thing. wow.
    My god the rockies and the devil rays almost, and I said almost, look classy these days.
    Isn’t about time someone reminds the Mariners that the 8o’s are over.

  8. You guys are so terrible! that stuff is so adorable. ILL LIKE TO SEE YOU DESIGHN A FASHION LINE.

  9. just for the record, it’s pittsburgh.

  10. I think its a really clever marketing stragedy. The baseball merch market has not been hit by quality female clothes that support your team of choice too. Very clever. She also is introduciing her line of jeans which I might just buy. And as for the wonderful idea of buying youth, you’re still buying crappy, pink, overpriced tee-shirts. If its going to be expensive it should at least be cute. Infecting your closet? I think not. Try not buying it and let the rest of us girls look awesome.

  11. at least the Touch logo is nice!!!! or at leat I think it is. hehe

  12. I really dont know what to say… I love these clothings, but if some of you doesnt like them…just DO NOT WEAR them!!!
    I mean… someone will like them and wear them, and other WILL NOT! I SURE WILL…
    And another woman gets her way!!!

    Now look at my designs on my web-page, maybe one day I’ll get famous too…


  13. Jessica says:

    I would never wear anything with that sluts name on it. The name that she picked for the clothing line is perfect. There is no man or woman that she hasn’t touched. I think that she is as ugly and disgusting as her dumg clothing line. Personally i think that the men that like her need to think about what she is on the inside and not look at her body.

  14. Sorry but i need to say this “touch” can also be a very kaind word, a thouch of a mother to her baby, a caresse of man to his loved one… WHY does always people think badly about someone they only know by TV!!
    I dont know her, and I really dont think any of you does…why do you have to talk badly about her?
    DO NOT belive everything you read!!!!!!!
    And anyway, I thought we talked about her clothings line not HER!!

    She is a beatiful girl, some like her, some dont…
    But one thing is for sure, NO MAN looks at the inside of a woman…not right away, anyway!!!

    Have a nice day!

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