April 16, 2014

First Homestand

The first home stand of the season comes to an end tomorrow after a midday game.  Chris pitched last night and despite getting the loss, he pitched really well.  It's hard to get the win when we didn't score any runs.  He wasn't happy with the outcome of the game, and he was slightly frustrated with his luck the past two games.  The poor guy just can't catch a break.

Final Line: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K

You would think pitching 6 innings and only giving up 3 hits would be considered a really awesome outing, but not with bloop hits and unlucky bounces.  But hey, that is baseball.  The first five innings of his outing were close to perfect.  The sixth inning is where the runs, the walk, and two of the hits happened.  Here's to hoping his luck changes next week!

In other exciting news, I have booked a flight home! This home body is missing good ole Mississippi.  This is the longest I have ever gone without seeing my family or being in Tupelo.  So for three weeks in May I will be soaking up as much family time and drinking as much sweet tea as possible.  And of course loving on my sweet puppy dogs that I am missing terribly!  I haven't decided if I am going to bring them back on the plane with me.  This over-protective dog mom has serious anxiety about my children flying as cargo, but I don't know if I'll be able to leave them again.  We will see how it turns out.  I was pretty close to driving all the way home this visit just so I wouldn't have to fly them, but my sweet husband convinced me that I was being ridiculous and needed to fly.  I am aware that I am crazy.

Chris leaves on a three day road trip Thursday.  Since he isn't pitching on this trip, I'm going to sit this one out and spend some time exploring San Jose.  I can't wait to see what fun things I find to do in three days without baseball!


  1. Fun! Jealous you get to explore so many new places!!

  2. That's just the random luck that happens with batted balls (it's DIPS theory, if you are interested), Chris should focus more on keeping his strikeouts high and his walks and homers low, and try to not let the final results (W/L) affect his view of his start. He had a great start, if he does that 7-8 times out of 10, he'll be racking up wins left and right, and making the majors in no time.

    He had what one sabermetric measurement of quality starts would call a "dominating start", and the best pitchers in baseball, at best, have maybe 7-8 of those starts in every 10, the good pitchers do it 4-5 times. Teams where their pitchers had such a quality start, typically won a large percentage of those games. So he should shrug off the fact that the team lost - yes, it sucks, but even the best teams lose at least 4 of 10 times - and focus on the fact that if he pitches like that most games, he's going to help his team win a lot of games. He should not change what he is doing, as this was a great start (but a lousy final result).