Thursday, September 11, 2008

Line of the Day: B.J. Ryan

Sure, we could have gone with Roy Oswalt for looking like his old self again. (Only four strikeouts on the night, though.) And, yeah, Adrian Gonzalez posted that LotD favorite of 2 runs, 2 HR and 4 RBI. But just this once, before the season ends, on the night K-Rod ties the single-season saves record, let's give respect to the perfect save:

B.J. Ryan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K for the S

6 comments:

Kevin said...

He did plunk a batter and after Rolen made an error, there was an air of drama to this save. It looked perfect in the boxscore, but it was a bit 'white-knuckly.' I traded Haren for him and Kerry Wood right before the deadline when I punted my starters in order win the saves category. It's been funny to see that I actually gained ground in the wins category by getting a bunch of vulture wins since engaging this strategy.....

Bob Taylor said...

Holy hell! I did't know all that, Kevin. I try not to make watching Jays games a habit and just saw the perfect box score. Oh, well -- it remains perfect for his fantasy owners.

Kevin said...

Exactly, it did remain perfect. And regarding fantasy, that is all that matters :) I am a south side Chicagoan but try not to watch the White Sox too much for my own health. Watching them can be absolutely painful at times. It feels as if the Twins should just overtake them already, but knowing the Sox as well as I do, they'll just wait until the last series of the season. This will, of course, maximize the pain.

Ben Lea, staff blogger said...

@ Kevin:
Dude, we'll always have 2005. At least, we'd *better* always have 2005 -- I've spent entirely too much on the jacket and the pint glasses and the banner and the Bobby Jenks autographed WS ball and framing the newspaper the next day and the... [chuckles]

Actually, that was a helluva couple days in my life. The night the Sox won game 3, eHarmony matched me up with this woman ... Married her about 9 months later, and it's been nothing but green grass and high times forever!

Kevin said...

Ben-
Hell, yeah, we'll always have that :) A truly magical baseball season from the beginning through the glorious finish. And shutting the Cub fans up to boot? Are you kidding me? I've never consistently enjoyed following a baseball team more than the 2005 White Sox. It seemed to me like every damn road game started by Pods getting on base, him stealing a base, Iguchi moving him over or knocking him in and if he didn't Konerko or Dye would. Those starters almost always were taking the bump with leads that year....The whole Shingo>Hermanson>Jenks experience?

I was harshing on this year's Sox team, but I think Kenny's smart and is not risk-averse. He has absolutely stolen some really good players from other organizations (Danks, Floyd, Quentin). Alexei Ramirez? That kid can flat out play. I have faith, but this last couple weeks is gonna be a gut check for them. Here's hopin' they have it.....

Ben Lea, staff blogger said...

Amen, Kevin. It's going to be a dogfight down the stretch. And I think Kenny doesn't get enough sabermetric credit for his moves. They don't always look right on paper, but so long as they work out...

I mean, the very idea of taking a hard-throwing musclehead about to wash out of the Angels' system and relying on him to close games? How could he? And yet ... I do love me some Bobby Jenks.

Keeping the faith for another month,
Ben