Eric Stults (4-1, 3.58) vs. Chris Volstad (2-2, 2.98)
COMMENTS: It is a testament to baseball's timelessness that despite the advent of sophisticated new statistics such as WHIP, ERA+, and Quality Starts, today's pitchers are still primarily evaluated on the same four statistics they were judged on 100 years ago: ERA, Win-Loss Record, Strikeouts, and number of words in their Wikipedia entry.
So let's breakdown the matchup between Eric Stults and Chris Volstad:
So this one's destined to be a nail-biter! And did you know: Volstad got his first major league start, his first major league win, and his first major league hit against the Dodgers and...wait for it...Eric Stults! (July 11, 2008).
In other news, this morning on the way to work I came up with this:
There once was a Juan named Pierre,
Who thought he was treated unfair;
If baseball found reason
To ban Manny all season,
I'm sure juanpierrewoodn't care!
Yeah, that's right - three days later and I'm still working on the Limerick Contest. That's a window into my life. Livin' the dream, baby. Livin' the dream.
UPDATE: This has nothing to do with the game, but to prove to Neeebs and any other doubters of the authenticity of photo No. 2 in the JP to A-Rod puzzle, here's the original (I almost missed him in the crowd):