The Starting Rotation – 6/26/11
Welcome to the first edition of the Starting Rotation. This post will be a daily occurrence, recapping the big stories of the day before and looking forward to the day ahead. James O’Hara gets credit for the name of this post.
Yesterday’s Big Story – The U.S.A. faced Mexico and in the Gold Cup final to determine the best team in North America. Despite leading 2-0 in the first half, the U.S. gave up four unanswered goals en route to a stunning 4-2 loss. And yes, I won $20 because I said at the beginning of the tournament that the U.S. wouldn’t win. Not a traitor, just realistic.
Yesterday’s Star – Justin Verlander, Pitcher, Detroit Tigers: Verlander pitched eight innings of four-hit ball for his sixth straight victory. In June, he’s 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA. He has a 2.38 ERA and a 10-3 record on the season.
Yesterday’s Fail – Boston Red Sox: Despite leading the majors in nearly every offensive category, the Red Sox slipped again yesterday, falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4. It was their fourth straight loss and to add insult to injury, the loss knocked them out of first place in the A.L. East.
Yesterday in Washington – The Nationals were cooled off considerably by an array of White Sox pitchers as Chicago cruised to a 3-0 victory. The Nats are 39-38 on the year. Also, Davey Johnson reportedly will be hired as the new Nats manager for the rest of this season and, pending league approval, all of next season.
Today in Washington – The Nats play the White Sox in the rubber match of the three game series at 2:10 EST. Livan Hernandez takes the mound for the Nats against Chicago’s young star Philip Humber. The Nats have a tall task against Humber who is 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA.