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  1. Comment hijack:
    Last week in Austin I had goat sliders. They mixed feta cheese and jalapenos into the meat patty… terrific stuff.

    My favorite sliders all-time might be at Little Bigs in Houston – pulled pork sliders with cole slaw and nothing else. Also, Little Bigs is the one slider-dedicated establishment righteous enough to have a wine list and a guy who tells you what wine to get with what slider.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 8, 2012 @ 10:12 am

  2. Just a note, Steve Johnson is being called up for tonight’s Orioles game to pitch instead of Tommy Hunter.

    Comment by Eric — August 8, 2012 @ 10:12 am

  3. Dominate is a verb. The word you are looking for is dominant.

    Comment by eric cioe — August 8, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  4. I should be fired.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 8, 2012 @ 10:46 am

  5. Is it just me, or are the pitcher NERD scores a bit… off?

    Comment by mcbrown — August 8, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  6. I think the Red Sox have turned away from the slider and this isn’t a case of turnover.

    Look at Jon Lester. He had a very good slider which induced a ton of whiffs. But he hasn’t used it since 2010 and replaced it with a sinker…
    It has hurt his pitching too. In those 0-2 of 1-2 counts, he typically went the slider or curveball or cutter. Three excellent breaking pitches that keep batters guessing. This season is trying to get guys to chase a fastball or sinker outside and it is really hurting him and his SwgStk% reflects it

    Comment by GilaMonster — August 8, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  7. How does Gio have a 0 score? Is this a reversal between the Nats and Astros scores?

    Comment by chaotic — August 8, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  8. It is definitely some sort of Red Sox policy. Not just turnover.

    Look at Jon Lester. He had very good slider in 2009-2010 and stopped throwing it completely in 2011 and started throwing an awful sinker. He used to be a guy who get up on a guy with 2 strikes in the count and use a curveball, slider, or cutter to get them to whiff. The combination was devistating as it keeps hitters guessing. This season he just trys to get them to chase a sinker or fastball and it hasn’t been pretty. His SwgStk% way down and his numbers reflect that

    Comment by GilaMonster — August 8, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  9. Gio doesn’t throw a slider, so he gets a 0.

    Comment by Calm Like A Bomb — August 8, 2012 @ 11:35 am

  10. Straily vs Greinke? Match made in heaven.

    Comment by BX — August 8, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  11. Then you could collect unemployment and STILL blog. Livin’ the dream.

    Comment by Resolution — August 8, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

  12. Did Jon Lester really used to throw a slider or was it just misclassified cutters due to the ridiculous break on them?

    Organizationally the Red Sox lost Matsuzaka, Lackey, Papelbon, and Bard all or most of this year, all 4 of which relied heavily on the slider. Buchholz changed his slider into a cutter in 2009. The rest of the starters they have throw cutters instead of sliders.

    Comment by Caveman Jones — August 8, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  13. Would you start Strailly tonight?

    Comment by Uncle Randy — August 8, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  14. What is this? Only 1 team has a score above 5, and its the Cubs?

    Someone must hate baseball

    Comment by Just the facts, sir — August 8, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  15. someone didn’t read!

    Comment by phoenix2042 — August 8, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  16. Atmosphere reference?! I saw that “god loves ugly” was hyperlinked, but I still didn’t believe it could be linked to Atmosphere. You sir, have out done all of Carson’s work in one hyperlink. (Sorry, Carson)

    And you were correct about the notable game yesterday. Was at O.co and the game had everything you could ask for (but a close score): home runs, web gems, dominate pitching performace, stolen bases, trout seemlessly transitioning from the best 20 year old to the best 21 year old on the night of his birthday, and the Bernie.

    P.s. If you like Atmosphere, check out the lineup for “Rock The Bells”. Wicked awesome.

    Comment by DowntownChico — August 8, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  17. Are you from Chico? I knew a guy from Chico when I lived in Lawrence, KS and he swore Chico was awesome. I’ve never been.

    I like Atmosphere, obviously. I was a big fan of Aesop Rock, too, but not sure what happened to that.

    Rock the Bells, wow. Big Daddy Kane and Naughty by Nature are there. Glad to see my fav’ Immortal Technique is there.

    Comment by Robert J. Baumann — August 8, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  18. http://www.sablechicago.com/river-north-dining.php?sec_id=74

    Short rib sliders with root beer glaze, followed by pork belly BLT’s!

    Comment by MikeS — August 8, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  19. I went to college in Chico. Best five years of my life. The city never sleeps. It’s like that one house party, where 30 people were expected, but 200 showed up. But you can cross the street and go to the other party that is blownin up. Wish I coulda come up with an excuse to stay for a sixth year. Workin in downtown SF now.

    Rock the Bells lineup looks like a replica of my i-tunes playlist. Can’t wait. All the groups represent what’s good in the world of hip-hop. None of that radio crap.

    Comment by DowntownChico — August 8, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

  20. The greatest slider of all time is Rickey Henderson.

    A close second is merguez patty on mini-brioche with, why not?, a fried quail egg.

    Comment by Brazen Reader — August 8, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  21. I’ve visited Chico a lot. I think I had a great time but can’t/won’t remember much. The word “Chico” gives me a hangover.

    Comment by Brazen Reader — August 8, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  22. Correct. Lester has never thrown a slider.

    Comment by Dale — August 8, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  23. Lester has never thrown a slider. He has always been cutter/curve.

    Comment by Dale — August 8, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  24. In the top of the 2nd at Houston this evening, Astros SP Armando Galarraga delivered a first-pitch fastball into the backside of opposing number 8 hitter Kurt Suzuki with apparent malice aforethought. This earned a hard stare from the usually amiable backstop, but there was a knowing gleam in his steely eye. What history had accumulated over 13 prior (and scarcely significant in a WPA sense) PA’s exchanged between the pair? The Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez followed by depositing the next first-pitch fastball into those silly seats in Houston’s Left Field, and other matters were momentarily forgotten.

    After the last out, I executed some brief and dirt-free digging and discovered this item: Armando Galarraga made his Major League debut on September 15, 2007, pitching an inning of relief for the Texas Rangers. He allowed no runs and no hits, but did issue a walk to the first batter he ever faced: Oakland’s number 9 that day, C Kurt Suzuki.

    Is this the end of the mystery, or just the beginning?

    Comment by AC of DC — August 8, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  25. Hey Robert, great pull linking Atmosphere “God Loves Ugly.” Was just talking about how awesome this song is! Back to baseball, Fiers has been nothing short of amazing, hope he can keep it up. Went to the A’s Angels game, and what a game it was, 7 HR’s and an A’s win, couldn’t of asked for a better game to see, too bad Straily couldn’t last longer but great game nontheless.

    Comment by Joseph — August 9, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

  26. Aesop just released his new album Skelethon a few weeks back, he’s currently touring, I’m looking forward to his SF show. The new album is great, too.

    Comment by Joseph — August 9, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

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