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Monday Morning Relievers:

June 14, 2010

Our new weekly column, where we do our best to recap the teams we love and the stories that captivated us the most in this week of baseball.

1. ESPN: Stephen Strasburg is exceptionally good at making batters miss the ball. "According to Elias Sports Bureau, only one pitcher since 1900 has had more strikeouts before issuing his first career walk than Strasburg, who fanned 19 before walking Santana in the fourth. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto struck out 22 before his first walk in 2008." Through two starts Strasburg has struck out 22, given up two home runs, walked five, and most importantly has locked up a win in both outings.

2. Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness: At the start of the season I didn't know what to expect from the Dodgers. I knew they could hang around due to their exceptional balance in the lineup but was worrisome over their lack of experience in the rotation and the divorce's effect on their ability to do just about anything. Well, after two months of baseball, they have the second best record in the west and the divorce news continues to get stranger.

3. Camden Chat: Without fail, when the LCG hears a name of someone she doesn't like, she responds with a resounding "Eww." I have the same reaction whenever I see the Orioles on my television, and by now, so do O's fans.

4. Fish Bytes: The Florida Marlins announced that they will have "backstop aquariums," which should act as a safe haven from the Gulf for a select group of fish.

5. Big League Stew: For a moment this week, Braves fans all over held their collective breath as Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward collided on a fly ball. Thankfully both players were able to walk off the field.

6. Atlanta Journal ConstitutionYeah, the Braves have Jason Heyward, but it's rookie pitcher Jonny Venters that has veterans on the team saying, "Just throw strikes. . . Just throw your crap right down the middle."

7. FoxSports: While Jake Peavy may no longer be a Padre, he is still apparently the voice within their locker room, sounding off against the dismissal of former GM Kevin Towers.  The rest of the Padres are doing their talking on the field; they're currently in first place.

8. Beyond the Boxscore: The Angels pretty much let the 35-year old Vladimir Guerrero walk this past offseason.  Now, he's leading the first-place Rangers with a .338 average, 14 home runs, and 54 RBI's, and if the Rangers are in first, that means his former team isn't.  It also means that some believe Vladimir, in his fifteenth season, is still playing like an All-Star.

9. Blue Collar Baseball: The post is a couple weeks old, but Ken Griffey Jr.'s departure from baseball deserved a more ceremonious farewell than what it received.  It doesn't matter what his numbers were the past decade; the man captured our hearts and minds, including Deaner's.

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