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Web design 101 (or why didn’t Janssen pitch last night?)

I’m certainly no expert on web design. If it wasn’t for WYSIWYG sites like wordpress, I wouldn’t have a website to call my own. But I can tell you what not to do if you’re designing a website: Don’t make it look like the site of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

It’s an incredibly ugly and difficult to navigate site, which is why I’m at a loss to explain why Casey Janssen didn’t pitch last night for the Fisher Cats, despite the Union Leader reporting yesterday that he was scheduled to.

As for Shaun Marcum — and the Tao really beat me to the punch on this — his line from last night (3 IP, 5 hits, 4 K, 1 ER) is a good one to remember if you ever feel like discussing why ERA isn’t the best stat on which to judge a pitcher.

Marcum gave up 5 runs on the night, 4 obviously unearned, but the only reason they were unearned is because there was an error committed by shortstop Luis Sanchez with two outs. In a ridiculous quirk of score keeping, any runs scored after a two-out error are considered unearned. So Marcum following the error by allowing an RBI single and then a three-run homer doesn’t add anything to his ERA.

I don’t bring this up to slag Marcum at all. The guy’s coming back from Tommy John surgery and I really, really want to see him succeed, but, as the Tao says, “Let’s not rest our hopes on Shaun Marcum just yet.”


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Marcum! Janssen! The 2009 rehab tour continues

Both Shaun Marcum and Casey Janssen are scheduled to pitch tonight as the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats visit Trenton, N.J., to take on the thunder, a Yankees farm team.

Tonight is expected to be Marcum’s final start before making the trip to Triple-A Las Vegas.

I had no idea Casey was so close to returning to the Jays. Did everyone miss in the non-stop Halladay insanity or am I just stupid?

I had no idea Casey was so close to returning to the Jays. Did everyone miss this in the non-stop Halladay insanity or am I slow?

Janssen, apparently being rehabbed in the role he should be used in (ie the bullpen) is scheduled to pitch one inning tonight and one inning tomorrow before joining ahead of Marcum and coming back to Toronto.

If you’re interested in following this game, milb.com links to audio streams of all the minor league teams, but after trying to listen to Marcum’s first start in New Hampshire, it seems as though you may have to listen to the Trenton stream because the good guys are being bad and won’t stream to Canada for some stupid reason.

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