Not THAT Wily Mo Pena!

The Diamondbacks won a heartstopping game against the Indians. The Tribe had a wonderful comeback in the 9th but with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th up stepped Wily Mo Pena.

Yes.
Wily Mo Pena.

I never hated Wily Mo Pena. I just hated the trade. There was no reason to trade Bronson Arroyo for a backup outfielder. I said it then and I say it now.

Ah well… so Pena went from the Reds to the Red Sox to the Nationals… then out of the bigs in 2009 and 2010… off to Buffalo and Columbus and independent Bridgeport… then to Portland and Reno.

Now at 29 years old he is in Arizona and watch him become the very player Theo imagined when he shipped off a decent starting pitcher who has given the Reds some All Star numbers and a lot of innings eaten.

Just saying.
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32 pitchers have as many or more wins than the Red Sox

Look, I thought Dan Haren was going to be a Cy Young contender. And his teammate Jered Weaver should have a great year too.

And A. J. Burnett always starts off well.

All three have MORE wins than the Red Sox at this point.

It’s mid April and the Red Sox have barely plural wins.

And there are 29 other pitchers who have tied the Red Sox in wins.
Some I can accept.

Roy Oswalt, Clayton Kershaw, Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson and Tim Hudson were supposed to be good.

But Matt Belisle? Justin Masterson? Logan Ondrusek?

For God sake, Kevin Correia has as many wins as the Red Sox! NO PIRATES pitcher should be out winning the Red Sox.

The others? Max Scherzer, Matt Harrison, Carlos Zambrano, Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Hollan, Aaron Harand, Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, Edinson Volquez, Jhoulys Chacin, Rafael Perez, Jose Valverde, Armando Galarraga, Gio Gonzalez, Chris Sale, Josh Tomlin, Alexi Ogando, Zach Britton and Esmil Rogers all have matched the Red Sox.

And oh yeah… Bronson Arroyo.
(Can we still get Wily Mo Pena in the lineup?)

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I wonder how Wily Mo Pena did today

Evidently Wily Mo Pena is playing for the Padres’ AAA franchise in Portland… a big step up from Independent Bridgeport.

Who knows? If he keeps hitting, the Padres could call him up and he might see some post season action.

I wish him well.

Meanwhile, Bronson Arroyo won again (win #14) and logged his 174 1/3rd inning of the season. And seeing he didn’t let up a run all game, he lowered his ERA to 3.82 as he helped the Reds maintain their lead in the NL Central.

I always feel the need to check on Wily Mo when Bronson wins… seeing how the Red Sox side of the trade is doing.

Why?

Because I am petty.
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