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Wednesday's Roto Roundup: It's Time To Start DFA'ing Umpires

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I am sure you have heard by now how first base umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base that spoiled a perfect game by Armando Galarraga. He had pitched 8 2/3rd perfect innings, and then Jim Joyce just choked. He missed the game winning free throw. He missed that game winning field goal. He blew that 9th inning save. When athletes choke, they can lose their jobs. Joyce should be reprimanded heavily for this. He took Galarraga's name out of the record books with his blown call.

Read more about what Tiger fans are saying over at SB Nation's Tigers site.

Leave it to Keith Law to add some humor to Joyce's blown call:

SNL should do a sketch where Jim Joyce is welcomed into the Blown Calls Club by Don Denkinger, Tim McClelland, and the ghost of Eric Gregg

Let's hope they do.

Here are the rest of my thoughts after reviewing Wednesday's boxscores:

Jason did a good job with his article last night after the news that Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement. He was one of the greatest, and injuries prevented him from several records.

Is it time for the Phillies to start panicking? They were 5.5 games up on the Braves and are now 2.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East. I think their age is catching up to them. 

Braves starter Derek Lowe may be back to the Lowe of old after holding the Phillies to one run on six hits while striking out 7. He has won 4 of his last 5 starts and has lowered his ERA from 6.16 to 4.44. 

Wow. Robinson Cano went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, along with his 12th HR of the season. He is now hitting .373-.412-.632 for the season with 42 RBI and 40 runs scored. He has to be included in any MVP talk this year, right?

More on Johan Santana, David Ortiz and a few more blown saves after the jump:

Rays starter David Price won his 8th game of the season on Wednesday, holding the Blue Jays to two unearned runs in 8 innings. He gave up 9 hits, no walks and struck out 3, while lowering his ERA to 2.29. 

After Kevin Gregg blew up last night after issuing 5 walks, Toronto reliever Scott Downs did his best Gregg imitation by serving up a grand slam HR to Rays outfielder Carl Crawford. Who's next in line to save games in Toronto? Jason Frasor?

Well David Ortiz is certfiably on fire. He went 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, including his 12th HR of the season. He is now hitting .275-.360-.599 with 33 RBI. No more talk of waiving him in Boston....or Bristol.

Once considered the best prospect in all of baseball, I think we can now call Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida a bust. He went 0-3 on Wednesday and is hitting .203-.254-.344 with 4 HRs and 25 RBIs.

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko continues to hit for power. He went 3-4 with 2 HRs an 4 RBI on Wednesday. He now has 16 HRs and 39 RBIs to go with his .276-.384-.606 slash line. Wouldn't a trade to the Angels hurt his value moving from Chicago's hitters park?

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez blew his 3rd save of the season and was allowed to pitch 2 1/3rd innings on Wednesday. Why would you use your closer for more than 2 innings?

Mets starter Johan Santana pitched 7 shutout innings vs the Padres, giving up 5 hits, 5 walks and just 3 strikeouts. What worries me about his outing is the 5 walks, and the 123 pitches he threw in his 7 innings. The 123 pitches for Santana is a season high. Still, he has given up 2 runs or less in 5 straight starts, and has pitched at least 7 innings in each of those starts. Santana has not struck out more than 6 batters in any start since April 17th.