Looking Back at Last Season's Finale

The dying days of a baseball season have their own character. Nobody quite cares, the lineups are frequently strange, and the games have an odd quality born out of a mix of meaninglessness and just a touch of drama. I've always been a sucker for the last game, because, after making baseball a daily part of our lives for so long, when the last out is recorded tonight we won't have any more coming for a long time.

Here was last year's final game lineup, a 3-2 loss to the Rays. Five of these guys are no longer in the organization, and only Gordon and Butler look to be part of the team's future.

Lineup after the jump:

 

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jarrod Dyson CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .211 .689 SB,SH
   Gregor Blanco PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .283 .727 2B
Mike Aviles 2B 5 0 1 0 1 1 .304 .748 SB
Billy Butler DH 5 0 0 0 0 3 .318 .857
Kila Ka'aihue 1B 3 1 0 0 2 2 .217 .702
Wilson Betemit 3B 5 0 0 0 0 3 .297 .889
Alex Gordon LF 5 1 1 2 0 2 .215 .671 HR
Yuniesky Betancourt SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 .259 .692 CS
Brayan Pena C 5 0 0 0 0 1 .253 .642
Mitch Maier RF 4 0 2 0 1 1 .263 .709 SB
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/28/2011.


The pitchers from that game were:

Pitching IP H R BB SO HR ERA BF
Sean O'Sullivan 6 2 0 3 3 0 5.49 22
Rob Tejeda, H (12) 1 1 0 0 1 0 3.54 4
Gil Meche, H (6) 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.69 3
Joakim Soria, BS (3) 1 3 2 0 2 0 1.78 6
Blake Wood 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.07 3
Dusty Hughes, L (1-3) 1.2 1 1 0 4 0 3.83 6
Greg Holland 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 6.75 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/28/2011.

 

That inning from Gil Meche would be the last of his career. Barring trades, Soria and Holland will be part of the team's bullpen next season, while SOS could have a role. As you can see, it was actually a good (if lucky) start from SOS, although that really augured nothing for 2011.

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