Was April T.S. Eliot’s cruelest month?
On April 30, Ron Silliman (6-4) pitched the New Jersey Williams to a 3-1 victory over London, dropping the Eliots to 12-9. At the time, it looked like April had been good for Thomas Stearns Eliot, for 12-9 is not a shabby mark (.571).
On May 1, Matthew Arnold (who had just been signed) threw a complete game shutout against New Jersey. In May and June London is 38-13, a .745 winning percentage. The Eliots are 11-1 against the Williams this year.
Who can stop these guys? London leads the Scarriet AL with 50 wins and 22 losses. The next best record in Scarriet Poetry Baseball 2010 belongs to the New England Frost, second in the AL at 42-30. The Philadelphia Poe owns a slim lead in the NL with a 41-31 showing.
The Eliots have won 18 of their last 22 games with a microscopic team ERA of 1.73 during that span. The Frost, who added Jesus Christ (4-0) to their pitching staff, are 15-7 in their last 22 games, with a slightly better ERA than the Eliots in those 22 games, and yet London has increased their lead over the Frost from 5 to 8 games, thanks to London’s current incredible run.
The Eliots pitching staff: Bertrand Russell 11-3, James Frazier 11-3, Tristan Corbiere 8-3, Winston Churchill 8-2, and Matthew Arnold 5-5 (with 2 shutouts). Sir Edward Howard Marsh is 2-0 in relief.
Lady Ottoline Morrell is batting almost .400 from the leadoff spot, while Arthur Symons, John Donne and Aldous Huxley are providing the power.
But it’s been the pitching and defense which has been miraculous.
Vivienne Haigh-Wood is playing well at second, providing excellent double-play defense with shortstop Rudyard Kipling.
“I’m proud of my team, ” Eliot said yesterday. “It is a long summer, though, and anything can happen.”