Sunday, April 15, 2012

4-14 Recap

Since I went to the Mariner game yesterday I was not able to write my recap last night.  So we are going to write yesterdays recap followed by the games today in back to back blogs.  Without further ado here we go.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Angels 7 Yankees 1 (Win)

As much as Albert Pujols has struggled to start the year for the Angels, C.J Wilson has exceeded all expectations after two starts.  This team has had few bright spots but Wilson going 6 innings and only giving up one run in the new Yankee Stadium definitely counts as one.  Now they need the other free agent acquisition to get going.

Cardinals 5 Cubs 1 (Win)

The Cardinals won this game behind a 4-run fourth inning and the solid starting pitching of Lance Lynn.  Lynn went 5 1/3 innings and only gave up 1 run in his second good start of the season.  In a side note Starlin Castro made 2 more errors in this game giving him 4 already this season.  He is a very good hitter but he needs to be more focused in the field.  Right now he is a liability out there.

Rangers 6 Twins 2 (Win)

And the lock of the day wins again.  After starting slow it is finally starting to get turned around a little bit.  Yu Darvish once again didn't have his best stuff but did enough to keep his team in it and eventually get the win.  He is still walking too many batters as he gave 4 free passes in just over 5 innings.  Josh Hamilton hit another mammoth home run in the third inning and is now batting .378 so far this year.

Nationals 4 Reds 1 (Loss)

Edwin Jackson threw a complete game 2-hitter for the Nationals and Washington got 2 hits from Jayson Werth and Adam Laroche to win.  Jackson struck out 9 and only walked 1 and this is exactly the type of outing Washington was expecting when they signed him in the off-season.  Between Strausberg, Gonzalez, and Jackson the Nationals have a pretty good starting pitching 3-headed monster of their own.

Mets 5 Phillies 0 (Loss)

The Phillies offense still looks clueless out there and this time it was Jonathon Niese shutting them down.  David Wright hit a home run in the first inning off of Vance Worley and the Mets didn't even need to score after that.  The Phillies are missing Utley and Howard even more then they expected, as without the 2 all-stars they haven't been able to hit out of a wet paper bag.

Red Sox 13 Rays 5 (Loss)

Tampa Bay scored 4 runs in the first inning off of Clay Buchholz and were looking to run away with this game.  Unfortunately for the Rays Jeremy Hellickson struggled as he gave up 5 runs in 5 innings This game was tied until Boston scored 3 runs in the seventh inning and 5 runs in the eighth inning off of the Rays bullpen to blow this game open.

Orioles 6 Blue Jays 4 (Win)

Things looked bleak for the Orioles as they were down 4-3 in the 8th inning with Wilson Betemit at the plate.  Betemit hit a home run to tie the game and in the ninth inning Nolan Reimold hit a 2-run home run to give the Orioles a 6-4 lead.  Jim Johnson came in and slammed the door on the comeback win for the Orioles as Baltimore won its first series in Toronto since 2008.

White Sox 5 Tigers 1 (Loss)

It looks like I should have trusted Gavin Floyd a little bit more than originally thought.  Floyd pitched 6 innings and didn't allow a run as the White Sox got solo home runs from Alexi Ramirez, Paul Konerko, and Tyler Flowers to beat the Tigers.  The Tigers got a Brennan Boesch solo home fun in the eighth inning for the only run of the day.  

Indians 11 Royals 9 (Loss)

The Indians have completely shaken the early season offensive woes that plagued them the first week of the season.  Cleveland got at least one hit from every member of the starting line up, including designated hitter Jose Lopez.  When Jose Lopez is getting a hit for you there is a good chance you will win the game.  The fact that Lopez is the designated hitter should tell you all you need to know about the Indians offense, but it has been effective this weekend.

Astros 5 Marlins 4 (Win)

The Marlins had a 4-1 lead when high priced free agent Heath Bell entered the game in the ninth inning.  After 3 outs the Astros had 4 runs and Heath Bell had been yanked.  The Astros scored 4 in the ninth to beat the inconsistent Marlins.  Carlos Zambrano pitched well enough and should have gotten the win but the bullpen let him down.

Braves 2 Brewers 1 (Loss)

The Brewers actually outhit the Braves 5 to 3 but could not string enough hitter to get a real rally going.  This game was exactly what the Braves intend to do all year long.  Score just enough runs to win, get good starting pitching for six or seven innings, and turn it over the bullpen to shut it down.  It was a successful formula last year for 5 months and they hope it will be successful again.  

Rockies 8 Diamondbacks 7 (Win)

For Todd Helton and the Colorado Rockies it must have felt like 2004 all over again.  Helton hit a walk-off 2-run home run off of J.J Putz that was fair by about 2 feet.  Both starting pitchers only went 4 innings as this was the Coors Field that people have come to know and love.

Giants 4 Pirates 3 (Win)

Another game that was decided in the bottom of the ninth was another game that went my way.  Barry Zito once again pitched very well again for the Giants and if he keeps pitching this way the Giants will be very tough.  I think Lincecum will turn it around and Cain and Bumgarner are pitching well and if they keep getting outings like this from Zito they will make the playoffs.

Mariners 4 Athletics 0 (Win)

Hector Noesi rebounded from a rough opener to pitch eight shutout innings and Jesus Montero hit his first home run as a Mariner as Seattle shutout the Athletics.  Montero also hit a 2-run double and the two pieces the Mariners got back for Michael Pineda both looked good.  In the Cespedes strikeout watch this was the first game of his career that he did not strikeout so congrats to him.  

Dodgers 6 Padres 1 (Win)

Another win for the Dodgers, another loss for the Padres.  This time I was smart enough to pick the Dodgers.  With the way the Dodgers and Matt Kemp are playing it might be wise for me to keep picking them.  Kemp hit two more home runs today and is well on his way to 50 home runs like he predicted, but if he wants stolen bases he needs to stop hitting the ball out of the park.

Days Record: 9-6                  Overall Record: 63-62                Lock of the Day Record: 5-4

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