Thursday, April 19, 2012

4-19 Recap

We have reached our first milestone! Here at baseball pickem' we have correctly predicted over 100 games! We also continue to be a season high 14 games over .500 after going 6-6 today.  Haven't had a losing day since in the last 6, although the lock of the day did go down.  Lets go to the recaps!

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
OAK 4, LAA 2
SEA 1, CLE 2

Marlins 5 Cubs 3 (Loss)

All of the scoring in this game was scored in the first 3 innings, as the Marlins put up 2 in the first and 3 in the third.  It figures as soon as I pick Jeff Samardzija to win he gets rocked and doesn't make it out of the fourth inning.  Stupid Notre Dame grads.  The Cubs are now proud owners of a 5-game losing streak.  It is going to be a long season on the North side of Chicago.

Dodgers 4 Brewers 3 (Win)

Matt Kemp is an absolute stud.  Forget going 50-50 this year he is going to win the triple crown going away.  After going 2-5 with another home run today he is now hitting .451 with 7 home runs and 18 runs batted in.  That is good enough for second in batting average, first in home runs, and first in RBI's.  Good thing the Dodgers signed to him to an extension because right now he is the best player in baseball.

Reds 6 Cardinals 3 (Win)

Adam Wainwright struggled again for the Cardinals, who could not get the sweep today as they lost 6-3.  The Reds got home runs from Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Drew Stubbs, and the good Bronson Arroyo showed up today to lead Cincinnati.  Arroyo pitched 8 innings and gave up 3 runs while not walking a batter.  Good enough to get the win.

Orioles 5 White Sox 3 (Loss)

Jason Hammel struck out 10 batters tonight as the Orioles took their second straight series away from the friendly confines of Camden Yards.  The White Sox made it interesting in the ninth inning as they loaded the bases off of Baltimore closer Jim Johnson, but he got the always under-achieving Ales Rios to strikeout to end the game.

Astros 11 Nationals 4 (Loss)

Well I was right in my prediction that the Astros were going to win again at some point this year.  Wrong in the prediction that it wasn't going to be today though.  The Astros were helped by hitting 3 triples in the first inning, a team record for triples in an inning, and got 17 hits total.  The Nationals came into this game with a 1.92 ERA but that didn't help today as the Astros avoided the sweep.

Yankees 7 Twins 6 (Win)

Curtis Granderson hit 3 home runs and finished with 5 hits to pace the Yankees and back Phil Hughes tonight in the Bronx.  Granderson became the first player to hit 3 home runs at the new Yankee Stadium as he went yard in his first 3 at bats and had to settle for singles in his final two.  Mark Teixeria also hit a home run for the Yankees, who haven't lost a series at home to the Twins since 2001.

Rangers 10 Tigers 3 (Loss)

Yu Darvish was facing his toughest test of the young season on Thursday night and had his best pitching performance to show for it.  He pitched 2-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Rangers dominated one of the other good teams in the American League.  The Rangers have now won 7 games in a row and I can't wait for that Saturday tilt when they face Justin Verlander.

Rays 9 Blue Jays 4 (Win)

The Tampa Bay Rays ended a brutal 10 game road trip by beating the Blue Jays and ending up 4-6 on their road trip through Detroit, Boston, and Toronto.  Evan Longoria finished a triple away from the cycle, and Desmond Jennings also hit a home run for Tampa Bay, who got good starting pitching from Jeremy Hellickson and the bullpen came in and kept the lead.

Braves 10 Diamondbacks 2 (Win)

Mike Minor pitched brilliantly for 8 innings and Freddie Freeman hit 2 home runs for Atlanta as they won the opener of a 4 game series against the Diamondbacks.  Minor only allowed 1 earned run and struck out 8 in picking up his second win of the season.  The Diamondbacks miss Chris Young and Justin Upton badly, as without these 2 their lineup looks rather pedestrian.

Athletics 4 Angels 2 (Loss)

For the first time in a week the lock of the day loses.  Darn!! C.J Wilson actually pitched really well as he only allowed 2 hits in 6 innings.  Unfortunately for him the Angels made 3 errors, and it was his throwing error in the fourth inning that allowed 2 runs to score which ultimately was the difference in the ball game.  In the Yoenis Cespedes strike out watch he did not k today which keeps his total at 17.  In his defense for the first time this year he is not on pace to strike out 200 times, so good for him!

Phillies 2 Padres 0 (Win)

The San Diego Padres continue their season of ineptitude as they are shut out for the second time already this year, and when you add that to the 3 games they have only scored 1 run you can see why this offense is horrendous.  Vance Worley, the Philles #5 starter, struck out 11 batters and only allowed 4 hits in 7 innings. Jonathan Papelbon came in and got his fourth save of the season for the Phillies, who improved to 6-7 on the year.

Indians 2 Mariners 1 (Loss)

The media in Seattle has been complaining because Felix Hernandez' velocity wasn't where it has been the last couple years.  Today in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and 2 outs, his 125th pitch registered at 93 mph on the radar gun.  I think he is fine.  He pitched 8 great innings and struck out 12 but Brandon League allowed 2 runs to the Indians in the ninth inning to steal this game and spoil a great performance by King Felix.

Days Record: 6-6                  Overall Record: 103-89                Lock of the Day Record: 9-5

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