Tuesday, April 24, 2012

4-23 Recap

We are now over 10% of the way done with the season after the 10 games played today.  11 were scheduled but we had 1 rain out. Lets see how I did.  We also doubled our win total with the Mets today! Alright!!

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Giants 6 Mets 1 (Win)          Game 1

Holy cow what a day! Tim Lincecum finally got a win and I got a prediction right with the Mets.  Lincecum didn't actually pitch that great as he only made it through 5 innings because he struggled with his control.  I am sure he will take only giving up one run though.  The big blow that helped the Giants win was a Nate Schierholtz 3-run home run that made the score 5-1 in the third.

Giants 7 Mets 2 (Win)          Game 2

Wait what!?!?!?  I picked 2 Mets games correctly in one day?  I guess all I need is for the Mets to play doubleheaders and then I will be fine.  Madison Bumgarner continues to pitch well as he only gave up 1 run in 7 innings.  In a completely unrelated side note I have both Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner on my fantasy team so hooray for me!!

Rockies Pirates

This game was postponed.  It was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader in Wednesday, April 25

Yankees 7 Rangers 4 (Loss)

The first time I pick against C.C Sabathia and he throws 8 innings and gets the win.  Derek Jeter had 4 hits tonight and Alex Rodriguez hit a 3-run home run that proved to be the difference in the game.  Josh Hamilton did hit another home run for the Rangers, his eighth of the season, but it was not enough as the Rangers lost the first game of a series for the first time this year.

Cubs 3 Cardinals 2 (Loss)

The Chicago Cubs got a 2-run walk-off single by a former Cardinal to get the win in the opening game of the series.  Joe Mather's single brought home Bryan Lahair, who earlier had a 12 pitch at bat that he worked to get a walk, and Geovanny Soto win it for Chicago.  Mather spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the Cardinals organization so this win had to feel double sweet for him.

Red Sox 6 Twins 5 (Win)

For awhile I was getting nervous about the lock of the day.  In typical 2012 Red Sox fashion they jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to see Minnesota score the next 5 to take a 2 run lead into the seventh.  That is when Boston showed heart for the first time in this young season and it came in the form of Cody Ross.  Ross's second home run of the night tied the game at 5 and then hit the game winner in the top of the ninth to give us our final score.

Brewers 6 Astros 5 (Win)

The problem with a strike out pitcher is often times their pitch count gets really high and they can't go that deep into games.  That is what happened with Zack Greinke today as he struck out 9 in 6 innings but had to leave after throwing 115 pitches.  The Milwaukee bullpen is still a mess as they allowed 3 runs today, but Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford both had a scoreless inning to keep the lead and get Greinke the win.

Blue Jays 4 Royals 1 (Win)

Ouch.  That is the only word you can use to describe what is going on in Kansas City today.  They are now on an 11 game losing streak and 10 of those games have been at home.  They even out hit the Blue Jays today but could not string anything together.  The Blue Jays got home runs from Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson and the pitching staff made it stand.

Diamondbacks 9 Phillies 5 (Win)

Well the good news for the Phillies is that they scored 5 runs.  The bad news for them is that all 5 runs were scored in the ninth inning when they were already losing 9-0.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 7 runs in 3 innings in his first start of 2012 as the Phillies once again are looking for answers.  This team is way too talented to be sitting at 7-10 and yet that is exactly where they are.

White Sox 4 Athletics 0 (Win)

Jake Peavy is absolutely on fire right now, as is the entire Chicago White Sox team.  Peavy threw a complete game 3-hitter today as the Athletics were shut out once again.  Peavy struck out 5 Athletics, including Yoenis Cespedes once, and only walked 2 in lowering his ERA to 1.88 so far this year.  Oakland has already been shut out 4 times this year, which is the most in all of baseball.

Dodgers 7 Braves 2 (Loss)

Matt Kemp went 2 for 3 today and his average now sits at .460 for the Dodgers, who took the opener from Atlanta in a matchup of hot teams.  Juan Uribe got 4 hits and 3 RBI's for the Dodgers and Chris Capuano pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball.  Andre Eithier also got 3 hits for the Dodgers as the middle of their lineup continues to be the best in baseball.

Days Record: 7-3                  Overall Record: 131-113                Lock of the Day Record: 12-6 

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