Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4-25 Recap

Made some good predictions today made some not so good predictions today.   Lets see how I did.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
LAD 2, ATL 4

Rockies 2 Pirates 1 (Win)          Game 1

The Rockies won this game 2-1 despite only getting 3 hits.  They won this game behind the arm of Juan Nicasio and the bullpen as they took the opening game of the doubleheader.  They scored both of their runs on sacrifice flies but it was enough to get the job done because Pittsburgh couldn't string anything together in that first game.

Pirates 5 Rockies 1 (Win)         Game 2

The Pirates won this game and split the doubleheader, just like I predicted, behind the strength of Charlie Morton.  Morton went 7 innings and only gave up 1 run and the Pirates finally scored a few runs for him.  Morton improved to 1-1, although he should have a better record as he only has a 2.65 ERA, but Pittsburgh it seems like doesn't score runs for anyone so wins are hard to come by.  He got one today though!

Astros 7 Brewers 5 (Loss)

The Astros finally beat Milwaukee for the first time in 12 tries and they did with some timely hitting.  They didn't hit any home runs to get those seven runs, but they did string together 14 hits.  Plus it was nice to see starter turned closer turned starter turned closer Brett Myers get the save for the Astros, which was his third of the young season.  

Cardinals 5 Cubs 1 (Win)

Alright I am officially going to start the Lance Lynn for Cy Young bandwagon.  There is plenty of room for people on board, but anyone who wants to go out and start publicly supporting this guy is more than welcome.  All he has done so far is go 4-0 with 1.33 ERA and 24 strike outs in 27 innings.  The only blemish he had today was a solo home run hit by Bryan Lahair, but that was the only run the Cubs could muster off of him.

Athletics 5 White Sox 4 (Loss)

Well at least I was correct in my prediction that Jarrod Parker would look good in his major league debut.  He pitched very well and was in line to get the win until Paul Konerko hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off of Grant Balfour to tie the game.  It was the 400th home run of Konerko's career.  The White Sox scored 2 runs in the top of the 14th inning to take a 4-2 lead but Yoenis Cespedes hit a 2-run home run to tie it and the Athletics tacked one more on to win.

Phillies 7 Diamondbacks 2 (Win)

Cole Hamels did his part to keep the game low scoring as he pitched brilliantly against the Diamondbacks for 8 innings.  Hamels also helped out his own cause by hitting a 2-run single with the bases loaded for his first RBI's of the year.  Trevor Cahill didn't pitch that bad but he was definitely outshone by Hamels in the desert today.

Nationals 7 Padres 2 (Win)

I don't know what else I can say about the Washington Nationals starting rotation.  This time it was Jordan Zimmerman coming out firing bullets.  He only gave up 1 run in 6 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.33 in the process.  Again I know that it is the San Diego Padres but try and fathom this.  The Nationals have 4 guys in their starting rotation who have an ERA under 2!! That is insane!!

Royals 8 Indians 2 (Loss)

Baseball is a funny game.  You pick a team that has lost 12 straight games to lose as your lock of the day and they come out and score 8 runs and win.  The Royals did it by hitting 4 home runs, including 2 by Billy Butler, and getting a quality start out of former #1 pick Luke Hochevar.  It is good to see Kansas City get back in the win column, but not at the expense of my lock of the day.

Mariners 9 Tigers 1 (Win)

It is good to see the Mariners offense pick Felix up for a change.  In his last start he pitched 8 shutout innings and didn't get the win.  Today he didn't have to worry about that as the Mariners put 4 on the board in the first 2 innings.  They also changed up the lineup a little bit, moving Ackley from the 2-hole to the leadoff spot and benching Figgins.  Lets see if this is a reoccurring lineup change or a 1-time thing.

Orioles 3 Blue Jays 0 (Loss)

The Orioles seem to have the Blue Jays number.  They are now 4-1 against them so far in 2012 after beating them today behind another stellar pitching performance from Jason Hammel.  Hammel didn't allow a run in 7 innings of duty and he got all the offense he needed in the form of 2 solo home runs.  The Orioles pushed another insurance run across in the seventh, but the Blue Jays hardly threatened after.

Rays 3 Angels 2 (Win)

The Angels offensive woes continue as today they only mustered 2 runs against Jeremy Hellickson and Tampa Bay in losing the second game of the series.  Albert Pujols went 0-3 and his average dropped to a Chone Figgins like .222.  The other big acquisition for the Angels, C.J Wilson, pitched well in this game but got no run support and so he suffered his second defeat.

Mets 5 Marlins 1 (Loss)

Now there is the Mets I have gotten used too the first 3 weeks of the season.  After correctly picking 3 straight games for the Mets I missed this one as I figured that Mark Buehrle would out-duel knuckle-baller R.A Dickey. I was obviously wrong as Dickey confused the hell out of the Marlins hitters and ended up winning this game.

Reds 4 Giants 2 (Win)

Barry Zito was cruising along until he ran into trouble in the seventh inning.  It all started when Scott Rolen hit a solo home run and before the inning was over, Zito was lifted and Cincinnati had scored 3 more times to take a 4-2 lead they would never relinquish.  This was the seventh straight win for the Reds against the Giants at home.

Rangers 7 Yankees 3 (Win)

Phil Hughes stat line.  2 2/3 innings 5 hits and 4 runs allowed.  I love being right.

Red Sox 7 Twins 6 (Loss)

The Twins certainly made the game interesting by scoring 5 runs in the seventh inning to close the gap to 7-6, but could get no closer as the Red Sox finally got that elusive sweep they were looking for.  Dustin Pedroia finished a home run away from the cycle as the Red Sox pounded Liam Hendricks for 9 hits and 7 runs in 4 innings of work.

Braves 4 Dodgers 2 (Loss)

The Dodgers held a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning but the bullpen let Ted Lilly down as Atlanta escaped with a 4-2 win and a 2-1 series win against the Dodgers.  At least I was right in predicting that the starters would pitch well today.  Matt Kemp went 1-3 today and his average dropped to .449.  I guess he is starting to cool down like the rest of the Dodgers.

Days Record: 9-7                  Overall Record: 147-128                Lock of the Day Record: 12-8

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