Saturday, April 28, 2012

4-27 Recap

Alright all 30 teams playing so let's see how we did.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Indians 3 Angels 2 (Loss)

Jered Weaver pitched great for six innings and left with a 2-0 lead.  The biggest achilles heel going into the season for the Angels was their bullpen and it let them down again.  The Angels gave up 2 runs in the seventh inning for Cleveland to tie it and then 1 on the ninth inning on a walk-off single by Asdrubal Cabrera.  

Cubs 5 Phillies 1 (Loss)

Thanks for showing up to play today Philadelphia. The fact that the Phillies could only muster 1 run against Paul Maholm makes me sick.  Roy Halladay deserves better than that.  This Phillies offense is looking worse and worse by the day.  Again they got shut down by Paul Maholm!! Pathetic.

Yankes 7 Tigers 6 (Loss)

Justin Verlander didn't pitch as well as he usually does and Ivan Nova got rocked.  Somehow the Yankees scored enough runs to keep his winning streak in tack.  This is exactly what I mean with Nova, the Yankees offense always bails him out.  So far this year he is 3-0 and yet his ERA over 5.  Compare that to Erik Bedard who is 0-4 but has an ERA under 2.5.

Athletics 5 Orioles 2 (Win)

Brandon McCarthy finally got a win!! After pitching well the entire month of April he finally got the win he earned by going 7 innings and only giving up 2 runs.  The biggest shock here is that Oakland finally scored some runs for him.  They even got home runs from Josh Reddick and Eric Sogard. About time boys.  

Mariners 9 Blue Jays 5 (Loss)

Speaking of surprising offenses, how about what the Mariners have been doing lately?  Home runs from Jesus Montero and Michael Saunders (twice), and another double digit hit outing paced this team.  The big blow was the grand slam that Saunders hit in the tenth inning to give the Mariners a 4 run lead.

Diamondbacks 5 Marlins 0 (Loss)

Talk about a swing and a miss on this one.  Jason Kubel had more hits for the Diamondbacks (4) then the entire Marlins team (3).  Miami lost its sixth straight game and is falling even further down the National League East.  The trendy pick to win the division with all of their free agent signings sure doesn't look playoff caliber to me.

Braves 6 Pirates 1 (Win)

We finally have a game involving the Pirates where a team scores more than 5 runs.  First time this season.  Of course it wasn't the Pirates, who continue to be the poster child for futility on offense.  The Braves already had a 2 run lead before scoring 4 in the seventh inning, effectively ending any chance that Pittsburgh had.

Rays 8 Rangers 4 (Loss)

The Rays took a lead 3 batters into the game, when Evan Longoria hit a home run off of Matt Harrison.  James Shields would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game.  Tampa Bay added on more runs to help their pitcher relax, and they won the opener of the series against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

Red Sox 10 White Sox 3 (Win)

I was right in saying that I have no faith in John Danks to shut down the Boston offense, because he got lit up like a Christmas Tree.  He gave up 7 runs in 5 2/3 innings against the suddenly formidable Boston offense.  Boston has now won 5 games in a row to creep within a game of .500, and just last week not many people thought that was going to happen anytime soon.

Royals 7 Twins 6 (Loss)

Carl Pavano outpitched his counterpart from Kansas City so at least I got that prediction right.  What I didn't get right was that Kansas City would actually score some runs and win the game.  I think that the Royals wish they could play every game away from home, as they now have a winning record on the road but are 0-10 at home.

Cardinals 13 Brewers 1 (Win)

Yovani Gallardo didn't get an out in the third inning as St. Louis rocked the Milwaukee Brewers for 8 runs in that frame to win comfortably.  Jake Westbrook pitched 7 innings and only gave up 1 run.  Westbrook got 21 outs in this game and 11 were ground balls.  Like I said in the prediction, he is a ground ball machine.

Rockies 18 Mets 9 (Win)

This game had a little bit of everything.  It featured 27 runs, 36 hits, 6 errors by the Mets, and Scott Hairston of the Mets hitting for the cycle in a losing effort.  These games at Coors Field are so fun to watch because any game can turn out like this.  The Rockies scored 11 runs in the fifth inning and 5 more in the seventh inning.  I think it takes the Pirates 2 weeks to score 16 runs and the Rockies did it in 2 innings.

Dodgers 3 Nationals 2 (Win)

Looks like I should have gone with Kershaw for my lock of the day again.  He has now won 10 straight decisions as he pitched 8 innings, and got help in the form of a 2 run home run by Andre Eithier.  Ross Detwiler pitched well for the Nationals, but Kershaw was one run better and he got the win.

Padres 5 Giants 3 (Win)

Plenty of room on the Cory Leubke bandwagon.  I am starting the Lance Lynn bandwagon and now the Cory Leubke bandwagon after another great performance turned in by the Padres starter.  His win spoiled the season debut of Eric Hacker, but something tells me Leubke is not that broken-hearted about that.

Days Record: 8-7                  Overall Record: 159-139                Lock of the Day Record: 13-9

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