Monday, April 30, 2012

4-29 Recap

Another 15 games are in the books.  327 games have now been played.  Let's see how I'm doing.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Indians 4 Angels 0 (Win)

Ervin Santana is now 0-5 in 2012.  He actually didn't allow an earned run today, but an error by Torii Hunter allowed 2 runners to score in the fifth inning.  Derek Lowe got 22 outs today and 14 of them were by ground out.  He loves to throw that sinker that batters just drive into the ground, and so far he has been very effective as he improved to 4-1 today.

Yankees 6 Tigers 2 (Win)

C.C Sabathia improved to 3-0 today by pitching 8 strong innings and getting some offensive support.  I am not surprised he gets offensive support because Yankees score runs for everyone.  Today C.C got home runs from Curtis Granderson and Andrew Jones as the Yankees offense continues to hit bombs.

Blue Jays 7 Mariners 2 (Loss)

The only runs the Seattle Mariners got today were on solo home runs by Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo.  They had many other scoring opportunities but went 0-14 with runners in scoring position.  The Blue Jays cashed in when they had chances and the result was winning the series against Seattle.  

Diamondbacks 8 Marlins 4 (Loss)

Josh Johnson where have you gone?  The Marlins ace completed April with an 8-4 loss to drop his record to 0-3.  This is backwards from what usually happens with Johnson.  In years past he has been dominant in April and then gotten injured or struggled after.  I don't know what to expect anymore but I have no more confidence in him.

Reds 6 Astros 5 (Win)

Cincinnati still hasn't gotten a dominant pitching performance from Mat Latos, but he did keep them in the game long enough today.  Joey Votto and Jay Bruce both hit home runs for the Reds, and Bruce's was in the eighth inning and it broke a 5-5 tie.  Joey Votto had 4 RBI's for the Reds, who have now won 3 straight series.

Cubs 5 Phillies 1 (Win)

Another game for the Philadelphia Phillies and another meager offensive performance.  They only got 2 hits off of Cubs starter Matt Garza and neither ball was hit hard.  After Rollins led off the first with a single all Garza did was retire 20 of the next 21 batters he faced.  Garza also finished with 10 strikeouts.  

Orioles 5 Athletics 2 (Win)

Baltimore is finding new ways to win in this young season, and man was it exciting today.  Down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Baltimore got 2 runners on with infield singles.  Matt Weiters brought in both runners with a double and after an intentional walk, Wilson Betemit hit a 3-run home run to win it for Baltimore.

Braves 4 Pirates 3 (Win)

Tim Hudson got the win in his first start of 2012, as the Braves beat the Pirates 4-3.  The Pirates still have not scored more than 4 runs in a game all year.  We are now a month into the season.  The Pirates have played 21 games so far this year and have scored 46 runs, or just over 2 per game.  Ouch.

 White Sox 4 Red Sox 1 (Loss)

Well Boston didn't get the sweep and lost a game so it's time to panic again!! John Danks was dealing for the White Sox today, striking out 9 and only giving up 3 hits.  He was also helped by Adam Dunn, who hit a 2-run home run in the first inning off of Josh Beckett.  Chicago didn't need any more runs, but scored a couple of insurance runs anyways.

Twins 7 Royals 4 (Loss)

I am ashamed of myself. I can't believe I got sucked in the Bruce Chen hype.  It is Bruce Chen!! Chen gave up 6 runs and didn't get out of the third inning and he now drops to 0-3.  I have learned my lesson and will not be defending Bruce Chen anymore.

Brewers 3 Cardinals 2 (Win)

Milwaukee got great starting pitching from Zack Greinke and just enough offense to squeak by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, avoiding the sweep in the process.  The game ended when the Cardinals tried to pull a double steal and Tyler Greene was tagged out at home.  It was not executed very well.

Mets 6 Rockies 5 (Win)

The Mets were cruising,  It was 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning and Johan Santana was going to get his first win since 2010.  Then Todd Helton came to the plate.  With one sweet left-handed swing the game was tied and we were going to extra innings.  After both teams scored in the tenth inning the Mets got one in the eleventh and hung on to win.

Giants 4 Padres 1 (Win)

So in going back and looking at who I have picked for the lock of the day I have come to a conclusion.  Don't pick the Phillies or the Brewers.  When I pick either one of those teams I am 0-5, but when I pick any other team in baseball I am 15-4.  The Giants won this lock for me behind Madison Bumgarner.  I would start a bandwagon for him too but I think I am a little late too the party, so instead of starting it I am going to jump on it.

Dodgers 2 Nationals 0 (Loss)

The Dodgers swept the Nationals behind the pitching of Chris Capuano, who improved to 3-0 with a win today.  They got their runs by getting 3 straight walks and a 2-run single by James Loney.  Kenly Jansen came in and got his second save of the year.  This year Jansen has pitched 14 2/3 innings and has struck out 24 batters.  He is picking up right where he left off last year.

Rays 5 Rangers 2 (Loss)

David Price finally got a win against the Rangers and it only took him 10 starts to do it.  With the win today the Tampa Bay Rays became the first team to take a series from the Rangers this year.  The bigger issue for the Rangers is that Josh Hamilton had to leave the game because of back spasms.  He has been fun to watch so far this year so I hope he is okay.

Days Record: 9-6                  Overall Record: 176-151                Lock of the Day Record: 15-9

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