Tuesday, May 1, 2012

5-1 Recap

And another milestone reached.  With todays victories we are now 30 games over .500 and still climbing.  Need to keep up this pace and the goal will be reached.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
SD 2, MIL 0
SF 1, MIA 2

Diamondbacks 5 Nationals 1 (Loss)

Bryce Harper made his home debut today but even that wasn't enough to get the Nationals bats going.  They have been doing well because their starting pitching has been excellent, but this team has some holes offensively.  Trevor Cahill shut down the Washington offense and earned his second win of the season.

Orioles 7 Yankees 1 (Loss)

Phil Hughes sucks.  He will not be in the starting rotation for the Yankees come the end of this month.  They have already demoted Freddie Garcia (unfortunately for me because it was a lock picking against him every start) and Hughes will follow soon.  Baltimore beat the Yankees for the first time in five tries this season.

Tigers 9 Royals 3 (Win)

I was right in my prediction that Detroit would continue to pound Kansas City pitching and it was true even though this prediction was written yesterday.  Detroit is now 4-0 against the Kansas City Royals this year and a mere 8-11 against the rest of the American League.  They need to learn how to beat someone else consistently this year!

Blue Jays 8 Rangers 7 (Loss)

I looked at my phone and I saw that the Rangers were up 5-0 and I thought that the lock of the day was a winner again.  I look at my phone 20 minutes later and it is 5-4.  This game went back and forth until Brett Lawrie ended it in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run and making a loser out of my lock of the day.

Cubs vs Reds

This game was called due to inclement weather.

Athletics 5 Red Sox 3 (Win)

Jarrod Parker got his first major league win in fine fashion today, holding the surging Boston offense to 1 run and 3 hits in 6 2/3 innings.  He was helped by a 4 run third inning that gave him a lead he wouldn't relinquish.  The bullpen did their job holding the Red Sox without a run the final 2 1/3 innings to help send Parker home a winner.

Phillies 4 Braves 2 (Win)

The Philadelphia Phillies scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout wild pitch to make it 3-2.  That is how the Phillies have to score runs.  In other not so shocking news Cole Hamels shut down the Braves. Again.  He pitches well against that team, probably because no one on Atlanta can hit a lefty.

Rays 3 Mariners 1 (Win)

Speaking of offenses that are struggling.  The Mariners are getting hits but they are doing nothing with guys on base.  They are now 0-30 in their last four games with runners in scoring position.  The Mariners outhit Tampa Bay 9-3 and the only run they scored was on a Michael Saunders home run.  At least Matt Moore finally got a win, I need him to get a few more so he can win Rookie of the Year.

Astros 6 Mets 3 (Loss)

Of course I have a better feeling about this game and I get it wrong.  The New York Mets continue to puzzle the hell out of me.  Got to give credit to the Astros though, they came out swinging and knocked Jonathon Niese around.  Even though Houston isn't very good they are a team I actually enjoy to watch as they are scrappy and they always play hard.  Good to see that.

White Sox 7 Indians 2 (Win)

Chris Sale is quickly turning into one hell of a pitcher right before our very eyes.  He won again today and lowered his ERA to 2.81 in the process.  It helps that the Cleveland offense has been anemic the past week, but he made the pitches when he had too to get them out.  I am predicting big things in his future.

Cardinals 10 Pirates 7 (Win)

Now all of a sudden the Pittsburgh Pirates can score runs.  For the second straight day they scored more than 4, after not doing it all in the first 20 games, but it wasn't enough as they still lost to St. Louis.  The Cardinals got home runs from David Freese, Matt Holliday, and Rafael Furcal as they continue to punish the rest of the National League Central.

Dodgers 7 Rockies 6 (Win)

This is another one where I looked at my phone and I saw the team that I picked was comfortably ahead.  The Dodgers scored the first 7 runs of the game and had to hold on for dear life at the end as the Rockies made a spirited comeback.  Their efforts were in vain though as they finished a run short and could not overcome the huge hole that they dug for themselves.

Padres 2 Brewers 0 (Win)

Poor Edinson Volquez.  He pitches 7 innings and doesn't give up a run and still doesn't get the win. He is still winless in 2012 despite having an ERA under 3.  The Padres scored a couple of runs to get the win but they scored them after he was already out.  One of these times they are going to score runs when he is in the game so he can actually get the win.

Angels 4 Twins 0 (Win)

I was wrong on the slugfest and I was wrong about Albert Pujols hitting his first home run today, but I was right in that the Angels got the win.  Howard Kendrick and Torii Hunter both left the yard for the Angels, who got a dynamite performance from Jerome Williams.  He threw a complete game and only gave up 3 hits.  Even though it was against the lowly Twins I am surprised he pitched as well as he did.

Marlins 2 Giants 1 (Loss)

This game came down to one fact.  You can cancel out both starting pitchers because they were a wash.  you can cancel out both solo home runs because they were a wash.  The difference in this game was that the Marlins cashed in on one more scoring chance than the Giants did.  Because of that fact alone they came out on top.

Days Record: 9-5                                       Monthly Record: 9-5              
Lock of the Day Record: 15-10                  Overall Record: 192-160

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