Monday, May 14, 2012

5-12 and 5-13 Recap

I know that we didn't get to the recap so we are going to do an uber weekend recap right now.  First Saturday.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Angles 4 Rangers 2 (Win)

This time C.J Wilson got out of the first inning unscathed and got his first win against his former team.  Josh Hamilton did hit his eighteenth home run of the year but it was a solo home run.  That is what teams need to do. Josh Hamilton is going to get his hits you just have to make sure no one is on base for him to drive in.  That is what the Angels did.

Brewers 8 Cubs 2 (Win)

The lock of the day wins here thanks to Chris Volstad pitching like... well Chris Volstad.  Volstad is now 0-5 on the year after giving up 6 runs in 6 innings to the Brewers.  Meanwhile, Brewers starter Shaun Marcum continued to confuse and frustrate the Cubs hitters with that change-up, and the offense scored enough runs for him to get the win.

Mets 9 Marlins 3 (Loss)

The Mets scored early and often against the Marlins en route to an easy 9-3 win.  They scored in every inning except the second and the seventh and spaced out 16 hits.  The Marlins actually got 13 hits but they couldn't get any ones when they needed too as they only got 3 runs from those 13 hits.  Another game between these 2 teams I got wrong.

Yankees 6 Mariners 2 (Loss)

Well it looks like Mr. Phil Hughes might have it turned around a little bit.  I mean yes he was facing the Mariners but it was his second straight quality outing.  The Yankees scored a few runs off of former teammate Hector Noesi and Phil Hughes made the lead stand.  Hughes improved to 2-4 with a win and I no longer can guarantee a win picking against him.

Pirates 5 Astros 2 (Loss)

The Astros were shut down offensively by Charlie Morton who pitched 6 innings and didn't even record a strikeout.  The Astros hitters were hitting weak groundballs and weak pop-ups the entire game.  The Pirates got a little bit more done offensively, lead by the home runs that Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata hit.

Padres 2 Phillies 1 (Win)

Edinson Volquez is my man!  He got his first win of the year in his last start and in this went toe to toe with Roy Halladay and came out on top.  Halladay was good but Volquez was just a little bit better on this day.  Halladay has appeared more human than normal so far this year and even though he got a quality start, he still lost to drop his record to 0-3.

Orioles 5 Rays 3 (Win)

Well the good news for Matt Moore is kept the Orioles in the ballpark.  the bad news for Matt Moore is he struggled with his control, walking 4 batters, and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.  I don't know what the best course of action would be for Mr. Moore but something certainly isn't clicking right now.  Maybe the Rays should send him to the minors to work out some kinks.  

Red Sox 4 Indians 1 (Loss)

Looks like a little bit of controversy is exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed to band together and start winning baseball games.  This is still a team that can catch fire and roll out a 9 or 10 game winning streak and that might be coming now.  

Royals 5 White Sox 0 (Loss)

The White Sox were shut down by Luke Hochevar?  That is all I need to say.

Blue Jays 2 Twins 1 (Win)

Not a lot of offense in this game, but the Blue Jays got the big hit with a Jose Bautista home run in the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead.  I don't know how good of a pitcher Drew Hutchison is because you can't get a good grasp on someone going against this Twins lineup, which is made even worse by Justin Morneau being on the disabled list.

Nationals 2 Reds 1 (Loss)

I was correct in my prediction that the Nationals would not score many runs.  I was wrong about the fact that the Reds would actually get the job done against Jordan Zimmermann.  Zimmermann struck out 9 in seven innings and only allowed 1 run, as the Nationals continue to get outstanding start pitching from every member of their rotation.

Braves 7 Cardinals 2 (Loss)

Maybe Adam Wainwright isn't all the way back yet.  His progression hit a snag as he couldn't find his control in the first inning, walking in 2 runs and driving his pitch count way up.  Because of that he wasn't able to get deep into the game, not making it out of the fifth inning.  On the flip side Brandon Beachy has been an excellent surprise for the Braves.

Athletics 3 Tigers 1 (Loss)

Doug Fister finally gave up a run this season (it took him 3 starts to do so) and the Athletics beat the Tigers to even the series.  Fister didn't pitch bad, he struck out 8 and only allowed 1 earned run, but the Tigers couldn't score anything for him off of Brandon McCarthy.  Fister has been awfully unlucky these last 2 starts as he has pitched well enough to win both.

Giants 5 Diamondbacks 2 (Win)

The Giants are finally done with their losing streak to the Arizona Diamondbacks and they have Matt Cain to thank for that.  With the win Cain improved his record to 2-2 although he should have a lot better record with the way he is pitching.  He has been phenomenal so far this year and the Giants are not regretting that extension at all.

Dodgers 2 Rockies 1 (Win)

The Dodgers won this game thanks to great starting pitching from Aaron Harang and a clutch hit by Tony Gwynn Jr.  With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the eighth inning Gwynn came up and drove in what proved to be the game winner.  Harang pitched 8 great innings and gave the ball to Kenley Janssen, who closed the door for him.

Now it is time for the games that were played on Mother's Day!

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Mariners 6 Yankees 2 (Loss)

Andy Pettite pitched his first game since 2010 and the Mariners took full advantage of his rust.  Justin Smoak and Casper Wells both hit home runs for the Mariners, who got Kevin Millwood his first win of the year.  In a bit of strange useless trivia all 3 of the games in this series had the same final score of 6-2.  Weird.

Marlins 8 Mets 4 (Win)

The only game I got right in this series was the game today with this wild finish.  The Mets took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and than allowed 6 runs to the Marlins.  The big blows was a Giancarlo Stanton walk-off grand slam.  The game was tied at 4 and Stanton hit a moonshot to left center field to send the Marlins home happy.

Reds 9 Nationals 6 (Loss)

In another game that featured a walk-off grand slam, the Cincinnati Reds won in dramatic fashion.  Joey Votto was the hero in this game, and it was his third home run of the day that ended the game.  I won a game with a walk-off grand slam and I lost a game with a walk-off grand slam.  This really is a game of ebbs and flows.

Red Sox 12 Indians 1 (Win)

The Boston Red Sox are starting to get that offense going again, sweeping the Cleveland Indians over the weekend.  The Red Sox got 4 in the first inning and 6 in the seventh inning and they never looked back.  Daniel Bard got the win for Boston and he is looking like their most reliable starter right now.  Don't forget this is a kid that has already floated between the rotation and the bullpen this year, and he is their guy right now.

Pirates 3 Astros 2 (Loss)

Wandy Rodriguez should have gotten the win for the Astros today but closer Brett Myers blew the save for him in the bottom of the ninth and the Pirates rallied to win it in the twelfth.  It was another low scoring game for the Pirates, who have gotten good starting pitching and shoddy offensive help en route to a 16-18 record.  They are still under .500 but aren't doing bad since they can't really score runs.

Phillies 3 Padres 2 (Win)

Jeff Suppan is human!! He finally gave up some runs and Cole Hamels returned from his "suspension" to take the game and the series from the Padres. I am a little miffed about the whole suspension since the only thing it did was push him back one day.  It just meant Hamels got one extra day to golf.  Such a stiff punishment Selig handed out.

Rays 9 Orioles 8 (Win)

The lock of the day won again but I was a little nervous on this one.  The Rays sprinted out to a 7-1 lead but had to hold it for dear life as the first place Orioles came roaring back.  The Orioles cut the lead to 9-8 and had runners on second and third but Matt Weiters grounded out to the third basemen to end the game.  Still the Baltimore Orioles took 2 out of 3 from Tampa Bay to claim sole possession of first place.

Cubs 8 Brewers 2 (Win)

This game was close until the bullpens got involved.  The Cubs bullpen shut down the Brewers offense while the Brewers bullpen completely imploded.  They allowed 6 runs in the last 3 innings to turn a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 rout.  The Cubs even got 2 home runs from someone other than Bryan Lahair. I am just as surprised as everybody else about that.

Royals 9 White Sox 1 (Win)

This is another game that was close until the bullpens got involved.  The White Sox bullpen was even worse than the Brewers bullpen as they gave up 6 runs in the ninth inning alone.  In contrast the Royals bullpen was forced into duty in the first inning after starting pitcher Danny Duffy left the game with an arm injury.  I would say the responded well.

Twins 4 Blue Jays 3 (Loss)

Ricky Romero took his first loss of the season at the hand of the Minnesota Twins today.  The Twins got to him with 1 in the third inning and 3 in the fifth inning.  That third inning run proved to be big because the Blue Jays scored 3 in the eighth inning but couldn't get 1 anytime else.  The Twins took the series from the Blue Jays.  I didn't think I would be writing that.

Braves 7 Cardinals 4 (Loss)

The Atlanta Braves swept the St. Louis Cardinals and got a little bit of revenge for St. Louis overtaking them in the playoffs last year.  Lance Lynn also took his first loss of the season as the Braves hit him pretty hard.  The big hit in this game was a bases loaded double by Jason Heyward that brought in 3 runs and proved to be the difference in the game.

Tigers 3 Athletics 1 (Win)

Jarrod Parker suffered the first loss of his young career but he has nothing to be ashamed of.  A lot of pitchers have lost to Justin Verlander the last few years, and Parker now joins that list.  Verlander was his usual dominant self, striking out 8 in 7 innings and only allowing the 1 run.  Him against the Athletics offense just isn't fair.

Dodgers 11 Rockies 5 (Win)

Even though the Dodgers won today they received some bad news.  Matt Kemp hurt his left hamstring and will probably miss at least a couple of games.  That is the person they can not afford to lose if they want to stay in the thick of the race.  On a bright note for the Dodgers, Ted Lilly improved to 5-0 with a win today to help the Dodgers get the sweep.

Giants 7 Diamondbacks 3 (Win)

Now it is the San Francisco Giants that have a winning streak against Arizona.  One day after snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Diamondbacks, the Giants won a second in a row behind the starting pitching of Barry Zito.  I still think Zito is one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball this year, sporting a 2.53 ERA and looking like he belongs in that starting rotation.

Rangers 13 Angels 6 (Loss)

Jered Weaver of the Angels suffered his first loss of the season today and it was all because of the Rangers offense.  Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam off of Weaver to make the game 6-2 and when Weaver got back in the dugout you can clearly see him screaming at himself.  Josh Hamilton did not hit a home run today but he did get 3 more RBI, bringing his total to 44.

Days Record: 16-14 (Both days)                  Monthly Record: 91-88              
Lock of the Day Record: 22-14                    Overall Record: 274-243

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