Monday, May 14, 2012

5-14 Recap

We have hit a little bit of a rough patch just like we did last month.  Just need to plow through it and know that it is a long season and I still am over .500.  Not doing exactly how good I am doing but still doing pretty well.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
SF 3, COL 2

Cubs 6 Cardinals 4 (Win)

Bryan Lahair once again hit a home run for the Cubs, who got contributions from everyone else in their lineup as well.  Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was the only starter who did not get a hit as the Cubs pounded out 14 en route to the victory.  Neither pitcher threw as well as they have for most of the year but Dempster got help from his bullpen and the Cubs got the win.

Phillies 5 Astros 1 (Win)

Now this is the type of victory the Phillies have been expecting to get all year long.  Get enough offense and dynamite starting pitching to win the game.  It is funny that it is Joe Blanton that did the heavy lifting for the Phillies in this one. With Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee both not living up to their high standards, Blanton needs to deliver and so far he is doing just that.

Yankees 8 Orioles 5 (Win)

Once again Ivan Nova gives up a lot of runs and once again the Yankees bail him out.  Nova gave up 5 runs in 5 innings but the Yankee offense came back with a fury and won the game.  New York was down 5-3 when Nova left but scored 5 runs in the last four innings to save Nova from getting the loss and to keep up their mastery of the Orioles.

Nationals 8 Padres 5 (Win)

This game was not the pitchers duel that I was expecting but the outcome was the same.  Ross Detwiler had his first sub par start of the season but today was a rare occasion when the offense actually bailed out the pitching staff.  So far for Washington it has been the other way around.  Bryce Harper also hit his first home run in the big leagues today, so congrats to him.

Rays 7 Blue Jays 1 (Loss)

Note to self.  Pick Brandon Morrow against anyone as long as it is not Tampa Bay.  He has looked downright dominant against every other team but in his 2 starts against the Rays he has looked positively pedestrian.  Even though only 1 of the 6 runs he gave up was earned, he still didn't have his best stuff today and the Rays took advantage.

Reds 3 Braves 1 (Loss)

Homer Bailey pitched a great game and cooled down the Braves hitters en route to a 3-1 victory today.  Bailey pitched into the seventh inning and only gave up 1 run and the Reds got enough offense off of Randall Delgado to get the win.  The Reds bullpen came in and shut down the Braves for the final 2 innings.  Chris Heisey had 3 hits for the Reds, including 2 doubles.

Mets 3 Brewers 1 (Loss)

I figured that today wasn't my day when Miguel Batista shut out the Brewers for 7 innings.  I guess him pitching for the Mets and me picking against the Mets gave Batista super powers for today and turned him into a serviceable pitcher.  That is the only logical explanation for why he could throw 7 shutout innings today.

Pirates 3 Marlins 2 (Loss)

Another day and another low-scoring game for the Pirates.  I don't know if I should be impressed by their pitching staff or disgusted by their offense.  I am guessing a little of both.  Today they beat one of the hottest teams in all of baseball and they did it with pitching.  Don't look now but the Pirates are only 1 game under .500.

Red Sox 6 Mariners 1 (Loss)

The Red Sox are officially on one of their streaks where they get hot and just seem to win every game.  Most of the games on this streak are not close, like this one.  This team goes on more of these streaks than any other team in baseball.  Today they got to Jason Vargas, who had a WHIP under 1 before this game.  He doesn't anymore.

Royals 3 Rangers 1 (Loss)

A day after scoring 8 runs off of Jered Weaver the Rangers can only muster 1 against Bruce Chen.  No wonder why people say this is an impossible game to predict.

Indians 5 Twins 4 (Win)

The Minnesota Twins had just scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game and Cleveland was shocked.  Ah, but that is why baseball is a 9-inning game.  In the top of the ninth inning Shin-Soo Choo came up with a clutch base hit to give the Indians the lead once again.  This time the Indians held onto the lead as Chris Perez got his twelfth save of the year.

White Sox 7 Tigers 5 (Loss)

At least Prince Fielder broke out of his slump.  Fielder went 3 for 5 to stop a 22 at-bat hitless streak but it wasn't enough as the White Sox took the opener of the series.  I was also right about Jon Danks not being very good.  He only went 3 innings today and allowed 5 runs to raise his ERA to 6.46.  The White Sox bullpen didn't allow a run in the final 6 innings and allowed the offense to come back, score some runs, and win the game.

Athletics 5 Angels 0 (Loss)

The Angels and Athletics both got 8 hits.  The difference is the Angels went 0-8 with runners in scoring position while the Athletics actually got a couple hits there.  This Angels team can't string any hits together and it starts with Albert Pujols still struggling.  His batting average is still under. 200 and here we are in Mid-May.  Safe to say so far the Angels are not getting their money worth.

Dodgers 3 Diamondbacks 1 (Win)

At least when the world is ending (Bruce Chen and Miguel Batista getting wins on the same day) I know I have Clayton Kershaw to count on.  He won the Cy Young for a reason last year and so far he is looking like a candidate again this year.  With Matt Kemp out the Dodgers are going to have to rely on their rotation more so it is good to have a guy like Kershaw.

Giants 3 Rockies 2 (Loss)

The starting pitchers both went 7 innings in this game and each gave up 1 run, so this game came down to a battle of bullpens.  The Giants bullpen is far superior to the Rockies bullpen and it showed here as Colorado pen gave up 2 runs and the Giants pen only gave up 1.  This Rockies team is underachieving again and I know they make a run in August usually, but if this keeps up it will be too late for them once again.

Days Record: 6-9                                          Monthly Record: 97-97              
Lock of the Day Record: 23-14                    Overall Record: 280-252

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