Friday, May 18, 2012

5-17 Recap

Okay so it worked a little bit.  I will be going back to the full predictions tomorrow. Just wanted to change it up for a day.  Time for the recaps.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Indians 6 Mariners 5 (Win)

That was an excruciating way to lose a baseball game.  The Mariners had a 4-0 lead and looked to split the series and it looked like they were going to salvage a split of the series.  Former Mariners Jose Lopez hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game and even when the Mariners score 1 in the top of the eleventh inning the Indians scored 2 to get the win.

Twins 4 Tigers 3 (Loss)

I don't even know what to say here.  The Tigers are supposed to be the bullies of the American League Central and the Twins are supposed to be the weaklings.  Yet here are the Minnesota Twins beating the Detroit Tigers.  I just don't get it!

Mets 9 Reds 4 (Loss)

Another day and another incorrect prediction about the Mets.  The Cincinnati Reds had a 4-0 lead and the Mets scored the next 9 runs to win.  Scoring 9 unanswered runs doesn't happen very often in baseball and the New York Mets pulled it off.  David Wright continues to be a hitting machine, getting 2 more doubles today and raising his average to .411.

Athletics 5 Rangers 4 (Loss)

The Rangers built themselves an early hole by allowing 3 runs in the first inning but climbed back to take a 4-3 lead.  Eventually the Athletics tied it and the game went into extra innings.  In the top of the tenth inning Josh Reddick hit a solo home run which proved to be the game winner.  Since Cespedes has been injured and hasn't been playing lately Josh Reddick is really the only home run threat they have and he got one today.

Orioles 5 Royals 3 (Win)

Adam Jones hit his thirteenth home run of the season and continues to make that trade for Erik Bedard look worse and worse.  The Orioles won this game behind the home run from Jones and the continued excellence of their bullpen.  Once again they came in and completely slammed the door, not allowing a run in 3 innings.  The bullpen is one of the biggest reasons why this team is succeeding right now.

Diamondbacks 9 Rockies 7 (Win)

16 runs were scored in a baseball game.  Can anyone guess where it took place?  The Diamondbacks scored in the last 5 innings, including 4 in the eighth inning to take a 3 run lead.  They promptly lost that lead when the Rockies scored 3 in the bottom of the eighth.  Then in the ninth the Diamondbacks scored 2 more to win the game.  This isn't unusual at all at Coors Field.

White Sox 6 Angels 1 (Win)

Chris Sale belongs in the rotation.  I hope that White Sox manager Robin Ventura is done jerking him around and leaves him where he should be.  The only run Sale gave up was a home run to Albert Pujols and let's be honest here, he joins a long list of pitchers who have done that.  Other than that Sale was good and he got the win to show for it.

Giants 7 Cardinals 5 (Win)

This was not the pitchers duel that everyone was expecting but it did have the outcome I thought it would as the Giants beat the Cardinals.  There was more offensive firepower than I anticipated as the Giants and Cardinals both came out swinging.  In the end the Giants had more firepower and finally got Matt Cain another win.

Pirates 5 Nationals 3 (Loss)

Not only did the Pittsburgh Pirates score more than 5 runs, they also got 3 home runs to boot.  Andrew McCutchen went deep twice and Rod Barajas also left the yard for the Pirates to back James McDonald, who improved to 3-2 with a win today.  McDonald struck out 11 hitters and currently has a 2.68 ERA.  Looks like it is something is clicking with him right now.

Blue Jays 4 Yankees 1 (Win)

Drew Hutchison pitched outstanding in his first start at the New Yankee Stadium as the Blue Jays beat Phil Hughes and the Yankees.  Even with the loss Hughes didn't pitch terribly as he looks to shake off his rocky start to the season.  The Yankees need to picture that Hughes was Ivan Nova and than he would get plenty of run support.

Red Sox 5 Rays 3 (Win)

Cody Ross homered and drove in 4 runs for the Boston Red Sox as they salvaged a split of the 2-game series against the Rays.  Matt Moore continues to struggle for Tampa Bay as his record dropped to 1-4.  He did show improved command today as he struck out 8 hitters and didn't walk anybody but he continues to give up the long ball and the Red Sox made him pay today.

Braves 7 Marlins 0 (Win)

If I asked you who the ERA leader in all of baseball would be do you think you would get it right?  If you answered Brandon Beachy to the above question you would be correct.  Beachy is now sporting a 1.33 ERA and just shut out the Miami Marlins.  He only allowed 5 hits and struck out 6 and got way more run support than he needed.  I am sure he was very happy about that though.

Astros 4 Brewers 0 (Loss)

The Houston Astros swept the brief 2-game series against the Brewers and after the offense got the job done last night, it was the pitching that did the job tonight.  J.A Happ and three relievers combined to shutout the Brewers as Houston is now ahead of Milwaukee in the standings.  With both teams coming in at 16-21, the Houston wins moves them up to fourth in the N.L Central.

Phillies 8 Cubs 7 (Win)

Roy Halladay got his first win in a month and the Phillies survived a scare in the ninth inning to beat the Cubs.  The Phillies were ahead 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning but the Cubs rallied for 4 runs but Papelbon shut the door when he needed too.  This is the first time in 4 tries of me picking the Phillies for the lock of the day that they actually won.

Dodgers 8 Padres 1 (Loss)

When am I going to learn to stop picking the Padres against the Dodgers.  Even though Edinson Volquez wasn't starting against Clayton Kershaw but the Padres still lost their third game of the season with Volquez starting against Los Angeles.  Aaron Harang got the win for the Dodgers as he tossed 7 shutout innings against his former team.

Days Record: 9-6                                         Monthly Record: 120-119              
Lock of the Day Record: 24-16                    Overall Record: 303-274

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