Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5-23 Recap

We had another day over .500 today and we are building.  It doesn't look like May is going to be as good as April but we are still going to have another positive month.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Red Sox 6 Orioles 5 (Loss)

Daniel Bard didn't really pitch all that well but he got plenty of help from his offense.  That is usually the way the Red Sox win games, by scoring a lot of runs.  Today was no different.  The Red Sox got 3 home runs today and once again outslugged their opponent.  If the Red Sox want to get back in the race in the American League East they will need to continue to score a lot of runs.

Mets 3 Pirates 1 (Win)

Another day and another poor offensive performance from the Pittsburgh Pirates offense.  Seriously this is becoming comical to watch.  Today they only managed 1 run and 5 hits.  the offense has got to give their pitching staff more run support or else they won't win many more games.  I am shocked they have won as many as they have with this inept offense.

Brewers 8 Giants 5 (Loss)

This lock of the day was extinguished in the bottom of the first inning, when the Brewers scored 6 runs off of Barry Zito.  Even Marco Estrada getting injured in the first inning didn't phase this team.  I guess with the way Estrada has been pitching it might have been a blessing in disguise because he has been an awful pitcher so far this year.

Rays 5 Blue Jays 4 (Win)

B.J Upton got the game winning hit in the bottom of the eleventh inning when his double down the left field line brought home the fifth run of the game for Tampa Bay.  That was Upton's fifth game winning hit of his career and his fourth game winning hit against the Blue Jays.  Those are very impressive numbers against one team.

Angels 3 Athletics 1 (Win)

Jered Weaver against the Oakland Athletics was ripe for an easy Angel win.  Weaver did his part by only allowing 1 run in 8 innings.  The offense did not come through for him as they only got 1 run as well.  It took extra innings but once Weaver was out the Angels finally got the bats out and scored 2 runs in the eleventh inning to get their first extra inning win of the year.

Mariners 5 Rangers 3 (Win)

I chose the Mariners to get the win today because it was a huge Mariners' fan's birthday and this was one of my presents for her.  Thankfully the Mariners didn't let me or her down as Alex Liddi's first career grand slam proved to be the difference in the game.  Liddi got the pie in the face after the game and he definitely earned that.

Indians 4 Tigers 2 (Loss)

Can the Detroit Tigers please score some runs for Doug Fister?  Once again the Tigers offense lets Fister down again as he has an ERA of 1.84 and still doesn't have a win.  The Tigers scored a couple of runs but it was after Fister was out of the game.  The Tigers are scuffling and the Indians clearly look like the team to beat in that division right now.

Yankees 8 Royals 3 (Win)

The Yankees hit a lot of home runs today.  They must have been facing the Royals.

Phillies 4 Nationals 1 (Win)

In his first game against the Nationals since plunking Bryce Harper, Cole Hamels looked like he has moved on and is focused on just shutting down the Nationals.  He did that once again today.  He became the first pitcher to get to 7 wins this year with the victory today and is already half way to his highest single season win total of 14.

Reds 2 Braves 1 (Loss)

These are 2 of the best teams in the National League and this game had the feelings of a playoff game.  The Reds won this game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run by Todd Frazier.  Aroldis Chapman got his fourth win of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth inning and getting 2 strikeouts.  This Cincinnati Reds bullpen is very good and will continue to keep them in games all year long.

Rockies 8 Marlins 4 (Loss)

The Rockies finally ended their losing streak by pounding Carlos Zambrano and the Miami Marlins today.  The Rockies got 4 hits and 6 RBI from the 3 and 4 hitters in their lineup.  Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki had good days at the plate and when that happens for the Rockies, wins usually follow.

Astros 5 Cubs 1 (Loss)

Wandy Rodriguez dominated the Cubs lineup.  I am not surprised that the Cubs offense got shut down but I am surprised that it was Wandy Rodriguez who got the job done.  The only run he gave up was a solo home run to Reed Johnson.  Other than that it was smooth sailing for Rodriguez and the Astros as they creep closer to .500.

White Sox 6 Twins 0 (Win)

Chris Sale has got to stay in this rotation.  I hope that Robin Ventura realizes the huge asset he has in Sale and utilizes him to the best of his ability.  Sale dominated a weak lineup today but damn he looked good doing it.  This kid is the real deal.  I know the Twins are absolutely terrible but a major league team is a major league team and Sale made them look silly all day.

Cardinals 6 Padres 3 (Win)

Just hours after Cole Hamels got his seventh win Lance Lynn got his seventh win for the Cardinals.  Lance Lynn is the real deal and there is still plenty of room on the Lance Lynn bandwagon.  Lynn didn't have his best stuff today but he still did enough against this Padres offense to get the win.  If Chris Carpenter doesn't come back it is good to know what Lynn can do to help this team win.

Diamondbacks 11 Dodgers 4 (Loss)

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored at least 1 run in each of the first 6 innings of tonight and handed Ted Lilly his first loss of the year.  Arizona dominated this game from the outset and even though the Dodgers tried to make a run in the late innings it was to no avail.  Joe Saunders didn't pitch great but he didn't need to because his offense staked him to such a big lead.

Days Record: 8-7                                          Monthly Record: 166-161              
Lock of the Day Record: 27-19                    Overall Record: 349-316

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