Saturday, May 5, 2012

5-4 Recap

Now that is what I am talking about! Back on the positive side.  Recap time!

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
SD 8, MIA 9

Cubs 5 Dodgers 4 (Loss)

Once again Paul Maholm is proving that baseball is a tough game to predict.  He had his second straight quality start as the Cubs took the opener from the Dodgers.  Matt Kemp did get a hit today but his average dropped to .404.  Meanwhile in some sad news for us here at the baseball pickem' blog Carlos Marmol is out as closer for Chicago.  Both him and Heath Bell in a week, who will I make fun of?

Tigers 5 White Sox 4 (Loss)

Well at least now I know why White Sox manager wants Chris Sale to close instead of start.  Matt Thornton continues to struggle as he gave up a walk off 2-run home run to Jhonny Peralta today.  Jake Peavy did pitch well today but was not helped out by his bullpen at all and the White Sox got the loss because of that.

Reds 6 Pirates 1 (Win)

Johnny Cueto once again pitched like the ace everyone thought he was going to be.  He improved to 4-0 today his ERA is down to 1.31.  He went the distance today and only allowed 1 run.  The key for Cueto is he is locating his pitches better this year which is why he is getting deeper into games.  Today he was at his best in throwing the complete game to get the Reds the win.

Nationals 4 Phillies 3 (Win)

Are you aware that the #3 hitter for the Phillies is Placido Polanco?  I mean Polanco is a good hitter but there is no way he should be batting third in any order in baseball.  The 3 runs that were scored by the Phillies were scored on home runs, which were the first ones that Strasburg has given up this year.  The Nationals came through when they needed too though, as Wilson Ramos' RBI single won it in the eleventh inning.

Indians 6 Rangers 3 (Loss)

All of a sudden the Texas Rangers look mortal.  The Indians kept the Rangers on their slide as they won 6-3 to take the opener of this series.  Shin-Soo Choo hit his first home run of the year and Jack Hannahan also homered for the Indians, who handed Colby Lewis his first loss of the season.  Josh Hamilton did return to the lineup for the Rangers but it did not help.

Diamondbacks 5 Mets 4 (Win)

Boy did I get lucky in this one.  I thought for sure that I was cooked when the score was 4-2 in the eighth inning.  What I didn't count on was the Mets bullpen completely imploding and allowing the Diamondbacks to score 3 runs to take the lead.  J.J Putz came in and slammed the door on his former team, getting his sixth save of the year.

Orioles 6 Red Sox 4 (Loss)

This game went 13 innings before Baltimore finally scratched out a win against the Red Sox.  Lester and Chen both pitched alright but this game came down to the bullpens, and for today at least the Oriole pen was better.  Boston continues to struggle and is still in last place in the American League East, falling further behind the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rays 7 Athletics 2 (Win)

Speaking of Tampa Bay, this team continues to churn out wins.  The Oakland Athletics were their latest victim, and they won it behind the strength of starting pitcher David Price.  Yoenis Cespedes did have a multi-strikeout game today, fanning twice.  It was also good to see my lock of the day win after a brief 2-game losing streak.

Astros 5 Cardinals 4 (Loss)

All of the scoring in this game was done by the top of the third inning, as after that both pitching staffs completely stymied these 2 offenses.  Kyle Lohse had his first bad start of the year and got his first loss to show for it.  Houston continues to play good baseball and now are on a 4-game winning streak after winning Friday.

Yankees 6 Royals 2 (Win)

There is no way in this universe that Bruce Chen should beat C.C Sabathia.  If that would have happened I don't know what I would have done.  Fortunately the cosmos agreed with me and Sabathia outpitched Chen and the Yankees got the win.  David Robertson did pitch the ninth inning for the Yankees, and it just didn't feel right not having Mariano out there.

Braves 9 Rockies 8 (Win)

Another day and another high scoring affair at Coors Field.  It looked like Tim Hudson's day would be a short one as he gave up 5 runs in the first inning, but he persevered and managed to make it through 6.  The Braves chipped away at the lead and took the lead in the sixth inning, and after a few runs were traded, won it in the eleventh thanks to a home run by Eric Hinske.

Marlins 9 Padres 8 (Win)

Josh Johnson you were so close to being the first person on my ban list it isn't even funny.  Christs sake you allowed 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings.  To the Padres no less!!  The Marlins had a 5-0 lead but Johnson gave up 6 in the third to give the Padres the lead.  This game made it all the way to the twelfth inning before Omar Infante hit a double scoring Hanley Ramirez with the winning run. 

Blue Jays 4 Angels 0 (Win)

Ervin Santana became the first 6 game loser in baseball today as the Angels were shutout by the Blue Jays.  One day after Brandon Morrow shut down the Angels offense, Henderson Alvarez came in and did the same thing.  He pitched a complete game shutout and only needed 97 pitches to do it.  Impressive.  On a side note that marks the fourth straight game the Angels have played in that someone has been shut out.  Little bit strange.

Twins 3 Mariners 2 (Loss)

This Mariners team is so frustrating.  The Twins scored all 3 of their runs against the Mariners in the seventh inning, and the only ball that was hit out of the infield was a leadoff double.  Other than that it was walks, an infield single by the catcher, and a bare handed play made by the pitcher who decided to throw to second base instead of home and his throw wasn't even close to the bag.  Argh!

Brewers 6 Giants 4 (Win)

The pitchers duel that was supposed to take place between Zack Greinke and Tim Lincecum never quite materialized, but the Brewers did enough to get the win tonight.  Neither pitcher made it out of the sixth inning, and once again the problem for both of these pitchers was they were struggling with their location.  That was the case for Lincecum especially, as he walked 4 hitters today in only 5 innings.

Days Record: 9-6                                        Monthly Record: 28-25              
Lock of the Day Record: 16-12                  Overall Record: 211-180 

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