Sunday, May 6, 2012

5-6 Recap

And another solid day in the books here for the baseball pickem' blog.  Let's get right to the recaps.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Tigers 3 White Sox 1 (Win)

In this game 4 runs were scored.  They were scored by way of 4 solo home runs.  That is something you don't see everyday.  Adam Dunn went deep for the White Sox and Austin Jackson, Prince Fielder, and Andy Dierks all hit home runs for the Tigers.  Rick Porcello pitched well again against the White Sox, improving his record to 2-0 against them this year.

Indians 4 Rangers 2 (Win)

Yu Darvish finally got a loss.  Even though he struck out 11 batters he still gave up 4 runs and that was enough to earn him his first loss in the major leagues.  Ubaldo Jiminez won this game despite not really being in good control for most of the game.  Jiminez walked 5 batters but minimized damage to help the Indians win the series against the Rangers.

Mets 3 Diamondbacks 1 (Win)

R.A Dickey continues to dominate at home, only giving up 1 run today as the Mets beat the Diamondbacks. As long as he is pitching at Citi Field Dickey is a tough man to beat.  Trevor Cahill pitched pretty good today but Dickey dominated the Diamondbacks and helped the Mets win today.

Orioles 9 Red Sox 6 (Win)

This is reason number 432,394 why baseball is a great game.  You have a hitter who went 0-8 and struck out 5 teams and he is the hero today.  The reason why he is the hero is because Chris Davis came in from his designated hitter role and pitched 2 scoreless innings to get the win and help Baltimore sweep the Red Sox.  Both teams used their entire bullpens as Boston actually had a position player pitch as well.  He wasn't as good as Davis as he gave up 3 runs in his one inning of work.

Reds 5 Pirates 0 (Win)

Now that is the definition of getting back on track.  11 strikeouts in 6 innings and not giving up a run was Mat Latos' stat line today to help the Reds beat the Pirates, who still have trouble scoring runs.  They only got 3 hits today and struck out 17 teams if you add Latos' 11 with the 6 the Reds relievers got.  That is not a good day offensively.

Athletics 9 Rays 5 (Loss)

Yoenis Cespedes did not strike out today and the Athletics score 9 runs.  Maybe the world really is ending soon.  Newly acquired Brandon Inge had 4 RBI for the Athletics who pounded Matt Moore today to win the series against the Rays.  With Tampa Bay losing and the Orioles getting the win it is now Baltimore who has the best record in baseball.  That is something even I couldn't have predicted.

Cardinals 8 Astros 1 (Win)

Seeing the Houston Astros is exactly what Adam Wainwright needed to look like the pitcher he was a couple years ago.  St. Louis avoided the sweep at the hands of Houston behind a vintage performance from Wainwright, who is starting to get his mojo back.  Houston still is a scrappy team that will do better than I thought, but they were dominated today.

Yankees 10 Royals 4 (Loss)

Ladies and gentlemen Phil Hughes!!  Hughes was given a lot of run support today and didn't blow the lead in giving the Yankees a split in their series against the Royals.  The big blow for New York came off the bat of Robinson Cano, who hit a grand slam in the third inning.  The Yankees chased Luke Hochevar in the third inning and never looked back.

Cubs 4 Dodgers 3 (Loss)

Another day and another walk-off walk.  I know I have been paying attention this year more than any other year, but it seems to me that walk-off walks are happening with more frequency than years past.  Oh and my whole thing about Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp having success against Travis Wood today.  Ethier went 0 for 5 and Kemp didn't play.  I was wrong there.

Braves 7 Rockies 2 (Wiu)

It was a low scoring affair for one team today as Brandon Beachy carved up the Rockies and held Coors Field in check in helping the Braves get the win today.  Freddie Freeman continues to swing a hot bat for Atlanta.  He connected with his sixth home run of the year and now leads the team in home runs and runs batted in.  Not bad for a second year player on a team full of offensive fire power.

Angels 4 Blue Jays 3 (Loss)

I was wrong on all 3 counts today.  I was wrong in thinking that Albert Pujols would have his average over .200 by the end of the day, wrong in thinking he wouldn't hit a home run today, and wrong in thinking that the Blue Jays would win.  My head hurts with the amount of things I got wrong in this game.  Let's just move on.

Marlins 6 Padres 3 (Win)

Ricky Nolasco saved the bullpen for the Marlins by pitching 7 strong innings, and Edward Mujica is making the Marlins faithful forget about Heath Bell in a hurry.  The Marlins offense is finally starting to show some signs of life and against the Padres any sign of life will get you win.  The Padres offense has shown any light since 2009 and it is looking bleak again this year.

Giants 4 Brewers 3 (Win)

Once again Matt Cain puts the Giants in position to win a game as he left with the lead, and once again the Giants bullpen blew it for him.  This time the Giants offense was able to come back in the eleventh inning and win the game but you have got to give some love to your starting pitcher by not blowing leads for him every time he leaves the game with a 1-run lead.  Cain should be 4-2 right now but is 1-2 because his team is not helping him.

Mariners 5 Twins 2 (Win)

The Minnesota Twins could only get 5 hits today and 3 of them came from Ryan Doumit.  Doumit hit 2 home runs today for the Twins and the rest of the offense did bupkis.  Meanwhile the Mariners got solid pitching from Hector Noesi and a 2-run double from Jesus Montero, making Yankees fans steam even more over the off-season trade that netted them Michael Pineda.

Phillies 9 Nationals 3 (Loss)

Well I'll be damned the Philadelphia offense finally showed up.  I guess as soon as the cameras are on them and they are playing a national televised game they turn it on so people can't see how bad they truly are.  Cole Hamels also pitches better when the stage is bigger.  If the Phillies could work out a deal with ESPN where they are on television every night they might not lose again.

Days Record: 10-5                                      Monthly Record: 48-35              
Lock of the Day Record: 17-12                  Overall Record: 231-190 

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