Thursday, May 10, 2012

5-9 Recap

Well it wasn't another double digit loss day but it was another losing day.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Reds 2 Brewers 1 (Win)

This game went exactly how I thought it would.  Both Cueto and Greinke pitched fantastically and left to a 0-0 tie.  The difference was the Reds got to the Brewers bullpen for 2 runs in the ninth inning while the Brewers only got a Ryan Braun solo home run.  The Brewers did scare the Reds in the bottom of the ninth inning but couldn't push another run across.

Cubs 1 Braves 0 (Loss)

Maybe it is time for me to take Paul Maholm seriously.  He completely shut down one of the hottest hitting teams in all of baseball, tossing 7 shutout innings to help the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the Braves.  Hudson only gave up 1 run in 7 innings but he still took the loss since that was all the Cubs needed.  Maholm improved to 4-2.  

Rockies 6 Padres 2 (Loss)

The Rockies avoided the sweep as they held the Padres to only 2 runs, which shouldn't be that much of a surprise.  The Padres offense is rivaling the Seattle Mariners and the Pittsburgh Pirates for the worst offense in all of baseball.  I will give the slight edge to the Pirates so far but the Padres are not that far behind.  At least the Padres and Mariners are young.

Blue Jays 5 Athletics 2 (Win)

Brandon Morrow struck out 10 hitters in 6 innings in getting the win over the Athletics.  Yoenis Cespedes did not strike out twice because he did not play.  Oakland manager Bob Melvin wanted to give Cespedes the day off against the tough right-hander, and apparently the entire Oakland offense did the same thing.  This is another offense that isn't very good.  

White Sox 8 Indians 1 (Win)

The lock of the day got back in the win column because Jake Peavy is a stud.  Peavy improved his record to 4-1 and he did it with ease.  The White Sox scored a bunch of runs offensively so he could just pound the zone, and even when Peavy is pounding the zone he still makes hitters look foolish.  That is exactly what he did to the Indians.

Mets 10 Phillies 6 (Loss)

This Phillies loss you can put squarely on the shoulders of the bullpen.  Cliff Lee came back from the disabled list and only gave up 2 runs in 6 innings but the Philadelphia bullpen imploded.  They gave up 8 runs in the last 3 innings to turn a 4-2 lead into a 10-6 loss.  This team just isn't playing with a fire right now. Charlie Manual needs to get them going ASAP because they continue to fall in the standings.

Rays 4 Yankees 1 (Loss)

Think that the Yankees miss Mariano Rivera yet?  New York had a 1-0 lead going into the top of the ninth inning and David Robertson came in and promptly gave the lead right back.  The big blows was  Matt Joyce hit a 3-run home run off of Robertson and the Yankees could never recover.  On the bright side for the Yankees they did hold the Rays scoreless for 8 innings.  

Rangers vs Orioles (Postponed)

This game is being made up as part of a doubleheader on May 10.

Pirates 4 Nationals 2 (Loss)

Erik Bedard could only pitch 1 inning before leaving the game with back spasms, but the Pirates bullpen came in and did a fantastic job in shutting down the Washington offense.  Five pitchers came in and comined to only give up 2 runs in 8 innings, and the offense got a lift from 4 hits and a home run from all-star center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Marlins 5 Astros 3 (Loss)

Of course I don't pick Josh Johnson to do well and all he is go 7 strong innings and frustrate the Astros hitters to no end.  At the beginning of the year I predicted that the Marlins would be the hardest team for me to figure out and so far that has been pretty accurate.  The only team that I have a worst record with is the New York Mets.  That N.L East is giving me fits.

Angels 6 Twins 2 (Win)

Congratulations to Ervin Santana!  It only took him 7 starts but he finally got his first win of the year.  In his 5 previous starts the Angels had been shut out every time.  That is the first time that has happened in major league history.  Once the Angels finally scored some runs for him it was up it was up to him to keep the lead and that is exactly what he did.

Royals 4 Red Sox 3 (Loss)

Speaking of pitchers getting their first win of the season, enter Kansas City's Bruce Chen.  Chen helped add to the misery that is the Boston Red Sox season so far.  This team had such high expectations and they are currently wallowing in last place.  I don't think things will get much better for this team either.  They don't have good pitching and they have so much drama surrounding them right now.

Cardinals 7 Diamondbacks 2 (Win)

The St. Louis Cardinals are the anti-Boston Red Sox.  They have no drama on this team and they just keep finding ways to win ballgames.  Sometimes it is done with good pitching, sometimes it is the hitters who win games for them, and sometimes it is both.  This is one of the days where both came together and helped the Cardinals get the win.

Mariners 2 Tigers 1 (Win)

Jason Vargas and the Seattle Mariners continue their mastery over the Tigers, winning again and improving their record to 5-1 over Detroit this year.  The Mariners are 5-1 against Detroit and 10-17 against the rest of the league.  They have to be disappointed that they won't play them anymore.  John Jaso got the big hit for the Mariners (again) and I think that Miguel Olivo getting injured was the best thing that could have happened to this team because now they know what they have with Jaso.  A clutch hitting machine!!

Dodgers 6 Giants 2 (Loss)

Tim Lincecum where have you gone?  Lincecum gave up 4 runs in 5 innings and still doesn't have the command that he has had the last few years and I can't figure out why.  He still looks like the same pitcher but his results are not showing.  Matt Kemp went for 0-5 yesterday and struck out 3 times and his average dropped all the way .385.  

Days Record: 6-8                                         Monthly Record: 66-59              
Lock of the Day Record: 19-13                   Overall Record: 251-214 

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