Sunday, July 1, 2012

7-1 Predictions

So again because of Hoopfest I couldn't do my recaps last night.  The recaps will be coming fast and furious tomorrow as we will have six days of recaps and we will talk about how well we did the month of June.  Onto the picks.

Sunday July 1, 2012

Time (ET)
Away Probable
Home Probable
Probable Report
Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87)
Blanton has struggled lately, but he allowed seven hits, two earned runs, two walks, one home run and struck out eight in seven innings Monday against the Pirates. He has allowed 17 home runs in 48 1/3 innings over a span of eight starts.
Probable Report
Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 4.78)
While he didn't dominate, Nolasco was solid against the Cardinals in his last outing. The righty held St. Louis to just one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Nolasco did not earn a win as Miami's 'pen blew a four-run lead in the ninth.
Probable Report
Justin Masterson (4-7, 4.09)
Masterson allowed four runs on seven hits over six frames vs. the Yanks on Tuesday. The sinkerballer felt like he pitched well, but got hurt by softly hit balls that found holes. He has a 1.55 ERA in his last four outings.
Probable Report
Brian Matusz (5-9, 5.24)
Matusz has an 8.31 ERA in his last four starts and hasn't completed the sixth inning in any of them, leaving Tuesday's outing against the Angels after giving up five runs on a career-worst 13 hits in five innings.
Probable Report
Gio Gonzalez (10-3, 2.78)
Even in allowing four earned runs on eight hits in his last start, Gonzalez picked up his 10th win of the season, making him the second lefty to reach that mark in Nationals history. Gonzalez is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Braves.
Probable Report
Tim Hudson (6-3, 3.58)
Hudson has impressed since struggling in his final two May starts, including one against Washington. He has completed at least eight innings in two of his past four starts. He has a 2.35 ERA in 24 starts against the Nationals.
Nationals (Lock)
Probable Report
Drew Smyly (2-3, 4.48)
Smyly returned from the disabled list showing no ill affects from his blister problems despite triple-digit heat in Texas on Tuesday, but bloop hits and smart baserunning helped sink him with a four-run fourth inning. He gave up six runs in defeat.
Probable Report
Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73)
Cobb pitched a complete game Monday, but not a particularly pretty one. He grinded out eight innings on 113 pitches, but allowed eight runs on 13 hits against the Royals. He has 26 K's in 25 2/3 innings at home, compared to seven in 20 road frames.
Probable Report
Gavin Floyd (6-7, 4.80)
Floyd didn't allow a run for the second straight start, throwing seven shutout innings vs. Minnesota Tuesday after quieting the Cubs for 6 1/3. He also tied a season high with nine strikeouts while snapping an eight-game winless skid vs. the Twins.
Probable Report
Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.48)
After picking up the victory against the Tribe on Tuesday with eight scoreless innings, Hughes has won five of his past six starts. He had success in his lone start vs. the White Sox last year, shutting them out over six frames to win on Aug. 2.
Probable Report
Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.80)
Collmenter takes the rotation spot of the injured Daniel Hudson. He made five starts at the beginning of the season before being moved to the bullpen. In three regular-season games (two starts) versus the Brewers, Collmenter has a 1.17 ERA.
Probable Report
Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.14)
Gallardo gets an extra day of rest before facing the D-backs, a team he beat last month and has handled in his career to the tune of a 6-0 record and 1.21 ERA in six regular-season starts.
Probable Report
Bruce Chen (7-6, 4.53)
Chen is 7-2 in his past 10 starts and he's given up more than three runs just twice in those games. His latest win came Tuesday in a seven-inning effort. As usual, he was uncannily deceptive, changed angles and speeds, and stayed around the plate.
Probable Report
Francisco Liriano (2-7, 5.30)
Liriano tossed a season-high seven innings, allowing just one run with five strikeouts against the White Sox on Monday. He has a 2.41 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings over his last six outings.
Probable Report
Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27)
Against the Cardinals, Bedard will look to record his 1,000th career strikeout. He finished Tuesday's start against the Phillies -- a 5-4 loss -- two shy of the mark. The left-hander will also try to snap his four-start road losing streak.
Probable Report
Jake Westbrook (6-6, 3.77)
Westbrook didn't factor into the decision in a wild, and confusing, 10-inning affair in Miami, but he turned in a quality start nonetheless. Westbrook tossed six innings and gave up two runs, both earned, on six hits as he lowered his ERA to 3.77.
Probable Report
Wandy Rodriguez (6-5, 3.52)
Rodriguez hasn't pitched as well recently as he did earlier. He's 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA in his last four starts, allowing 29 hits and 13 runs in his last 25 innings. He's 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 11 career starts at Wrigley.
Probable Report
Travis Wood (2-3, 3.54)
Wood may not want to turn the calendar. He posted a 2.27 ERA in June, and picked up wins against former Cy Young winners Jake Peavy and Johan Santana. He has four quality starts in his last five outings.
Probable Report
C.J. Wilson (9-4, 2.36)
Wilson put a whole lot of runners on base Tuesday night, but still gave up only one run in seven innings against the O's, running his winning streak to five and giving him seven straight quality starts as he continues his case for the All-Star Game.
Probable Report
Aaron Laffey (0-0, 1.80)
Laffey is set to make his second start of the season after pitching six scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Tuesday. He allowed just three hits and two walks and earned himself at least one more outing with the impressive performance.
Probable Report
Kip Wells (0-1, 3.60)
Wells went five innings on Tuesday, giving up five runs (two earned), striking out two and walking two. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 60 for strikes, in his first Major League appearance since 2009.
Probable Report
Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 4.70)
The key figure in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Indians last summer, Pomeranz has been retooling his motion and regaining velocity on his fastball for nine starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Sunday's game will be his return to the bigs.
Probable Report
Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.13)
Arroyo nearly made history Tuesday night, holding the Brewers hitless through seven innings. Despite his efforts, Arroyo didn't register a win, surrendering three runs in the eighth.
Probable Report
Ryan Vogelsong (7-3, 2.23)
Vogelsong continued his remarkable consistency by pitching seven shutout innings in his last start, a 2-0 win against the Dodgers. He now has 13 quality starts on the season, including 11 straight, and holds a 1.28 ERA in eight home starts.
Probable Report
Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.54)
The left-hander went 3-2 with a 5.83 ERA in June. On Monday vs. the Blue Jays, the southpaw allowed seven runs (five earned) over six innings. Doubront is making his first career start against the Mariners.
Probable Report
Jason Vargas (7-7, 4.54)
Vargas tied the club record for home runs allowed in a month (11) his last time out, but he also struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just three hits to the A's on June 26.
Probable Report
Travis Blackley (1-2, 3.69)
Blackley, owner of a 2.13 ERA over his past three starts, held the Mariners to two runs on five hits and a walk and also picked up three strikeouts over seven innings in Tuesday's no-decision.
Probable Report
Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.57)
Darvish tied the AL lead with his 10th win Tuesday, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out 10 in a 7-5 win over the Tigers. He will face the A's for the third time this season. Darvish is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA against the A's.

Once again the last pick didn’t copy for me so we are going with the Dodgers over the Mets in the Sunday Night game of the week!

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