Thursday, July 30, 2009

Brew Crew Takes Tew

Rocketed out of the gates yesterday with a 3-0 start, then sputtered to the finish, missing the final 2 bets. Still, managed to stay above water with a +0.67 unit day, going 3-2, and moving the Fantasy Roundup 1 more game above .500. Unfortunately, Detroit's string of Unders/Pushes also came to an end last night, so we'll have to find another "sure thing" to ride. Can't say it'll happen today, with the very short slate, but we'll figure something out. Same as yesterday, some afternoon notes, then afternoon plays, followed later by evening notes and much, much later, evening plays.

NL
Yovani Gallardo
- The Nats don't have much experience against Gallardo, but the one guy that does, Nyjer Morgan, is 1-for-11. Brewers got a nice little comeback win last night, and Gallardo is in a nice spot to pick up another one at home and salvage a series split.
Cubs starting 8 - Individually, the Cubs don't have a ton of experience against Russ Ortiz, but collectively, things look alright -- Mike Fontenot (2-for-5, homer), Kosuke Fukudome (2-for-3), Koyie Hill (4-for-7), Reed Johnson (4-for-4, homer), Aramis Ramirez (2-for-6), Ryan Theriot (2-for-5). Alfonso Soriano hasn't done much, but he's been white-hot lately, so...
Ross Gload - Gload may or may not get into the starting lineup, but he faced Vasquez 20 times during their time in the AL, and Gload has 10 hits to show for it.
Manny Ramirez - Manny may very well get the day off, though the Dodgers have lost 4 straight, and now doesn't seem like the time to rest anyone -- Manny is 5-for-9 with 2 home runs against Kyle Lohse.
Juan Pierre - In case one of the regulars sits, we got Juan batting .500 in 12 AB against Lohse.
Orlando Hudson - Another Dodger with an average against Lohse that should scare St. Louis fans, at .357.
A few other Dodgers - Furcal is 3-for-5, Russ Martin is 2-for-6, Andre Ethier is 2-for-5, James Loney is 2-for-6, and Casey Blake is batting only .280 against Lohse, but has homered twice.
Matt Holliday - Dodgers killer found his way to a team that kills the Dodgers; it seems like a perfect Dodger-stopping combo, and St Louis has won 3 straight -- Holliday is the only Card with any real experience against Hiroki Kuroda, and he's 5-for-11.
Juan Uribe - With the arrival of Freddy Sanchez, things may change a bit on the SF infield, though Uribe is 3-for-8 off Rodrigo Lopez.

AL
Felix Pie
- Pie has only 4 career AB against Luke Hochevar, but he's picked up hits in 3, including a home run.
Orlando Cabrera - Cabrera is 6-for-13 career off Jon Lester, including a 2-for-3 performance earlier this year. Don't expect his teammates to do much; they got lucky in Lester's 2nd start of the season.
Jon Lester - You could see this one coming. Lester is on a brilliant stretch of pitching, going 6-2 since May 31 with an ERA of 1.83.

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