Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's a Halo Weekend

A 3-3 Friday was decent, but not impressive. A winning day is not only necessary, but I think imminent. Let's get started with the day games (up to and including the 4pm eastern start times), then at some point tomorrow we'll take a peek at the evening affairs.

NL
Derrek Lee
- Well, we were SORT OF right about Lee making an impact yesterday with a homer. He hit one, but it put the game out of reach. In game 2 of the series, Lee is going against Johnny Cueto, a pitcher he's 6-for-15 against in his career.
Ryan Theriot - Theriot has been even better at 7-for-16, but very few power numbers
Alfonso Soriano - The third Cubbie with solid numbers against Cueto (though, to be fair, it didn't help earlier this year when Cueto shut the Cubs down for 7 innings), Soriano is 4-for-12 with 2 homers. Maybe he will break out of a slump tomorrow, but I wouln't put all my marbles on it.
Ryan Howard - Howard gets to face Kyle Lohse in his 3rd start off the DL, and is already 4-for-9 with a homer off Lohse prior to this game.
David Wright - Wright is 6-for-11 lifetime against Russ Ortiz with a homer, so the Mets will probably score a run today.
Freddy Sanchez - Sanchez is a ridiculous 17-for-34 career against Doug Davis, who has been struggling of late.
Bengie Molina - Molina is 5-for-12 against Jorge de la Rosa, but his teammates have struggled against the southpaw.
Rockies Righthanded Bats - Tulowitzki, Iannetta, Barmes, Spilborghs and Garrett Atkins are all hitting over .300 against Jonathan Sanchez.

AL
Kurt Suzuki
- Suzuki went 3-for-3 off Pettitte earlier this season, and is 4-for-7 overall, so the success should continue in a better hitters' park.
The Tampa Bay Rays - Some sickening numbers against prospective Jays starter Brian Tallet, so let's try to go top to bottom of the order -- Upton (.300), Crawford (.444), Longoria (.333), Pena (nope, one of the few who doesn't smash Tallet), Zobrist (.400), Burrell (.500), Navarro (.444), Bartlett (.375), and potentially Gabe Kapler, who is 1-for-2.
Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners laid an egg yesterday, but Ichiro will get a piece of Sowers today and build upon his career .385 number.
Jhonny Peralta - A robust .333 average against Eric Bedard should be easy to top tomorrow with Bedard still getting his form together.
Chone Figgins - Another day, another dollar, Figgins is hitting .600 against Blackburn
Howie Kendrick and Bobby Abreu - Both gentlemen are 4-for-8 against Blackburn, and the Angels just keep winning.
Jim Thome - Bombs Away! Thome is 7-for-10 career against Edwin Jackson with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Jackson may want to just walk him a few times.
Tigers Usual Suspects - Granderson is batting .323 against Gavin Floyd with a homer, and Placido Polanco (surging of late) is 8-for-24 off Floyd.
Tigers Unusual Suspects - Carlos Guillen is 7-for-20, Ryan Raburn is 10-for-28, Ramon Santiago is 5-for-15.
J.D. Drew - Drew has hit Jeremy Guthrie hard, batting in the mid-300's with a homer.
Dustin Pedroia - Another plus-300 hitter against Guthrie.
Jon Lester - Lester has been untouchable against the O's this year, tossing 14 shutout innings thus far in 2 Red Sox victories.

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