Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Brewers, Drunk or Unmotivated?

Yesterday is gone, it's just remember when. Those were the lyrics to the song my first grade class had to sing when we took the step up to second. Don't ask me why I remember that - just a weird song to get a bunch of 6-year olds to croon. In any case, yesterday did not go according to plan, at all. The Yankees stormed out to a 4-0 lead, then Joba in all his 2-pitch, no-control glory gave up 7 runs and once again left Yankees backers/fans with a sour taste in their mouth and the strange desire to see Sergio Mitre take his spot in the rotation...or at least Phil Hughes.

I suppose I should be thankful I didn't make any plays yesterday of the 2-unit variety. We've gone 2 days and still haven't found a matchup worthy of the double bonus. Perhaps tonight will be the night.

Adam Laroche
- Adam TheRock is a perfect 5-for-5 off Padres starter Tim Stauffer.
NOT Cole Hamels - Hamels gave up 3 homers the last time he faced the Pirates, and now has the 5th highest ERA of any regular starter in the NL.
Fernando Tatis - Tatis is a very respectable 5-for-9 off Josh Johnson. The rest of the healthy Mets, however, not so much.
Baker, Cantu, Coghlan, Helms, Ross & Uggla - All of these Marlins have career averages over .300 off Mike Pelfrey, who has been pitching well of late, but generally struggles on the road.
Joey Votto - For some reason, I always want to type the name "Votta", and I can't figure out why. Seriously, it's not a "Joey's a girl" joke, I just can't make my fingers go back to the letter "O" for the end of his name. In any case, he's 5-for-15 off Braden Looper with 2 of the dingding variety.
Mike Cameron, Ryan Braun & Prince Fielder - Three Brewers with very strong numbers against lowly Kip Wells. It's nice that all three are power guys, too. Cameron is 6-for-11, Braun is 4-for-6, the Prince is 5-for-12. The three have combined for 3 homers and 9 RBI.
Rich Harden - If it weren't for Nyjer Morgan, I might predict a no-no in this one. Harden is rolling, and the Nats are a team he already held scoreless for 6 innings (Washington hit just .143 against him as a team).
Carlos Lee - El Caballo's triumphant return to the Roundup comes on a night he'll face Joel Pineiro, against whom Lee is 9-for-18 with 2 homers and 6 RBI.
Mark DeRosa - He hasn't done much since his move to the NL, but his 11-for-23 recent mark against Roy Oswalt may be cause for optimism.
Juan Pierre - He probably won't start, though with the career numbers of Ethier and Kemp against Josh Fogg (.143 and .167, respectively) it might not be a bad idea. Pierre is batting .458 off Fogg in 24 AB.
Renteria, Sandoval, Molina, Lewis - Doug Davis may want to find shelter in San Francisco; Renteria is 4-for-7 against him this year and 8-for-16 overall, with 2 homers. Sandoval, if he's healthy, is 5-for-14 off Davis, Molina is 4-for-10 this year with 2 homers, and 11-for-28 since 2004, and Fred Lewis is 4-for-9, if Bruce Bochy would ever consider playing him.

The Tigers
- Yikes, where to begin. How about alphabetically: Cabrera, 3-for-8, 2 RBI; Everett, 3-for-7, 2 RBI; Granderson, 4-for-13, HR, RBI; Guillen, 4-for-9, 2 RBI; Huff, 8-for-18; Ordonez, 7-for-19, HR, 5 RBI; Thames, 4-for-12, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
Chone Figgins and Gary Matthews - Figgins is 7-for-13 off Edwin Jackson, that's nearing the realm of "ownage". Matthews is 6-for-10 off Jackson, also has 5 RBI.
Marlon Byrd - Byrd is 5-for-10 career off Andy Pettitte with a homer and 2 RBI. He's 0-for-3 this year, so he's due.
Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui & Mark Teixeira - After a disheartening loss last night, the Yanks may come out mad in this one. Jeter is a perfect 4-for-4 off Derek Holland this year, while Matsui and Tex are each 2-for-4 with 3 combined homers and 6 RBI.
Aaron Hill & Vernon Wells - Hill is a solid 10-for-30 off Scott Kazmir with a homer and 5 RBI, while Wells is 12-for-33 with 3 homers and 4 RBI over the last 5 years.
Dustin Pedroia - Pedroia is 6-for-15 off Gavin Floyd.
Jason Kubel - Only 7 career AB against Jeremy Guthrie, but he's posted 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI.

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