Thursday, August 13, 2009

Feelin' Regal

Yesterday had all the makings of a crazy day, and wisely, we avoided all the fracas of the evening, took a nice home dog winner on Angels (+113), and called it a winning Wednesday! It's been a bit of an up-and-down week so far, with a perfect 3-0 Monday, a 1-3 Tuesday, and now a 1-0 Wednesday, but as you can see, 5-3 is a winning tally. With most games being dogs, we're up about 2 and a half units (1 unit on every bet) and hopefully today's short card will move us up another few.

Normally on days with afternoon games, we'd break them down chronologically, but there are so few contests, I think we can just jam 'em all in together at this early hour of the morning! Feel free to leave comments in the section below, or for an easier go of it, check out PREGAME.COM.

NL
Chase Utley
- There isn't a great deal of experience between these two pitchers and the opposing hitters, but Utley, at 4-for-6, is at an infant stage of "ownage" on Ryan Dempster. He should be able to follow that up with a few more hits today.
Ronny Cedeno - I'm stretching a little with so few games. Cedeno is 4-for-8 off Jason Marquis, who has been struggling with a finger blister over his last few starts.
Garrett Atkins - We'll see if Atkins gets a look in an afternoon game against Paul Maholm, against whom Atkins is batting .500 in 14 AB.
Clint Barmes - Barmes has clubbed Maholm to the tune of 6-for-11 (.545), including a home run.
Troy Tulowitzki - He's 5-for-8 off Maholm; again, not a ton of experience, but beastly numbers in those few at bats.
The Marlins - It's not that the Marlins have incredible numbers against Mike Hampton, but news coming down that Hampton is pitching with a torn meniscus in his right knee should be enough to slow down the already-mediocre lefty just a bit more.
Joey Votta - Votta is just 3-for-7 off Balester, but one of those shots left the yard, and after a prolonged slump, it looks like Votto might be starting to turn things around.

AL
Esteban German
- Again, we'll have to check lineups, since German may not play, but damned if he SHOULD - German is 8-for-9 lifetime off Jeremy Sowers.
Alberto Callaspo - Callaspo, suddenly becoming a viable player, is 5-for-8 off Carl Pavano, with a homer and 4 RBI
Billy Butler - This is the one KC player that isn't a surprise on the Roundup, as Butler has gone 4-for-9 off Pavano, and just like Callaspo, all of those at-bats have come this year.
Michael Cuddyer - The resurface of the word "ownage" occurs here, with Cuddyer 7-for-13 off Gil Meche, including 3-for-4 this year with a home run.
Placido Polanco - Still trying to squeeze some info out of guys that have barely faced each other, Polanco is a perfect 3-for-3 off Clay Buchholz
The Red Sox - This is a sneaky play, with J.D. Drew (2-for-6), Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-3), Casey Kotchman (3-for-6, HR), Mike Lowell (3-for-7), Big Papi (3-for-7, HR), Jason Varitek (1-for-2, 2 RBI), Victor Martinez (.282, 4 HR) all have decent numbers against Verlander. Youkilis's suspension could be big, as he was 4-for-10 with 2 homers off Verlander, but will not be playing.
Ichiro Suzuki - Great career numbers against Sabathia, hitting .429 with 3 homers in just under 30 AB
Kenji Johjima - 5-for-8 off C.C., but remember, folks, this is August-style Sabathia, when all his career numbers go out the window, and C.C. just dominates.

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