Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sure Thing Thursday?

Last night I had to head out to dinner with the pops, so I missed a good deal of the baseball action. Looks like the longshot on Pirates didn't pan out, though they pushed the Phils to extras before Ryan Howard unloaded on some poor, unsuspecting sap. The Cards and Giants both picked up 1-run victories. The Giants were nearly the first 2-unit play, but with the majority of the forum on them, I didn't want to push my luck. Let's see what we can churn out on this Thursday:

NL
Jorge Cantu, Hanley Ramirez, Jeremy Hermida
- Tim Redding may be turning and watching a few fly today, as Cantu is a career .389 batter in 18 AB with a homer and 8 RBI, Ramirez is 8-for-16 with 3 homers and 7 RBI, and Hermida is a terrifying 10-for-17 with a homer and 9 RBI.
Casey McGehee - McGehee has seen Justin Lehr 16 times in the Minors, and has collected 6 hits off him.
Lance Berkman - Berkman boasts 6 homers off ace Chris Carpenter in his most recent 30 AB.
Albert Pujols, Skip Schumaker, Julio Lugo and Matt Holliday - Somehow Brian Moehler has really held the Cards down, and the numbers don't add up - Pujols is 6-for-13 off Moehler (0-for-4 this year), Schumaker is 5-for-13, Lugo is 6-for-17, and Holliday is 4-for-9, but they have just 1 home run between them.
James Loney, Matt Kemp and Casey Blake - A few Dodgers have solid numbers against De La Rosa, with Loney heading the pack. Casey Blake is batting .300 with 2 homers in 20 AB, Kemp is a solid 6-for-13 with a homer, but the slick-fielding first baseman Loney is 7-for-11 with a homer and 7 RBI.
J.A. Happ - Already posting a 7-inning, 1-run performance against the Pirates should be nice evidence that Happ will pitch well against them again, especially considering the Bucs hit just .174 off him as a team.

AL
A.J. Burnett
- Coming off an awful outing, Burnett should be prime to bounce back against a Rangers club he's already knocked off twice. Both of Burnett's wins over Texas have come by 6 runs or more.
Josh Hamilton - Hamilton is 4-for-9 in his career off Burnett, but just 0-for-3 this year, so...
Kevin Youkilis - Just 3-for-7 off John Danks, but I wanted to highlight Danks' 0-3 lifetime mark against the Sox with an ERA over 6.
Franklin Gutierrez, Russell Branyan, and then some... - The two Mariners with the most success against Kyle Davis are Gutierrez (6-for-13, 3 RBI) and Branyan (3-for-7, 4 RBI), but a handful of others (Hannahan, Johjima, Johnson, Langerhans, Ichiro and Saunders) have good numbers in too few at-bats to make a real judgment call.
Ervin Santana - There's no better time for Santana to regain his form than tonight against the A's, a team he has dominated to a ridiculous degree. In 15 career starts against Oakland, Santana has pitched 100 innings, allowing just 68 hits with an ERA of 1.35. He defeated them once already this season.

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