Friday, August 21, 2009

Walk Philly and Carry a Big Stick

Well, it took 3 days of treading water before we finally broke through yesterday with a few winners! It was a full card, with the afternoon Cincinnati dog paying, then St. Louis, Atlanta and Boston all bringing home the bacon in the evening. The Angels were a loser for us (as well as half the pros in the forum), and a half-unit gamble on Washington didn't pay off, but a 4-2 day, +2.35 is nothing to scoff at. That brings us back to roughly 15 units profit since the All Star break (and +14 on the season, since we were down a unit in the first half), and hopefully today will be another fat, fat winner.

NL
Delwyn Young
- Young is a stout 6-for-8 career off Micah Owings with a homer and 3 driven in; Owings makes his return from the DL tonight, which usually means a lack of sharpness.
The Phillies - True, Mike Pelfrey is 2-0 against the Phillies, but both of his victories came by mid-May, and the Mets scored 7 runs in both wins. The Phils are batting .292 as a team off Pelfrey, and have come 1-2 hits away from putting up big-time numbers against him. Greg Dobbs (6-for-11, HR, 3RBI), Pedro Feliz (3-for-9, RBI), Ben Francisco (1-for-3), Ryan Howard (6-for-17, HR, 2RBI), Raul Ibanez (3-for-9, 3RBI), Jayson Werth (5-for-14) and Chase Utley (5-for-18, 3HR, 7RBI) have all done some damage against the righty.
Ross Gload - The Marlins Mr. Gload is a career 10-for-25 off Atlanta starter Javier Vazquez with 4 RBI.
Ryan Church, Brian McCann and Martin Prado - The Braves have done some significant damage to Anibal Sanchez, who is making his return from the DL -- Church is a blistering 8-for-16 with a homer and 4 driven in, Prado 5-for-10 with a pair of RBI, and McCann is 4-for-11, including a longball and 3 RBI.
Stephen Drew - Drew is 7-for-17 against Roy Oswalt, but his teammates are about as worthwhile as old socks.
More Giants Than You Might Think - Aaron Cook held the Giants to 2 runs over 7 innings earlier this year, but he did so by escaping jams constantly. The Giants, as a team, hit .321 against him this year, and lifetime, Travis Ishikawa (4-for-5, 3RBI), Bengie Molina (.313, 3RBI), Edgar Renteria (4-for-10, RBI), Aaron Rowand (6-for-16, 3RBI), Freddy Sanchez (3-for-7), Pablo Sandoval (2-for-5), Eugenio Velez (2-for-6), and Nate Schierholtz (2-for-2) have all posted success against him, and playing at Coors should lead to a few more runs.
Troy Tulowitzki, Garrett Atkins, Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta - Tulo has bashed Jonathan Sanchez to the tune of .417 with a homer and 5 RBI, Atkins is batting .368 with 8 driven in, Spilborghs is 5-for-15, and Iannetta is batting .308 with a homer and 3 RBI, as well.
Adrian Gonzalez - A nice, solid 7-for-17 off Kyle Lohse, including a homer lifetime.
Geovany Soto - 4-for-11 lifetime off Randy Wolf, and though Wolf has a poor career record against the Cubbies, the current crop hasn't done a great deal against him.
Matt Kemp - Kemp must have faced Wells a few times in the Minors, he's 6-for-12 off him in his career with 2 RBI.

AL
Reddish Sox
- Oh, hey, did we mention it's Yankees-RedSox weekend time again? Jason Bay (12-for-27, HR, 3RBI), J.D. Drew (12-for-32, 3HR, 4RBI), Jacoby Ellsbury (5-for-12, 4RBI), Kevin Youkilis (9-for-25, HR, 3RBI), David Ortiz and Mike Lowell (each 8-for-24), have all put some sweet numbers up against Andy Pettitte in their careers, and with both teams playing well right now, this should be a heck of a series.
Willy Aybar - Aybar is 4-for-12 off Dustin Nippert, and in Nippert's only career start against the Rangers, he gave up 7 runs in 4 innings.
David DeJesus and Miguel Olivo - Believe it or not, this game looks like a mismatch in KC's favor, with DeJesus a career 6-for-12 off Nick Blackburn, and Olivo 6-for-11 with 2 homers and 4 RBI.
Jermaine Dye - 4-for-11, 1 HR and 2 RBI off Jeremy Guthrie, who has actually pitched "okay" against the White Sox this year, but Gavin Floyd is a tall order.
The Tigers - Detroit hit .389 against Gio Gonzalez earlier this year in Detroit, including a Ryan Raburn 2-for-2 and a Polanco home run.

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