Wednesday, September 16, 2009

5 Days Til Fall Humpday Roundup

Last night's modified Run Line play on Minnesota looked pretty sweet until closer Joe Nathan allowed a meaningless solo homer to youngster Matt Laporta that cut the Twins advantage to just 1. We had to settle for the push, but at least we look smart for taking the modified RL. Saved us over a unit last night, and we only risked an additional 15 cents to get that slight advantage. On a night of strange matchups and bad lines, a push just ain't half bad - let's keep it going!!

NL
Rick Ankiel
- It seems as though Ankiel can see Josh Johnson alright, though with only little experience in this contest, we're going out on a limb just a bit; Ankiel is 2-for-2 this year and 3-for-4 overall with a pair of RBI.
Doug Davis - Davis is pitching for a contract, so you know he wants it, and earlier this season, Davis compiled a 2-0 record against the Padres with a 1.83 ERA, working in an out of some trouble, as usual
Chase Headley - The single Padre that has had some success against Davis, Headley is batting .353 overall, and is 3-for-8 this year.
Luis Castillo, Gary Sheffield, David Wright - Derek Lowe has been just plain horrible against the Mets, with Castillo going 5-for-8 against him this year, 6-for-12 overall with 4 RBI; Sheffield is 7-for-15 lifetime against Lowe with a homer and 9 RBI, and Wright is 5-for-11 with 2 driven in.
A Handful of Tomahawks - Bobby Parnell won't have it much easier, if his work against Atlanta earlier this year is any indication -- he gave up 9 runs in 3 innings to Atlanta in his only start against them, with McCann homering and driving in 3.
Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman - A rematch, Joe Blanton against the one team that hits him hard, with Adam Dunn going 4-for-9 this season with 2 homers and 5 RBI, and Ryan Zimmerman going 5-for-12 this year, also with 2 dingers.
Chase Utley, Shane Victorino - Utley is 3-for-5 against Livan Hernandez this season, and is batting .385 against him since 2004, while his teammate Victorino is 4-for-9 in his career against Livan.
Adam Rosales - Rosales faced Astros' starter Yorman Bazardo in the Minors over the last few seasons, and picked up 5 hits in 8 at-bats, not bad, and we'll see if it carries over into the Bigs.
Milton Bradley - Bradley is 2-for-4 off Braden Looper this season, with both of those hits leaving the yard to drive in 3 of his teammates.
Ryan Spilborghs, Garrett Atkins - Cain is 2-1 against Colorado, but not without event; Spilborghs has homered off him twice this season in 10 AB, and Atkins is a career 13-for-40 with 2 homers, as well.
Freddy Sanchez - Sanchez, if healthy, is 6-for-11 lifetime off De La Rosa with a homer an 4 RBI.

AL
Asdrubal Cabrera, Kelly Shoppach, Luis Valbuena
- Nick Blackburn has not been without trouble against the Indians, with Cabrera putting up a solid 5-for-9 against him this year (8-for-20 lifetime), Shoppach posting a career 5-for-10 with 2 homers, and Valbuena, this year and always, 3-for-6 with a homer.
Orlando Cabrera, Jose Morales - A few Twinkies have generally hit Aaron Laffey pretty hard, with Cabrera 3-for-7 this year and 6-for-14 overall, and Morales 3-for-3 this year and 4-for-9 lifetime.
Melvin Mora - Make no mistake, Sonnanstine is not an expert at Camden Yards, posting a career ERA there of nearly 8. Melvin Mora is 4-for-5 against him this year with 4 RBI, as one of a few O's that could cause some damage tonight.
Aaron Hill, Raul Chavez - Hill is just 1-for-4 this year off Chad Gaudin, but is 4-for-10 lifetime against him with a homer and 3 RBI; his teammate, Chavez, is a perfect 3-for-3.
Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Mark Teixeira - If you're Brian Tallet, you don't want 4 Yankees with .350+ lifetime numbers, but so it goes: Damon is 7-for-20 against him, Jeter 6-for-15, Matsui 9-for-17, and Tex 5-for-11, with the 4 combining for 3 homers and 12 RBI.
Vladimir Guerrero, Kendry Morales - Solid numbers against Paul Byrd bode well for the Halos, as The Impaler is 5-for-11 lifetime, and Morales is 5-for-9 with a homer.
Jason Bay Joe Saunders, amazingly, is the one Angel with a good history against the Red Sox, but Jason Bay has given him some issues - Bay is 2-for-5 lifetime with both hits saying "byebye" to the stadium.
Jack Cust, Kurt Suzuki - Cust is 7-for-16 lifetime off Dustin Nippert, though 0-for-2 this year, while Suzuki is 4-for-7 (1-for-2 this year).
Marlon Byrd, Julio Borbon - Byrd is 3-for-5 off Trevor Cahill, seeing him twice this year, while Borbon brings his Minor League 4-for-9 numbers to the Bigs in this matchup...maybe.
Jose Lopez, Ichiro Suzuki - Both of these players are 6-for-14 against Gavin Floyd, who really seems to hate pitching in Seattle (hint, hint).

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