Friday, September 25, 2009

Bronson Was There

Cincinnati, how I love thee. The Reds, and Bronson Arroyo, made us a sweet chunk of change yesterday, then after giving some of it back on a Detroit Under that looked pretty promising until the last inning, we took most of THAT loss back on a fantastic underdog play on the Padres. In all, we netted a 3-1 day for a profit of roughly 2 units, and with a solid Friday, we can make this a winning week -- not bad, considering we blew Tuesday's card on some antihistamines.

NL
Ryan Church, Matt Diaz, Kelly Johnson, Nate McLouth
- While the Braves haven't scored a ton of runs against John Lannan, it has mostly been due to a lack of the big hit; as a team they've hit .299 off Lannan this year, led by Church's 5-for-13 (2 HR, 6 RBI), Diaz's 6-for-15, Kelly Johnson's 6-for-15 (HR), and McLouth's 4-for-9.
NOT the Pirates - I couldn't think of a clever way to include this note, but with the Pirates setting Ohlendorf down for the season, they're going to a game by committee, and that does not bode well.
Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, David Wright - Ricky Nolasco has been a shining beacon of pitching since his return from the Minors, but he has had issues with the Mets, posting an ERA of 6.06 against them this year, as Castillo is 6-for-11 off him, Murphy is 6-for-15, and David Wright is 13-for-33 with 3 homers.
Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez - Hermida is 11-for-20 off Tim Redding, and Hanley is 10-for-22, though in fairness, Redding has been better lately.
Troy Glaus, Rick Ankiel - Glaus, if he plays, brings to the table a 5-for-11 career mark against Aaron Cook with 2 homers; Ankiel, in just 5 at-bats, has 2 dingers among 4 hits.
Gerardo Parra - The D'backs rookie (and a guy I had to drive to his host family's house a few times in Visalia) is 4-for-9 off Kevin Correia.
Randy Winn, Tim Lincecum - A matchup of aces in San Francisco pits Lincecum against Big Z; Randy Winn is 6-for-11 off Zambrano in his career with a homer. Lincecum is pitching to keep the Giants alive, and has already topped the Cubs once this year, holding Chicago to a .167 team BA.

AL
Luke Scott
- It's been a struggle for Scott the second half, but perhaps Fausto Carmona will be just what the doctor ordered - he's 4-for-8 against Carmona with a homer.
Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell, Jason Bay - I can't get over these ridiculous Joba rules; that crap is the reason a lot of people can't stand baseball these days. In any case, Pedroia is clobbering Joba at an 8-for-15 clip, Lowell is 7-for-15 career, and Jason Bay is 4-for-7 -- the three have combined for 3 homers and 8 RBI.
Melky Cabrera, Jose Molina - Cabrera is 8-for-19 off Jon Lester, and Molina is 5-for-11, though just 3 RBI between them.
Michael Young - Young is 4-for-9 against James Shields with 2 homers and 4 RBI.
Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo, David DeJesus - Carl Pavano beat the Royals in his last start against them, but that doesn't change that they've had success against him: Butler is 6-for-15, Callaspo is 5-for-13 with a homer, and DeJesus is 7-for-18.

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