Thursday, September 10, 2009

Is Anyone Watching Baseball Today?

Yesterday's top plays went 1-1 (all plays 1-unit and over), while the action plays (not recommended, sub-1-unit plays) went a dismal 1-3. Two days in a row the top plays perform significantly better than the "Dan wants action" plays, and once again I repeat that those plays are posted here so people can see what I'm messing with. If you want to tail, play the TOP plays only! Short MLB card tonight so everyone can watch the inevitable 9-7 NFL kickoff game! Yes, I'm predicting a "win-by-safety."

NL
Brandon Phillips
- He had been hot heading into this series with Colorado, and already has a 2-run homer off Jose Contreras this year.
Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe - In limited action against former teammate Kip Wells, both of these Rockies are batting .400 or above with 4 combined RBI.
Chase Utley - Utley is 2-for-2 off Livan Hernandez this season, and is batting .391 against him over the last 5 seasons.
Ryan Zimmerman - Joe Blanton's arch nemesis, Zimmerman is 5-for-9 against him this season, with 2 homers and 4 RBI, and is batting .500 against him in his career with 2 additional runs knocked in.
The Marlins - As a team, they have hit .353 against Bobby Parnell when he pitched as a reliever this year, with Hanley Ramirez going 2-for-3 and knocking in a pair.
Sean West - The Marlins young starter has had an inconsistent MLB experience, but he's pitched well against the Mets, giving up just 2 runs in 13 innings of work over 2 starts.
Nate McLouth - He has not faced Oswalt this season, but is batting over .300 career against him with a homer and 3 RBI.
Darin Erstad, Michael Bourn, Kaz Matsui, Carlos Lee - With Hunter Pence just 1-for-4 off Derek Lowe, today wouldn't be a bad time to give Erstad some game action as he's 5-for-12 against Lowe, while Bourn is 3-for-7, Matsui is 6-for-15 and Lee is a colossal 8-for-18 with 2 homers and 5 RBI.

AL
Aaron Hill
- Hill is the one Jay that has really given Scott Baker trouble, but he likely will miss another game for personal reasons; if he mysterious returns, put a play on the Jays, as Hill is 7-for-15 against Baker with a homer and 3 RBI.
Jarrod Washburn - Washburn has been bad since coming to Detroit, but make no mistake, while this game may mean little for the Tigers with their large AL Central lead, it means something to Jarrod -- he missed his last start with knee soreness, but comes back today on 9 days' rest looking to prove he belongs in the Tigers playoff rotation. Expect another solid outing vs. KC.
The M's - The Mariners do not fear the Lackey -- Griffey is 4-for-10 off him, Johjima is 9-for-25, Jose Lopez is batting .324 in over 30 AB, Ichiro is batting .355, and Mike Sweeney is 3-for-6 with a homer.
The Halos - The Angels do not fear the Rowly; in limited action, Abreu is 2-for-4 with a homer off Rowland-Smith, Vladdy is 4-for-7 with a homer, Mighty Maicer is 2-for-4, and Reggie Willits is 3-for-7.

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