Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Playing for Pride

Only putting a half unit on Kansas City was regrettable, but we nailed both plays on that game, and it would have been a monster day if Chan Ho Park hadn't pitched like a festering turd. Can anyone truly believe Philly got swept in FOUR games by the Astros???

NL
Jeff Baker, Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot
- Soriano almost made the list with his career numbers over .400 against Zach Duke, but given his awful year (1-for-11 against Duke this season), he's OUT. The other 4 listed have excelled against Duke, with Baker going 2-for-3 with a homer this year and 4-for-9 overall with 2 homers, Bradley 4-for-10 this year, .429 overall, Ramirez is just 1/1 this year, but 12-for-36 in total with a home run, and Theriot is 5-for-11 in 2009, and batting .361 against Duke since '04.
Pedro Feliz, Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley - Feliz is 4-for-8 with a home run against John Lannan this year and 7-for-14 overall - nice consistency. Ibanez is 4-for-7 this season in his only experience against Lannan, and Utley has polished Lannan to the tune of 5-for-8 this year (2 homers) and 10-for-19 career.
Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez - It's unclear what Tim Redding's been drinking, but he's been on fire since rejoining the starting rotation; today may be difficult for him, as Hermida is 4-for-6 off him this year and 11-for-20 career, while Hanley is just 2-for-6 this year, but 9-for-19 career with 3 dingers and 7 RBI.
Miguel Tejada - Just about the only Astro with extended experience against Javier Vazquez, Miguel is 9-for-19 against him with a homer.
Jason Marquis - Marquis was dominant in his previous start against the Reds, with the only runs coming on a Laynce Nix 3-run shot. Cincy hit just .167 against him in that start, and if you remove the one huge mistake, Marquis allowed just 3 other hits in 7 innings.
Casey Blake, Jason Repko, Manny Ramirez - This would be a nice day for Blake's hamstring to feel better, since he's 7-for-11 off Billy Buckner; Repko probably won't play, but he's gone 6-for-12 against Buckner, while Manny, in just 5 at-bats, has homered twice.
Stephen Drew - Drew is batting near .400 off Chad Billingsley, though his teammates haven't done much (other than piling up infield hits in their last meeting).
David Eckstein, Kevin Kouzmanoff - The Ecks-factor is 4-for-9 off Tim Lincecum, while his teammate Kouzmanoff is hitting .351 over 30+ AB.
Aaron Rowand - Not many Giants have seen a ton of Correia, since they played with him, but Rowand's gone 4-for-10 in previous meetings.

AL
Aaron Laffey
- Laffey's been on a roll, and with some decent defense, he should be able to grab another win against the Rangers, a team he shut out over 6.1 innings earlier this season. Texas's offense has been sputtering with Young and Hamilton both hurt, as well.
Brian Roberts - Roberts is a solid 6-for-11 off Clay Buccholz, who got spanked for 7 runs the last time he faced the Orioles.
Aubrey Huff - Huff is 7-for-20 in his career against Bruce Chen, far more AB than anyone else on the Detroit roster; 2 of those hits were home runs.
Mark Teahen - The reason Rick Porcello isn't 2-0 against the Royals this year, Teahen is 2-for-5 with both of his hits traveling beyond the confines.
Franklin Gutierrez - See 5 days ago on the Roundup, Gutierrez is batting over .400 against Scott Kazmir with 2 homers in his career.
Kendry Morales - There are a handful of Angels with solid career numbers against King Felix, but Hernandez has been a man possessed this year; Morales has continued to hit well against him, going 3-for-8 in 2009 and 10-for-25 overall.

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