Friday, September 04, 2009

Unrelated Title - Go Bears (Tomorrow)

Football can be quite distracting! It was a darn good thing there was football on TV yesterday, or I might have had a Goodfella "remote-breaking" moment with that Braves game. It was almost as though you could see Atlanta giving up on the Wild Card in the 6th inning. Obviously, that's not truly the case, but 2 errors and 2 passed balls helped turn a 3-1 lead into a 7-3 deficit. Guess playing the first 5 innings would have been the optimal choice.

Adam Dunn
- Dunn has only faced Sean West in one previous game, but went 2-for-3 with a colossal shot.
Adam Wainwright - Thus far this year against Pittsburgh, Wainwright is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.25 in two starts. Given his 9-1 road record, it's tough to see him slowing down.
Anyone Holding a Bat at CitiField - The last time these two pitchers went head to head (a struggling Zambrano and Bobby Parnell), Z allowed 4 runs in just over 3 innings, and Parnell gave up 8 runs in just over 4. The Cubs insist Zambrano has worked out a mechanical issue, but...
Derek Lowe - Lowe snapped out of a pitching funk in his last start, and just in time to face the Reds. He's 1-0 against them this year, and 4-0 in his last 4 starts against Cincy with an ERA just over 1.
Chipper Jones & Brian McCann - I can't believe I'm even considering a Braves play again, but Chipper is 8 for his last 15 off Bronson Arroyo with 3 homers and 8 RBI, while McCann is 4-for-9 with 2 homers and 5 RBI.
Carlos Lee - There isn't a great deal of experience between any hitters in this Houston/Philly game, but Lee is 5-for-14 with 2 homers off Cliff Lee.
Edgar Renteria - Renteria is 5-for-14 off Jeff Suppan, and his teammates have done a nice job too, in more limited action against the Brewers starter.
Ryan Braun - Braun is 4-for-10 with 2 homers off Barry Zito, but it remains to be seen how the Brewers perform against this nearly unhittable 2nd-half Zito.
Dan Haren - Haren's second half has been up and down, but he's got a stellar 0.90 ERA against the Rockies in 3 starts, allowing just 2 runs in 20 innings with 24 K's.
Ryan Spilborghs - Troy Tulowitzki has the solo homers this year, but Spilborghs is 5-for-10 off Haren.
Chase Headley - Headley is 5-for-13 off Clayton Kershaw, though the Padres as a team are batting just .204 against Kershaw this year.

Orlando Cabrera, Joe Mauer & Jose Morales
- Some pretty solid numbers against Jeremy Sowers for the Twinkies, including Cabrera's 5-for-14, Mauer's 4-for-12, and Morales's solid 6-for-11.
Ty Wigginton - Ty, if he plays, is 4-for-7 off Scott Feldman with 3 RBI.
Johnny Damon & Alex Rodriguez - Damon is 5-for-10 this year off Halladay with 2 homers, and is batting .370 against him over the last 5 years. A-Rod is 5-for-10 this year, as well, and .326 over the last few years.
Adam Lind & Lyle Overbay - Lind is 5-for-10 off Joba in his career, with a homer, while Overbay is 4-for-10. Aaron Hill was a near miss on this one, as he's 3-for-9.
B.J. Upton & Carl Crawford - I still expect Verlander to have a good start, but he needs to watch out for Upton's 5-for-10 career numbers and Crawford's 6-for-13.
Juan Rivera - A handful of Angels have averages near .300 against Gil Meche, but Rivera leads the pack with his career .462 mark.
Jose Guillen - The Royals might be glad to have him back (we'll see), but at least tonight he can put his career 8-for-18 on the line against Jered Weaver.
Mark Kotsay - If he starts, he brings with him an 8-for-20 mark against Paul Byrd. Byrd's great first start might not hold much water if he can't take care of the White Sox tonight.
Kurt Suzuki & Mark Ellis - Suzuki is 8-for-16 of Rowland-Smith and Ellis is 4-for-11, but the A's have struggled to put people on base against the M's.

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