Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who'll Stop the Rain

First Beckett skips the game, then a 6.5-inning affair voids all other bets. What a load of manure! 16 runs, and nobody can win. So it goes, though, and that's just one of the reasons it's so hard to maintain focus every day in baseball. Some days you spend 5 hours grinding out numbers, make a pick you think is a great value, watch a starting pitcher go down, then the total soar over by the 3rd inning, only to see a sure thing voided by rain. Hah, but back to it, and that's how we do it! It's late here on Eastern Time, but I wanted to get the thread up and going so folks can vent here overnight if they like, or tell me I'm handsome, whichever works, then in the morning, I can just quickly add some sweet, sweet statistics, post something like "Statistics up!" and you all can enjoy!

NL
Jorge Cantu
- There are a few Marlins on the verge of making this list, but Cantu is the only one that cracks it today, as he is 5-for-11 off Braves' starter Tim Hudson.
Kelly Johnson - 4-for-10 off Josh Johnson lifetime makes Kelly a solid option, plus Josh is fighting the flu.
Jeff Francoeur, Daniel Murphy - Not only has Francoeur been hot lately, but he's 4-for-5 off J.D. Martin; Murphy is 4-for-10, still a nice set of results.
Elijah Dukes, Josh Willingham - Not sure if the powder keg known as Dukes has been on this Roundup before, so welcome him with open arms -- Elijah is 6-for-9 career against Mike Pelfrey with a homer, and Willingham is 7-for-17 with 2 homers and 6 RBI
Skip Schumaker - It's hard to predict who's going to start in this game, as the Cards have clinched a postseason berth, but Schumaker is 3-for-7 off Homer Bailey, so you'd figure he'd get a look even if the regulars are resting.
Willy Taveras - Easily the best hitter on the Reds against Joel Pineiro, Taveras is 5-for-8 lifetime.
A MacroBrew - Yeah, I'm trying to get cute with it, what of it? Ryan Braun, Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, J.J. Hardy and Corey Hart all have career averages over .300 against Jason Marquis.
Jason Repko - He probably won't see the light of day, but Repko is 4-for-9 in his Minor League career against Padres' starter Cesar Ramos
Edgar Gonzalez, Chase Headley, Tony Gwynn Jr. - Gonzalez is 5-for-12 lifetime off Chad Billingsley with a dinger, Headley is 4-for-11 with a homer, and Gwynn is 7-for-18, including 4-for-7 this year.
Justin Upton - Really, the only D'back with any success against Jonathan Sanchez, Upton is 6-for-18 with 2 homers lifetime.
Jonathan Sanchez, and his Buddies - Listing all the names would get old, quick. Sanchez has dominated the D'backs this year, picking up another win against them in the previous meeting -- on the year, he is 2-1 against them with a 2.10 ERA and holds the D'backs to a team BA of just .189. His teammates have excelled against Doug Davis, too, with Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Garko, Freddy Lewis, Bengie Molina, Edgar Renteria, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, Andres Torres and Eugenio Velez all batting over .300 against Davis.

AL
Jason Kubel
- Porcello Schmorcello, Kubel is 7-for-8 off the promising rook in their first year of face-offs.
Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Clete Thomas - Three Tigers with strong numbers against Nick Blackburn, can they send him back into a tailspin? Blackburn has been very good in his last couple starts, but Cabrera is 5-for-13 with a homer against him, Ordonez is 4-for-10, and Clete Thomas is 6-for-12 with a longball, as well.
Trevor Crowe - Had to try to get someone on the Indians in this Roundup, considering they're facing Carlos Torres and his "HIT ME!" arsenal of pitches; Crowe is 4-for-8 against him.
John Buck - Buck is 3-for-9 off A.J. Burnett with 2 homers...if he plays, that is.
Joe Mauer, Denard Span - Mauer has really given Verlander fits, batting .394 against him in 33 AB with 3 homers and 8 RBI; Denard Span is 6-for-10 this year against Verlander and 9-for-19 overall
Michael Aubrey - Aubrey gets to face Wade Davis again, and despite Davis throwing a CG shutout against the O's earlier this year, Aubrey hits him hard, to the tune of 6-for-15 with 4 homers
Gabe Gross, B.J. Upton - Jeremy Guthrie pitched well against the Rays this year, amazingly, though Gross is 5-for-13 off him, and Upton is 9-for-25 with 2 homers.
Lyle Overbay - Overbay is 4-for-8 off Clay Buccholz.
Boston, Top to Bottom - The starter, Clay Buccholz, is 3-0 against the Jays with a 1.35 ERA, and rolling down the stretch. The offense, against Ricky Romero, has been amazing, with J.D. Drew 3-for-8, Ellsbury 6-for-11, Lowell 3-for-9, Martinez 3-for-8, Papi 5-for-10, Pedroia 4-for-8 and Youkilis 4-for-7.
Scott Kazmir, Howie Kendrick, Gary Matthews, Mike Napoli - Kazmir has roasted, straight toasted the Rangers throughout his career, and while Scott Feldman has beaten the Angels 3 times, he still has his work cut out for him; Kendrick is 5-for-12 off him, Matthews is 4-for-10, and Napoli is 9-for-19.
Daric Barton, Trevor Cahill - Barton hasn't faced King Felix this year, but he's 5-for-12 in the past; Cahill has pitched well against the M's 3 times this year, holding them to a .227 batting average and posting a 1.89 ERA against them, but is 0-2. He's due.

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