Saturday, April 22, 2006

Baseball Post: 3 Picks - Chicago (southside), St. Louis, Houston

April 22
Brad Radke (2-1) (MIN) vs. Freddy Garcia (2-1) (CWS)
An AL Central contest hosted by the defending World Champions. Now that Freddy Garcia has a couple of wins after his disastrous debut it remains to be seen if the great velocity on his fastball will be there consistently. I'll be cheering for Garcia at this one even though it's hard not to be a Twins fan after reading some side-splittingly funny posts from Batgirl.
update: final score - MIN 2, CHW 9 -- W - Freddy Garcia, L - Brad Radke
Garcia looked sharp one as he pitched deep in this one. There were plenty of balls in play as there was a grand total of 9 strikeouts (out of 51 outs recorded). The offense that really mattered was Jermain Dye's 3-run homer in the first inning to give the White Sox a lead that held through the rest of the game. I hope that signals the end of Dye's slow start on the season.
Brad Radke: 5.0IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3SO, 1HR - L
Freddy Garcia: 6.2IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 3SO, 1HR - W

April 23
Greg Maddux (3-0) (CHC) vs. Jason Marquis (3-0) (STL)
Mad-Dog was outstanding in his last start against the Dodgers. Now he leads the Cubs against their long standing rival in Missouri against a pitcher who is also undefeated.
update: final score - CHC 7, STL 3 -- W - Greg Maddux, L - Jason Marquis
This one was all Maddux as he pitched 7 scoreless innings and even picked up a hit of his own and scored a run. That's pretty good for a guy who just turned 40 earlier this month. This performance pushed his ERA down to 0.99 for his first four starts of the season. He continues to be one of the best pitchers of the live ball era.
Greg Maddux: 7.0IP, 5H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4SO, 0HR - W
Jason Marquis: 6.0IP, 7H, 7R, 4ER, 2BB, 2SO, 2HR - L

April 24
Derek Lowe (1-1) (LAD) vs. Andy Pettitte (1-3) (HOU)
Pettitte is 1-3? Could that be a result of that horrible Astro's run support? Will Lowe beat Houston? Let's hope so.
update: final score - LAD 6, HOU 2 -- W - Takashi Saito, L - Brad Lidge (blown save), SV - Danys Baez
Both starters pitched well in this one as each allowed just one run in seven innings. But the real drama came in the top of the ninth as Brad Lidge gave up a grand slam to Nomar Garciaparra to pick up the loss and a blown save. (Lidge is a recent addition to my fantasy team, so the blown save would be troubling if Danys Baez wasn't also on my roster. I was going to get that stat one way or the other in this one). The Astros lose it. There is much rejoicing at HurdAudio.
Derek Lowe: 7.0IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2SO, 0HR - ND
Andy Pettitte: 7.0IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5SO, 1HR - ND

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