Thursday, May 04, 2006

Baseball Post: 3-picks - Chicago (southside), Toronto, Miami

May 4
Felix Hernandez (1-3) (SEA) vs. Jose Contreras (4-0) (CHW)
Put on the M's cap. It's King Felix day. And he's up against one of the best in the American League in Jose Contreras.
update: final score - SEA 1, CHW 4 -- W - Jose Contreras, L - Felix Hernandez, SV - Bobby Jenks
Dave Pinto correctly observes that King Felix is struggling mightily on the road. But he was also paired up against the phenomenally talented Contreras. He's become the master of keeping hitters off balance and off base.
Felix Hernandez: 5.0IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7SO, 1HR - L
Jose Contreras: 7.1IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4SO, 0HR - W
May 5
Ervin Santana (2-0) (LAA) vs. Gustavo Chacin (4-1) (TOR)
Two of my favorite sophomore starting pitchers get the call in this one.
update: final score - LAA 3, TOR 13 -- W, Gustavo Chacin, L - Ervin Santana
Chacin was on the receiving end of a blowout in this one as the Blue Jays offense errupted with plenty of run support. And Vladimir Guerrero finally hit something other than a single or home run with his first double of the season. Chacin records his fifth win and keeps up with the head of the pack of major league starters.
Ervin Santana: 4.0IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 4SO, 0HR - L
Gustavo Chacin: 5.1IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 3SO, 0HR - WMay 6
Mark Mulder (2-1) (STL) vs. Dontrelle Willis (1-2) (FLA)
I'd really like to see Dontrelle Willis get his second win in this one. But he may have to supply his own offense for that to happen. And find some way to pitch around El Hombre.
update: final score - STL 7, FLA 6 -- W - Mark Mulder, L - Dontrelle Willis, SV - Jason Isringhausen
This one was Mulder's 100th career win. And Willis was just not on his game in this one. Which does not bode well for the fish as he's nearly the only thing going for them. The strike out totals by the two starters is pretty underwhelming. The strike out totals for the entire pitching staff on both sides was really low in this game.
Mark Mulder: 6.0IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1SO, 0HR - W
Dontrelle Willis: 4.2IP, 12H, 7R, 6ER, 1BB, 3SO, 0HR - L(graphs by Fangraphs)

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