Thursday, May 18, 2006

Baseball Post: 3-picks - Freeway, Subway, Fish Market

May 19
Jeff Weaver (1-6) (LAA) vs. Aaron Sele (1-0) (LAD)
Interleague play is on already and the Freeway Series kicks off with the former Dodger pitching against the former Angel. This could be Jeff Weaver's last chance to solidify his spot in the rotation before they give his little brother a shot.
update: final score - LAA 3, LAD 16 -- W - Aaron Sele, L - Jeff Weaver
The Angels pitching was flat out terrible in this one. Weaver picked up his 7th loss and the bullpen continued to hemmorage runs well after he was yanked in the fifth. This was a blowout. And an ugly one at that. Call up that "other" Weaver from the farm system, Halos!
Jeff Weaver: 4.1IP, 11H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2SO, 0HR - L
Aaron Sele: 6.0IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 3SO, 1HR - W
May 20
Mike Mussina (6-1) (NYY) vs. Pedro Martinez (5-0) (NYM)
The Subway Series starts at Shea. So the Moose will need to pick up a bat in this one and watch for Pedro's inside heat.
update: final score - NYY 5, NYM 4 (11 innings) -- W - Mariano Rivera, L - Jorge Julio
In an alarmingly repetitive manner, Pedro Martinez pitched another fantastic start that the Mets bullpen couldn't make stand up. And against a Yankee team that simply never lets up the results were all too predictable. The Mets are good this year, but they need to shore up that bullpen. The Yankees are good (as always) and really only have a few questions to resolve with their starting rotation. But the Moose is not one of those questions.
Mike Mussina: 7.0IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 7SO, 2HR - ND
Pedro Martinez: 7.0IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 8SO, 0HR - NDMay 21
Dontrelle Willis (1-4) (FLA) vs. Seth McClung (6-2) (TB)
actual: Dontrelle Willis (1-4) (FLA) vs. Scott Kazmir (6-2)
The D-Train rolls into the Trop for the battle of bad teams. Though I find this particular match up intriguing because both of these guys should be performing much better than they are this year. I wonder how much of that poor ERA is due to bad run support and sloppy fielding. Root for the Train, pull for the Rays.
update: final score - FLA 0, TB 3 -- W - Scott Kazmir, L - Dontrelle Willis, SV - Tyler Walker
The Devil Rays swapped Kazmir for McClung and the result was a well pitched game on both sides. Both starters pitched deep at 8 innings of work each and in the end it was Kazmir's astounding 11 strikeouts and no runs allowed that determined this one. And just one base on balls. Now that's control.
Dontrelle Willis: 8.0IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3SO, 0HR - L
Scott Kazmir: 8.0IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 11SO, 0HR - W(Graphing by Fangraphs)

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