Sunday, May 07, 2006

Baseball Post: 3-picks - Los Angeles, Seattle, New York

May 7
Ben Sheets (1-3) (MIL) vs. Odalis Perez (3-1) (LAD)
actual: Dave Bush (1-4) (MIL) vs. Aaron Sele (LAD)
This one's an interesting matchup. The win-loss records for both of these pitchers are the inverse of what I would expect from these two starters.
update: final score - MIL 2, LAD 10 -- W - Aaron Sele, L - Dave Bush
This was a different pair of starters than what I'd seen scheduled earlier. And this was Aaron Sele's first start of the season. His first start as a Dodger even. I remember Sele as part of that astonishing 2001 Mariners club that won 116 games. I also know him as an on-again off-again Angels starter as he seems to bounce between LA and Seattle a fair bit. Well, he pitched well today and enjoyed plenty of run support. He's a steady force in the regular season and a question mark in the postseason.
Dave Bush: 6.0IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 1BB, 7SO, 2HR - L
Aaron Sele: 6.2IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2SO, 0HR - WMay 8
Casey Fossum (1-1) (TB) vs. Gil Meche (1-2) (SEA)
Watch Fossum close to see if he mixes in that "Fossum Flip." It's a startling eephus that freezes hitters with its stunning slowness despite not visibly altering his delivery mechanics. I'd also like to see if Meche can get back into form this season. He seems to have fallen quite a bit from the promise he had in earlier seasons with the M's.
update: final score - TB 3, SEA 6 -- W - Gil Meche, L - Chad Orvella (Blown Save), SV - J.J. Putz
Both starters pitched well in this one. Though I haven't heard if the "Fossum Flip" made an appearance in this one. Seattle managed to take this one as Orvella gave up 3 runs in just 1 and one-third innings. And it looks like Putz has moved into the closer role for the Mariners. The Devil Rays pitching staff failed to record a single strikeout in this one.
Casey Fossum: 6.0IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0SO, 0HR - ND
Gil Meche: 7.0IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6SO, 1HR - W
May 9
Josh Beckett (3-1) (BOS) vs. Randy Johnson (5-2) (NYY)
The elevated atmosphere of the hot rivalry that runs between these two clubs is attraction enough. But there's also the morbid fascination with the questions surrounding Randy Johnson's command this year. His 5 wins so far haven't been the dominating performances we've seen from the Big Unit over the years. And his losses have left plenty of unanswered questions about his inevitable decline with age. This game may answer any number of questions about how Johnson can pitch in high pressure situations.
update: final score - BOS 14, NYY 3 -- W - Josh Beckett, L - Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson was just awful in this one. 5 walks in just 3 and two-thirds innings? Ouch. He's a long way from his once-dominating form (and perfect game) and starting to look like he's at the end of an impressive career. But the defense did him no favors either as the Yankee leather flashed 3 errors. In the end it was a blowout for the Red Sox. And for whatever reason, it's strangely satisfying when the Yanks lose.
Josh Beckett: 7.0IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7SO, 1HR - W
Randy Johnson: 3.2IP, 5H, 7R, 2ER, 5BB, 3SO, 0HR - L(Fantastic ERA, Win Probability and Leverage Index graphing by Fangraphs)

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