Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Baseball Post: 3-picks - New York, San Francisco, Anaheim

May 10
Curt Schilling (5-1) (BOS) vs. Mike Mussina (5-1) (NYY)
Two starting pitchers who are back in peak form this season.
update: final score - BOS 3, NYY 7 -- W - Mike Mussina, L - Curt Schilling
There was some kind of poetry in having the two starting pitchers who once toppled the Yankees in the 2001 World Series struggle in the Bronx in consecutive games early in 2006. Schilling wasn't nearly as miserable as Randy Johnson was the night before. But he squandered an early lead and that's not what we've come to expect from him. This time out it was the pinstripes on top. *yawn* Both these teams spend a great deal for known entities who are past their prime and we're starting to see the dividends of that. I'm rooting for the day Toronto and Tampa Bay put a good scare into the rest of the AL East and win with a balance of spendy veteran and young talent grown from within their own organization.
Curt Schilling: 5.0IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5SO, 3HR - L
Mike Mussina: 6.2IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 5SO, 2HR - WMay 11
Sean Marshall (2-0) (CHC) vs. Jamey Wright (2-3) (SF)
Rookie Sean Marshall has become quite a sensation this year. We'll see how things go for him by the bay.
update: final score - CHC 3, SF 9 -- W - Jamey Wright, L - Sean Marshall
How did things go for Marshall by the bay? They did not go well at all as he picked up his career first major league loss. On the bright side, the number 714 won't be attached to his name in the history books as he did not allow any home runs to any players. Not just the ones within easy swinging distance of tying the Babe. But then, Wright didn't allow any home runs either.
Sean Marshall: 3.2IP, 9H, 9R, 9ER, 5BB, 2SO, 0HR - L
Jamey Wright: 7.1IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4SO, 0HR - W
May 12
Joel Pineiro (4-2) (SEA) vs. John Lackey (3-3) (LAA)
actual: Joel Pineiro (4-2) vs. Kelvim Escobar (4-2) (LAA)
This strikes me as an intriguing matchup as Pineiro is returning to his earlier form and Lackey has been pretty tough this year.
update: final score - SEA 7, LAA 12 -- W - Kelvim Escobar, L - Joel Pineiro, SV - Hector Carrasco
The rain delay in Chicago shifted the Angels' pitching rotation so that Escobar got the call to face Pineiro. And he came out on top of a weird one that really wasn't pitched well on either side. Though the Seattle bullpen was mind blowingly terrible. But there was some fundamentally bad plays all over. I've long felt that Raul Ibanez is an under-rated part of the Seattle Mariners. But anytime you catch a foul ball only to have a runner score by tagging up you've made a mistake in allowing a run to score that didn't have to.
Joel Pineiro: 3.0IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 1SO, 1HR - L
Kelvim Escobar: 6.0IP, 11H, 6R, 5ER, 0BB, 3SO, 1HR - W(graphing by Fangraphs)

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