12 June 2011

G65: @ Toronto

Can we pull off two away-series sweeps? Lester (shaky lately) versus young Drabek...we'll find out. Monday's an off day and Tuesday we'll start a series in Tampa Bay.

I hope Allan, Laura, and guests are enjoying their get together today.

EDIT: Whoops, this thread wasn't necessary!

29 May 2011

Games 52/53 @ Detroit

Buchholz vs. Oliver again. It's 2-0 after 1 1/2 innings. Ellsbury doubled and stole third, and Evil Bert got him in with a sac fly. Oliver escaped further damage, but Cameron hit a solo HR in the second (an encouraging sign).

Beckett will take on Verlander at 7:05pm.

28 May 2011

Game 52 @ Detroit (7:10 pm)

Clay Buchholz (3.30 ERA) vs. Andy Oliver (first 2011 appearance)

Believe it or not, it's nearly June and we're nearly a third of the way through the season. But there is no better place to be, looking down at the Yankees (who face Felix Heranandez tonight at 10pm) and the rest of the AL East.

In his last five games (since the Sox began this roadtrip), Carl Crawford is 11 for 19 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 9 runs. His batting average has jumped from .215 to .245, and his OPS from .547 to .664.

27 October 2010

World Series Game 1 - Rangers vs. Giants, 7:50 PM

The epic pitching matchups haven't really lived up to all the hype this postseason - close, but not totally there. But this is Tim Lincecum against Cliff Lee, and I think it'll be a dandy.

Yes, I said dandy.

Thread on!

23 October 2010

MLB Playoffs Day 18: NLCS 6 - Giants at Philles, 7:50 PM

Edit: Game starts at 7:57 PM ET since the ALCS has finished.


Phillies Elimination Day, Take Two!

Game 6 worked out for the Rangers, but the Giants are on the road where they split the first two games of the NLCS.

It's a rematch of Game 2's matchup between Jonathon Sanchez and Roy Oswalt. The Phillies won 6-1. Pitching lines:

Sanchez: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Oswalt: 8 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 9 K

Oswalt also pitched the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 4 (0.2-2-1-0-0), and lost the game for Philadelphia.

For today's game, I am predicting the Giants win 1-0 in 31 innings.

22 October 2010

MLB Playoffs Day 17: ALCS 6 - Yankees at Rangers, 8 PM

Yankees Elimination Day, take two!

This time back in the Rangers' barn, it's a rematch of the Game 2 matchup of Phil Hughes and Colby Lewis. Here were their lines from G2 (Texas won 7-2):

Hughes: 4 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Lewis: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Hughes got shelled, Lewis couldn't go deep into the game, so both bullpens saw significant action.

Since I was completely wrong about guessing last night's NLCS 5 was going to be a pitcher's duel for the ages, tonight I'm guessing the Rangers will score 38 runs and the Yankees will score 2.

21 October 2010

MLB Playoffs Day 16: NLCS 5 - Phillies Elimination Day? 7:50 PM

Will today be Elimination Day for the Philadelphia Phillies? Their backs are against the wall after the Giants won Game 5 on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th by Aubrey Huff. Roy Oswalt volunteered to pitch the 9th on two days rest, with his next start coming on Saturday's Game 6, if there is a Game 6.

Tonight's game is a rematch of the highly anticipated matchup between the 2009 Cy Young, Tim Lincecum, and the favorite to win the award in 2010, Roy Halladay.

Neither pitcher was on his game in Game 1, with Lincecum slightly out-dueling Halladay:

Lincecum: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Halladay: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

With Halladay trying to prevent elimination for his team and Lincecum trying to pitch his team to the World Series, tonight should be the pitcher's duel we all expected in Game 1 - perhaps even better than expected

I think the final score to be 1-0, but who wins? I don't know.


Also: Boston Bruins home opener at 7:00 vs. Washington Capitals