Daily Pitcher Rankings (May 9th)
Because of my poor predicting over these past two days. I have taken this article to the next level. Each pitcher gets analysis behind their name, you will learn something. An update, the BEAST DOME NATION chat should be re-stored today. We can all breathe easy again.
*BY Position. (Coming into today)
John Buck. 2 Hits. 2 HR. 2 RBI. Last 2 Games.
Ryan Doumit. 4 Hits. 3 HR. 5 RBI. Last 3 Games.
Jose Molina. 4 Hits. 2 HR. 5 RBI. Last 4 Games.
J.P. Arencibia. 7 Hits. 1 HR. 5 RBI. Last 5 Games.
Prince Fielder. 6 Hits. 2 HR. 3 RBI. Last 3 Games.
Billy Butler. 5 Hits. 1 HR. 6 RBI. Last 4 Games.
Bryan LaHair. 14 Hits. 4 HR. 6 RBI. Last 10 Games.
Robert Andino. 4 Hits. 2 HR. 4 RBI. Last 3 Games.
Dustin Pedroia. 9 Hits. 1 HR. 6 RBI. 1 SB. Last 6 Games.
Omar Infante. 9 Hits. 1 HR. 5 RBI. 1 SB. Last 5 Games.
Kyle Seager. 9 Hits. 3 HR. 12 RBI. 1 SB. Last 7 Games.
Brandon Inge. 2 Hits. 2 HR. 8 RBI. Last 2 Games.
Will Middlebrooks. 9 Hits. 3 HR. 9 RBI. First 6 Games.
J.J. Hardy. 10 Hits. 3 HR. 3 RBI. Last 3 Games.
Starlin Castro. 15 Hits. 1 HR. 9 RBI. 3 SB. Last 10 Games.
Ryan Braun. 12 Hits. 5 HR. 9 RBI. 1 SB. Last 7 Games.
Austin Jackson. 8 Hits. 1 HR. 2 RBI. 1 SB. Last 4 Games.
Carlos Beltran. 10 Hits. 5 HR. 15 RBI. Last 5 Starts.
Andy Dirks. 8 Hits. 1 HR. 5 RBI. Last 4 Games.
Giancarlo Stanton. 11 Hits. 6 HR. 12 RBI. Last 10 Games.
Jason Heyward. 3 Hits. 2 HR. 2 RBI. Last 4 Games.
Raul Ibanez. 4 Hits. 2 HR. 4 RBI. Last 2 Games.
Josh Hamilton. 15 Hits. 7 HR. 19 RBI. 1 SB. Last 11 Games.
Matt Holliday. 14 Hits. 2 HR. 10 RBI. 2 SB. Last 11 Games
Hunter Pence. 6 Hits. 4 HR. 8 RBI. 1 SB. Last 5 Games.
Shane Victorino. 9 Hits. 1 HR. 6 RBI. 2 SB. Last 7 Games.
Josh Reddick. 12 Hits. 4 HR. 9 RBI. 1 SB. Last 10 Games.
Jay Bruce. 14 Hits. 6 HR. 12 RBI. 1 SB. Last 10 Games.
Allen Craig. 8 Hits. 2 HR. 9 RBI. 1 SB. First 7 Games.
Nelson Cruz. 6 Hits. 1 RBI. Last 2 Games.
*All totals are for the Week.
Hitter of the day: (1-7, 2 RBI) Jose Bautista @ Oak
Sleeper Pitcher of the day: (0-2, 8.2 INN, 13 ER, 8 K) Erik Bedard vs. Was
Closer of the day: (1-1) Kenley Jansen vs. SF
Lock of the Day: (1-0, 6 INN, 2 ER, 2 K) Jon Lester @ KC
Bust of the Day: (0-1, 13 INN, 4 ER, 15 K) Kyle Loshe @ AZ
SALARY CAP TEAM: (5/9)
C: Miguel Montero
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Dustin Pedroia
SS: Erik Aybar
3B: Will Middlebrooks
OF: John Mayberry Jr.
OF: Delmon Young
OF: Vernon Wells
UTI: Billy Butler
UTI: Casey McGehee
SP: Erik Bedard
SP: Chad Biillingsley
SP: Drew Smyly
RP: Jose Valverde
Daily Pitcher Rankings (5/9)
1. BRANDON MORROW @ OAK
Morrow has only given up 1 ER in his last 21.2 INN. The A’s offense is doing pretty well right now, but when fire meets fire. I like Morrow to win the battle.
2. ERIK BEDARD VS. WAS
Bedard has been outstanding all season, and he showed it again racking up 20 Ks in his last two road starts against the Braves and St. Louis. The Nationals are nothing compared to those teams, and I expect Bedard to continue to dominate.
3. CLIFF LEE VS. NYM
Lee is not only coming off the DL, he is coming off a 10 INN, 0 ER, 7 K start against the Giants. Lee will look to continue momentum against a team that does not have any lights out hitters. David Wright is semi-hot, but all he can do is hit doubles.
4. CHAD BILLINGSLEY VS. SF
The Giants have no big-time hitting threats outside of Buster Posey, and Billingsley owns a 1.38 ERA at home this season. I see a great start in Chad’s future.
5. DREW SMYLY @ SEA
Smyly has been brilliant all season with an ERA at 1.61. He is the Lance Lynn of the AL, and he should dominate a Mariners team that may not have many weapons that will be ready for him.
6. JAKE PEAVY @ CLE
Peavy has been nothing short of amazing so far this season, but so has the Indians offense. I still like Peavy to throw a good game, despite coming off of his worst start with 3 ER in 7.2 INN against the Tigers in Detroit. The Indians offense is hot all-around, and this will not be an easy start.
7. ERVIN SANTANA @ MIN
Santana is hot, but the bad news is the Twins are heating up as well. In Ervin’s last start he had 10 Ks in 8 INN to go along with 3 ER. He did end up with the loss, and that has a lot to do with how poor his run support has been. How poor you ask? In his last 5 games, 0 runs the Angels have scored for him.
8. JOHNNY CUETO @ MIL
Cueto has been spectacular giving up 3 ER in his last 29.1 INN. Milwaukee only has one super-hot bat in Braun, but Cueto’s hot arm should be able to beat that.
9. ZACK GREINKE VS. CIN
Greinke is much better at home than on the road. His K average nearly doubles to over 7 a game, and his ERA is elite at 1.80. The Reds have some hot hitters, but Greinke will look to show that stats hold true.
10. TIM LINCECUM @ LAD
Lincecum has been better of late with an ERA of 2.00 in his last 3 Starts. The Dodgers offense has not been all that impressive lately, so there is a good chance we get a QS from Lincecum in this one.
11. ROSS DETWILER @ PIT
He may be one of the biggest surprise names to be doing well. Nobody gave Ross a chance, but so far this season his worst start was 3 ER in 6 INN. Pittsburgh does not have the best offense, and it seems as if Pedro Alvarez is done tearing the cover off the ball. You should get a QS from Ross tonight.
12. PAUL MAHOLM VS. ATL
Maholm owns a 1.49 ERA in his last three starts. He is also a lefty which is key to slowing down the Braves sluggers such as Heyward and Freeman. If Maholm keeps pitching as well as he is, this should be a great start and amplify his great pitching as of late.
13. JON LESTER @ KC
Lester has been inconsistent this season, but if there is one thing that will always work in his favor. It is the fact he will always get run support. Lester may have trouble, but should escape with a W.
14. JASON VARGAS VS. DET
The matchup does not look good on paper, but Vargas owns a 1.37 ERA in his two home starts. The lefty will have to deal with a hot Prince Fielder, Andy Dirks, and Austin Jackson. Two of those three batters are lefty so Vargas should be fine. He beat Detroit earlier this year with 4 ER in 6 INN and 4 Ks, on the road.
15. JEANMAR GOMEZ VS. CWS
Jeanmar has been a decent surprise so far this season with an ERA under 3.00. He slowed down the Rangers to 3 ER in 7 INN in his last start. I expect Gomez to have a bit more trouble against a hot Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski, there is a lot of risk.
16. KYLE LOSHE @ AZ
The wheels are starting to fall off for Kyle who owns a 4.90 ERA in his last two starts. Arizona has not been a very hot team against starting pitchers, so if all goes to plan Lohse should escape this one with a W.
17. TIM HUDSON @ CHC
This once was a good matchup, but with the way LaHair and Castro are swinging the bat. This may not be an easy start at all for Hudson who gave up 6 ER in the thin air at Colorado. You could take the chance, but just know the middle of the Cubs lineup is hot.
18. CARL PAVANO VS. LAA
Pavano gave up 5 ER in his first starting against the Angels this season. Since then he has calmed down, and the Twins look like an okay team again. Scott Diamond was able to throw a shutout against the Angels, which means Pavano should not have to do much to throw a good game. Not a good start by using Pavano, but you could do much worse.
19. JOSH JOHNSON @ HOU
Johnson just cannot get it together this year. He has given up 11 ER in his last two starts to San Deigo and AZ, so I will personally look the other way when considering him in this one. Carlos Lee is a lifetime .500 hitter against Johnson and will look to do some damage.
20. ANTHONY BASS VS. COL
With Bass you know you are going to get Ks as he has 34 Ks in his last 29.1 INN. What you do not know if is he going to be able to cool down the heating up Tulo, and maybe the 2nd best OF option Carlos Gonzalez. Not a good situation for Bass to be in after giving up 6 ER to Miami in his last start.
21. LUCAS HARRELL VS. MIA
The Marlins have a lot of hot hitters, and that alone scares me to trust Lucas in this one. However at home Harrell owns a 2.23 ERA against the Cardinals and Rockies. He is also 2-0 so he could be a deep, deep sleeper.
22. DILLON GEE @ PHI
Gee is probably good for about 5-7 Ks. The Phillies offense do have Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino ready to go, which makes Gee a risky start. However Miguel Batista was able to hold the Phillies to 2 ER in 5.1 INN on Tuesday.
23. DAVID PHELPS VS. TB
Phelps has a chance to surprise some people in this start. He looked pretty good with 2 ER in 4 INN against a solid offensive KC team on the road. The D-Rays do not have many hot hitters, and the good news is Longoria is out. This game could be rained out however.
24. COLBY LEWIS @ BAL
Lewis has to bounce back from his poor 6 ER start at Cleveland. There is a good chance this game does not even happen because of weather, which could save Lewis owners a very bad start.
25. WEI-YEN CHEN VS. TEX
The best thing Chen has going for him in this one is that he is lefty, and so is Josh Hamilton. However Hamilton can still probably slug the ball against him and the best case scenario is a rainout. That 2.76 ERA is sure to bounce over 3.00 after this start.
26. WADE MILEY VS. STL
Miley is not the definition of shut down, and 4 ER in his last start against the Mets is not a good way to come into this game against a hot Cardinals offense. I would not be so comfortable using Miley in this start.
27. CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH @ SD
Luckily for Christian his first start in his MLB career will be in the polar opposite of what Coors Field has to offer. Facing SD in SD is a blessing for the chance to start out his MLB career on a good note. I personally would not take the chance with him, but I can see why some owners would.
28. JEFF NEIMANN @ NYY
This game is probably going to rainout, but if it does in fact have the chance to play. Still bench Neimann who is good for about 4-5 ER with a few Ks. Nothing special, nothing solid, and he will probably get the loss.
29. BRUCE CHEN VS. BOS
After a hot start, Chen has given up 12 ER in his last two starts. Boston’s offense is ready for another big game as most of their key players are heating up. I would avoid Chen in this start.
30. TYSON ROSS VS. TOR
Ross got bombed in his last two starts giving up 16 ER in 7.1 INN. The Jays will look to have their offense ready to explode.