Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 08:03 PM
Los Angeles at Memphis
Memphis gets the job done tonight back at home. I'd say Clips win the series but it doesn't happen tonight in Memphis.
Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 07:45 PM
St. Louis at Arizona
Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.11 ERA) looks to rebound from his worst outing of the season in the finale. The right-hander allowed five runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in a season-low five innings of a 5-4 loss at Houston on Friday. Lohse has not had it easy versus Arizona -- going 2-2 with a 5.36 ERA in eight starts. He's 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in five outings at Chase Field.
Arizona's Wade Miley (3-0, 2.33) makes his fourth straight start in place of the injured Daniel Hudson and faces the Cardinals for the first time. The left-hander had allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings while winning his first two starts, but gave up four in six innings of a 5-4 win at New York on Friday.
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Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 07:36 PM
Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals
Posted Tuesday, May 08, 2012 06:42 PM
Boston at Atlanta
Denver at Los Angeles
Posted Tuesday, May 08, 2012 02:57 PM
Tampa Bay at New York
James Shields (5-0, 3.05 ERA) will try to match a club record by winning a sixth consecutive start when the Rays go for an eighth straight victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night. Shields has a chance to match the team record set in 2008 with his sixth consecutive winning start, as he's posted a 1.98 ERA in his previous five outings. Shields, though, has lost his last three starts at Yankee Stadium and is 2-6 with a 5.05 ERA there. He's surrendered 10 home runs in those 10 outings.
Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58) will be looking to rebound from his first loss in 21 starts. The right-hander gave up five runs and walked a season-high four in 6 1/3 innings of a 5-0 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday. The Yankees scored 30 runs in Nova's previous four starts. "You pitch with the mindset that, 'OK, your team is going to wake up any time,'" Nova said. "But they didn't."
Yankees have struggled against TB in recent match ups although they seem to have the Rays number at Yankee Stadium. Nova coming off a decent pitching outing, with no run support, giving him his first loss in 21 consecutive starts gets back on track here. Leaving the Rays and James Shields to continue to struggle in the Bronx.
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Posted Tuesday, May 08, 2012 01:55 AM
Washington at Pittsburgh
AJ Burnett (1-2, 8.04 ERA) will attempt to shut down the Nationals, though he's coming off one of the worst outings of his career. Burnett allowed 12 runs and 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings of a 12-3 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday, with his ERA ballooning from the 1.38 mark he entered with.
Edwin Jackson takes the hill for Washington (1-1, 3.69), who allowed four runs in six innings and didn't get a decision in a 5-4 win over Arizona on Wednesday. The right-hander has gone 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts against Pittsburgh.
Ryan Zimmerman returns tonight for Washington after missing 13 games, and Adam LaRoche who has a team high 17 RBIs hopes to return tonight also. The Nationals have gone 7-6 with Zimmerman sidelined because of right shoulder inflammation, batting .228 in the games he missed as opposed to .246 with him in the lineup.
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Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 06:56 PM
Memphis at Los Angeles
"We've just got to take care of home court, really. You shouldn't have that much pressure at home." - Del Negro
Del Negro said it's been a big boost mentally to have forward Caron Butler being able to play despite breaking his non-shooting left hand in Game 1. Butler missed the second game but played Saturday with a split, getting four points and three rebounds.
LOB CITY GETS IT DONE TONIGHT.
Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 06:36 PM
Texas at Baltimore
Brian Matusz (1-3, 4.67 ERA) takes the hill tonight with hopes his last outing is a sign of things to come. Matusz allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings of a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday, ending a streak of 14 consecutive winless starts. He went 0-12 with a 10.47 ERA during that stretch dating back to a win June 6 against Oakland.
Texas counters with Matt Harrison (3-2, 5.40), who after winning his first three starts with a 1.66 ERA has pitched miserably in back-to-back outings. Harrison allowed seven runs and 14 hits in five innings of an 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay on April 27, then gave up a career-high-tying eight runs in 3 1/3 of an 11-5 loss at Toronto on Wednesday.
The Orioles are hot but with a loaded Texas lineup coming into town the fires going to be put out tonight. Matusz is coming off an overdue, great outing, although we see Texas tonight putting him right back to where he was. Harrison gets back into winning ways after too poor pitching performances his last times out.
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Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 06:18 PM
San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz
Out of the 3 games so far, the score hasn't gone over once. Utah has lost the first 3 games by a combined 53 points. At this pace, there's no way this goes over. Utah can't keep up and just aren't putting up enough points to send this thing over. We are going to ride this trend out here.
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Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 02:20 PM
Cincinnati at Milwaukee
Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 3.03 ERA) could use a little more help from his teammates after being given one run of support over his last two starts. The Reds scored that lone run for him during his first loss of the season, 3-1 to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Arroyo is 11-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 24 career appearances (21 starts) against Milwaukee.
Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 5.79) takes the mound for the Brewers as he tries to avoid dropping a third straight start. The right-hander has received two runs of support over his last three games and got none Wednesday in San Diego while allowing three runs in six innings. Gallardo is 3-3 with a 5.34 career ERA in 11 starts against Cincinnati.
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Posted Sunday, May 06, 2012 04:29 PM
Philadelphia at Washington
The Nationals offense this season hasn't been very good with Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 1.89 ERA) on the hill. The right-hander has received one run or none in four of his five starts, and his 2.16 run support average is among the worst in the league. Zimmermann is 0-2 with a 6.60 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.
Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78) gets the ball tonight for Philadelphia who looks to help the Phillies avoid being swept for the first time this season. Since dropping his first start, he's 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA over his last four while striking out 27 and walking five. The left-hander had gone 6-0 with a 2.73 ERA over his previous nine starts against the Nationals before allowing three runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss in his most recent outing in the series Aug. 12.
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Posted Saturday, May 05, 2012 08:12 PM
Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres
The Marlins hope scheduled starter Mark Buehlre (1-4, 3.34 ERA) can bounce back after he allowed seven runs -- four earned -- in a season-low five innings of a 9-5 loss to Arizona on Monday. The veteran left-hander had given up eight runs over his first four outings. The veteran is seeking his first road win of the year as he is 0-3 in three outings away from home.
San Diego hands the ball to Buehrle's former Chicago teammate Clayton Richard (1-3, 5.12), who looks to avoid a fourth straight losing start. Richard has settled down some by allowing six runs in 13 1/3 innings of his last two starts after yielding 16 -- 12 earned -- in his previous two. The left-hander gave up four runs in seven innings of a 4-1 loss at San Francisco on Sunday.
Posted Saturday, May 05, 2012 04:07 PM
Texas at Cleveland
Derek Lowe (4-1, 2.27 ERA) lasted a season-high 7 2/3 innings during a 4-0 win over Los Angeles on Sunday, allowing three hits and two walks to improve to 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA in three home starts. Lowe and the Indians, winners of three in a row, will try to keep their momentum going against the Rangers, who have lost a season-high three straight and five of seven.
The Indians will try to add to Derek Holland's (2-2, 5.13) woes. The left-hander has an 8.31 ERA while losing consecutive starts, and he gave up five runs over seven innings of a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night. Holland went 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts against the Indians last season, throwing one of his five career shutouts.
Lowe is lights out at home this season. Indian's are hot. Texas is in a bit of a slump, especially Holland who had two horrible outings his past two games. With Hamilton and Beltre banged up, and Cleveland the home dog, we have to ride this one here.
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Posted Saturday, May 05, 2012 10:49 AM
Los Angeles at Chicago
Chris Volstad (0-3, 6.11 ERA) is scheduled to pitch Sunday's finale, taking the ball on regular rest after yielding four runs over six innings and not getting a decision in Monday's 6-4 loss at Philadelphia. The right-hander is 0-8 with a 4.68 ERA over his last 16 outings, and 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA in six career starts versus the Dodgers.
Chris Capuano (3-0, 2.73) is 6-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last eight starts against the Cubs. The left-hander struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Washington to continue his best start since he began 5-0 in 2007. Even better for the Dodgers is how the Cubs have fared against Capuano, who hasn't yielded a run over his previous 12 2/3 innings.
Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 09:34 PM
Toronto at Los Angeles
Angels starter Ervin Santana (0-5, 6.16 ERA) has plenty of reason to be frustrated, still winless and mired in the longest losing streak of his career. Santana hasn't generally pitched well, but he also hasn't gotten much help from Pujols and the bats, as he has been backed by a total of two runs in his five starts - none in his last four.He'll face a surging Toronto club, which has won three straight and five of six, with its starting rotation posting a 2.85 ERA in that span.
Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.62) will get the ball Friday. The right-hander yielded one run in six innings Sunday's 7-2 win over Seattle, five days after limiting Baltimore to two runs over seven innings but getting charged with a 2-1 loss.
Jays on fire lately, Santana is having one of the worst starts of his career. On the hitting side, Pujols can't find his stick anywhere. Seeing Toronto as the dog here you have to ride this. Look for Toronto's bats to light it up tonight.
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Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 02:13 PM
Atlanta at BostonHawks coach Larry Drew tried to warn his players before Game 2 that the Celtics were capable of winning without Rondo. Now that he's back, he expects them to be even more potent. "We know what we're going to be facing with him back," Drew said. "He's the head of the snake. He makes so many things happen. ... So we have to be prepared for that."
Hawks had a tough loss at home without Rondo playing. Although with Rondo in the lineup they got the win. Now he's back, Hawks are prepared and should have no problem covering a large spread.
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Chicago at PhiladelphiaThe Sixers had the type of production in Game 6 they needed to have any shot at beating the Bulls over the next three games. Jrue Holiday was 11 of 15 from the field for 26 points, and the Sixers shot 59 percent overall. Lou Williams was clutch off the bench, going 8 of 13 after hitting just 1 of 6 shots in the opener, and Chicago product Evan Turner chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Bulls don't have that kind of luxury to get production from Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. Expected to help carry the load without Rose in the lineup, they combined for only 17 points. In the second half, the pair missed five of six shots and let the Sixers run wild around them. Boozer attempted only one shot in the second half. Boozer has 18 points and 12 rebounds combined in the first two games. The Bulls will find themse... [More]
Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 01:16 PM
Houston at St. Louis
Kyle Lohse (4-0, 1.62 ERA) was a little shaky Saturday against Milwaukee, allowing three runs, six hits -- including two homers -- and four walks in six innings after yielding three runs, two walks and no homers over 27 1/3 innings in his first four starts. He still earned the victory in the 7-3 final, and the Cardinals have won all five of his starts. Lohse is 8-7 with a 2.81 ERA in his career against the Astros.
Luke Harrell (1-2, 4.71) got off to a strong start in his first full major league season, but has been smacked around in his last two trips to the mound giving up 11 runs (10 earned) in 11 innings. He will be making his 5th consecutive away start where he hasn't been particularly good so far this season (0-2, 6.23 ERA, .294 opp batting average).
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Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 12:22 PM
Los Angeles at Chicago
Chad Billingsley (2-1, 2.64 ERA) will look to help get Los Angeles back on track after it dropped two of three in Colorado following an 8-5 loss Wednesday. The right-hander allowed one run in seven innings of a 4-3, 10-inning victory over Washington on Saturday. He is 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA over his last four starts against the Cubs and 3-2 with a 2.30 ERA at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs (9-16) hope their six-game homestand gets off to a good start after a bitter ending to their road trip. Paul Maholm (2-2, 6.20)will take the hill Friday in search of his first victory over the Dodgers. Maholm allowed six runs and six hits in four innings in each of his first two starts, losing to Milwaukee on April 10 and St. Louis on April 15. He's rebounded nicely since, winning his last two outings with a 1.46 ERA after giving up one run in 6 1/3 innings to beat Philadelphia 5-1 last Friday.
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