Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Friday, July 02, 2010
10 starting pitchers to keep an eye on tonight
The beauty of baseball is that it is on every night and every night the match ups make the team totally different night to night.
Yankees are playing the last place Mariners in back to back to back nights? Sounds like a romp for the Yankess... until you realize Cliff Lee is pitching one night and Felix Hernandez throws the next. Mariners win 2 of 3.
So today, tonight and actually right now there are a ton of starts that I personally find intriguing.
A.J.'s June was grotesque. He went 0-5 in 5 starts with a 11.35 ERA, a 2.261 WHIP and let up 9 homers.
Some blamed the absence of pitching coach Dave Eiland... but what is this? Cyrano DeBergerac? A.J. forgot how to pitch? As I type this, he has thrown the first 5 innings of the day game against Toronto and hasn't let up a run. July is indeed a new month.
Ubaldo Jimenez still is in the lead for the ERA title, but Johnson trails him by just .002.
He is taking on the Braves, who have slowed down since their 5 game winning streak and young Kris Medlin, who is 5-1.
The Marlins are 8 games back of the Braves in the loss column but a solid series against Atlanta could help them climb back into contention. Tonight is a big game for the Fish and they have their big arm on the mound.
The Giants have lost 6 straight and are in danger of playing themselves out of the race if they are not careful.
When the going gets tough, it is good to put a back to back Cy Young contender on the bump.
The Franchise's numbers might not be as eye popping as the last two seasons, but he still has the best strikeout per 9 innings ratio in the NL and can potentially stop the bleeding in Coors Field tonight against the Rockies.
No team is more surprising in baseball than the Padres, who were expecting to be auctioning off Adrian Gonzalez at this point. Instead they are tied with the Braves for the best record in the National League.
Latos is a big reason for that as he just knows how to win. The next step for him? Pitch more than 6 innings a start.
With the Astros coming to town, he might be on line for win #9.
Johnny Vander Meer is the only person to throw back to back no hitters. And if is required to mention him that whenever anyone throws a no hitter when they next take the mound.
Granted his no hitter wasn't exactly a work of beauty... but hey! I would LOVE to throw an ugly no hitter. It's the first game for Kirk Gibson the manager... why not give him a little history as the D'Backs welcome Gibson's old team, the Dodgers?
So let's hope something cool happens tonight... as long as it isn't a no hitter against the Red Sox!