MLB Saturday - April 8
Bad day yesterday, stupid Padres failed me. I'm loading up on the early games, if these go bad I'll probably lay off the rest of the day.
Florida Marlins (+137) @ New York Mets
Dontrelle takes the mound and the Marlins are 11-1 in the last 12 games he pitched against the Mets. He was 2-0 (including a shutout) at Shea last year with a ridiculous 0.53 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and .138 BAA. He looked sharp in his first start, allowing no runs and only 1 hit. Last year he started the season with back-to-back shutouts. The Mets throw out Tom Glavine, who is hittable and the Marlins have young talent capable to do so. Hanley Ramirez has started out great, Hermida looks solid, Cabrera is a stud, and Willingham is crushing the ball. The Mets have a very good offense, but they can be shut down as Washington did so the first two games. Willis is as good as any guy to do the job, and hopefully the Marlins can scrape a few runs off Glavine to make the difference.
Pittsburgh Pirates (+102) @ Cincinnati Reds
Pirates have started with 5 losses in a row, so they must be due for a win right? They are sending out their best hope in Oliver Perez, who has absolutely electric stuff. He had a horrible year last year, but pitched well at the end of the season and his first start this year was excellent, allowing just one run in 5 1/3 IP while striking out 9. On the flipside, Harang got lit up opening day against the Cubs and looked terrible. The Pirates have been knocking on the door for a win, losing the last 3 games by a total of 4 runs, and I see no better time to get that win with their ace on the hill against a marginal team and a struggling pitcher.
St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs (+106)
The Cubs dominated the Cards the first game of the series, and now the big horse goes for the Cubbies, Carlos Zambrano. He had a poor first start, but this guy lives for the spotlight and absolutely shines at Wrigley. He is 17-4 the last two years in his home ballpark, and dominated the Cards last year, going 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. The Cards are struggling to score runs right now, and Big Z is going to stick it to them. The Cards counter with Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter who also looked very shaky in his first start. The Cubs offense has looked sharp, with good speed to set the table in Pierre and Perez, great power/hitting through the middle with Lee and Ramirez, and very solid hitters in the back with Jones, Barrett, and Murton. There are no easy outs in this lineup and they will put the pressure on Carpenter.
Last edited by Freeze17171; 04-08-2006 at 08:22 AM.