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Tuesday's Gone. A great song by Lynard Skynard by the way. Luckily for you Tuesday isn't yet gone. In fact, there is still plenty of time for you to get ready for Tuesday and the matchups of the day. Ray Flowers is here to help advise you on some of the better directions for you to take things in as he also tries to pointout the pitfalls that could harm you on the second day of the week.
The Cardinals play in New York Tuesday. Matt Carpenter has not enjoyed hitting on the road as he has a .227 average away from home this season. Thanks to nine walks though he's still scored nine times in 13 games.
Carl Crawford and A.J. Burnett have faced off many a time. In the 64 official at-bats Crawford has hit .297 with a homer. Here's the even better news. He's also swiped 15 bases when the tall righty is on the hill while being only caught one time.
Jordan Pacheco is one of the few guys that doesn't seem to mind it when Madison Bumgarner is on the bump. In 25 at-bats he's hit .360 with a homer and six RBIs. Keep an eye on if Josh Rutledge is in the lineup. Josh has hit .438 with a homer in 16 at-bats versus the lefty (DJ LeMahieu is just 2-for-15).
Angel Pagan and the Giants are in Colorado, always a good thing for a batter. Pagan has also been good all year long no matter where he's been hitting, especially so when the Giants have been on the road. Pagan is batting .372 with 10 RBIs on the road this season. That's more road RBIs than Yadier Molina and Jason Heyward combined on the road (they have nine).
Will Venable struggling is nothing new. Should turn that trend around Tuesday though as Yovani Gallardo hasn't been able to contain the Padres' outfielder who is batting .467 with a homer and four RBIs over 15 at-bats.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Edwin Encarnacion has just two hits, though both are homers, in 17 at-bats against Miguel Gonzalez. Poor Colby Rasmus is even worse with six Ks and just one hit in 12 at-bats against the righty. Hell, Brett Lawrie looks good with a .125 batting average, the best out of the trio (2-for-16).
Austin Jackson should be on everyone's bench Tuesday. E V E R Y O N E S. In 30 at-bats he has two hits and his struck out 12 times.
I watched The Bourne Legacy Sunday night. Decent enough film for those that are into the series, but Jeremy Renner just doesn't have the presence of Matt Damon as the iconic spy. I did like the fact that they blended the newest film into the same time frame as The Bourne Ultimatum.
Andrew McCutchen isn't likely to have much success against Johnny Cueto. Not only is the Reds' hurler on fire right now but he's also had a lot of success against McC limiting him to just 10 hits in 43 at-bats (.233). McCutchen is also hitting under .200 at home this year. Neil Walker has also struggled in the matchup with six hits in 31 at-bats versus Cueto.
Pablo Sandoval has a .265 career average in games played in Colorado. He's also hitting just .194 against lefties on the young season. The Rockies will throw lefty Franklin Morales who Sandoval is 1-for-7 against with three strikeouts.
Nick Swisher equals disaster city versus James Shields (not like he hasn't been against everyone this year). Swisher has 16 punchouts in 50 at-bats and he's hit just .180 making his three bombs and 10 RBIs extremely pricey.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Dilon Gee had a 3.62 ERA last season and he's picked right back up with a 3.71 ERA through four starts this year. He's also had a 3.65 ERA in four starts against the Cardinals in his career and his career ERA at home is 3.26. That all sounds like a quality start type of outing is in the cards. Get it, in the cards? See what I did there. I admit it. That's the only reason I wanted to write about Gee, so I could use that lame line.
In eight outings against the Blue Jays Miguel Gonzalez has a 4-2 record, 3.00 K/BB ratio, 3.00 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He's also held current Blue Jays batters to a .208 average and that includes the .500 spot that Adam Lind has hung on him. With Lind on the DL the rest of the squad has hit .163 of Miguel.
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Just to reiterate. When Tommy Milone pitches at home he should be active. He takes on the Rangers in Oakland Tuesday. Over 176.2 innings in Oakland he has a 3.21 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 3.65 K/BB ratio.
Edinson Volquez faces a Reds club that has a walk rate under nine percent while their K-rate is approaching 23 percent. That figures to help the often wild Volquez in his push for a 5th solid start in a row. Through four games he's allowed five runs (four earned).
Adam Wainwright has made three starts on the road this year. He owns a 0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Good luck Mets with the game in New York.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Madison Bumgarner has a 1.79 WHIP and .328 BAA through four outings. Obviously those numbers will improve, greatly, over the course of the season. He faces the Rockies who scored four runs off him in six innings back on April 11th. The game will also be played in Colorado where he owns a 4-4 record, 4.27 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over nine starts.
R.A. Dickey has allowed five or more earned runs in three of his four starts this season. He's also been downright poor in his 25 appearances at Rogers Centre (4.91 ERA, 1.32 WHIP over 152 innings). It's very difficult to envision a scenario where starting him agianst the Orioles would be a good thing.
Brandon McCarthy has a 7.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP this season. Only once has he allowed less than five earned runs. The matchup in Wrigley shouldn't be awful if McCarthy can keep the ball down, but can you trust him to do that? I cannot.
Danny Salazar has 17 Ks in 14 innings. He's also lasted only 14 innings in his three starts and has allowed 10 earned runs over his last two starts. Sit him against the Royals.
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