Wondering where it all went wrong on Tuesday? Never fear. With major league baseball there is always a game the next day to help drown out the sorrows. What follows is a look at the matchups that take place Wednesday. Which fellas have favorable matchups? Which others are best left on the bench? The Oracle gives his thoughts.
DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
J.J. Hardy has only nine at-bats against Cesar Ramos but boy has he made the most of them. He's racked up five hits with two homers as he's driven in eight base runners. Can't be much more productive than that.
James Loney has nine hits in 17 at-bats against Bud Norris. That .529 average is stupendous, even includes two homers, but it's still not up to the same level as David DeJesus who has two homers an a .538 batting average against Norris.
Justin Upton versus Adam Wainwright tilts toward the pitcher, decidedly so. Upton is 0-for-13 with four Ks in the matchup. I hesitate to list Dan Uggla at .200 over 25 at-bats. That's awful, but it's actually who he has become against everyone.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
The following Athletics have not had any success against Felix Hernandez. It's a rather extensive list: Yoenis Cespedes (.185 in 27 ABs), Josh Donaldson (.143 in 21 ABs), Josh Reddick (.133 in 30 ABs), Coco Crisp (.230 in 61 ABs), Daric Barton (.222 in 36 ABs) and Jed Lowrie (.240 in 24 at-bats). The six have hit one homer as well. Ugly.
Andrew McCutchen hasn't figured out Tim Lincecum, at all. He's got a homer an a steal in the matchup, but he's also batting .125 with a .638 OPS in 19 plate appearances. Teammate Ike Davis is even worse with a .167 average and eight whiffs in 18 at-bats.
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Brandon Phillips has three hits in 19 at-bats against Jake Peavy. Phillips has finally started to hit with the calendar fllipping to May, but he's also struggling to keep his OBP at .300 and his SLG at .400. That's just not acceptable.
Aramis Ramirez had two hits in his last 10 games going into action Tuesday. Pathetic. He's also hitting a mere .224 in 76 at-bats against Bronson Arroyo. Can't figure success is coming Wednesday. Rickie Weeks is at .180 in 50 at-bats. He probably won't play. Carlos Gomez will play, but he's had no success with six strikeouts in 20 at-bats while batting .150. Jeans Segura's also a mess against Arroyo with a .214 average in 14 at-bats.
Ben Revere has one hit in 12 at-bats against Mark Buehrle. He has three hits in his last five games this season and over his last 10 games he's had only one RBI. If Jimmy Rollins is in the lineup for the Phillies he still shouldn't be active for you. A .222 average with no homers or steals in 27 at-bats is his fate against the crafty lefty.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Bronson Arroyo has won 15 games with a 3.67 ERA and 1.24 WHIP versus the Brewers in his career. You read above how he's had success against some of the Brewers top bats. He's also allowed two walks and two runs over his last two starts turning around his terrible start to the season.
Felix Hernandez dominates the Athletics. Here is the slash line of the current A's roster against King Felix: .213/.264/.281 with three homers in 324 at-bats. That is truly impressive.
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Tom Koehler faces the Mets at home. He did allow four runs in five innings the last time he faced them (April 27th), but he's allowed two or fewer earned runs in his other five starts this season and is the proud owner of a 0.90 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in three home starts.
Tim Lincecum has walked nine guys in six starts and he has a K per inning. He's also gone two starts without allowing a big fly. The Pirates are only hitting .255 at home, their .715 OPS there is middle of the pack, and they've averaged less than a homer a game at home this season.
Rick Porcello is 4-1 and has walked four batters in five starts. The Astros don't generally put up much of a fight most nights, and though they put up homers against righties at a rate that ties them for third most in the game, remember that Porcello is an extreme ground baller and the Astros are hitting all of .203 versus righties this season.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Mark Buehrle is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He's also struck out a mere 23 batters in 40 innings and that includes a total of 12 Ks over his last 31.1 innings. He's also given up 19 hits over his last 13 innings. The Phillies are hitting a relatively impressive .277 against lefties, #6 in baseball actually. Doesn't sound like MB is as strong a play as you might have thought.
Mike Leake pitches in Boston, and no one really wants to do that. He's also the owner of a 4.33 ERA in five night starts this season, and though he's pitched pretty well overall, he has allowed a homer a game and has just 11 Ks over his last 22 innings. Best case is a moderately successful outing.
Ricky Nolasco has allowed nine, ten and eleven hit his last three starts. He's also struck out 19 batters over 38.2 innings and when he faced the Indians back on April 6th it wasn't pretty (4 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 4 BB).
Jake Peavy has a 3.65 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over four home starts this season. When you look at his three night starts his WHIP is also 1.50. He's also given up a homer in each of his six starts.
Dan Straily has 31 Ks in 32.1 innings. That's about the good of things right now. Straily has started four games against the Mariners in his career and the results are less than encouraging (0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.77 WHIP including his first start of this season in which he allowed three runs over six innings to garner a loss). In four night starts this season Straily is also sporting a 6.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
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