It's time for the first installment of gut check Thursday. It is here that we recap the matchups heading into the weekend and provide lively discussion.
NOTE-Congratulations to Derek The Long Legged Mack Daddy (Client #9), who's wife gave birth to an baby girl yesterday (Cassidy Lucile). Also, special birthday wishes to Fenway Ed, who turned 62 on Tuesday.
Categories up for grabs-HR, R, SB, SV
This has been Rocky Mike's match all week long. Strong outings by Felix Hernandez, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Joe Saunders have provided a solid foundation for victory. It is uncanny just how the Baby Gorillas have mirrored the New York Yankees in terms of pitching this week. If the Gorillas are gonna make any headway, they need King Felix and Joe Saunders to give it up on Saturday and for Andy Pettite and Brett Myers to shine.
Categories up for grabs-HR, SB, K, W, S
What can you say, utter domination. T-Dub has been able to combine great hitting with great pitching. It doesn't help that 3K has hiccuped his way through the week. The young Marlin staff gave Schofield the performances he needed, with Pujols and Soriano providing the power. Keep an eye on Jose Lopez, I think you're gonna see some great things from him this season. As for 3K, Brian Roberts and JD have hit the ball well and....well...let's move on.
Categories up for grabs-K, ERA, WHIP, W, S
If Mr. Hackman is going to make up any ground this week, he's gonna have to do it on the mound. Yankee Mike's squad (led by Cantu, Dunn, Cano, and Damon) have just been too tough to compete with. If I'm Hoosier Heat, I'm praying for stellar outings by A.J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia (along with solid bullpen help). It looks like Mr. Hackman and I will be praying for the same things this weekend.
Categories up for grabs-SB, R, W, ERA
Who put the GRRRR in SwinGER....well, Ger did of course!! And what a week it's been. Nick Markakis hitting .714, Youklis....625, Braun and Sanchez each with 2 bombs. Just an offensive orgy. But this is an interesting matchup moving forward. The Longhorns can possibly snipe their way to victory here. And I think the key is going to be with his speedsters (Maybin, Furcal, possibly Rios) and his horses (Sonnastine, Broxton, Gregg, and Motte). But if Ger keeps this pace up..it's lights out.
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Categories up for grabs-BA, RBI, SB, K, ERA, W, SV
This is one of those deceiving scores, as the tides could change at any given moment. If you're Hef and Linc, you've gotta be glued to the flatscreen all weekend long. Both teams have given C grade performances, and it's just a matter of time before someone breaks out. Hef is sitting on Hanley, Pedroia, and Ibanez and C&A is patiently waiting on Manny, Ryan Howard, Victorino, and Longoria. Everybody take cover...bombs are about to drop!!! Be sure not to ignore the pitching here, there are still 6 combined starts left in this one.
Categories up for grabs-HR, SB, K, WHIP, W, SV
Lot of great offensive production from Fenway Ed's squad, and great pitching as well. Adam Jones has simply wowed me this week. What an exciting guy to have on your squad. Funny that i'm mentioning Adam Jones on a team that includes Josh Hamilton, Aramis Ramirez, Delgado, and Salty (he's been that good). Client #9 puts forth a stellar pitching performance this week. I especially liked when Zach Grienke went up in Carlos Quentin's grill. But he's gotta get it done at the plate. To even come close, Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce, and Corey Hart have to readjust.