August 3, 2007 § Leave a comment
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be in Los Angeles tonight to take on the Dodgers. This is a battle of first and second place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks have a 1 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. The Diamondbacks just finished off a 3 game series with the Padres. Yesterday the Padres really handed it to the Diamonbacks as the Padres won 11-0. The Dodgers are fresh off hosting a 3 game series against the Giants. The Dodgers dropped 2 of the games to the Giants and honestly should have lost all 3 if the bullpen of the Giants hadnt blown the lead that would have given Giants rookie Time Lincecum his 5th straight victory. Tonight both teams look to regroup and get another win in the win colum. On the hill tonight for the visisting Diamondbacks is Doug Davis. Davis is 7-10 with a 4.11 era so far this season. This lefty has given up a bit more hits then innings pitched this season and he will have to try and keep the Dodgers off base tonight. On the hill for the Dodgers tonight is Chad Billinglsey. Billingsley is 7-1 with a 3.65 era. Billingsley has looked pretty good with 74 strike outs to 79 innings pitched. It will be a battle of these two division leading teams. I expect some excitement and great games out of this 3 game weekend series.
August 2, 2007 § Leave a comment
Tonight Barry Zito will start for the San Francisco Giants. Its safe to say that Zito is not having the kind of season that he or the Giants had expected from the left hander. Zito’s last 2 starts have been a couple of his worst outings so far this season. Zito lasted only 5.1 innings against the Brewers in which he gave up 8 hits and 7 earned runs. His last start was against the Marlins in which he lasted 4.0 innings giving up 8 hits and 6 earned runs. Everyone knows that Barry Zito has been a succesful pitcher in his career. Zito was a 16 game winner last season for Oakland and this season with the Giants Zito is just 7-10. Tonight he will face a Dodger line up with a lot of youth in it. Dont let the youth fool you though cause these Dodgers are in contention and currently just 1 game behind Arizona in the NL west. Zito will look to turn things around tonight and hopefully get things going back on the right track.
August 1, 2007 § Leave a comment
The Giants and Dodgers will face off tonight in game 2 of this 3 game series tonight in Los Angeles. Dodgers ace Brad Penny gave up 3 runs lastnight to the Giants and thats all it would take. The Giants handed Penny just his second loss of the season as the Giants held on to win 3-1. Tonight the story isnt just about Barry Bonds, atleast it isnt the story for me. As always I look forward to seeing the Giants rookie right hander Tim Lincecum pitch. Tonight Lincecum will be looking for win 7 on the season and win 7 of his career. I have done a write up on Lincecum before and he is going to really be something special. His teamates have already given him the nickname “Franchise”. Lincecum has a very good fastball that he can throw in the high 90’s consistently through the game and his recently perfected change up adds to his very good curveball that he throws in the high 80’s makes a combination that keeps batters guessing. Lincecum is 6-2 with a 3.90 era with 100 strike outs since his Major League debut on May 6 this season. As for the Dodgers they will be sending Mark Hendrickson to the mound to face the Giants. Hendrickson is 4-5 with a 4.58 era with 72 strike outs this year. Now will Bonds hit a homerun tonight against the Dodgers and tie Hank or maybe even break the record tonight? Who knows. But what I do know is that its going to be a good game to watch and Lincecum will add more strike outs to his statistics. A couple other facts about the starting pitchers tonight is that Tim Lincecum is the second fastest Giant to get career strike out 100. Lincecum has reached 100 strike outs in just 92.1 innings pitched since his Major League debut on May 6th this year. Also Lincecum went to the University of Washington where he became the Pac-10 record holder in strike outs and Hendrickson went to Washington State, and both pitchers are Washinton natives. It all sets up to be a great game tonight and you can see it on ESPN2 at 9 central.