Halladay (2-0) started the night with a 9.20 ERA in six career appearances at the Rangers' hitter-friendly ballpark, but he was in control as he struck out nine and walked one in his third start.
``It's nice to go long in a close game,'' Halladay said. ``This has always been a tough lineup for me. I haven't figured them out but I had a better idea than I had in the past.''
Moyer in day games last season:
13 games, 12 starts, 0-7, 74.2, 87 H, 25 BB, 47 K, 6.15, 1.50, .291 BA
Moyer's career numbers in day games, however, are consistent with his overall performance.
Moyer versus KC last season:
1 game, 0-1, 5.1, 6 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 8.44, 2.06, .286 BA
Giles told MLB.com that the knee only hurts for the first few steps when he runs, and the joint only bothers him after roughly 40 swings in batting practice. "I hope I don't take 40 swings in a game, because that's a lot of strikeouts."
Smokin Joe Blanton was exactly that tonight. And he'll be that way all season, at least with his control. I went to a River Cats game last season when he threw close to 100 pitches and about 82 of them were strikes.
Sometimes he's gonna miss location in the zone and get killed like Reed Johnson did to him tonight. But he will by and large be around the zone. Sometimes with men on base, that's going to hurt him with three-run bombs. But he's almost like a right-handed Mark Mulder in that sense. Well, the old Mulder. He throws a variety of pitches and is usually in the strike zone somewhere. That may change a bit as he tries to be more fine in the majors. But it was his MO in the minors. And hopefully he continues to go right after hitters.
Ponson has a long history against Tampa and his numbers are strong.
3.71 ERA, 1.24 WHIP in 126.0 innings
But Ponson is just 6-6 in 18 career starts against TB.
At Tropicana Field, Ponson is 5-3 in 12 starts and a 3.36 ERA, 1.22 WHIP.
Bell's career numbers at the Trop are pretty bad:
21 starts, 5-6, 5.17 ERA, 1.46 WHIP
Against Baltimore, overall:
4 starts, 2-1, 4.18 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
Bell's been throwing more strikes this year. He had a good spring and a good first outing.
Tonight will be a good test to see if he is truly a better pitcher now than he has been in years past.
Bell's career BvsP:
Gibbons- 2/5, 1 HR
Sosa- 5/15, 1 HR
Halladay has always had a homerun problem.
At Arlington, he's:
5 starts, 1-2, 29.1 innings, 9.20 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, .309 BA.
Halladay has given up 6 homeruns in 6 career games there.
Astacio doesn't throw as hard as he did a couple of years ago, but he was a very good 'pitcher' on April 9 against Seattle.
Notes for today's picks:
Lidle has made 4 appearances at Pro Player Stadium; 2 starts.
He's 1-0 in 15.2 innings - 13 H, 3 BB, 8 K. 2.87 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, .224 BA.
13.2 of those innings came last season.
Lidle has no significant difference over his career between day/night games other than his record. He's 24-14 during the day. 33-37 at night. But last season, he was considerably better during the day.
7-3, 98.1, 22 BB, 67 K, 3.84, 1.24, .264 BA
Conine- 16/28 (.571), 3 HR against Lidle.
Cabrera- 2/9 (.222)
Delgado- 3/13 (.231), 1 HR
Encarnacion- 2/5 (.400)
Willis is 4-0 career in 6 April starts. He's just 13-10 at home overall, with numbers near his career average.
Only 2-1 in 7 career starts against PHI. 46.1, 39 H, 13 BB, 33 K, 2.91, 1.12, .223.
Last year against PHI: 2-1, 27.2, 24 H, 4 BB, 16 K, 2.28, 1.01, .224.
Willis has better numbers over his career in day games.
He's 7-4 overall, 94.2, 26 BB, 93 K, 3.04, 1.17.
Abreu- 6/16 (.375)
Burrell- 6/18 (.333)
Polanco- 3/21 (.143), 1 HR
Rollins- 3/20 (.150)
Thome- 3/16 (.188)
Phillies are 3-2 on road, 4-4 overall, and this is the last game of a 6 game trip.
Marlins are 4-4 at home and overall, they leave for NY after this game.
On Sunday, road teams returning home were 4-3 SU, but all three losses were by 1 one.
Other teams playing on Wed who are returning home after today. PIT, WAS, CIN, COL.
PHI bullpen ERA: 6.97
FLA bullpen ERA: 1.19
The Marlins have 3 CGs and 3 SO this year (not all same).
The scores in their games following a CG and/or SO are: 1-2L (13 innings), 2-3L (10 innings), 1-4L.
Burnett held PHI to 8 hits in 9 innings yesterday. He threw just 103 pitches, using mostly his fastball that was still at 99 mph in the 9th inning.
Chris Capuano vs RHB:I can't decided on who I like here. I was leaning towards PIT due to many factors, but these last BvsP stats are scaring me away.
27 games, 99.2, 106 H, 21 HR, 44 BB, 81 K, .279 BA.
PIT vs lefties, (career):
C. Wilson- .299 (.269)
Bay- .293 (.282)
J. Wilson- .282 (.265)
Wiggington- .267 (.260)
Lawton- .250 (.269)
Josh Fogg 4 career games at Miller Park: 1-0, 24.2, 22 H, 7 BB, 13 K, 3.28, 1.18, .234.
Fogg 10 career games against MIL: 5-2, 61.0, 60 H, 19 BB, 42 K, 3.39, 1.30, .258.
Branyan- 3/10 (.300)
Clark- 1/6 (.167)
Helms- 4/9 (.444)
Jenkins- 11/20, (.550), 3 HR
D. Miller- 5/9 (.556), 1 HR
Overbay- 2/7 (.286)
Spivey- 0/8 (.000)
Jeff Francis has a 5.98 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, and a .301 opponent BA in 40.2 career innings. During day games, Francis is 3-0 in 4 starts with a 2.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .267 BA.Colorado's lost 5 in a row and they're off Thursday, home on Friday.
Shawn Estes has a 2-5 record in 8 career starts at Bank One. His ERA there is 6.02, WHIP 1.66, and opponent BA .309.
Byrd has only made 1 career start in Arlington, and he lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up 8 hits and 7 earned runs.The difference maker for me here, is the Rangers have lost both of their home games this season and they will be trying to avoid being swept by Anaheim.
In his first start of the season, Byrd gave up 6 runs to KC (only 4 earned). Byrd didn't walk anyone, but the ball was in play a lot (9 hits, 9 ground ball outs, 8 fly ball outs).
Park's career numbers in Texas: 26 starts, 8-10, 145.2, 163 H, 66 BB, 114 K, 6.36, 1.57, .283
Against Anaheim: 14 starts, 3-6, 78.2, 87, 42, 57, 5.38, 1.64, .282
Anderson 10/30 (.300), 1 HR
Cabrera 5/22 (.227)
Erstad 10/38 (.263)
Finley 10/53 (.189), 1 HR
Guerrero 13/38 (.342), 4 HR
As mentioned above, Guerrero is day to day with a bruised knee.
Bush's only career appearance against the A's came in Oakland. Bush threw 8 innings of 1 hit ball last July against Rich Harden's 8.2 inning 2 hitter. The game ended 1-0 A's in the 14th.Oakland is also looking to avoid being swept at home.
Left handed batters have a good history against Bush. LHBs hit .289 against him last year, compared to .206 for RHBs.
In Bush's first game of this season, Bush gave up 3 runs in 5 innings to Boston.
In that game, LHBs went against Bush:
Nixon 1/3, 1 HR
Ortiz 0/1, BB
Varitek 1/2, 1 HR
Total 4/13 (.308), 2 HR
Oakland's lineup last night, featured 6 LHB against Josh Towers: Kotsay, Thomas, Chavez, Durazo, Hatteberg, Swisher.
Eric Byrnes may play tonight, however. He's righthanded.
"I'll be honest. I won't lie to you. I feel like I'm late with the fastball and in front with the breaking pitches. I'm not in the middle," he said. "How are you going to fix it? Keep working. I need to get myself ready because nobody wants to be like that.
"Obviously, he's not improving, and we're at the same point (as the past few days),'' Gardenhire said. "This has continued a little bit more here than we expected. If it keeps on another week here, that'd be kind of tough to sit here like this.''
"I am just seeing the ball really well right now," Roberts said. "But c'mon, I am not trying to hit homers. I am just trying to make good contact, and I have been fortunate enough to hit some balls hard."
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