Game 3 Preview Of NLCS

October 12, 2011 by

The series between the Brewers and the Cardinals continues tonight at St Louis. Pitching for the Brewers will be Yovani Gallardo, who has given up just two earned runs over 14 innings in the postseason. He has a strikeout ratio of 14-3 this postseason. Chris Carpenter, who pitched a shutout win against the Phillies, is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals. Opponents are hitting.186 against him. Take a look at how the pitchers compare.

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Will The Tigers Come Back From Their Deficit?

October 11, 2011 by

After winning the first two games of the ALCS, the Rangers are feeling pretty good as they travel to Detroit for Game 3 of the series. Pitching for the Rangers will be Colby Lewis who looks to remain undefeated in his postseason career. The Rangers are counting on him to help them to their sixth consecutive playoff victory. Pitching for Detroit will be Doug Fister, who has a 4-0 record with a 0.98 ERA at home. During regular season play, Texas lost four of six at Detroit. Will the hometown advance be enough for the Tigers to overcome the power of Lewis?

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Game 2 of NLCS

October 10, 2011 by

Following a tense Game 1 of the NLCS, Game 2 will take place today with the Cardinals playing at Milwaukee. The Brewers who are currently ahead 1-0 in the series match-up, look to remain undefeated at home during the postseason. Pitching for St. Louis will be Edwin Jackson, who during his first playoff start had four strikeouts and five hits allowed in six innings against the Phillies. Pitching for the Brewers will be Shaun Marcum who has a ERA of 3.54 in the regular season and a W-L record of 13-7. Click on the graph below to see how the Cardinals’ offense played at Milwaukee during the regular season.

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Rangers Take Game One of ALCS

October 9, 2011 by

Following a pair of rain delays, the Rangers took the early advantage in the ALCS against the Tigers by winning the first game by a score of 3-2. The series will continue tonight (if weather allows) with the Rangers seeking their fifth consecutive postseason win. Scheduled to pitch for the Tigers is Max Scherzer who has a 4.43 ERA in the regular season. Derek Holland will pitch for the Rangers. He has a 3.95 ERA in the regular season. Click on the charts to take a closer look at both pitchers.

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Final Showdown: Cardinals Versus Phillies

October 7, 2011 by

With the series tied 2-2, the final game tonight between the Cardinals and the Phillies will decide the both teams’ fates. The teams will return to Citizen’s Bank Park where the scheduled pitchers are Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter. Against the Cardinals, Halladay has an 0-1 record in the regular season, but pitched a winning game against the Cardinals in the post season this year. Carpenter has a 2-0 record against the Phillies in the regular season. Click on the charts to take a closer look at how the pitchers compare.

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Diamondbacks Force Game 5

October 6, 2011 by

The Diamondbacks have done something that is rarely done in postseason play: coming back to tie the series after being down 2-0. Not only have the Diamondbacks forced a Game 5 in the series play, but they did it in style with a Grand Slam home run. The Diamondbacks will return to Milwaukee for the final game of the series tomorrow evening. Take a look at the pitching matchup between Kennedy and Gallardo.

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Pressure is on the Pitchers in this Pivotal Post-Season Match

October 6, 2011 by

In the must win game five of the ALDS both the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers will place their Championship hopes on the arms of two young, inexperienced pitchers. Game five will be a rematch of game one, where Yankees’ Rookie, Ivan Nova’s two earned runs over six and a third innings earned the victory over Doug Fister and the Tigers. While on the surface it appears that Ivan Nova had the more dominant regular season, as he collected 16 victories and only four losses, opposed to Fister’s 11-13 Win-Loss mark. However, over the last two months of the season, Fister was the best pitcher on the Tigers, (A staff that features presumable Al Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander), going 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 11 starts. Check out Nova’s and Fister’s home and away records in the regular season.


While Fister’s had a phenomenal August and September on the hill, he only faced clubs with winning records twice in his 11 starts. Nova, playing in the AL East, faced fierce lineups all year. Compare the amount of Earned Runs Nova and Fister allowed in each of their starts and how it affected their ERAs. Notice that Nova’s ERA was very mercurial while Fister’s ERA significantly tapered off towards the end of the season while facing sub-par lineups.


Examining tonight’s starting pitcher’s Strikeout to Walk Ratio when broken down by home and away, one notices that Fister’s control is more consistent. Also, Nova’s 1.39 home Strikeout to Walk Ratio is nearly three times less than Fister’s 4.12 away Strikeout to Walk Ration and reduces the Bronx Bombers’ advantage at Yankee Stadium.


Fister’s overall regular season WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) was .26 points better than Nova’s and Fister’s away WHIP is .34 points better than Nova’s home. Check out Fister’s and Nova’s WHIPs in the regular season.


While is appears that Fister is the better pitcher, if one factors in their Strikeout to Walk Ratios, WHIPs and Fister’s stellar August and September, Nova was much better in game one. Will Fister again blow up against the powerful Yankees’ lineup and torpedo the Tigers’ season? Or will Nova’s inexperience and lackluster numbers at Yankee Stadium derail the Yankees’ October? Either way a young pitcher will likely become a postseason hero.

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In a New York Nightmare

October 4, 2011 by

With the struggling A.J. Burnett toeing the rubber in a critical ALDS game four this evening, the Yankees’ 2011 season could be over in a New York minute. Burnett (11-11, 5.15 ERA) has a 7.66 ERA in his last ten starts and allowed five runs in six innings against Texas for a Yankees loss in last year’s ALCS. The Yankees will have to overcome some recent history as well, because since 2007 no team has won a playoff game starting a pitcher with an ERA over five. Check out how Burnett’s ERA has fluctuated this year and skyrocketed at the end of the season.

This nightmare scenario for Yankees fan becomes even dimmer when one notices the slumping production of the Yankees’ best bat, Curtis Granderson. Even though Granderson was tied for fourth in the Majors with 77 Extra Base Hits this season, the overall trend of the number of Extra-Base Hits he hit per week was down. Much worse, Granderson’s batting average was a dismal .205 in September. Meanwhile, the Tiger’s best hitter and AL batting Champion, Miguel Cabrera, had an upward trend for Extra Base hits throughout the season (he was third in the Majors with 78) and finished the year with a sizzling .429 batting average in September. Compare Grandrson’s and Cabrera’s Extra Base Hit production in 2011.

The nightmare match up continues when one compares the Tiger’s and Yankees’ Designated Hitters. Detroit’s Victor Martinez batted .333, drove in 103 Runs and only struck out in 8.6 percent of his plate appearances in the 2011 regular season. Yankee DH, Jorge Posada is batting a dismal .169 outside of the Bronx this season. Posada is a major liability at the plate tonight in Comerica Park, as he only had 13 RBIs and struck out in a whopping 23.9 percent of his plate appearance on the road this year. Compare Martinez’s and Posada’s offensive production this season.

With a struggling pitcher on the mound and slumping bats at the plate will tonight be the end of the Yankees’ season?

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Game 3: Phillies at Cardinals

October 4, 2011 by

With the series tied 1-1, the Phillies will travel to St.Louis in Game 3 of the NLDS playoffs. With the series back at square one, the Cardinals (who many expected to be swept by the Phillies) are standing out as favorites in the series. Not only are the Cardinals headed back to St. Louis for the first time since making it to the postseason, they will have Jaime Garcia pitching for them. During this season’s play, Garcia has held the Phillies to just two runs over 15 innings of play. Scheduled to start for the Phillies is Cole Hamels who is 0-1 against the Cardinals this season. Click on the graph below to check out how the Phillies have played this season at St. Louis.

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ALDS Ace Showdown, Take Two

October 3, 2011 by

With game one of the ALDS suspended due to heavy rain on Friday evening, the much anticipated showdown between pitching aces Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia will instead commence tonight at Comerica Park. The series is tied up at one game a piece so this evening’s assumed pitching duel will go along way in determining who move onto the ALCS. This match up taking place 650 miles west in Detroit as opposed to the Bronx appears to give a distinct advantage to Justin Verlander. Five of Sabathia’s eight losses this season have come on the road. Verlander has only lost one game in Detroit since May. Also, Sabathia’s 2.90 Strikeout to Walk ratio on the road is almost half his 5.22 Strikeout to Walk ratio at home. Meanwhile, Verlander’s 4.60 Strikeout to Walk ratio in Detroit is only slightly better than his 4.16 road Strikeout to Walk ratio. Compare Sabathia’s and Verlander’s win loss records and Strikeout to Walk ratios at home and on the road.

Click for much further analysis of Sabathia’s and Verlander’s performance this regular season.

It is highly unlikely that both squads would send their aces to the hill on such short rest in a potential game five, so this pitching showdown shall be decisive for both the Yankees’ and Tiger’s Championship hopes.

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