Posts Tagged ‘C. J. Wilson’

Do or die for the Tigers

October 13, 2011

Down three games to one in the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers will place the fate of their season onto the arm of Justin Verlander. Verlander won 24 games with a minisule 0.92 WHIP in a phenomenal regular season but after collecting a lose in game one of the ALCS his postseason ERA has soared to 6.75. Fortunately for the Tigers, C.J. Wilson, who will start for Texas this afternoon, has struggled even more this postseason. Wilson has allowed three Home Runs in two starts and has an enormous 7.45 postseason ERA.

While Texas’ offense was much more productive in the regular season, they have scored 19 runs so far this postseason, the same amount as the Tigers. Surprisingly, Detroit’s batters have reached 10 more bases than the Rangers. However, the Tigers continuously squander their base-runners and have grounded into eight double plays this post season!

Runs Scored (Blue), Total Bases (Oragne) & Double Plays Grounded Into (Green)

Detroit has lost two heart break extra inning games this series and if they hope to rebound and progress to the World Series they must stop grounding into double plays and convert their extra base hits into runs.

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Keys to the Game: Rays Vs. Rangers, ALDS Game 1, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

The 2011 postseason will kickoff with a rematch of last year’s ALDS when the Tampa Bay Rays visit Arlington to face the AL West Champion, Texas Rangers. While the Rays were smoking hot to finish the season, winning five games in a row to complete the largest regular season comeback in Major League history, the Rangers were even hotter winning 10 of their last 11 contests. The Rangers will start their de facto ace, C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA) tonight. Wilson has had great success against the Rays this season going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a miniscule 0.83 WHIP in three starts. Track Wilson’s ERA this season. Click for much further insight on Wilson’s pitching.

Rays Manager, Joe Madden, has shocked the baseball world by starting Rookie left-hander, Matt Moore (1-0, 2.89 ERA), in Game One. Moore has only pitched 9 and 1/3 big league innings but pitched five scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts against the Yankees in his last start.

The Rangers have a powerful offense, finishing third in the league in with 855 Runs Scored and second by knocking in 210 Home Runs. Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre lead Texas with 32 Home Runs and have scored a combined 203 Runs and batted in 182 Runs. Amazingly, the Rangers have 467 more total bases than they Rays! Rays hero Evan Longoria, who hit the Wild Card clinching extra innings walk off Home Run Wednesday evening, has 31 Home Runs and 99 RBIs this season. Compare the Rangers’ and Rays’ starting lineups.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Rangers won the regular season series 5-4, so don’t be surprised if this series goes the five game distance.

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AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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Let the All-Star Match-up Begin!

July 12, 2011

Monday morning the lineup for tonight’s All-Star match up was set. Let’s take a look at how the starting pitchers match-up. Pitching for the National League is Roy Halladay of the Phillies. Halladay has a strong 11-2 record and has not lost a game in two months. The National League is hoping that his streak continues. Starting for the American League is Angels’ right-hander Jered Weaver who has an 11-4 record. Regardless of the performance of these two starters, both the National League and American League have strong pitching. The National League have Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Cliff Lee of the Phillies, to name a few. On the other side, the American League has Alexi Ogando and C.J. Wilson, both of the Rangers. So which team do you predict will win?

Philadelphia leads the majors in ERA going into the all star break but only has 2 pitching representatives vs San Francisco’s 4. See how the two teams match up in pitching.

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