Posts Tagged ‘Braves’

King of the Mound returns, as Jacob Sports continues to count down the top fifty current starting pitchers!  Tune in later tomorrow as we hope to get all the way down to 20!

Pitcher #39 John Danks

At 0-4, Danks can only wipe his head in disgust.

It pains me to put him on here now, because he is winless so far this season, but with a fastball hitting 95, this guy has great command when he’s on the mound… As soon as the White Sox get hot, Danks’ production will sore sky high! A tangent-like detail, Danks ranks 86th amongst current pitchers with wins, at a total of 46, the number may seem low, but mind you, consider the fact that he’s only 26 years of age!  He goes deep into games, as he showed last season, throwing 213 innings, and winning 15 games.  The greatest aspect of Danks is that batters often times swing and miss, resulting in his decent six strike-outs per start.  Danks will only go up from here.

Pitcher #38 Derek Lowe

Fifth on the active “W” list, Derek Lowe is starting to age, at 38.  His speed numbers has dipped but he still is in total control.  If he can keep his pitch count low, Lowe will see a drop in his ERA.  He’s only averaging about 5 and a third inning per outing, albeit Lowe currently has two win this season, while maintaning an ERA of 3.21… Still, if the Braves can sort out all their drama, Lowe will begin to thrive.

Check back later tomorrow!

Lots of sports coverage coming your way these next three days, great way to start it off? Making some picks, and posting a short article about the Boston Red Sox.

All was well in Boston this off-season, in January the Celtics were atop the Eastern Conference standings, the Bruins had great goal-tending on their side, and the Red Sox were slated by many to go to the World Series, if not win it.

Only that was January, this is April.  The Boston Celtics still are going to make the playoffs as a high seed, probably as the second seed, possibly the third seed.  Only it is obvious that the Chicago Bulls are far superior to them, as they just were stomped on in a 97-81 loss to Chicago just last night.  Clearly Chicago is their certain superior.

Boston is currently 0-6, no team with that bad a start has ever gone onto a World Series, albeit I believe all will be well there eventually, that kind of start is just unacceptable for a program who goes out and spends over 100 million dollar’s on player salaries.

Their hitting is supposed to be their strong point, and as a whole, fewer teams have hit at a lower average than Boston.  Hey Terry, how’s Crawford doing for you?

Will either Boston team make it to a championship? Is Derrick Rose the MVP?

Picks:

I’m taking the Phillies, over the Braves.

I’m taking the Brewers, over the Cubs.

 

I’m back, and so is baseball! Which of the two is more exciting?  If you answered “Jacob coming back”, you have a problem!  Every single match-up will be previewed (some more than the others), and every game will be predicted a winner, join in the comment section!

https://i1.wp.com/webspace.webring.com/people/ga/aneresnyy/derek_jeter.jpgDetroit Tigers at New York Yankees How fitting is this one?  Two teams that will finish in the top half of their division, and have a great chance at winning it… The Yankees are going to be good this year, believe me, just not as good (rotation wise) as they have in previous seasons… This will make no difference at all in this game as CC Sabathia is pitching, against Justin Verlander.  Derek Jeter is my sleeper pick this season, as he will hit .300 with 24 home runs! Home town Yankees win this one, 4-3. (NOTE: Numbers are not necessary in picks)

Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals According to CBS Sports, Stephen Strasburg is not on the Washington depth chart, per se he is in the minor leagues right now… Soon, he will be brought up, and that’s when the Nationals will start to shine (I pick them to make the playoffs)!  Still though the Nationals’ pitching is decent, Livan Hernandez will get to the start this afternoon, against Derek Lowe.  The hitting for both teams is something fans have been questioning, and today, the nay-say’ers will get their answer.  Nationals win.

L.A. Angels at Kansas City Royals The loss of Zach Greinke hurts the Royals, but they have so much young talent, I have been trying to preach this for months!  In two years, they will be in the playoffs, and this year, they have a shot at it [the playoffs], only Luke Hochevar (starting today) is no stud, he still throws accurately… The Angels should have a great season, only I am not a fan of their infield, Vernon Wells is my sleeper! Angels win!

Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds In an earlier post, I had predicted these two teams to duel for the division’s top spot, henceforth I find it fitting that these two teams face off on opening day. Edison Volquez starts for the Reds today, I hate to admit it, but he is my favorite pitcher. This game should be high scoring, around 5-4, or so, the Brewers will win.

NOTE: The preview’s of the later games will come in a later post, stay tuned!