THE O’s ARE THE NEW ‘STRO’s

Astros 7, Marlins 5
Lance Berkman returned for the Astros and put up a double and 2 RBIs in his debut. The combination of Lee, Pence and Feliz was remarkably competent last night going 4-11 with 2 extra base hits. The Astro’s go-ahead run in the 8th fittingly came on a suicide squeeze from Kaz Matsui. Jason Michaels followed that up with Houston’s 4th home run of the season(as a team!) and the Stros’ held on for victory.

Reds 11, Dodgers 9
Optimistic would not have been a great word to describe me after the Reds fell behind 3-0 on Billingsley in the top of the first. Then the first 6 Red’s batters(HR, 3B, 3 1Bs, E) reached base in the bottom of the second and scored giving the Reds a 6-3 lead. They added on 3 more runs over the next two innings to take a 9-3 advantage. Optimistic still wouldn’t have been a great word for me, and my doubts were realized in the 8th when Matt Kemp hit a 3-run homer to tie the game at 9. The Reds STUNNED! me when Paul Janish singled in two in the bottom of the 8th AND held on for the save.

Royals 3, Blue Jays 4
The Royals did a decent job getting on base(10H, 3BB), but failed to get enough of them home, leaving 8 men on base for the game and hitting 2-for-10 with RISP as a team. Pitching-wise, they weren’t terrible, but the Jays did a much better job of capitalizing on their opportunities(4-8 RISP). That made the difference in a 1-run game.

Indians 1, Twins 5
Justin Masterson had an interesting start for the Indians striking out 6 in 4 innings, while also allowing 5 hits and walking 5 batters. The Indians defense didn’t help his cause as an error by Asdrubal Cabrera helped account for 3 unearned runs. Kevin Slowey was too good for the Indians anyway, allowing only a solo homer to Travis Hafner in 8 innings of work(9K/0BB).

Padres 1, Giants 0
The always potent Padres offense could only muster 1 hit all game. Somehow, they moved enough runners around to squeak out 1 run in the 4th inning and that proved to be enough for a win, although Heath Bell Made it interesting in the ninth putting runners on the corners with 1 out. Mat Latos went 7 innings for the Padres allowing only 4 hits and a walk. He only struckout two, but forced 14 ground-outs to 5 fly-outs. Jonathan Sanchez struck out 10 batters in 7 IP.

Orioles 1, Mariners 3
Baltimore scored one run in the top of the first, holding a quick lead before Seattle answered with two runs of their own in the first. That was enough for the win. The Orioles got just 6 men on base all game, though they did have 3 doubles.

Season-to-date: 14-15 +3.59
Runs: 121-129, .468

Today: It won’t get any easier for the Orioles as they face King Felix, who is 1-0 on the season with 18K/9BB in 20 1/3 innings pitched. For the rest of the terrible team round-up, Grienke is on the hill for the Royals with his 0-2 record. I’m still not buying the 9-6 Toronto Blue Jays.

It will be interesting to see if people are convinced that Liriano is back to his form from several years ago after a nice win against the Red Sox. That could be a possible break on the Indians.

Houston has won 3 in a row, and Josh Johnson has been pretty unlucky in three starts. Opponents are hitting over .400 on balls in play against him, despite an impressive 20/8 K/BB ratio in 16 innings. I think that’s enough to sit out the Astros today.

Other possible options include the Reds, Nationals, Padres and Braves.

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