Friday, June 09, 2006
Nationals Win, O'Connor picks up his third win, Cordero records 12th save . . .
According the press guide: the Nationals had the best record in baseball over a certain period (14-6, over the last 20 games?, oh I see, over the last three weeks). They are now 15-6 after last nights win.
Tony Armas will battle Brett Myers tonight. Myers is 4-2 with an ERA of 2.90. Myers has started one game in June, a no decision (gave up 3 earned runs in 6.2 innings, an era of 4.05 for June). Tony Armas is currently 6-3, with an era of 3.34. Armas tends to do better on the road, but has done better of late at RFK (better compared to past performance at RFK). Armas has also pitched 1 game in June, a win against the Brewers on June 4th that saw Armas pitch 6 innings, strike out 4 and give up zero runs.
Livan Hernandez (5-5, 5.16) is currently scheduled to pitch during the day on Saturday (a big game for me with relatives arriving). Hernandez is expected to face RHP Cory Lidle (4-5, 4.83 era).
On Sunday, another day game, RHP Shawn Hill is scheduled to his third start of 2006 (or his 6th overall major league start). Hill will likely face LHP Cole Hamels, currently 1-0 with an era of 2.65. Hamels has started three games in the major leagues, all in 2006. He lasted 5 innings in his first start on May 12th against the Reds, and gave up zero runs (while striking out 7, walking 5 and giving up 1 hit). His second start occurred on May 18th, against the Brewers. He lasted 6.1 innings in that game and gave up 4 earned runs off of 5 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 5. Hamels third start occurred on June 6th against the Diamondbacks. He lasted 5.2 innings, giving up 1 earned run off of 3 hits and 2 walks (and striking out 2 batters). Opponents are hitting .000 (lefties) or .237 (righties). Hamels has a 5.68 era during the day (and Sunday is a day game), while having a much lower 0.84 era for night games. He has only started on the road, and on grass.