We have come to Thursday which gives us the beginning of a few series and the get away day for a few series. Get away days are always tough as some managers choose to rest specific players, but we will not even try and guess whom those players will be.
It is kind of a hit or miss day for both pitching and hitting so we will see how things shake out.
Here are today's top offensive match ups:
|C||Ramon Hernandez||Fossum||on fire since DL stint|
|C||Gerald Laird||Wang||2/5 (.400)|
|1B||Todd Helton||Lowry||7/19 (.368)|
|1B||Mark Teixeira||Wang||3/7 (.429)|
|2B||Marquis Giles||Hudson||3/4 (.750)|
|2B||Mark Grudzielanek||Kennedy||4/11 (.364)|
|3B||Joe Crede||Silva||11/31 (.355)|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||Maholm||3/6 (.500)|
|SS||Juan Uribe||Silva||15/30 (.500)|
|SS||Miguel Tejada||Fossum||8/23 (.348)|
|OF||Magglio Ordonez||Weaver||3/4 (.750)|
|OF||Jermaine Dye||Silva||7/15 (.467)|
|OF||Barry Bonds||Cook||11/23 (.478)|
|OF||Xavier Nady||Zambrano||6/13 (.472)|
|OF||Jay Gibbons||Fossum||7/18 (.389)|
|Others/UT||Travis Hafner||Escobar||6/14 (.429)|
|Others/UT||David Ortiz||Halladay||17/57 (.298)|
Starting Pitchers worth looking at for Thursday:
Kind of a hit or miss, but those who are watching innings, I would take the day off.
|Derek Lowe||Florida||9/59 (.153)|
|Tim Wakefield||Toronto||37/154 (.240)|
|Chien-Ming Wang||Texas||8/33 (.242)|
|Justin Verlander||Seattle||6/26 (.231)|
|Roy Halladay||Boston||76/300 (.253)|
|Carlos Zambrano||Pittsburgh||36/145 (.248)|
|Tim Hudson||San Diego||30/107 (.280)|
Pitchers to Avoid:
Today's list includes a couple of hurlers hoping the humidor is working and a pitcher who has been dominated in his career by his opponent.
|Noah Lowry||Colorado||35/108 (.324)|
|Aaron Cook||San Francisco||52/172 (.302)|
|Carlos Silva||Chicago White Sox||65/181 (.359)|
Things to look for:
1. An offensive explosion at Coors Field this weekend
2. Tough outings by reliable starters
3. Closers becoming more reliable
Best of luck to you all!