Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sort of Preview for Braves and Tampa

I say sort of because I don't really like doing previews for two game series. I'll say what I always say for a even numbered series. Just split the stupid thing and move on. Also, I despise interleague, so previewing those series is really a pain in the butt. We rarely play each other so the pitching matchups are meaningless, and the teams generally have no rivalries on the other side, plus you probably won't recognize most of the opposing players. Interleague blows.

Now that I'm off my soapbox, here are the matchups.

Game 1 - Foltynewicz v. Ramirez
Game 2 - Perez v. Odorizzi

I mean honestly, if I tossed those names out to Braves fans in April, they'd be like..WHO? So let me just do a simple breakdown instead of full matchups. Folty is pitching decently, and he's 2-0 on the season thanks to some big offensive support. However, his WHIP is enormous at 1.71 and he scares the hell out of me whenever runners get on base. I'd love to feel more comfortable with the kid, but his ERA is over 4.00 and he needs to keep opposing players off the bags before I trust him. Williams Perez is taking over for Eric Stults, and he's basically a 23 year old with exactly 2.1 innings in the majors. I expect him to get ripped to shreds by an AL lineup. Maybe he won't, but I fully expect the Braves to be gigantic underdogs in that game.

The opposing pitchers are Erasmo Ramirez, who the Braves saw once in 2014 and shelled him for 5 runs in 3 innings, and also Jake Odorizzi, whose name sounds like an Italian shoe insole. Feet stink in Naples? Odorizzi! Turns out he's actually a 25 year old whose really good. He has a 2.36 ERA, and the Braves have never seen him before. That bodes ill for us.

CPA Predictions:

Last series the CPA went 2-1 again, so it's catching up! 14-19 now on the season with -8.85 units. We're getting there, so let's see how this two gamer looks.

Game 1 - Braves by 1
Game 2 - Rays by 5

Yeah the CPA thinks we're going to win the first game, and apparently we're sending in the clowns in Game 2. I hope the second part of the machine is wrong. We'll find out.


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