The first of two games scheduled for today, though time will tell if we even get through one of them...
Apparently, as punishment for missing last Tuesday's game log, I have to write about Pelfrey (again!) and the Miami Marlins. But in a fun twist, I get to talk about a whole series all on the same day.
Kevin "Suck it Aaron" Correia (1-1, 2.95 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (0-2, 3.86 ERA)
I'm realistic enough to know that Correia probably won't keep up this pace all season. But if you're going to have some surprising success as a pitcher, Miami is a pretty good team to have to face to keep doing it, with their league low 43 runs scored. Even Kevin Slowey can't win with an offense like Miami's behind him.
Mike "Winner" Pelfrey (2-1, 7.30 ERA) vs. Jose Fernandez (0-1, 3.60 ERA)
A quick perusal of Fangraphs tells me Jose Fernandez is pitching pretty freekin good so far this year, with lots of strikeouts (over 10 K/9). Since it'll be frickin cold at the Bullseye tonight, and the umps will have already spent three-ish hours in the cold earlier, I'm setting the over under on strikeouts for Fernandez at 26.5.
Mike Pelfrey, on the other hand, sucks at the whole "striking guys out" thing. But with the potential cold strike zone, maybe he'll get his first career K tonight.
Liaaaam Hendriks vs. Luke Hochevaaaar
Liam was a tough luck loser last time. I predict a pitcher's duel.
Cole "Home Run" De Vries against Will "Wait, Who?" Smith.
I predict a riot. Of runs.
That doesn't make sense, but what I'm saying is... there will be runs. Scored. By baseball teams.
You know, because the first one wasn't (bad/awesome*) enough.
Hochevar vs. De Vries (third best starter in our rotation right now, or fourth best? Either way, it's truly saddening)
* circle one, I'm building stairs, and won't get to edit this before the second game
As I announced two weeks ago, in honor of the doubleheader today's View from the Ballpark will be a different kind of challenge - replicating the view via your mapping tool of choice. Click through for the recaps and the picture clue.