Saturday, June 16, 2007

Freeway Series: Part Deux

The Dodgers and Angels are playing their second "Freeway Series" of the year at Dodger Stadium. Game one was last night, and it was surprisingly quite the pitcher's duel between the Dodgers' Derek Lowe and the Angels' Ervin Santana. D-Lowe continued his great run which began with May's first start, allowing only one run, hour hits and one walk in seven innings. What made the night special for Lowe though were the strikeouts - a career best 11 of them! This helps me out too as Lowe is a staple of many of my fantasy teams... In his past nine outings, Lowe has a 2.22 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, 52 strikeouts to go along with five wins. Santana matched Lowe almost pitch for pitch in his seven innings, giving up a road season low two runs five hits and two walks while striking out four. Santana's been horrible on the road his entire career (outside of Oakland and New York), but the past two starts he's been pretty good, allowing only a total of five earned runs... perhaps he's finally figuring out how to be mentally focused outside of Anaheim...


Angel Cabrera broke 19 hearts on his final hole at the U.S. Open yesterday. Cabrera sat at one over par along with Bubba Watson as he took the 17th tee yesterday. The cut line for the tournament included anyone within ten shots of the lead... Cabrera did the unthinkable and birdied his eighteenth hole of the day, the 9th to shoot a one over par 71, and get his score back to even par for the tournament, lowering the cut line to ten-over-par (+10). The conditions are downright difficult at the tournament... though somehow Paul Casey managed to shoot a four- under-par 66 after his opening 77... Amongst those unlucky 19 players affected by Cabrera sadly was personal fav Phil Mickelson who struggled to a 77 to finish at +11. Fighting an injured wrist, I knew that just making the cut would probably be a good accomplishment for Phil. There will be no redemption for Colin Montgomerie either - a second round 82 ballooned the other 2006 "almost champ" to a two round total of eighteen-over-par. As for the other contenders, Tiger Woods shot a very respectable four-over-par 74 and is only five back at +5... Jim Furyk and defending champ Geoff Oglivy sit at +6, Vijay Singh is at +8 and Ernie Els is at +9... Six hours of live coverage of the tournament is on NBC beginning at 1pm ET/10am PT today and again tomorrow.


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