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Pirate Predictions

Friday, April 22, 2005

The commenters are getting sarcastic, I'd better bear down and get these ones right.

Disclaimer: The first game may have started already, but I haven't looked at the scores yet.

Friday: Maddux vs. Mark Redman
Saturday: Wood vs. Dave Williams
Sunday: Prior vs. Josh Fogg

Friday: Redman is 1-1 in three starts with a 2.33 ERA. He is matching up against Maddux who looked like he had turned the corner in his last start. At that time, I wrote "Its Maddux time again in 2005." So, the official prediction is a white flag today because the game is being played at Wrigley.

Saturday: Dave Williams starts for the Pirates. He has gone to the bump twice this year, and has a 1-1 record with a 2.31 ERA. He'll be opposed by Kerry Wood who is sporting a 6.38 ERA and an 0-1 record. The last time Wood pitched, I predicted he'd get it back on track. I audibled from my original prediction and called for a Cubs victory... it didn't happen and now Kerry Wood is going to have to prove himself before he gets the benefit of the doubt. So, on Saturday, Pirates win.

Sunday: I could waste your time and mine by reviewing Josh Fogg's body of work, but what is the point? Mark Prior and his 0.00 ERA are going to the mound. Just like Wood who automatically has a loss prediction until he proves otherwise, Prior is an automatic win. So, Cubs win on Sunday. (Just in case you were wondering, Fogg has a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in his three starts this season. But, his WHIP stands at 1.25, his BAA is .233, and he is walking three batters per 9 innings. These rate stats (ERA vs. the others) won't all stay the same... and I'm guessing the ERA will balloon on Sunday.

Update: 9:37 p.m. CST Well, for all of my crystal ball gazing, I missed the storm for today. As you know, the Cubs didn't get in their game today, and it will be made up in July.

From what I can understand from Cubs.com, it doesn't look like the pitching matchups will change, so I'm not going to change my predictions.

Posted by Byron at April 22, 2005 3:22 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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