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Games of the Day
Apr. 22, 2009 (Baseball Musings delivered by Newstex ) --

It looks like its struggling aces Wednesday. Rickey Nolasco leads off against the Pirates and Paul Maholm. Nolascos strikeouts and walks look really good, but hes given up all nine of his extra-base hits with men on base, leading to a 6.60 ERA.

Dan Haren suffers from poor run support so far in 2009.Dan Haren is struggling to win as he faces the Colorado Rockies and Jorge De La Rosa. Haren is 0-3 with a 1.89 ERA. The Diamondbacks, however, scored just one run in his three starts.

Barry Zito still qualifies as an ace based on his salary. His ten ERA, however, does not qualify him for a starting rotation. Hes great at keeping the bases empty this year, but once men get on he falls apart. Hell try to right himself against Chris Young and the Padres.

Cliff Lee pitched better in his start against the Yankees, although he still hasnt returned to his 2008 control. He draws Brian Bannister, making his 2009 debut as the Royals play the Indians.

In the Boston nightcap, Francisco Liriano faces former ace Brad Penny. Its not clear why Lirianos ERA stands at 5.09. His OBA allowed and slugging percentage allowed are low, and the batting average against him with runners in scoring position is okay. Three games of bad luck? Penny has gone beyond parity in his walks and strikeouts, issuing seven free passes in nine innings while only recording three Ks.

Finally, Roy Oswalt tries to make it two in a row against the Dodgers as he takes on Randy Wolf. Oswalt is simply giving up two many hits as opponets are hitting .300 against him with a .486 slugging percentage.


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