The Dugout Report


Aces Abound as Season Starts by llwesman
April 5, 2009, 10:07 pm
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Everybody is sending their aces to the hill tomorrow to start their seasons. While some have big mismatches (Johan vs Harang, CC vs Guthrie, Lee vs Millwood,) there are a number of compelling pitching matchups.

TB: J. Shields (14-8, 3.56)
BOS: J. Beckett (12-10, 4.03)

Tampa Bay and Boston pick up where they left off in last years ALCS, what better way to start the season?

COL: A. Cook (16-9, 3.96)
ARI: B. Webb (22-7, 3.30)

Webb finished poorly last year and looks to again start strong.

DET: J. Verlander (11-17, 4.84)
TOR: R. Halladay (20-11, 2.78)

Two of the AL’s top righthanders here, Verlander coming off a terrible season while Halladay has been terrific as always. Porcello will be taking notes from Halladay.

CHC: C. Zambrano (14-6, 3.91)
HOU: R. Oswalt (17-10, 3.54)

Two guys seemingly on the downside look to show they can still be aces.

SEA: F. Hernandez (9-11, 3.45)
MIN: F. Liriano (6-4, 3.91)

Maybe the best stuff of all the starts takes place in this matchup between Liriano and Felix.

LAD: H. Kuroda (9-10, 3.73)
SD: J. Peavy (10-11, 2.85)

A SoCal matchup here, Peavy starts his trade audition Monday.

Wes

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