2011 Pitch or Ditch Debut!
SIANO’S PICKS (CORY’S DISAGREEMENTS BELOW)
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Verlander @ Sabathia
Weaver @ Hochevar *I have faith in Luke but let me see a start or two. If you disagree since it’s so early that’s fine.
Lowe @ L. Hernandez *Livan probably goes 5-0 then 2-15.
Gallardo @ Volquez * I don’t have an issue starting EV here.
Stauffer @ Carpenter *High on Stauffer but he wasn’t supposed to be the first guy out. Could be a short leash Thursday.
Lincecum @ Kershaw *Second of two elite matchups on Opening Day.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Buehrle @ Carmona *Carmona a sleeper but reward isn’t too high unless he gets some Ks.
Lester @ Wilson *Ok CJ let’s see you do it again.
Pavano @ Romero *I’ll give American Idle a little love here, it may be last time.
Guthrie @ Price *Guthrie can succeed but he may be POD for certain stretches.
Haren @ Francis *The Franchise!!! Pass.
F. Hernandez @ Cahill *Not hard to say pitch vs. M’s woeful lineup.
Myers @ Halladay *Best matchup storyline wise of the young season.
Correia @ Dempster *Correia? Really?
Kennedy @ Jimenez *Kennedy goes Coors and Wrigley first two starts. Hang in there.
Pelfrey @ Johnson *Let’s see what the Big Pelf has.
J. Sanchez @ Billingsley
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Jackson @ Carrasco *Love Carrasco but expect pains.
Liriano @ Drabek *Drabek = Carrasco
Santana @ Davies *BIG ERV!!!!!!!!!!
Penny @ Burnett *I’ll be at this game. Wife may be asking to leave after four innings. Like Penny at home for now.
Matusz @ Shields
Lackey @ Lewis *Nice first test for Lackey
Vargas @ Anderson
Maholm @ Zambrano
Hanson @ Lannan
Richard @ Westbrook *I’ll chase a win for fun vs. Padres lineup.
Cain @ Lilly
Wandy @ Lee
Marcum @ Wood *Wood a sleeper proceed with caution.
Niese @ Nolasco *I’m waiting and seeing on Niese.
D. Hudson @ De La Rosa *A Siano special!
SUNDAY, APRIL 3
Danks @ Masterson *Waiting on Masterson
Scherzer @ Hughes *Not bad.
Blackburn @ Cecil *I’m a Cecil fan.
Tillman @ W. Davis
Buchholz @ Harrison
Kazmir @ Chen *Say What?
Fister @ G. Gonzalez
Wolf @ Arroyo *Could be 3-2 or 9-8.
Dickey @ Vazquez
T. Hudson @ Zimmermann *Would love to pitch but want to see more.
Happ @ Oswalt *Happ should consider the flu here.
Moseley @ J. Garcia *Garcia’s bad spring means nothing and it’s the Padres.
Ohlendorf @ Garza *Garza gives up no homers and we laugh at you all then you remind us it was Pirates.
Saunders @ Chacin *I like the Ks
Zito @ Kuroda *Zito was in a neck brace last night…ditch
-Pitch Stauffer on Thursday, as well as Carrasco, Drabek and Niese on Saturday; let’s see what they have.
-Ditch Richard on Saturday in St. Louis. In general though, I’m a lot more inclined to say “pitch” on more guys this early in the season, because we have all year to make up for any early bad decisions. But for now, let’s run some guys out there and see what they have.