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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Great Pitching Match-Ups

We've seen two great pitching match-ups in the BOS vs. CLE series these past two nights. On Tues Daisuke Matsuzaka (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's) prevailed over C.C. Sabathia (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's), and yesterday Fausto Carmona (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's) beat Josh Beckett (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's). Unfortunately the two pitchers out of these four that I listed in my "best pitcher investments" both lost! It's ok though, because they both pitched very well, despite the losses. As for the two pitchers that were not on my list, Matsuzaka's key RC's are already very expensive (an auction for his 07 SPx Auto Redemption card ends in about 4 hrs and it's at $200+), and Carmona was a candidate to be included, but I was skeptical because 1) this is his 1st season as a full-time starter, and 2) although he's 13-4 with a 3.31 ERA this year, last season he was 1-10 with a 5.42 ERA. Hopefully this really is a breakout season for Carmona (and not a fluke) and he'll have a lot of years of solid pitching ahead of him.

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