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Dice-K – Where does he currently rank in 2007?

Since we have become enamored with the hype of Dice-K I thought it would be fun to point out where he stands presently as far as starting pitching ranking. Since the media and fans are quick to say that Dice-K is great and will be dominant in the U.S. I wanted to point out exactly how great he has been and how he compares to other super star pitchers.

According to Yahoo! fantasy baseball rankings, Dice-K is the 33rd rated starting pitcher. Dice K’s line = 14.0 IP, 1 W, 1 L, 14 Ks, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. So lets see how the greatness of Dice-K stacks up and lets see who is ranked higher than him so far this year. This way we can get a true sense of who he should not be compared to because they are clearly better pitchers based on their statistics year to date. I would state that the only true assessment of a pitcher in 2007 is his actual results and not some media/fan hype frenzy.

The rankings:
#30 – Superstar Josh Towers/Toronto Blue Jays – 13.1 IP, 1 W, 1 L, 10K, 2.02 ERA and 1.05 WHIP
#29 – Converted reliever to incredible starting pitcher, the one and only.. .Braden Looper/ St. Louis Cardinals – 19.0 IP, 2 W, 1 L, 9Ks, 2.37 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
#25 – The phenom known as Tom Gorzelanny/Pittsburgh Pirates – 12.0 IP, 1 W, 0 L, 9Ks, 1.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP
#19 – Mark “the cougar” Hendrickson/Los Angeles Dodgers – 11.0 IP, 0 W, 0 L, 11Ks, 1.64 ERA and 0.45 WHIP
#12 – Kip “I can’t believe I am pitching this” Wells/St. Louis Cardinals – 20.0 IP, 1 W, 2 L, 18 K, 2.25 ERA and 0.90 WHIP
#9 – No comment needed on this man (Runny’s favorite non-Cuban player) Ian Snell/Pittsburgh Pirates – 20.0 IP, 1 W, 1 L, 20Ks, 1.80 ERA and 0.95 WHIP
#3 – Rich “King of the” Hill/Chicago Cubs – 14.0 IP, 2 W, 0 L, 11Ks, 0.64 ERA and 0.57 WHIP
#1 – This comes as no surprise…Felix Hernandez – 17.0 IP, 2 W, 0 L, 18K, 0.00 ERA and 0.47 WHIP

Iti s not worth bringing up the following pitchers as a comparison because most logical baseball fans would assume they are initially better than Dice K:

#2 Beckett
#4 Hudson
#5 Peavy
#7 Harden
#10 Johan
#11 Verlander
#14 CC
#17 Halladay

Let’s seee if you can move up this list tonight Dice-K and I can not wait for your Sunday night start against the Yankees. Too bad Matsui is coming back on Monday and not Sunday night. Show us what you got!!!!

Flash Flash

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Dice-K, ESPN, gyroball, Japan, Matsuzaka, MLB, Red Sox, Sports, Yankees | 1 Comment

MLB, NBA & UFC Picks

No lines available for the NBA match-ups for Tuesday, but I’ll keep my eyes open for any good ones. There are a couple of MLB lines I like though, and the first offerings for the UFC card this weekend are out. Here goes my picks:

MLB

  • Pirates @ Cards. The Bucks pulled off a nice win on Monday night, handing the Cards another loss at home. The Cards are terrible at home so far, going 1-5 out the gate in the Busch. Two youngsters square off against each other tomorrow. Wainwright for the Cards and Tom Gorzelanny for the Bucks. I’m a huge fan of both, but I like Wainwright at home in this one. I think the Cards rebound. I’m taking the Cards -160.
  • Padres @ Cubs. Maddux makes his return to Wrigley against Wade Miller. Miller has been sporadic and injuires have killed him the past few years. Despite the Padres being on the road, they have Maddux who knows his way around Wrigley. Soriano will be out for the game. I’m taking the Padres -110.
  • Rangers @ White Sox. After the Chubbies lose to the Padres, hop on the Red Line and head to The Cell for the Sox-Rangers. Garland is on the hill for the White Sox. He has been inconsistent. So have the Sox bats. They will be looking to rebound at home. I just think Robinson Tejada outpicthes him tomorrow. I also think the Rangers bats will be more awake. I’m taking the Rangers +125.
  • Giants @ Rockies. This is my favorite line of tomorrow’ games. Matt Cain and the Giants are slight underdogs. They should be favorites. Bonds will homer. I’m taking the Giants +100.
  • Red Sox @ Jays. Nomo II makes his third start. His first north of the border. I still think he is overrated. The light hitting Mariners showed they could beat him at home and in front of a huge audience (locally and globally). The problem for him is the Jays are not the Mariners. The Sox will cool down, too. I’m taking the Jays +135. 

UFC

  • Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga. Cro Cop is one of my favorite fighters. HUGE fan. I’ve been psyched he made the jump from Pride. I’ve expected him to kick the snot (literally) out of anyone Dana White throws his way. He lived-up to expectations in his debut a couple of months ago. Before I saw the lines for this weekend, I was all over Cro Cop no matter what the line started at. But, I do think Gonzaga can beat him. He is mean and he fights with a lot of heart. This has OSU Syndrome written all over it. However, Cro Cop is not OSU. I think the line is actually lower than it will be on fight night. I’ll watch it throughout the week as well, but I’d take it right now because I think it will only get worse. I’m taking Cro Cop -500.
  • Arlovski vs. Werdum. I’m also a huge fan of The Spider. He just seems like a train wreck in and out of the octagon. The lines is even right now (both fighters are at -110), which is good. I think he pounces and he will be a favorite by fight night. I’m taking Arlovski now -110.

Those are tomorrow’s (and Saturday’s) picks for now. I’ll keep my eyes opened for the NBA lines. I like a few games, but will wait to see what Vegas thinks.

 Good luck.

Runny

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Betting, Cubs, Dice-K, Gambling, Japan, Mariners, MLB, mma, nba, Red Sox, ufc, Winning Picks | Leave a comment