Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:16 am
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/10/08)

Tigers win! Cubs win! D-Train to the minors! Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. On to the Game Notes!

I can't say that I am surprised in any way by this development. "The Tigers sent struggling Dontrelle Willis down to Class A on Tuesday, hoping the former star lefty can find his control. Detroit optioned Willis to Lakeland of the Florida State League -- and home to the Tigers' spring training camp -- a day after he matched a career high by giving eight earned runs on five walks and three hits in 1 1/3 innings against Cleveland. Willis (0-1) has walked 21 batters in 11 1/3 innings." It needs to be noted here that Willis didn't go down to Triple-A Toldeo. No, they sent him down to single A ball, where they keep the prospects, the first year players. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski even went so far as to say that Willis may not begin working on his pitching immediately for whatever reason. I don't know who is more damned by this turn of events - Dombrowski for signing him to that massive contract or Willis for being an utter failure.

"Tom Glavine's shortest outing this season came on April 13 when he did not record an out against the Nationals." Glavine left the game after 3 INN, 4 ER, 4 BB, O K, and promptly landed on the DL. Like his long time teammate John Smoltz, Father Time has finally caught up with Glavine. He's had a great career, but life after 40 just isn't easy for a pitcher. Glavine has fallen far from his Cy Young, must-have roto status to a fantasy afterthought. He seldom hits 6 innings per outing and his K to BB ratio is nearly 1 to 1. For the amazing 40% of you fantasy owners living in 1998, its time to move on.

"Dustin Pedroia broke an 0-for-18 slump" with two hits in the game. Pedroia is coming back to earth after his Rookie of the Year season. Slumps are natural for any player, especially those in their sophomore seasons. I would expect Pedroia to rebound somewhat to a .275 BA for the rest of the year. He's a serviceable option at a thin 2B position.

"Baltimore designated RHP Steve Trachsel for assignment and promoted 1B Oscar Salazar from Triple-A Norfolk. Trachsel was 2-5 with an 8.39 ERA in 10 games." Trachsel was a fantasy nobody who is likely done with baseball after being released. Oscar Salazar is an interesting prospect for the Orioles. I've seen him listed as 1B, 2B, and 3B in various sources. He's had a nice spring in the minors hitting .331, 7 HR, and 44 RBI. The O's don't have a place for him in the lineup at present, but he makes a fine insurance policy for injuries. I would take a flyer on him in deeper AL-only leagues.

When Ryan Doumit returned from the DL he forgot to bring his bat with him. He went 1 for 12. Last night, he found it going 4 for 4 with 2 HR and 3 RBI. "It was the third four-hit game of Doumit's career." If he keeps up his .345 hitting, I don't see how the Pirates can keep him splitting time behind the plate with Raul Chavez.

"Indians 2B Josh Barfield left in the top of the sixth with a strained left middle finger." Nothing like getting a call up to the big leagues and getting injured in your first game.

They say in baseball that some batters just have a pitcher's number. These two Indians seem to have CC Sabathia figured out. Then again, so does much of the AL..."Alexi Casilla's bunt hit was his eighth in a row off Sabathia and extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. He's 9-for-13 (.692) in his career against Sabathia...Twins C Mike Redmond went 1-for-3 and is 13-for-26 (.500) overall against Sabathia."

...and on the other side of the coin. "Roy Oswalt continued to be strong against Prince Fielder, who went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is 4-for-28 with seven strikeouts against Oswalt in his career." Oswalt has been struggling this year, but can consistently shut down Fielder. Go figure.

What's happened to V-Mart? No power and now no average. I used to think he would just snap out of it. I'm beginning to think now that its gotten in his head. "Indians C Victor Martinez went 1-for-4. After batting .350 (28-for-80) through the end of April, he has hit .217 (25-for-115) in May and June."

"The Reds placed IF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a broke thumb and sent RHP Gary Majewski to the bereavement list so he could be with his wife, who was delivering their first child. The team selected the contract of IF-OF Jolbert Cabrera and recalled rookie LHP Danny Herrera from Triple-A Louisville." Herrera is simply a place holder until Majewski returns. Cabrera could make some noise for owners in deeper NL-only leagues. He was hitting .288, 4 HR, and 30 RBI in the minors.

"The Blue Jays lead the majors with seven complete games, including five by Roy Halladay." I wonder how much of that has to do with the success of the Blue Jays starters, John Gibbons' managing philosophy, or lack of faith in their relievers. In leagues where complete games are rewarded, Blue Jays pitchers are especially valuable.

"The Mets designated INF Abraham Nunez for assignment after the game." That was a short trip.

"John Buck is hitting a major league-leading .474 with runners in scoring position." This is a classic example of statistics deceiving you. Buck might hit great with RISP, but with no one to drive in, he's anemic. So much so that he has lost his starting job with the Royals to Miguel Olivo.

"Bochy said RHP Kevin Correia should be available Sunday. Correia has been on the disabled list since April 27 with a left intercostal strain." Correia is a marginal fantasy player of use in deeper NL-only leagues. I would advise caution before adding him to your roster.

We have streaker sightings! "Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games and J.D. Drew to nine...Michael Bourn extended his career-high hitting streak to six games on Tuesday." Don't forget Casilla's 12 game streak.
Posted on: June 8, 2008 2:11 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/07/08)

Summer has come with a vengeance to the Mid West.  Break out the sunscreen, crank on the AC, settle in and watch baseball.  This is the finest time of the year.

"Both teams (the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers) lost key members of their starting rotation for the season before the game. Cleveland's Jake Westbrook will need Tommy John surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, while Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman had a blood clot in his pitching shoulder and needed angioplasty Saturday morning. The Tigers had Bonderman's jersey hanging in the dugout during the game."  I wrote about Bondo's injury yesterday.  The Tigers are holding out hope that he will return late this season.  I would seriously doubt that we will see him pitch again this year. For Westbrook, its obvious he is lost for the season.  Tommy John surgery is now becoming almost common place for pitchers.  I'll say now that Westbrook will come back even stronger after the surgery.

"The 10 runs allowed by Andy Pettitte matched a career high." Pettitte's line (6.2 IP, 10 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, and 4.99 ERA) is a nightmare for fantasy owners. Its wholly consistent with how he has been pitching for year. He's made it into the 6th, but he has been getting shelled. Given the high ERA and WHIP, I would not start Pettitte in a roto league and am reluctant to start him even while he's winning in H2H.

"Baltimore LHP Brian Burress, who has won just one of his past eight starts, will get an extra day of rest before his next outing, Friday against Pittsburgh." Burress carries a 4.96 WHIP.  Between the losses, the 1.45 K to BB ratio, and the inflated ERA, I see Burress holding fantasy value in only deep AL-only leagues.

"Besides (activating Vernon) Wells, the Blue Jays also activated INF John McDonald from the 15-day DL and recalled Wolfe from Triple-A Syracuse. To make room on the roster, Toronto placed 2B Aaron Hill (concussion) on the 15-day DL, designated RHP Armando Benitez for assignment and optioned INF/OF Joe Inglett to Syracuse." As expected, Hill was placed on the DL retroactive to May 30.  This puts his return at Week 12.  As far as McDonald and Wolfe are concern, they have no fantasy value.

If it makes Hill feel any better, "Mets OF Ryan Church sat out his second straight game and will not play in Sunday's finale because he says he is "not feeling right."

"Boston manager Terry Francona said CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left Thursday's game with a sprained right wrist, could be back Tuesday."  This speaks well to the "real clean" MRI from yesterday.  Ellsbury should be back and stealing bases shortly.

"Tim Wakefield was winless in his last five starts, going 0-3."  Unfortunately for Wakefield, he can't play the Tigers or Seattle every outing. Wakefield had a decent outing from a fantasy perspective (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, and a 4.33 ERA).  You roll the dice with the knuckleballer.

"After the game, the Marlins optioned C Paul Hoover to Triple-A Albuquerque. RHP Ryan Tucker will have his contract selected prior to tomorrow's game to make his major league debut." Tucker has been dominant in the minors with a 1.41 ERA over 12 starts. As we all know, there is a significant difference between major league and minor league hitters.   He will face the Reds first.  Lets see how Ken Griffey, Jr. and Jay Bruce greet the rookie.

Josh Hamilton's struggles at the plate recently may be because he "has been bothered by viral infection for several days and is expected to get a day off on Sunday."

In the continuing saga of the WWE meets MLB, "Rays OF Jonny Gomes dropped his appeal and began serving his five-game suspension on Saturday night. RHP James Shields will drop his appeal after Tuesday night's start and will begin his six-game suspension on Wednesday. ... Gomes and Shields were two of five Rays suspended for a total of 23 games for their parts Thursday night's bench-clearing melee with the Red Sox. The other three Tampa Bay players -- Crawford, RHP Edwin Jackson and 2B Akinori Iawmura -- are expected to appeal before their suspensions begin later in the month."

"Jonathan O. Sanchez has gone at least six innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last five starts." Sanchez along with reliver Brian Wilson are a couple of very pleasant fantasy surprises coming out of San Francisco.  Sanchez has a 2 to 1 K to BB ratio, an ERA under 4, and a WHIP of 1.38.  You won't get a ton of wins from the Giant's starter, but he makes a nice spot pitcher.

"Oakland RHP Andrew Brown, on the DL since undergoing an appendectomy on May 20, may be activated Sunday, according to manager Bob Geren." Brown is a middle reliever and not much more.

"Yost is hoping to have relievers Eric Gagne (rotator cuff tendinitis) and David Riske (hyperextended right elbow) back within a week."  The rest of the Brewers are hoping they stay on the DL...

"New York reinstated Raul Casanova from the bereavement list Friday. The Mets optioned C Robinson Cancel to Triple-A New Orleans."  Casanova grounded out pinch-hitting yesterday.

Usually streakers have company.  Today, we only have one.  "Nationals C Jesus Flores extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games with a seventh-inning single."

I have no idea how things like this make it into the game notes, but I'm glad for the opportunity to comment on it. "A moment of silence was held for Jim McKay, the longtime voice of ABC Sports who died Saturday morning at age 86. In July 2000, when the American Sportscasters Association selected Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully as the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century, McKay finished sixth in the voting behind Scully, Howard Cosell, Mel Allen, Red Barber and Bob Costas."  Jim McKay and ABC's Wide World of Sports was a fixture in our home on Saturdays and Sundays in the late 70's. McKay was my Dan Patrick minus the shtick.  He was knowledgable, engaging, and a great ambassador for all sports.
Posted on: June 7, 2008 2:59 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/06/08)

"I wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself." Truer words were never written on the interblags. On to the Game Notes!

"Detroit put SS Ramon Santiago (shoulder) and OF Clete Thomas (ankle) on the disabled list and RHP Aquilino Lopez went onto the bereavement list. To replace them, the Tigers activated RHP Denny Bautista from the DL and recalled SS Michael Hollimon and OF Brent Clevlen from Triple-A Toledo." I only mention these transactions because so many players are involved. These players are like rest of the 2008 Tigers - worthless.

Non-game note but Tiger related, Jeremy Bonderman is likely out for the season after a procedure was done to relieve a blood clot in his arm. Like the rest of the Tigers rotation, Bondo hadn't been setting the world on fire, but he was serviceable. His departure is a blow to an already struggling club. I would assume that Armando Galarraga and Dontrelle Willis will no longer share starts.

"Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left Thursday's game with a strained right wrist, had an MRI and the results came back "very clean," according to manager Terry Francona. Ellsbury is day-to-day." Great news for Ellsbury and his owners. The kid has been a great find for fantasy owners leading the league in SB. He should be good to go for Week 11.

"Pirates C Ryan Doumit played for the first time since breaking his left thumb May 14, and went 0-for-4." Doumit's scuffling at the plate is to be expected. Catching with a broken thumb requires a guts, painkillers, ice, and nice chunk of insanity. I would keep him reserved for a few more games.

Week 5's favorite pick up "Marlins LF Josh Willingham (back) is scheduled to take batting practice Saturday. There's no timetable for his return to the lineup." Willingham was all kinds of goodness at the end of April. This herniated disk has kept him sidelined. I have no idea why 37% of owners still have him on the roster.

"Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (concussion) missed his seventh straight game. Hill collided with Eckstein on May 29 in Oakland and is still suffering lightheadedness and headaches. Hill, who was checked by a doctor in Toronto on Friday, will likely land on the disabled list if he is unable to return soon." Apart from a mention when this happened, I haven't paid much attention to Hill. After more than a week out it seems like this is more than a matter of Hill's bell getting rung. Hill only had 2 HR and a .264 BA prior to the injury. If you are one of the 24% of owners still starting Hill, its time to look for an alternative.

"Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, who was benched Thursday for failing to hustle on a pop fly, was back in the lineup." I'm a Rollins owner and a believer in his talent. That said, I L-O-V-E Charlie Manuel sitting his butt down for not going 100%. By sitting his MVP SS, he sends a message to the entire team about excellence and how he thinks the game should be played. Bravo, Skipper!

"Until Ian Kinsler's drive, Scott Kazmir hadn't given up a home run since Sept. 4, a stretch of 68 innings." I am still amazed at the play of the Rays and especially Kazmir. 6-1, 44 K to 13 BB, ERA of 1.40 and a WHIP of less than 1. (0.91 to be exact.) It only took owners 6 weeks to become believers. I hope their fans start believing as well and fill Tropicana Field.

"RHP Sidney Ponson was designated for assignment by the Rangers in a surprise move before the game. General manager Jon Daniels was vague about the reasons for the decision, saying Ponson had been dumped "for disrespecting teammates and club personnel." Ponson was a nice addition to the Rangers in a time when they needed some pitching consistency. You have to know there was some pretty serious douchebaggery on Ponson's part to get released.

"Texas' Gerald Laird, normally a catcher, made his first career start at 3B. Laird had no trouble with the first two grounders hit his way, then bobbled the third on what was ruled an infield single." In some leagues, Laird is now eligible to play 3B. For most leagues, he'll require a few more starts to get the permanent designation. Still, its nice to have the flexibility on your roster. Laird still has Salty splitting time behind the plate. This just makes Laird an option in deep AL-only leagues.

"Giants OF Aaron Rowand left the game in the seventh inning with an injury to his right quadriceps muscle. He'll be re-examined on Saturday. Washington RHP Tim Redding pinch-hit for Bergmann in the third inning. He struck out." I've seen this injury characterized as a right hip flexor as well. Either way, its not good news for Rowand owners. He's been having a nice season for the Giants. Rowand is listed as day to day.

"New York lost for just the second time in Johan Santana's last 10 starts." Santana has been solid since joining the Mets. 6 INN, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB, and a 3.08 ERA yesterday. I'm looking for even better things after the All Star break from Santana.

Streakers! "Jose Lopez extended his hitting streak to five games. He is 9-for-23 over that stretch...David DeJesus extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games."
 
 
 
 
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