Tag:Carlos Pena
Posted on: June 5, 2008 11:39 am
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/04/08)

Much love to the Detroit Red Wings for winning Lord Stanley's Cup last night. I have come to the sad realization that I am a fair weather hockey fan. I can live with it. On to the Game Notes!

"A's 3B Eric Chavez was given the day off to rest his legs after homering in Tuesday's win over the Tigers. Chavez missed the first 53 games of the season recovering from offseason back surgery." I love Chavev's potential. So far, he has been solid since coming off the DL. Bob Geren is doing the right thing by working Chavez back in slowly. You don't mess around with a back injury.

The Cub's winning streak was broken last night. More importantly, their dominance over NL West teams was ever so slightly diminished. "Chicago lost for just the third time in 19 games against NL West." Keep an eye on your Cubs starters like Soto, Lee, or Fukudome for
games where they play the West and get them in!

Angel's injury news: "The Angels sent OF Vladimir Guerrero (knee) and RHP Scot Shields (ribcage) back to California to get an examination by team medical director Dr. Lewis Yocum. Manager Mike Scioscia says each is progressing and could be available again sometime during the weekend series at Oakland that begins Friday." I'm inclined to try and trade for Guerrero while he's on the DL. I'd have to believe that his owners will sell him after this latest DL stint and his slow start. I still believe he will have a good second half.

"The Braves recalled right-hander Phil Stockman from Triple-A Richmond to replace Smoltz." I have to say it again - I told you so about Smoltz. Now I wish him either a speedy recovery or a happy retirement. Stockman is a 28 year old middle reliever with little fantasy value.

"Rays 1B Carlos Pena went on the 15-day DL with a broken left index finger that was injured when he was hit by a pitch from Boston's Justin Masterson in the first inning Tuesday. OF Justin Ruggiano was called up from Triple-A Durham to fill Pena's roster spot and replaced Upton in center in the eighth."
Pena's been laboring at the plate for a while now. This DL stint might do him some good.

"Brewers 3B Bill Hall entered in the seventh. Hall, who has acknowledged he'd like to be traded if he's not an everyday player, has been platooning with Russell Branyan." Those owners in NL-only leagues should pay attention to the Bill Hall saga. Hall is rather pathetic against RH pitching, but against lefties he's shown some pop. I would imagine that the Brewers will do their best to trade Hall and get some value for him. Should he land in a place where he will play everyday, he could be a decent pick up.

We have a Jorge Posada sighting. "Jorge Posada didn't start because he caught the previous two days while rehabilitating his throwing shoulder at extended spring training in Florida. Posada had been out since April 28 with right rotator cuff tendinitis. He is slated to catch Chien-Ming Wang on Thursday in the series finale." Considering how barren for hitting the catching position has been this year, Posada might be a good pick up in a league where he was dumped. Posada is owned in only 69% of leagues.

"Chan Ho Park relieved Clayton Kershaw and struck out six in three innings, including his first four batters." Kershaw is showing himself to be the rookie that he is. Yesterday he was just throwing the heat as hard as he could and letting the Rockies tee off on him. More often than not, the pitch was just fouled off. Kershaw is a fine pick up in deeper leagues or keeper leagues, but for the average fantasy owner he belongs on the wire, not your roster.

"The Rangers will move RHP Vicente Padilla back into the rotation on Friday night to open a three-game series against Tampa Bay. Padilla is expected to return from his native Nicaragua on Thursday after attending to a personal family matter, missing one start." Padilla's return was expected.

"Indians SS Astrubal Cabrera left the game in the fourth inning with a left hip strain." This was his second start in five games. Between his ice cold bat and this injury, it sounds like the Indians will be auditioning Josh Barfield and Jamey Carroll at second. Cabrera will likely be headed to the DL or the minors to work on his swing.

"The Mets placed C Raul Casanova on the bereavement list following the death of his father, Raul Casanova Sr., and selected the contract of C Robinson Cancel from Triple-A New Orleans." Casanova will be back in a week.

"Giants RHP starter Kevin Correia, recovering from a strained left side muscle that landed him on the DL, tried to talk Bochy out of having him make another start for Triple-A Fresno. But the Giants want him to build his pitch count up a little more after Correia's strong outing Tuesday for the Grizzlies. "I'm over being on the DL," the pitcher said. "I'm ready." I love hearing this kind of talk from players on the DL. I wouldn't want him on my fantasy team necessarily, but the attitude is good.

"After a decent season debut on Tuesday, RHP Radhames Liz will stay in Baltimore's rotation and struggling RHP Steve Trachsel will remain in the bullpen." Liz is a spot starter for the Orioles whose position in the starting roatation is tenous. He might serve AL-only leagues as a two start pick up pitcher.

"The Reds will call up RHP Homer Bailey from Triple-A Louisville to make his first start of the season in Thursday's series finale." A lot of owners are looking to Bailey to be the next big rookie sensation. I'm not. Bailey's been erratic in the minors and this call up has more to do with Josh Fogg's incompetence than it does Bailey's skill.

"Joe Crede left the game after the 12th inning with a bruised right wrist. He made a nice stop in the top of the inning on a hard grounder by DeJesus. He said after the game X-rays were negative and he should be fine, even though the wrist was bandaged." So far the news is good for Crede. Treat his availability as day to day.

Streaking! "Todd Helton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an infield single in the first inning."
Posted on: June 2, 2008 1:39 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/01/08)

A crabby baby and an equally crabby boss makes for a delayed start to the daily review of the Game Notes for fantasy goodliness.

I talked about Carlos Guillen moving to yet another position on the May 30 Game Notes. Tigers Manager Jim Leyand pulled the trigger yesterday. "Following "Tigers INF Carlos Guillen borrowed Gary Sheffield's larger glove and started in LF for the first time in his career as a way for Leyland to get Inge, Guillen and Cabrera in the lineup together. Leyland said Guillen looked good "and happy," which Guillen confirmed. That arrangement might continue against RHPs, Leyland said."  This only makes Guillen more valuable to fantasy owners.

"David Ortiz will receive an MRI on Monday, Boson bench coach Brad Mills said." Ortiz hurt his wrist swinging at a pitch on Saturday.  As of now, Ortiz is listed day to day with a sprain.

"Braves SP Tim Hudson's hamstring will be evaluated again on Monday. "I didn't feel it pop," Hudson said. "I've had hamstring problems before. It's a minor strain."  We'll keep an eye on this one. 

Jamie Moyer is proof that if you stick around long enough, you get your name in the record books. "Moyer won his 236th career game, tying him with Whitey Ford for 57th place on the career wins list."  Moyer's ERA is deadly for a roto team, but he could have a place on a NL-only league.  The Phillies just seem to find him the runs he needs to get a win.

Apart from Ben Francisco, I don't know if I can handle starting any Indians. "While going 12-15, the Indians batted only .218 in May. It was their lowest since August 1968 when they hit .208 and the worst in the majors since the New York Mets hit .217 in September 2003."

"After the game, the Astros sent Cassel to Triple-A Round Rock. RHP Geoff Geary will be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Houston plays at Pittsburgh on Tuesday."  Geary is expected to be used in middle relief.  Not much fantasy value there.

"With Scott Baker on track to come back this week, Boof Bonser appears headed to Minnesota's bullpen."  Baker isn't much of an improvement for the Twins.  I would be reluctant to start him while he's coming off the DL regardless.

"Pittsburgh SS Jack Wilson was a late scratch. He has a sore left calf. "It was more of a precautionary today," Russell said about Wilson. "Hopefully, he'll be ready tomorrow."  With Wilson's recent stint on the DL for the same calf, its understandable why Pittsburgh skipper John Russell kept him out of the game.

"Texas was forced to alter its rotation for the upcoming Cleveland series after RHP Vicente Padilla returned home to Nicaragua on Sunday to deal with a family matter. Rookie RHP Doug Mathis will move up a day to open the series for the Rangers on Monday night."  One doesn't leave the country for just a day or two.  I expect Padilla to miss his Tuesday start.  He will more than likely return by Saturday.

Conor Jackson injury update. "Arizona 1B Conor Jackson is expected to miss three to five days with a strained right quad, but manager Bob Melvin said Jackson could be available to pinch hit."  Its good to hear that the injury is not severe.  I'm hoping they don't call on him to hit so Jackson can just rest for a few days.

"Scott Schoeneweis has given up just one run in 18 1/3 innings, and hasn't permitted a run in 22 of 25 appearances this season."  Despite the stellar numbers, Schoeneweis is nothing more than a strong middle reliever.

Streaks! AKA Start Me Now. "Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 13 with a single in the seventh. He's hitting .411 (23-for-56) during the streak...Reds SS Jerry Hairston Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high from 2002...Texas' Ian Kinsler stretched his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a sixth-inning single...Michael Young's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games -- the second-longest of his career behind a 25-gamer in 2005...Reyes has reached base safely in 32 straight games, one shy of Darryl Strawberry's single-season club record."

...and Sit 'Em.  "Despite driving in Tampa Bay's first run, Carlos Pena continues to struggle at the plate. He was 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the series."  If you ever had to sit Derek Jeter, now might be the time. "Jeter also walked twice. He is 4-for-44 on the road trip."

Finally from the Rich Aurilia kidney stone watch. "Aurilia played in his 1,500th career game after missing three previous three contests for San Francisco because of a kidney stone." Congratualtions to Rich on both achievements.
 
 
 
 
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