Surprisingly, there were not too many Game Notes of fantasy value today. With that, I go to spend some time with the famn damily on this Father's Day. Here's wishing all of you dads a happy Dad's Day and a win for your fantasy team.
"Kyle Lohse is 12-2 since last July 25, a major league best .857 winning percentage. He's pitched six or fewer innings in six of his victories this season." No one will confuse Lohse for Cy Young, but he has been a solid fantasy pitcher despite seldom going past 6 innings. An 8-2, 40 K/21 BB ratio, 3.77 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP makes Lohse a good addition to your team.
"OF Scott Hairston was scratched from the lineup due to a hyperextended left elbow. Black doesn't expect him to play in Sunday's series finale." Hairston is part of a platoon of outfielders for the Padres. As such, he doesn't see as much playing time as he probably deserves. His injury comes just as he was starting to get his average up. Hairston is listed as day to day.
Normally I don't write about rehab progress, but Brewers fans should be aware that "Brewers RHP Eric Gagne (right shoulder) said he hopes to throw from the mound during his next session Sunday." Hide your baseball teams and hopes for a winning season for the Destroyer is at hand!
"With Arizona LF Eric Byrnes' return from hamstring injuries uncertain, Conor Jackson made his third start in left for Arizona on Saturday night. It was his sixth game in the outfield in four big league seasons." In two more games, Jackson should be available as an OF for most fantasy leagues.
"After the game, the Giants optioned LHP Patrick Misch to Triple-A Fresno. The move was made to make room for RHP Kevin Correia (1-3), who will be activated from the disabled list and start Sunday against Oakland LHP Dana Eveland (4-5) in the series finale." Correia looked good in his rehab assignments. It should provide hope to Giants fans. Most fantasy owners, however, should take caution before placing back on your roster much less your starting rotation. Correia has a 4.5 ERA with a 16 K/11 BB ration and 1.38 WHIP. His value is primarily for NL-only leagues.
"Mariners reliever Mark Lowe threw exclusively out of the stretch Friday for the first time. He tossed two hitless innings with three strikeouts. "I like what I see," McLaren said. "There's no loss of velocity. It doesn't look like he rushes as much. With the windup, it looked like he was real quick." Lowe will be critical to the bullpen's success with closer J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL. Brandon Morrow now will do much of the closing work while Lowe will slip in the Morrow's role as the setup guy." That's a long-winded note to remind you that Putz is on the DL and to pick up Morrow in case your are in desparate need of a closer. Given the Mariners lack of wins, Morrow will have few save opportunities.
Game Notes sez Start 'Em! "Lee has hit safely in 20 of his past 24 games...Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to six games...AJ Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to 10 games...Brewers LF Ryan Braun hit his 18th homer in the fifth. He has driven in a run in each of the last six games, giving him 52 this season."
Game Notes sez Sit'Em! "Jeff Larish's double in the fifth inning broke an 0-for-12 slump...Lyle Overbay snapped an 0-for-14 skid with his single off Marquis to lead off the fifth inning."