Tag:Conor Jackson
Posted on: June 15, 2008 10:19 am
Edited on: June 17, 2008 4:07 pm
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It Came From the Game Notes (06/14/08)

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."
Posted on: June 3, 2008 6:39 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/02/08)

Triple OT...bleary eyes...need sleep...Red Wings lose...must blog Game Notes.

"Jim Edmonds, released by the Padres on May 9 after his batting average had fallen to .178 -- more than 100 points below his lifetime mark -- hit two RBI doubles and scored one run for the Cubs." Edmonds isn't quite swinging like the rusty gate I accused him of being when the Cubs signed him.  He's not exactly en fuego either.  While raising his average slightly above .200, I don' t think he warrants fantasy consideration  beyond a stop gap measure for NL-only leagues.

Good news for Tim Hudson owners I would take it with a grain of salt. "Braves RHP Tim Hudson said his strained left hamstring shouldn't keep him out of next start. Hudson has battled hamstring problems in the past, and said this didn't feel as bad as some of his other strains. Manager Bobby Cox said he will have an emergency starter ready in case Hudson can't start Friday against Philadelphia"

"Another Atlanta pitcher, RH Blaine Boyer, underwent an MRI after tweaking his right knee Sunday. It showed no damage."  Boyer is a fine middle reliever with a 3 to 1 K to BB ratio.  In leagues that reward holds, he's a good pick up.

While I'm talking about Braves pitching, I would be remiss not to comment on the return of John Smoltz"I told you so."  Smoltz blew his first save opportunity.  I just don't think you can pitch on moxie and determination alone.  Thanks for the fine career, John.  Its time to retire while the baseball world still loves and respects you.

"Twins 1B Justin Morneau played despite a sore left knee and strained calf muscle. He went 0-for-4 and limped noticeably throughout the game." I love seeing guys try to tough it out through the pain.  That said, I would hate to see Morneau miss time because he was gritting it out. The '0-fer' performance didn't help his team much either.

The Rockies are just bad. Considering how many Rockies are on the DL its not that surprising to find that  "Colorado is 18 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2005 season 67-95. The Rockies have lost 19 of their past 21 away from Coors Field."

More injury updates: "Diamondbacks 1B Conor Jackson (strained right quad) took batting practice. Arizona manager Bob Melvin said Jackson could be ready to return as early as Wednesday when the Brewers start LHP Manny Parra. ... Brewers RHP David Riske (hyperextended elbow) played catch on Monday, but Brewers manager Ned Yost said both he and RHP Eric Gagne (rotator cuff tendinitis) are at least a week away from returning."

"Angels' OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero was held out of the lineup with a sore right knee after a hard slide into third base Sunday during a game against Detroit." Guerrero is listed as day to day.

"Seattle RHP Miguel Batista experienced some tightness in his groin Sunday during a start against Detroit, but said he shouldn't have any problems making his next start."  The injury is a recurrence of the injury Batista had in April. The Mariners do not share Batista's optimism about Batista's ability to start this week.  Even if he were ready to go, he's not much of a fantasy player.

Still streaking!  Whee!  "Phillies CF Shane Victorino singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tying his career-best...Reds SS Jerry Hairston extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with a sixth-inning single."

Sit down, son.  You annoy me.  "Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez was in a 1-for-20 slump before singling in the seventh...Boston's Coco Crisp singled in the fourth inning to snap an 0-for-23 skid."



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.
Posted on: June 1, 2008 10:34 am
Edited on: June 1, 2008 11:30 am
 

It Came From the Game Notes (05/31/08)

My daily spelunking of the MLB Game Notes for fantasy information...

"Rockies LF Ryan Spilborghs, who was hit with a pitch in the third inning, came out in the sixth. He has a bruised left wrist and will be evaluated daily." Spilborghs only became fantasy-relevant after all of the other injuries to the Rockies outfield. I would find it hard to believe that he would not play given this is his chance to shine in the Bigs.

"The White Sox reinstated INF Juan Uribe (strained right hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list and designated OF Dewayne Wise for assignment." The White Sox gave us a heads up about Uribe's activation yesterday. Then again, no one cares about DeWayne Wise except for Momma Wise. (0% ownership)

"Chipper Jones batted .417 in May with four homers." This just in: Chipper Jones is really, really good.

"Reds starter Josh Fogg gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings, likely costing him a spot in the rotation again." In the event that Fogg finds himself back in the bullpen or in the minors, the Reds have Homer Bailey and Matt Maloney waiting in the wings. Bailey has been trying to pitch his way out of a wretched slump in Triple-A. Maloney is a strong minor league prospect who has had a good year so far.

"New York 2B Luis Castillo didn't start because of a strained left hip flexor, though he said the injury was actually located in his upper quad. Castillo, hurt in Friday night's game, said he was sore Saturday but didn't think he would be out long. He pinch-hit in the eighth and is day-to-day. Damion Easley started at second base." Castillo has stated he plans on playing tonight in the closer versus the Dodgers. Castillo owners should keep a close eye on him.

Still streakin'! "Jose Reyes pushed his hitting streak to 16 games. He has reached base safely in 31 straight...Shane Victorino has a 12-game hitting streak."

From the continuing saga of Rich Aurilia's kidney stones, "Aurilia missed his third straight game while waiting to pass a kidney stone. "I feel better today," he said after the game. "I'm going to try to play tomorrow."

"Padres LHP Shawn Estes broke the thumb on his throwing hand when he fell on the tunnel stairs between the team's clubhouse and dugout Friday night, then he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after X-Rays revealed the broken bone. The club activated RHP reliever Carlos Guevara, a Rule 5 pitcher, from his rehab assignment at Portland to take Estes' roster spot. Guevara missed much of spring training with groin and hamstring injuries." Estes had little to no fantasy value to begin with. Guevara for his part is nothing more than a borderline middle reliever.

"Brian Moehler's six strikeouts were a season-high" in a 5 inning, 6 hit, 4.54 EA losing effort. One percent of fantasy cares about that stat. I think that's still too many.

"Phillies C Carlos Ruiz left the game with a bruised left hand after getting hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative." I wasn't able to find anything further about Ruiz. I would assume he's day to day.

"Arizona 1B Conor Jackson had an MRI exam on his right quad and didn't play. He's likely to miss three to five days." Jackson has had a tough go of it lately. The rest should do him some good. My advice would be to keep him reserved for next week.

Proof that baseball can be played in under three hours. "At 1:52, it was the shortest game in Chase Field history, topping the previous record by two minutes." The League should send a memo to the Yankees and Red Sox.

Veering off of the Game Notes theme, I wanted to congratulate Ken Griffey, Jr., Manny Ramirez, Jay Bruce, and the Kansas City Royals. The Royals snapped their 12 game losing streak by beating last year's Cy Young winner CC Sabathia. I know Sabathia is having a rough year, but a win is a win is a win...especially when you are struggling.

I may not like the off-field behavior of the Man-Child Manny Ramirez or the way he can be lazy in the outfield, but I cannot deny the man can hit a ball. His numbers might indicate he was part of the steroid generation, but he continues to produce and "be Manny."

Finally, a tip 'o the proverbial baseball hat to Ken Griffey, Jr. and Jay Bruce. On a night where each could have made history, each man tried to shine the spotlight on the other. Griffey hit his 599th dinger while Bruce hit the first of his career in walk off fashion. Its been a tough road to 600 for Griffey and the glory has been distracted by the injection of Bruce into the Reds lineup. Bruce told the media afterward that Griffey would have hit the walk off since he was up next. Its nice to see a good story coming out of Cincinnati.
 
 
 
 
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