Tag:Cubs
Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:52 pm
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Notes for Games Played 06/26/08

There's a big 'ol weekend of interleague baseball ahead of us.  Classic rivalries - Yanks vs. Mets, Cubs vs. White Sox, Angels vs. Dodgers, Royals vs. Cardinals, and the hated rivals Tigers vs. Rockies.  You've got to be kidding me.  This is the best that a 105 year old baseball team can muster as an NL rival?  Pathetic really.  Oh well, on to the Game Notes!

"Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano (right shoulder strain) played catch before the game and said he should be ready to throw a bullpen session Sunday. He likely will be activated to start July 4 at St. Louis." 
Zambrano has been targeting the date as his return to the rotation.  Given the fact that this is a night game, nationally televised, and against the hated Cardinals, I'm not certain that Lou Pinella could have kept Big Z away from the July 4 start if he wanted to.  Start Zambrano in Week 14.

"Orioles 3B Aubrey Huff's four hits tied a career high."  Huff is having a career June.  He's hitting .354 with 5 HR.  Huff's numbers typically increase slightly in the second half of the season.  His ownership hasincreased with his June producivity.  You might want to check and see if your league is one of the 17% where he remains unowned.

"Joe Crede was back at 3B for the White Sox after missing two games with stiffness in his lower back." Crede swung the bat like his back was still bothering him   He went 0-4 with 1 K and left 6 men on base.  Crede is going to battle pain and stiffness in his back all season following his back surgery last June.  He's a great player when healthy, but a liability when he's not.

"A's SP Rich Harden has allowed more than three runs in only one of his 11 starts and improved to 31-0 in 38 starts when getting four or more runs of support."  Harden has made himself a fantasy ace this year.  His 1.09 WHIP, 2.15 ERA, and 83/26 K/BB rate are a cause for celebration for owners who took a chance on the injury-prone pitcher.  Yesterday, Harden posted a career day in Ks.  Make certain he's in your lineup for a two start Week 14.

"With RHP Shaun Marcum (right elbow) on the 15-day DL, Toronto will promote LHP John Parrish from Triple-A Syracuse to start against Atlanta on Saturday."  Marcum saw the dreaded Dr. Andrews in Atlanta.  The good news is that he's starting a throwing regimine with an eye to returning after the All Star break.  As far as Parrish is concerned, he's had success in Triple-A going 10-1. That said, he's little more than an emergency start.

"Rangers right fielder Milton Bradley was back in the starting lineup Thursday after not starting since straining his left quadriceps June 17. He was 1-for-3."  Bradley has been either sitting or hitting DH while he's been hurt.  Bradley is clearly having a career year.  Keep him in your line up as long as he's swinging that hot bat.

Streakers! "Tigers CF Curtis Granderson extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games."

Fully clothed..."Phillies OF Geoff Jenkins went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 26 at-bats...Indians OF David Dellucci is in a 1-for-20 slump and has struck out 14 times in his last 25 at-bats."
Posted on: June 20, 2008 10:40 am
Edited on: June 20, 2008 10:40 am
 

Notes for Games Played 06/19/09

New blog title.  Same great blog taste.  On to the Game Notes!

"Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano, who left Wednesday night's loss because of discomfort in his right shoulder, will miss his next scheduled start Tuesday against Baltimore. He was initially set to have an MRI exam Thursday, but the Cubs decided to instead schedule an MRI arthrogram, a test in which dye is injected into the problem area to provide a more detailed look."  Anyone who has Big Z on their roster has been keeping an eye on this story.  I don't like the fact that they are taking a more detailed test.  I'm hoping that this is just Cubs fan paranoia on my part, but I have a feeling it is not.

"Rays SS Jason Bartlett fouled a pitch off his left foot during batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. Rookie 3B Evan Longoria made his first major league start at shortstop."  If Longoria is eligible at another position, he becomes even more valuable to fantasy owners.  Longoria has decent power for a 3B, but his .250 BA is what is holding him back from being a solid fantasy option.  Bartlett, for the 17% of owners who care, is listed as day to day. 

"Ken Griffey Jr. was out of the Reds' lineup for a third consecutive game with an illness. The 38-year-old outfielder also has been bothered by a sore left knee."  Now that the 600 HR barrier has been broken its time for Griffey to start his annual breakdown.  Griffey could have been among the true baseball immortals had he had any sort of durability.  unfortunately, his injuries will be an integral part of his baseball legacy.

"Josh Banks gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings and was credited with his first career loss." Banks has been getting some nice fantasy pub and rightly so.  He has great fantasy numbers (20 K, 6 BB, 1.62 ERA, and a 1.02 WHIP).  Banks is owned in only 26% of leagues. Owners who need to get thier WHIP or ERA down would do well to pick uyp Banks and start him when he's pitching at home.

"AJ Burnett, who left after giving up eight runs over five innings, faced his locker for 28 minutes after the game before speaking to reporters. He said he had not felt good on the mound his past three starts and has gone 1-2 with an 11.30 ERA."  Burnett has not been making his fantasy owners feel good either.  He's been bad.  Owners have stuck wth him - starting him in 67% of leagues.  I want to know what "not felt good" means.  Is this an injury or is Burnett in some sort of meta-physical funk?  Either way, owner would be well served to bench him in Week 13.

"Chris Duncan is 5-for-31 with one RBI since being recalled from the minors to play 1B after Albert Pujols was injured."  Pujols is already taking fielding and batting practice.  Though he is eligible to return on Thursday, I would imagine that he will take all of Week 13 off as a precaution.

"Athletics RHP Rich Harden (4-0, 2.53 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against Florida on Friday night in Oakland. Harden has allowed three runs or fewer in six straight starts."  Harden is a dominating pitcher when he's healthy.  The problem is that he seldom is.  He spent much of the last three years on the DL and has already seen time there this year.  Despite that, he's owned in 96% of leagues and started in nearly as many.  Owners should ride this horse while they're able.

Still streaking!  "AJ Pierzynski has a 13-game hitting streak...Oakland CF Ryan Sweeney singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest for the A's this season. "
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 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."



 
 
 
 
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