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Posted on: June 10, 2008 5:00 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/09/08)

Writing up the Game Notes blog takes much more time than you would think. I actually started the blog commenting on only the Notes to limit my verbosity. Its nights like the past one that makes me want to vent my spleen in this little part of the web. But, I try to limit my comments to those things that are productive and those filler items found in the Game Notes. So without further ado...

Oh, but sometimes, the Game Notes let me rant. "The other two pitchers who gave up eight earned runs on three or fewer hits since 1956 were Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood." Truly, this small piece of statistical flatulence is the only way that Wood, Johnson, and Willis could be uttered in the same breath unless you are speaking of euphemisms for a phallus. Watching the abomination against baseball that was the return of Dontrelle Willis was more than I could stand. A 10.32 ERA, 1.1 IP, 8 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, and 2 K. What a disaster. Unbelievably - almost unforgivably - Jim Leyland left him out there after he had walked the first two and given up a HR before the second out of the game was recorded. For a Tigers team that treats each win as a special, perfect flower because they are so insanely rare, you would think that the wise old manager would have pulled Willis before this debacle took the game out of reach.

Breathe.

Merciful, merciful relief. "Leyland went to watch RHPs Joel Zumaya (shoulder) and Fernando Rodney (shoulder) throw Sunday night at Triple-A Toledo and was encouraged, saying he expects them in the "very near future" to pitch for the Tigers." If you have the room on your roster, you might want to take a flyer on Zumaya. Of the two relievers, he has looked better in his rehab starts.

"The Indians recalled IF Josh Barfield from Triple-A Buffalo and sent down IF Asdrubal Cabrera." The call up of Barfield is a stretch by Indians management to get some hitting. Barfield isn't the answer. I don't know how they can expect a .255 minor league hitter to spark the sluggish Tribe.

"Detroit DH Gary Sheffield (oblique) is expected to take batting practice Tuesday." If Sheffield is on your fantasy team, I'd like to invite you to play in one of my leagues. Sheffield is a waste of a roster spot for the Tigers, much less your fantasy team.

"Tigers IF Michael Hollimon made his major league debut." Hollimon's presence with the Tigers is just to add some depth to the roster. Unless he suddenly begins to manifest some magical powers, don't expect him to take a roster spot for long.

"The Diamondbacks lost their fourth in a row when Randy Johnson starts after winning the previous five." The Big Unit has fallen on some hard times in Arizona. He got only one run of support from his team mates. I have to wonder if age and back problems are beginning to creep up on him. His control was not there as he had 5 BB to 3 K. For now, I would keep Johnson reserved until the Diamondback bats heat up.

"To replace Tyler Clippard, the Nationals reinstated INF Ronnie Belliard from the 15-day disabled list. Belliard had been sidelined since May 16 with a left calf strain." Belliard is nothing compared to previous seasons. He's hitting below .200 and will likely find himself on the DL again.

There were no game notes for Marlins/Reds game. I understand a good thing happened: Ken Griffey, Jr. hit his 600th HR. In a different era, Junior would have been legend. In this era, he deserves the admiration of all of baseball. Not one person had identified Junior as a steroid user or have even pointed an accusatory finger in his direction. Junior showed you could hit with the big boys and do it clean. Congrats, Mr. Griffey. Next stop, Cooperstown.

"Vladimir Guerrero has 23 career four-hit games, but has yet to get five." Don't look now, but Vlad is hitting .471 in the early month of June with a HR and 4 RBI. None too soon for Guerrero owners.

Streaker sightings! "With their hits in the ninth, Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Alexi Casilla pushed his to 11."
Posted on: June 4, 2008 10:19 am
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/03/08)

TiVo + late night baby feedings = Watching More Baseball.  Here's what I gleaned from yesterday's Game Notes.

"The Tigers designated RHP Francisco Cruceta for assignment." 'For assignment' means 'you suck' in baseball speak.  Giving up the winning run on Monday night will make management think such things.

Speaking of suck, "Orioles Manager Dave Trembley on the decision to designate SS Luis Hernandez for assignment: "Sometimes you have to take a step back before you can take a step forward."

"A's RHP Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth and has retired 27 of the past 31 hitters he has faced." Few people expected Street to have 12 saves at this point in the season.  Start him while he's hot.

"Adrain Gonzalez has 16 RBI in his past 10 games." Gonzalez doesn't get the publicity of a Albert Pujols or Lance Berkmance, but he is putting up some great numbers.  With 17 HR, 55 RBI, and a .304 BA, he is having an elite season.

Good news for Vernon Wells owners. "Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells (broken left wrist) took batting practice and Gibbons said he reported no problems." The Blue Jays are still targeting a late June to early July return.

"2B Aaron Hill (mild concussion) also took BP and remains day to day."  I ain't got nothin' for this guy.  Decent average, little power.  It seems like you could do better.

"Cleveland C Victor Martinez was out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games to protect his sore left hamstring. He walked as a pinch hitter in the seventh." V-Mart has been the bane of many a fantasy owner who drafted high for this usually solid fantasy catcher.  Maybe some more time off will right the ship.

"C Ryan Doumit (broken left thumb) began a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Altoona on Tuesday night and could rejoin the Pirates as early as Friday."  I'm commenting on this only to say what a tough SOB Doumit has to be.  I cannot imagine catching Major League pitching with a broken thumb - healed or not.  It has to be one of THE MOST PAINFUL jobs in the world.

"Todd Wellemeyer, who's scheduled to start on Wednesday was named the National League Pitcher of the Month. He was 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA."  I've talked about Wellemeyer before.  He's having a nice start to the year.  Surprisingly, he's available in some leagues.

"Carlos Quentin reached 50 RBI."  Quentin has been one of the year's biggest fantasy surprises and one of the major contributors to the White Sox success this year.

"Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said outfielder Eric Byrnes, who has been on the disabled list since May 27 because of a right hamstring strain, worked out on a stairmaster Tuesday and could begin running at Pittsburgh later this week."  Byrnes is having a slow start to the season.  Here's hoping his replacement is performing better on your team than he was...

"Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-4 with an infield single, something he's had relatively few of this season while batting just .287 this season. The perennial All-Star's previous low entering June was .317."  Ichiro's performance could be related to the cold weather that Seattle has seen this spring, but its more likelty related to the cold start of his team as well.  As a whole, the Mariners have been languishing this season.  I still expect Ichiro to  have a BA well above .300 by the All Star break.

"Dodgers SP Brad Penny, who walked a batter in the first inning, has retired the side in order in the first frame only four times in his 13 starts. This was the eighth time he has failed to get through the first three innings without giving up a run."  This little trivia nugget is reflected in his 7 losses and 5.45 ERA.  I have to wonder why so many owners (92% of leagues) still have this guy on their roster.

Streaks snapped! "Shane Victorino was 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping his 14-game hitting streak...Cincinnati's Jerry Hairston was 0-for-4, ending his 10-game hitting streak." I keep hearing the Price is Right "you failed" music playing in the background.

Finally, an interesting bit of trivia I never would have guessed. "The Texas Rangers are the only major league team that hasn't been shut out this season."  Start your Rangers, eh?
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: May 31, 2008 10:39 am
 

It Came From the Game Notes (05/30/08)

Ever read the Game Notes at the bottom of a game recap?  I do. Sometimes I even learn something.  Today's post looks more like streaks and injuries.

I cheated a bit and actually read a beat writer's article this morning.  Tom Gage of The Detroit News covers some of the changes that Jim Leyland is implementing in the Detroit line up.  Not least among them is "that Carlos Guillen has been working out in left field, with the thought of that position being added to others where Guillen can be used."  I'm a big fan of having players eligible at multiple positions.  To me it makes them much more valuable to a team.  If Guiilen does begin playing LF, he wll be eligible at four positions (1B, 3B, SS, and LF).  For a 20/100 player who consistently hits .300 that's value.

For those Dice-K owners who live under rocks, just came out from under them and read my blog first thing..."The Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day DL and recalled 1B/OF Jeff Bailey from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bailey struck out in the ninth."  For the rest of us, Bailey was a crusher in the minors but he's no Jay Bruce.

Yet another reason Chase Utley is getting MVP talk.  "The left-handed hitting Utley has nine homers against left-handers, tops in the majors. Utley has 12 RBI in the past four games."

Play. These. Guys.  "Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games... Texas' Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a seventh-inning double...Michael Young stretched his hitting streak to 15 games with a first-inning single...Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an infield single in the first. He has reached base safely in 30 straight games, the longest run from the leadoff spot in team history."

"Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal, on the disabled list retroactive to May 6 with a sore lower back, was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist. There is no timetable for Furcal's return. "We're not close yet," Torre said."  Tough, tough break for Furcal owners.  He's had a great year so far and is very much worth a reserve spot.  "We're not close yet" does not bode well...

"Chicago (SS) Juan Uribe (strained right hamstring) is expected to reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and rejoin the team for Saturday's game."  Uribe isn't of much fantasy value except in AL-only leagues.

"With INF Ben Zobrist optioned to Triple-A Durham, the Rays plan to use rookie 3B Evan Longoria as their backup shortstop. Longoria played the position for about 20 games in college at Long Beach State, however manager Joe Maddon stressed he is the team's third baseman." See my Guillen comments...minus Thursday's hemorrhoid reference.

"Braves OF Mark Kotsay went on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back." 25% of fantasy owners care.  Really.  They do.

"RHP John Smoltz is expected to make another rehabilitation appearance for Class A Rome on Saturday. If he comes through that without a problem, he could be activated on Monday and go into the bullpen. Smoltz went on the DL on April 29 with a sore upper arm and shoulder."  I don't think Smoltz is going to the Braves bullpen. I have a deep affection for John Smoltz.  We're from the same area and we're the same age.  I love that an old guy like me is still in the big leagues as a player.  I simply think that the body has had enough.

I think its obvious that Derek Jeter is having a poor season by Derek Jeter standards. "Jeter, who has struggled since he was hit by a pitch on the wrist 10 days ago, went 0-for-5 and is in a 3-for-37 slide."  I wonder how much getting plunked has truly affected him.  It would not surprise me to see Jeter go on the retroactive DL at some point to rest.

Todd Wellemeyer is quietly putting together a career year for the Cardinals" Wellemeyer had four strikeouts, giving him 36 in 37 2/3 innings for his career against the Pirates."  More importantly, he's 6-1 with a better than 2 to 1 K to BBI and a WHIP of 1.14.  But 86% of you knew that already...

"Albert Pujols also singled in the third and has 10 hits in his past 18 at-bats, raising his average to .364."   So much for injury concerns for Prince Albert.

"Washington RHP Jason Bergmann starts Saturday night against the Diamondbacks. Bergmann (1-1, 4.50 ERA) has thrown 19 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings."  This is not the same guy who was sent down to the minors earlier this year.  For larger leagues, this guy is worth a flier.

And finally from the TMI files, "Giants 1B Rich Aurilia was sidelined for the second straight day still waiting to pass a kidney stone."
 
 
 
 
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