Tag:Eric Byrnes
Posted on: June 24, 2008 9:52 am
 

Notes for Games Played 06/23/08

Two blog postings in less than 12 hours for two separate days.  Yep.  I have a day job.  On to the Game Notes!

"OF Eric Byrnes was activated from the 15-day DL before the game after being sidelined with a right hamstring strain since May 27. OF Alex Romero was optioned to Triple-A Tucson. " Byrnes saw an uptick in ownership this week with his expected return from the DL.  I think this is yet another case of a player being owned because of the familiarity of his name versus his on-field performance.  Byrnes is hitting .213 for the year with 6 HR and 23 RBI.  Certainly better and more productive options are available in even the deepest of leagues.  His 0 for 5 start leaving 6 men on base does not bode well for his return.

"Braves SS Yunel Escobar made his first start after missing two games with a hip injury."  Good news following the concern with the hip flexor from the Braves training staff.  Escobar hit only .190 last week with no HR or RBI.  Here's hoping that the time off improves his bat as well as his hip.  Owners who have an option to sideline the Braves utility man might be well served to do so until his bat and that .300 average return.

"3B Chipper Jones missed his third straight start with a strained right quadriceps, but the Braves slugger reported his first day of improvement." Manager Bobby Cox seems inclined to keep Chipper on the bench until the Blue Jays series this weekend where he can DH.  Since injuring his quad, the .400 candidate has lost 28 points to his batting average.  The big decison for Chipper owners is do you take the '0' while he's off for the Brewers series or start a replacement?

"Mariners LHP Erik Bedard was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets after leaving Friday's outing with back spasms. Miguel Batista will start instead." The Pilots training staff is making noises about Bedard going on the DL.  Bedard has been a disappointment to owners who made an early pick of him.  Reserve him if you can.  Batista, by the way, is not a fantasy option.  His 6.26 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 43 K/47 BB ratio is a team killer.

"Rockie Jeff Baker was the National League player of the week, homering in four consecutive games, hitting in all six games and piling up a 1.043 slugging percentage." Baker's excellent week kept him in the game last week.  He's the utility man who replaced the original utility man in Barmes when he went out.  I doubt he will see much consistent playing time going forward.

Only five games played and still there was a streaker.  "Angels OF Vladimir Guerrero extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the sixth inning."
Posted on: June 15, 2008 10:19 am
Edited on: June 17, 2008 4:07 pm
 

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 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?
 
 
 
 
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