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."