Tag:Manny Ramirez
Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:16 am
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/10/08)

Tigers win! Cubs win! D-Train to the minors! Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. On to the Game Notes!

I can't say that I am surprised in any way by this development. "The Tigers sent struggling Dontrelle Willis down to Class A on Tuesday, hoping the former star lefty can find his control. Detroit optioned Willis to Lakeland of the Florida State League -- and home to the Tigers' spring training camp -- a day after he matched a career high by giving eight earned runs on five walks and three hits in 1 1/3 innings against Cleveland. Willis (0-1) has walked 21 batters in 11 1/3 innings." It needs to be noted here that Willis didn't go down to Triple-A Toldeo. No, they sent him down to single A ball, where they keep the prospects, the first year players. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski even went so far as to say that Willis may not begin working on his pitching immediately for whatever reason. I don't know who is more damned by this turn of events - Dombrowski for signing him to that massive contract or Willis for being an utter failure.

"Tom Glavine's shortest outing this season came on April 13 when he did not record an out against the Nationals." Glavine left the game after 3 INN, 4 ER, 4 BB, O K, and promptly landed on the DL. Like his long time teammate John Smoltz, Father Time has finally caught up with Glavine. He's had a great career, but life after 40 just isn't easy for a pitcher. Glavine has fallen far from his Cy Young, must-have roto status to a fantasy afterthought. He seldom hits 6 innings per outing and his K to BB ratio is nearly 1 to 1. For the amazing 40% of you fantasy owners living in 1998, its time to move on.

"Dustin Pedroia broke an 0-for-18 slump" with two hits in the game. Pedroia is coming back to earth after his Rookie of the Year season. Slumps are natural for any player, especially those in their sophomore seasons. I would expect Pedroia to rebound somewhat to a .275 BA for the rest of the year. He's a serviceable option at a thin 2B position.

"Baltimore designated RHP Steve Trachsel for assignment and promoted 1B Oscar Salazar from Triple-A Norfolk. Trachsel was 2-5 with an 8.39 ERA in 10 games." Trachsel was a fantasy nobody who is likely done with baseball after being released. Oscar Salazar is an interesting prospect for the Orioles. I've seen him listed as 1B, 2B, and 3B in various sources. He's had a nice spring in the minors hitting .331, 7 HR, and 44 RBI. The O's don't have a place for him in the lineup at present, but he makes a fine insurance policy for injuries. I would take a flyer on him in deeper AL-only leagues.

When Ryan Doumit returned from the DL he forgot to bring his bat with him. He went 1 for 12. Last night, he found it going 4 for 4 with 2 HR and 3 RBI. "It was the third four-hit game of Doumit's career." If he keeps up his .345 hitting, I don't see how the Pirates can keep him splitting time behind the plate with Raul Chavez.

"Indians 2B Josh Barfield left in the top of the sixth with a strained left middle finger." Nothing like getting a call up to the big leagues and getting injured in your first game.

They say in baseball that some batters just have a pitcher's number. These two Indians seem to have CC Sabathia figured out. Then again, so does much of the AL..."Alexi Casilla's bunt hit was his eighth in a row off Sabathia and extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. He's 9-for-13 (.692) in his career against Sabathia...Twins C Mike Redmond went 1-for-3 and is 13-for-26 (.500) overall against Sabathia."

...and on the other side of the coin. "Roy Oswalt continued to be strong against Prince Fielder, who went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is 4-for-28 with seven strikeouts against Oswalt in his career." Oswalt has been struggling this year, but can consistently shut down Fielder. Go figure.

What's happened to V-Mart? No power and now no average. I used to think he would just snap out of it. I'm beginning to think now that its gotten in his head. "Indians C Victor Martinez went 1-for-4. After batting .350 (28-for-80) through the end of April, he has hit .217 (25-for-115) in May and June."

"The Reds placed IF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a broke thumb and sent RHP Gary Majewski to the bereavement list so he could be with his wife, who was delivering their first child. The team selected the contract of IF-OF Jolbert Cabrera and recalled rookie LHP Danny Herrera from Triple-A Louisville." Herrera is simply a place holder until Majewski returns. Cabrera could make some noise for owners in deeper NL-only leagues. He was hitting .288, 4 HR, and 30 RBI in the minors.

"The Blue Jays lead the majors with seven complete games, including five by Roy Halladay." I wonder how much of that has to do with the success of the Blue Jays starters, John Gibbons' managing philosophy, or lack of faith in their relievers. In leagues where complete games are rewarded, Blue Jays pitchers are especially valuable.

"The Mets designated INF Abraham Nunez for assignment after the game." That was a short trip.

"John Buck is hitting a major league-leading .474 with runners in scoring position." This is a classic example of statistics deceiving you. Buck might hit great with RISP, but with no one to drive in, he's anemic. So much so that he has lost his starting job with the Royals to Miguel Olivo.

"Bochy said RHP Kevin Correia should be available Sunday. Correia has been on the disabled list since April 27 with a left intercostal strain." Correia is a marginal fantasy player of use in deeper NL-only leagues. I would advise caution before adding him to your roster.

We have streaker sightings! "Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games and J.D. Drew to nine...Michael Bourn extended his career-high hitting streak to six games on Tuesday." Don't forget Casilla's 12 game streak.
Posted on: June 6, 2008 11:37 am
Edited on: June 6, 2008 1:26 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/05/08)

Last night was the first night in weeks that I did not watch a baseball game. I feel so empty inside. Thank god for the Game Notes.

"Chien-Ming Wang has walked at least three batters in six straight starts."
I've soured on the fantasy value of Wang. His BBI to K ratio isn't what I would like from a fantasy player. Last night he had 4 K and 4 BB. Overall, his ratio is 1.48 to 1. Couple this with an over 4.5 ERA and you can see where is fantasy value is limited.

"Jay Bruce was 0-for-4 for the second straight game. His average dropped to .432 after his first 10 games." So Bruce is human after all. This is the problem when you hype rookies. Bruce owners might want to look at selling while his value is still perceived as being high.

"Though Orioles SS Freddie Bynum brought a .212 average and only two RBI in 66 at-bats into the game, Dave Trembley said Bynum is the still starter -- though Alex Cintron is in the mix. Bynum, though, needs to shorten his swing and improve his discipline at the plate. "If you look at his history, his walks and strikeouts, there is too big of a disparity there," Trembley said." Bynum's leash is very short in Baltimore. Cintron's promotion from the minors to the Orioles club should be a strong indicator that Trembley's patience is wearing thin. Cintron doesn't have any fantasy value yet, but he might be one to watch.

"The Cardinals played without OF Rick Ankiel, who has an infected right knee." I haven't mentioned Ankiel's absence from the line-up because I thought it would be very short-lived. This is the third game that Ankiel has missed with the infection. There are reports that the infection is showing 'significant improvement.' Ankiel should be back for the weekend.

"OF/1B Chris Carter was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game and Brandon Moss was recalled." Carter goes 2 for 3 and you send him down to the minors for Moss. How's that for gratitude? Actually, this was done for Carter's development. He's clearly a better player than Moss. He was sent down to get some more at bats in the minors. He will be back with the Red Sox sooner than later.

"Chipper Jones got his first stolen base of the season in the eighth." Not just a .400/400 HR hitter. Grats to Jones on joining the 400 club. He is having a season to remember.

"Atlanta LF Greg Norton was a late scratch with a twisted left knee. He is day to day. Josh Anderson was the fill-in starter." I looked a bit deeper into this one hoping to find a 'I tripped over the dog' story in it. Instead, I found trouble for Norton. His replacement, rookie Anderson, had a good night going 1 for 3 with a triple and a walk. For a guy who is a replacement himself, Norton may find himself with reduced playing time or even out of a job soon.

"DH Travis Hafner, on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder strain, won't pick up a bat until the weekend, giving him a full week to rest and strengthen the shoulder." Hafner is no where near his projected stats for the year which has caused plenty of fantasy owners to bail on him. He's gone from a 99% own and start percentage to 61% and 8%. The hope with this trip to DL land is that Hafner will heal the shoulder that has been causing his troubles.

"Alexei Ramirez is hitting .372 with six RBI in his past 11 games." These numbers are a bit deceiving as he went 1 for 5 last night.

"Jon Rauch had retired 19 consecutive batters until Ryan's double in the ninth." I'm still a Rauch believer. This was only his third blown save.

Streaks! "Johnny Damon extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a third-inning single...Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 11 games...David DeJesus' triple in the fifth extended his hitting streak to nine games..Kansas City's Mark Teahen hit a home run for the third consecutive game."

Here's hoping you all have a great fantasy weekend...unless you're playing my team.
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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