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Posted on: April 7, 2009 10:02 am
 

April 5, 2009 - Opening Night

Ah yes, two days late and more than a dollar short...  Back for another glorious season of game notes.  In case you happen to be new to my little corner of the interblags, I blog most every day about the game notes from MLB.  At the end of nearly every game recap writers place the "game notes."  Game notes are nothing more than factoids or extraneous information that the writer felt was interesting or simply didn't fit within the fabric of the story.  I find value in these items.  I hope you do too.

Phillies phans take heart. You lost last year's season operner as well and look how 2008 turned out. "The Phillies are 56-69-2 in openers. They've lost four consecutive openers for the first time since dropping eight in a row from 1985-92."

Honestly, here's the only fantasy nugget from the opening night game notes. "Jordan Schafer is the first Braves player to make his big league debut as a starter on opening day since LF Rufino Linares in 1981"  It was reported that Schafer was so nervous before the the game, the manager thought he was going to drop his bat when he came to the plate.  Schafer did slightly better than that by knocking the ball out of the park in his first big league at bat.  Schafer is definitely worth a flyer in NL only or deeper mixed leagues. He obviously has some pop in his bat, but is also prone to strikeouts.

Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:52 pm
 

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 7, 2008 2:59 pm
 

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

"I wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself." Truer words were never written on the interblags. On to the Game Notes!

"Detroit put SS Ramon Santiago (shoulder) and OF Clete Thomas (ankle) on the disabled list and RHP Aquilino Lopez went onto the bereavement list. To replace them, the Tigers activated RHP Denny Bautista from the DL and recalled SS Michael Hollimon and OF Brent Clevlen from Triple-A Toledo." I only mention these transactions because so many players are involved. These players are like rest of the 2008 Tigers - worthless.

Non-game note but Tiger related, Jeremy Bonderman is likely out for the season after a procedure was done to relieve a blood clot in his arm. Like the rest of the Tigers rotation, Bondo hadn't been setting the world on fire, but he was serviceable. His departure is a blow to an already struggling club. I would assume that Armando Galarraga and Dontrelle Willis will no longer share starts.

"Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who left Thursday's game with a strained right wrist, had an MRI and the results came back "very clean," according to manager Terry Francona. Ellsbury is day-to-day." Great news for Ellsbury and his owners. The kid has been a great find for fantasy owners leading the league in SB. He should be good to go for Week 11.

"Pirates C Ryan Doumit played for the first time since breaking his left thumb May 14, and went 0-for-4." Doumit's scuffling at the plate is to be expected. Catching with a broken thumb requires a guts, painkillers, ice, and nice chunk of insanity. I would keep him reserved for a few more games.

Week 5's favorite pick up "Marlins LF Josh Willingham (back) is scheduled to take batting practice Saturday. There's no timetable for his return to the lineup." Willingham was all kinds of goodness at the end of April. This herniated disk has kept him sidelined. I have no idea why 37% of owners still have him on the roster.

"Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (concussion) missed his seventh straight game. Hill collided with Eckstein on May 29 in Oakland and is still suffering lightheadedness and headaches. Hill, who was checked by a doctor in Toronto on Friday, will likely land on the disabled list if he is unable to return soon." Apart from a mention when this happened, I haven't paid much attention to Hill. After more than a week out it seems like this is more than a matter of Hill's bell getting rung. Hill only had 2 HR and a .264 BA prior to the injury. If you are one of the 24% of owners still starting Hill, its time to look for an alternative.

"Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, who was benched Thursday for failing to hustle on a pop fly, was back in the lineup." I'm a Rollins owner and a believer in his talent. That said, I L-O-V-E Charlie Manuel sitting his butt down for not going 100%. By sitting his MVP SS, he sends a message to the entire team about excellence and how he thinks the game should be played. Bravo, Skipper!

"Until Ian Kinsler's drive, Scott Kazmir hadn't given up a home run since Sept. 4, a stretch of 68 innings." I am still amazed at the play of the Rays and especially Kazmir. 6-1, 44 K to 13 BB, ERA of 1.40 and a WHIP of less than 1. (0.91 to be exact.) It only took owners 6 weeks to become believers. I hope their fans start believing as well and fill Tropicana Field.

"RHP Sidney Ponson was designated for assignment by the Rangers in a surprise move before the game. General manager Jon Daniels was vague about the reasons for the decision, saying Ponson had been dumped "for disrespecting teammates and club personnel." Ponson was a nice addition to the Rangers in a time when they needed some pitching consistency. You have to know there was some pretty serious douchebaggery on Ponson's part to get released.

"Texas' Gerald Laird, normally a catcher, made his first career start at 3B. Laird had no trouble with the first two grounders hit his way, then bobbled the third on what was ruled an infield single." In some leagues, Laird is now eligible to play 3B. For most leagues, he'll require a few more starts to get the permanent designation. Still, its nice to have the flexibility on your roster. Laird still has Salty splitting time behind the plate. This just makes Laird an option in deep AL-only leagues.

"Giants OF Aaron Rowand left the game in the seventh inning with an injury to his right quadriceps muscle. He'll be re-examined on Saturday. Washington RHP Tim Redding pinch-hit for Bergmann in the third inning. He struck out." I've seen this injury characterized as a right hip flexor as well. Either way, its not good news for Rowand owners. He's been having a nice season for the Giants. Rowand is listed as day to day.

"New York lost for just the second time in Johan Santana's last 10 starts." Santana has been solid since joining the Mets. 6 INN, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB, and a 3.08 ERA yesterday. I'm looking for even better things after the All Star break from Santana.

Streakers! "Jose Lopez extended his hitting streak to five games. He is 9-for-23 over that stretch...David DeJesus extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games."
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: 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.
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."
Posted on: May 29, 2008 1:55 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2008 2:37 pm
 

It Came from the Game Notes

Why bother reading the whole game recap when you can just learn the inane from the Game Notes?

In 108 games played over 3.25 seasons, "Andy Marte had his first career stolen base in the second inning." Michael Bourn and Ichiro are safe...for now.

Of actual fantasy value..."Shane Victorino was 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.Victorino had two stolen bases, giving the Phillies 38 steals in 44 tries. Their 86.4 percent success rate is best in the majors."

For the 20% of you owners with Corey Patterson still on your roster, "The Reds optioned OF Corey Patterson to Triple-A Louisville to fix his swing. Patterson was in an 0-for-18 slump that dropped his average to .200." Why aren't you all in my leagues?

For what its worth, "Atlanta's Omar Infante made his first start in left field." Infante is nothing more than a reserve player for NL-Only leagues. In leagues where you only require one game at a position, he's just doubled his value. (Two times zero is...)

Did you hop on the Ryan Ludwick bandwagon? "Ludwick has 25 RBI in May...two by walks with the bases loaded." I can still hear my Little League coach screaming, "A walk is as good as a hit!" Its nice to see a big leaguer remembering that advice.

And finally, "3B Carlos Guillen, who was limited to a DH role Tuesday night because of a severe case of hemorrhoids, wasn't in Detroit's starting lineup." Thanks for sharing.
 
 
 
 
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