Tag:Tim Hudson
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 2, 2008 1:39 pm
 

It Came From the Game Notes (06/01/08)

A crabby baby and an equally crabby boss makes for a delayed start to the daily review of the Game Notes for fantasy goodliness.

I talked about Carlos Guillen moving to yet another position on the May 30 Game Notes. Tigers Manager Jim Leyand pulled the trigger yesterday. "Following "Tigers INF Carlos Guillen borrowed Gary Sheffield's larger glove and started in LF for the first time in his career as a way for Leyland to get Inge, Guillen and Cabrera in the lineup together. Leyland said Guillen looked good "and happy," which Guillen confirmed. That arrangement might continue against RHPs, Leyland said."  This only makes Guillen more valuable to fantasy owners.

"David Ortiz will receive an MRI on Monday, Boson bench coach Brad Mills said." Ortiz hurt his wrist swinging at a pitch on Saturday.  As of now, Ortiz is listed day to day with a sprain.

"Braves SP Tim Hudson's hamstring will be evaluated again on Monday. "I didn't feel it pop," Hudson said. "I've had hamstring problems before. It's a minor strain."  We'll keep an eye on this one. 

Jamie Moyer is proof that if you stick around long enough, you get your name in the record books. "Moyer won his 236th career game, tying him with Whitey Ford for 57th place on the career wins list."  Moyer's ERA is deadly for a roto team, but he could have a place on a NL-only league.  The Phillies just seem to find him the runs he needs to get a win.

Apart from Ben Francisco, I don't know if I can handle starting any Indians. "While going 12-15, the Indians batted only .218 in May. It was their lowest since August 1968 when they hit .208 and the worst in the majors since the New York Mets hit .217 in September 2003."

"After the game, the Astros sent Cassel to Triple-A Round Rock. RHP Geoff Geary will be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Houston plays at Pittsburgh on Tuesday."  Geary is expected to be used in middle relief.  Not much fantasy value there.

"With Scott Baker on track to come back this week, Boof Bonser appears headed to Minnesota's bullpen."  Baker isn't much of an improvement for the Twins.  I would be reluctant to start him while he's coming off the DL regardless.

"Pittsburgh SS Jack Wilson was a late scratch. He has a sore left calf. "It was more of a precautionary today," Russell said about Wilson. "Hopefully, he'll be ready tomorrow."  With Wilson's recent stint on the DL for the same calf, its understandable why Pittsburgh skipper John Russell kept him out of the game.

"Texas was forced to alter its rotation for the upcoming Cleveland series after RHP Vicente Padilla returned home to Nicaragua on Sunday to deal with a family matter. Rookie RHP Doug Mathis will move up a day to open the series for the Rangers on Monday night."  One doesn't leave the country for just a day or two.  I expect Padilla to miss his Tuesday start.  He will more than likely return by Saturday.

Conor Jackson injury update. "Arizona 1B Conor Jackson is expected to miss three to five days with a strained right quad, but manager Bob Melvin said Jackson could be available to pinch hit."  Its good to hear that the injury is not severe.  I'm hoping they don't call on him to hit so Jackson can just rest for a few days.

"Scott Schoeneweis has given up just one run in 18 1/3 innings, and hasn't permitted a run in 22 of 25 appearances this season."  Despite the stellar numbers, Schoeneweis is nothing more than a strong middle reliever.

Streaks! AKA Start Me Now. "Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 13 with a single in the seventh. He's hitting .411 (23-for-56) during the streak...Reds SS Jerry Hairston Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his career high from 2002...Texas' Ian Kinsler stretched his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a sixth-inning single...Michael Young's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games -- the second-longest of his career behind a 25-gamer in 2005...Reyes has reached base safely in 32 straight games, one shy of Darryl Strawberry's single-season club record."

...and Sit 'Em.  "Despite driving in Tampa Bay's first run, Carlos Pena continues to struggle at the plate. He was 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the series."  If you ever had to sit Derek Jeter, now might be the time. "Jeter also walked twice. He is 4-for-44 on the road trip."

Finally from the Rich Aurilia kidney stone watch. "Aurilia played in his 1,500th career game after missing three previous three contests for San Francisco because of a kidney stone." Congratualtions to Rich on both achievements.
 
 
 
 
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