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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 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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