Tag:White Sox
Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:52 pm
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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 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?
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 30, 2008 12:32 pm
 

It Came from the Game Notes (05/29/08)

For games played on Thursday, May 29, here's the fantasy value I gleaned from the Game Notes.

"Ryan Theriot reached base four times." (3 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB) If this is a slump, I'll take it. I originally picked up The Riot for a roto league for his average. I have to say I have not been disappointed.

The Braves relief appears to be in fine hands. Current closer "... Manny Acosta struck out all four batters he faced." While "Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth after being activated from the disabled list Wednesday night. Soriano had missed 45 games with right elbow tendinitis, and said he felt good after the outing." Tomes of fantasy posts have been made about whether or not John Smoltz will return to the Braves bullpen. Personally, I think the competition is now between Acosta and Soriano.

"Since moving to third in the White Sox batting order 15 games ago, Quentin has 19 RBI." Like I need another reminder that I was late picking Carlos Quentin off the waiver wire.

"Padres RHP Chris Young, whose nose was broken by a line drive by Albert Pujols on May 21, was scheduled to see a doctor Thursday afternoon. Manager Bud Black said the main concern is with a small fracture in Young's skull. Black also said Young probably will need surgery to straighten his septum." I think a late June return is wishful thinking on the part of the Padres. I would not be surprised to see Young lost for the season.

"Eight times in the past 10 years Kansas City has endured losing streaks of nine or more games." Whenever I thought the Tigers sucked especially hard, I would just look to the Royals and thank my lucky stars I didn't root for them. Its a shame what they are going through after such a promising start under new manager Trey Hillman. Too bad they are playing like the Royals again.

"Jose Reyes singled twice and has reached base in 29 consecutive games."
Nice to see Reyes finally rewarding the fantasy owners who stuck with him.

"Lance Berkman leads the majors with 150 total bases and 57 runs." Freak.

"Michael Bourn stole his major-league leading 24th base." If this guy had a better OBP (.279) , he would be a roto must have rather than a liability. Bourn is owned in only 60% of CBS leagues.

"Arizona has three of the five players with the most strikeouts in the NL -- Justin Upton (64), Mark Reynolds (63) and Chris Young (57)." Koske Fukudome should give these guys a lesson about learning the strike zone.


 
 
 
 
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