April 2009

Hafner to DL

CLEVELAND, OH–The Cleveland Indians today placed DH TRAVIS HAFNER on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness.  To assume Hafner’s spot on the Major League roster, the Indians have recalled LHP RICH RUNDLES from AAA Columbus.

Hafner has appeared in 17 games for the Indians so far this season and is hitting .270 (17-63) with 10 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 home runs and 8RBI.  He currently owns an on-base % of .370 with an on-base+slugging % (OPS) of .910.  Today marks the 4th DL stint of his Major League career. 

Rundles has gone 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 7 appearances out of the bullpen at Columbus (6.0IP, 3H, 2R/1ER, 3BB, 7K) after being optioned out of spring training on March 15.  He has not allowed a run in his last 4 appearances (3.0IP, 1H, BB, 4K) with the Clippers and has limited AAA hitters to a .136 (3-22) average against so far this year.  He wears #56 and will be in uniform tonight as the Indians take on the Red Sox at 7:05PM ET in Progressive Field.

The Indians now have 5 players on the Major League disabled list (Westbrook, Dellucci, Carroll, S. Lewis, Hafner).

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 30

MIKE’S PICKS

Braden @
Feldman

Burres @
Davies

Ortega @
***Burnett

***Beckett @
***Garza

***Boggs @ Cabrera *Boggs is 25 and coming off a win vs Cubs, surely he can
beat Nats no?

***Scherzer @ Suppan *Scherzer is risky but so is Kershaw and everyone is
starting him.

***Volstad @
Marshall

Geer @
McDonald

***Cory says:

Yes
on Garza, but he’s not a slam dunk vs. the Red Sox… noticeable home/away split
and hasn’t always been great vs. the Red Sox, although his last two starts have
been.

 Pass
on Boggs, Nationals do not suck offensively and he’s
unproven.

 Yes
on Marshall, he’s not great but I think he’s solid.

McDonald
is a nice gamble if you believe the Padres can’t score at
home.

***NOTE  We’ve caught up on the unanswered questions from yesterday’s two blog posts so you can check our answers there…Zach

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 28

SIANO’S PICKS

***Saunders
@
Eaton

Penny @ Anthony
Reyes

Hughes @
Jackson

Anderson @
Millwood

***Shields @
***Liriano

Richmond @
***Meche

***King
Felix
@
Colon

***Lohse @ J.
Reyes

Lannan @
***Hamels *this is the start where if Hamels stinks
I really start to worry. Love me Johnny LB but not in this
matchup

***Nolasco
@
Livan

***Wandy @ ***Harang *411 delight

***Maholm @ ***Bush *Bush off the near no-no why
not.

Geer @ De La
Rosa

***Zambrano
@
Petit

***Billingsley @
***Sanchez *I like
Sanchez

***Cory says “I say
yes on Hughes vs. Jackson, I think both are great gambles right now. Otherwise I
concur.”

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 24

AP090418016276.jpgCORY’S PICKS

Blackburn @
Carmona

***Chamberlain @
***Lester

Cecil @
***Buehrle

***Kazmir @ ***Cahill (I
think he’s a good gamble against the Rays, who are very erratic
offensively)

***Myers @ ***Josh
Johnson

***Gallardo @
Paulino

Stults @
Cook

***Snell @ Correia (Snell is
coming off a big game and is a good gamble here)

***Mike agrees with everything except Cahill

Some Siano comments:

Myers is a gamble but Marlins didn’t look so great against Pirates.”

I picked up Stults in an NL-Only but I’d wait in a mixed plus it’s
Coors.”

Breaking News out of Toronto!

this is terrible……….Siano

BLUE JAYS DISABLE ROMERO

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have placed LHP RICKY ROMERO on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique muscle strain. The move is retro-active to April 20

        ROMERO, 24, is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA after three starts this season, his first in the major leagues.  The 6-0, 210 lb. native of Los Angeles, California won his major league debut on April 9th over the Detroit Tigers (6.0IP, 7H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K).   Romero was the Blue Jays first round selection, sixth overall in the 2005 first year player draft.

        A further roster move will be made prior to Saturday’s game at Chicago.

 

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 23

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CORY’S PICKS

***Meche @ Anthony
Reyes

Colon @
Eaton

***Jackson @
Oliver

Livan @ ***Lohse
(Cubs cooled him off but let’s give it one more shot)

***Billingsley
@
***Wandy
***Mike agrees but he’ll roll the dice on Millwood

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, April 22

MIKE’S PICKS

B. Anderson @
***Sabathia

***Danks @
***Guthrie

Horacio Ramirez @
***Lee

Benson @ Purcey * Purcey could strike out 10 and still get bombed.

***Liriano
@
Penny

***Verlander @
***Saunders

Niemann @
Jakubauskas

***Nolasco @
***Maholm

De La Rosa @
***Haren

***Young @
Zito

***Jurrjens @
***Lannan *Johnny Long Beach blue plate
special!!!

Bush @ ***Hamels *I think it’s crazy to bench him despite it being
rough to watch.

***Cueto @
***Lilly

***Wolf @
***Oswalt

Maine @
Pineiro

***Cory says I’d
go with Maine, and I’m still queasy about using Lannan, but it’s hard to argue
with the results. Those who really like to gamble might want to take a look at
Pineiro.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday April 18-20

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SATURDAY

Cahill @
Tallet

Carmona @ Wang (stay
away from both right now)

***Buehrle @
***Kazmir

Oliver @
***Slowey

Eaton @
***Beckett

***Greinke @ ***Millwood
(don’t like Millwood but he’s hot and it’s a good matchup)

***Jackson @
***Bedard

J. Reyes @
Snell

***J.
Johnson
@
Olsen

***Gallardo @
***Santana

Cook @
***Billingsley

***Lohse @ ***Dempster
(Lohse is hot and Cubs are righty heavy)

Davis @
***Lincecum

***Harang @
***Wandy

S. Hill @ ***Myers

 
SUNDAY

 Pavano @
***Burnett

Braden @
***Romero

Uehara @
***Lester

***Floyd @
***Garza

Loux @ ***Perkins
(Perkins pitching well and Angels aren’t scoring)

***Davies @ Padilla (great
test for Davies)

Porcello @
Silva

Suppan @
Pelfrey

***Volstad @
Cabrera

***Vazquez @ ***Duke (Duke
is hot, but it’s risky)

W. Silva @
Park

***Volquez @ Moehler 

***Scherzer @ ***R.
Johnson

***Ubaldo @
McDonald

***Wellemeyer @
***Lilly

 
MONDAY

Eveland @
***Pettitte

Hendrickson @
***Masterson

***Lowe @ J.
Zimmermann

Miller @
Ohlendorf

Correia @
Moyer

***Arroyo @
Hampton

Marquis @ Garland

Alex Gordon to DL

For now it looks like Aviles to 3B and Pena takes over at SS. I’d say good news for Aviles except he can’t hit.

-Siano

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 16, 2009) — The Kansas City Royals today announced that third baseman Alex Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip labral cartilage tear.  The injury will require an arthroscopic procedure to repair the tear tomorrow by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colorado.  No timetable on Gordon’s return will be available until the procedure is completed.

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 17

    
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       CORY’S PICKS

Reyes @
***Chamberlain

Outman @
Purcey

Guthrie @
Penny

Colon @
***Shields

***Meche @ Harrison (good
matchup of hot pitcher vs. absurdly hot offense)

Moseley @
Blackburn

***Verlander @ ***King
Felix

***Lohse @ ***Zambrano
(tough matchup for Lohse but he’s hot)

***Jurrjens @
***Maholm

***Nolasco @
Olsen

***Young @
***Myers

Bush @
Livan

Cueto @
***Oswalt

De La Rosa @ ***Wolf
(Rockies struggling offensively and Wolf pitching well so
far)

***Haren @
Sanchez

     ***Siano says “Purcey is a gamble..I like his
future. He has never seen Oakland but they also have never seen him and he has
high K potential to go along with High BB.

***NOTE  I’ve answered some of the unanswered questions from yesterday’s Pitch or Ditch post and will re-post the rest of them here.

-Zach

 

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