April 2009

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 16

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Is last year’s AL Cy Young winner no longer an automatic start?

***Lee @
***Sabathia

Colon @
Niemann

***Halladay @
***Liriano

***Saundo @
Rowland-Smith

***Anibal Sanchez
@ ***Kawakami

Ortiz @
Karstens

***Wainwright @
***Marshall

***Hamels @
Lannan

***Peavy @
***Maine

Zito @
Stults


Yes, stick with Cliff
Lee. I don’t think there’s anything terribly wrong with
him…Cory

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 14

Bold = Pitch

***Danks @
Porcello

Loux @ C.
Silva

***Burnett @
***Garza

Simon @
McCarthy

Pavano @
Davies

Romero @
Perkins

***Dice-K @
Eveland

***Volstad @
***Vazquez

Arroyo @
***Parra  (Reds’ offense is pretty awful)

***Carpenter @
Scherzer

Decent gambles: Davies (don’t trust him quite yet but he is going against Mr. Pavano), McCarthy (high K potential), Porcello, Scherzer (normally would start but let’s see how first outing goes).

-Zach

***Siano agrees with all of these except Parra.  He says no but the Reds currently rank 28th in the majors in runs scored and are hitting .225 as a team, so that’s the reason behind my thinking.

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 10

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Bold = Pitch

Benson @
Galarraga

Richmond @ S.
Lewis

Pettitte @
Ponson

Sonnanstine @
Hendrickson

Dickey @
Contreras

Wakefield @
Loux

Rowland-Smith @
Outman

Harden @
Looper

Hamels @
Marquis

Maine @ A.
Sanchez

Karstens @
Cueto

Martis @
Lowe

Hampton @
Pineiro

McDonald @
Garland

Zito @ S.
Hill

 
Gambles: Pettitte, Sonnanstine, A.Sanchez,
McDonald.

Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Accident

Terrible news out of Anaheim.  We’ll also be taking your questions as usual.

Audio podcast only for today.

-Zach

Angels pitcher reported dead in crash that killed 3

Questions center on identities of those involved in deadly accident.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

FULLERTON
– Three people were killed and another person was seriously injured at
an intersection in Fullerton early this morning in a three-vehicle
crash that authorities said was caused by a motorist who ran a red
light.

The accident occurred at East Orangethorpe Avenue and
South Lemon Street just after midnight, said Fullerton police Lt. Craig
Brower.

Police have not released the names of the people involved.

The Angels radio station 830 AM is reporting that starting pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in the crash.

This morning, The Orange County Register has been receiving calls from people asking if Adenhart was involved in a fatal crash.

A
person answering the phone at his grandfather’s home in Fairplay, Md.,
said the Angels were holding a news conference later today.

Angels Vice President Tim Mead said: “We’re having a hard time getting our heads around this” and declined futher comment.

ESPN called the Register after receiving calls that Adenhart was involved in the crash.

A
nurse from a hospital from Adenhart’s hometown called asking for
information after one of his high school teammates told her Adenhart
was involved.

Brower said two of the vehicles – one traveling on Lemon, the other on Orangethorpe – crashed in the intersection.

One vehicle, a gray Mitsubishi, slammed into a light pole. The other vehicle was a minivan.

Two
of the occupants in the Mitsubishi were declared dead at the scene and
a third died just after 6 a.m. The fourth occupant is at UC Irvine
Medical Center in Orange in critical condition, Brower said.

Brower
said the driver of the van fled the scene, was later captured and
charged with felony hit-and-run. The passenger of the van was taken to
Western Medical Center-Anaheim with minor injuries.

A third
vehicle, which was stopped in the intersection, was also struck in the
accident but sustained only minor damage, and its driver was not hurt,
Brower said.

Brower said that intersection is estimated to be closed until about noon.

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, April 8

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Bold = Pitch

Wang @
Uehara

Kazmir @
Lester

C. Silva @
Slowey

Eveland @
Loux

Vazquez @
Blanton

Pelfrey @
Volquez

Duke @
Wellemeyer

Gallardo @ R.
Johnson

***Cory says “For the gambling crowd: Eveland and Cabrera (seriously).”

Fantasy baseball is stupid and so are you!

At least that’s what some hack writer named Gil LeBreton (below) wrote recently in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram:

http://www.star-telegram.com/303/story/1296682.html

Now, I don’t mind that he quoted me, even though the quote he used was completely irrelevant to what he wrote and did nothing to support the premise of his article, flimsy and illogical as it may be. And of course, this means he watched the show… no such thing as bad publicity!

What bothers me about this article is LeBreton’s premise that fantasy baseball is bad for baseball. On the contrary… ~15 million people play fantasy baseball, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the growth of fantasy baseball in the last 10-15 years has neatly coincided with record ballpark attendance and TV ratings. He goes on to say that fantasy baseball players are self-important shut-ins, but then he boasts about playing a computer simulation game, like that’s the mark of genius personified.

Anyway, this is junk journalism at its worst, and pieces like this are undoubtedly part of the reason print newspapers are dying and increasingly rapid death. Think about it… who would actually pay to read this crap??

Enjoy!

Cory

 

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 7

My green lights are in bold……..Siano

 

Shields @ Beckett

 

Meche @ Buerhle

 

Edwin Jackson @ Purcey

 

Bedard @ Blackburn

 

Cahill @ Moseley

 

Suppan @ Lincecum

 

Jurjjens @ Moyer

 

Olsen @ J Johnson

 

Dempster @ Wandy

 

Snell @ Lohse

 

Ubaldo @ Haren

 

Wolf @ C Young

Fantasy 411 Q&A: April 6, 2009

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FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY

What do you guys think of Chris Carpenter this year? He’s a free agent in my
10 team head-to-head keeper league. I’ve
got one open bench slot (out of three) since I just put B.J. Upton on
the disabled list. My league charges transaction fees throughout the
season ($.50 per add/drop/player traded) so there isn’t any pitch or
ditch during the season. Is Carpenter worth a rental while Upton is on
the disabled list? Is Carpenter worth holding onto after Upton gets
back?                                                                                                            

Thanks,                                                                                                                 
Damon in Seattle

It’s worth a shot for 50 cents, but since Upton isn’t going to be out
that long it’s a waste to pick up Carp and cut him before mid-April. It
really depends on who else you are cutting to make room for Upton and
still keep Carpenter.                                                            

-Siano
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Happy Opening Day Everyone!

Keep an eye on Mother Nature. She has already cost us two games, one in Chicago and one in Boston.

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Hope everyone saw the Pitch or Ditch posting from Friday and read Zach’s outline of how it will work. It is exclusive to the Blog and will be out a day before the games.

Also hope everyone had a chance to either listen live to the Sirius / XM show or download the podcast. We got some good feedback so we appreciate that. The show this Friday will be live from 6-8pm ET.

We will shoot the video show in about two hours. Sheff, A-Rod and the season opener will be on the docket.

-Siano

Another Rainout

Besides the KC @ CWS game there is also the Red Sox game biting the dust.

TODAY’S RED SOX OPENING DAY GAME
POSTPONED

Game To Be Made
Up on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:05 p.m.

 

BOSTON,
MA
– Today’s Red Sox 2009 Opening Day game
at Fenway Park has been postponed due to the
forecast of heavy rain throughout the afternoon and evening.  The game is
rescheduled for Tuesday, April 7, at 4:05 p.m. to better accommodate fans who
must reschedule.  Opening Day festivities now will take place on
Tuesday.  Gates will open at 2:05 p.m.

 

The forecast provided by the Red
Sox weather service, Meteorlogix, indicates heavy rain, strong winds and
possible thunderstorms will begin during the early afternoon hours and continue
throughout the evening. 

 

“After consulting with our
weather service and other professional meteorologists, it became apparent it
would be extremely unlikely, if not impossible, that we could get a complete
game in today so the decision was made to postpone until Tuesday,” said Larry
Lucchino, President/CEO.  “Our fans look forward to this unofficial Red
Sox Nation holiday each year, and we want to make sure that they are able to
enjoy the full experience including both the special pregame ceremonies and a
full nine innings of play.  We reserved an alternate rain date for
tomorrow for just such adverse circumstances as present themselves today.”

 

It marks the first Red Sox
home-opening postponement since 2003, when the game was called because of
rain. 

Tickets for Monday’s opener will be good on Tuesday, April 7.

NESN, WEEI and SBN (WWDJ 1150
AM) will carry the rescheduled 4:05 pm game. 

 

The Red Sox and Rays are
scheduled to play the second game of the series on Wednesday at 7:10 pm at Fenway Park.

Pitch or Ditch for Sunday-Monday

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Guys,

A reminder that Pitch or Ditch will be found exclusively on the blog this year.  Each afternoon, I’ll be posting a new entry that focuses on the matchups for the following day.  Here’s the first installment…Zach

SIANO’S PICKS (Bold = Pitch)

SUNDAY

Lowe at
Myers

 

MONDAY

 
Santana
at
Harang

Cook at
Webb

Lannan at
Nolasco

Maholm at
Wainwright

Zambrano at
Oswalt

Kuroda at
Peavy

Lee at
Millwood

Meche at
Buehrle

Shields at
Beckett

Sabathia at
Guthrie

Verlander at
Halladay

King Felix at
Liriano

Braden at
Saunders

***Cory agrees with all of Siano’s picks except Buehrle:

He’s had an awful spring and the Royals are righty-heavy, they are going to put
the wood to him. Ditch.”

 

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