Game Notes from Wednesday, 6/27
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the show today, but since I had prepared notes, I figured I’d post these on the blog. I’ve included my commentary in italics.
CLE @ NYY
-Major news comes on the injury front. Before the game, CC Sabathia placed on DL with groin strain. Good news is he’s expected back right after the All-Star break. Andy Pettitte not as fortunate. Gets hit by a liner in the fifth inning and is now out at least six weeks with a fractured ankle.
Tough blow for the Yankees and for me! I own Pettitte in Mixed Tout and he’s a major reason why I currently lead the league in ERA. Fortunately, I have Trevor Bauer, so hopefully he can at least partially make up for this loss.
-Cano: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Last 10 games: .389 AVG (14-for-36), 7 HR, 11 RBI
MIL @ CIN
-Bailey struggles again: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER)
Last two starts: 9 1/3 IP, 15 H, 4 BB, 8 ER
Next two starts: @LAD, @SD
Bailey is a guy we’ve recommended a number of times this year for Pitch or Ditch, and although he’s managed to pick up a bunch of quality starts, he’s been a bit inconsistent. We did say ditch on him for this one though, so don’t blame us! Regardless, you’ve gotta love these upcoming matchups.
-Ludwick homers twice. Now has 11 total but is still batting just .229
CWS @ MIN
-Dunn: 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI. Was 0-for-19 over his previous five games. Now has 24 homers but the .216 AVG is a killer. He already has 121 K’s!
-Rios: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI. Nice bounce back season: .302 AVG, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 11 SB
TOR @ BOS
-Romero absolutely torched by Red Sox: 3 IP, 7 H, 9 R (8 ER), 6 BB
He’s now 5-7 with a 7.12 ERA lifetime vs. Boston. But more concerning is that his last quality start was on June 5th.
Next two starts: vs. KC, @CWS (two-start pitcher next week)
I’ve been very surprised by Romero’s struggles this year. I own him in a couple of leagues and after last season we all loved him as a soft ace type. I think he’s a bench but don’t cut. Still a grad but for now I’d definitely consider benching him in tougher matchups.
-A-Gon: 2-for-5, 3 RBI
Last five games: .429 AVG (9-for-21), HR, 7 RBI
TB @ KC
-Moore decent but not spectacular: 7 1/3 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
But overall, he’s been strong in June: 3-0, 3.16 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Next two starts: vs. NYY, @CLE
-Butler: 2-for-4, HR, RBI. He now has 15 homers on the year to go along with 46 RBI and a .296 AVG. Well on his way towards topping his single-season high of 21 homers.
I’ve never been a fan of his because I’ve felt that he doesn’t give you the homers you need from your starting first baseman, but his performance this year has forced me to reconsider my stance. Keep in mind that he’s still just 26, so there’s time for him to develop his power stroke.
NYM @ CHC
-Mets’ lineup explodes for 17 runs and four homers. Wright knocks in five and Davis, Murphy, Hairston each have 4 RBI.
-Murphy: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Was batting just .190 with no homers and 9 RBI in June prior to this game, and these were his first two homers of the season.
-Davis: 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI. Pulls his AVG over the .200 mark for the first time all season!
If available in a 12-team mixed league, he’s someone you should definitely consider picking up.
-Samardzija hammered: 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 9 ER, 4 BB Terrible in June: 0-3, 10.42 ERA, 2.06 WHIP
Next two starts: @ATL, @NYM
OAK @ SEA
-Parker: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, W. 2 ER or less in 10 of his 12 starts this year.
Next two starts: vs. BOS, vs. SEA
He’s had no trouble adjusting to the big leagues. A clear-cut grad.
LAD @ SF
-Lincecum dominates…finally! 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W. He picks up his first win since April 28th vs. SD, which also happens to be his only other scoreless outing this season.
Next two starts: @WAS, @PIT
This is what we’ve been waiting for from Timmy for awhile now. Hopefully, he’ll start to reward his patient owners. We began to see signs of improvement in his last outing. Time to buy low is running out.
-Ethier leaves game in first inning and is later diagnosed with an oblique strain. He’s likely headed to the DL.
I’m a little concerned about this since he does have an injury history, but there’s really nothing you can do.
LAA @ BAL
-Morales: 3-for-5, 4 RBI. Outside of the four homers, he’s had a rough month of June leading up to this game (.207 AVG, 7 RBI) so maybe this is the start of something!
-Hammel blasted: 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER. This after allowing no runs over his previous two starts combined, spanning 17 innings.
Next two starts: @SEA, @LAA (two-start pitcher next week)
He’s still a grad, and although he faces the Angels again, you have to trot him out there for the two-start week.
PIT @ PHI
-Utley back to vintage form in first game back: 3-for-5, HR, RBI
-Ruiz: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI. Now batting .364 on the year and his 43 RBIs are already more than he had all of last season.
Cory mentioned yesterday that he sees Ruiz as a great sell-high candidate. I agree.
ARI @ ATL
-Benched for third straight game, Chris Young enters as a pinch-hitter and hits his first homer since April 16th. Nightmare season for Young. Batting .225 with six homers and 17 RBIs and spent a month on the DL.
Young is such a frustrating guy to own. I’ve owned him a number of times over the past few years, and this year I finally decided that I’ve had enough and didn’t draft him in any of my leagues. When he’s hot he’s red hot, but when he’s cold he’s ice cold. Let him be someone else’s problem.
STL @ MIA
-Logan Morrison hits pinch-hit homer. Had been 1-for-20 over his previous six games and is having an extremely disappointing year overall.
Not a believer. Too inconsistent.
DET @ TEX
-David Murphy has monster night: 4-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI
.345 AVG, 4 HR, 14 RBI in June
-Fister bombed: 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 9 R (8 ER). Had recorded a quality start in six of his previous seven outings, so I’ll give him a mulligan @TEX.
Next two starts: vs. MIN, vs. KC
I love these matchups!
-Oswalt gets win but is not sharp: 6 IP, 13 H, 5 ER. He’s now allowed a combined 22 hits in two starts since coming back.
Don’t be swayed by the track record. Oswalt is no longer an automatic pitch. The NL to AL transition factor is very real. Should be a solid source of wins though.
Next two starts: @CWS, vs. MIN
SD @ HOU
-Lucas Harrell tosses six-hit shutout. 16 IP, 1 ER, 16 K over last two starts. 7-6, 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP for the season.
Next two starts: @PIT, vs. MIL
Harrell is definitely PoD worthy. But these are the Padres we’re talking about!
WAS @ COL
-Ryan Zimmerman: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI. Still batting just .221 in June BUT 8-for-17, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 2B over last four games.
A few frantic Zim owners wrote into the blog recently, so hopefully this will calm them down a bit. Gotta be patient.