TRUM: McGowan is for real

June, 25, 2007
06/25/07
1:52
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Thoughts, Ramblings, Useless information and Musings for Monday, June 25, 2007

My friend B.K. was telling me that she couldn't wait to hear the karaoke story. Which is a shame because that's exactly what she's gonna have to do. Just finished up my part of our Fantasy Football Draft Kit, which is launching very shortly, and I am up to my eyes in meetings and stuff that needs to get done.

So, if there's going to be a TRUM today, it's going to be down and dirty, quick with not a lot of flash. Hmm … that sounds familiar for some reason.

Just Saying …

… That I don't expect him to throw an almost-no-hitter every time out, but that Dustin McGowan is much closer to what we saw Sunday night than he was the time before, when he got rocked by the Angels. He now has quality starts in 6 of his past 7 and has struck out 34 while giving up only 13 walks during that span. Been saying it for a while now. He's legit, much more so than, say, Shaun Marcum.

… That Frank Thomas hit a home run Sunday night. He is hitting .381 with three home runs and nine RBIs in his past seven games.

… That the Mets' Carlos Gomez stole his eighth base last night, in his 32nd game.

… That here are the stats of two players:

RHRRBIAVGSB
Player A591547.2612
Player B521258.3204

Obviously, Player B has a much better average, but other than that, fairly similar, no?

Would you be surprised if I told you that Player A is Dan Uggla? Especially if I told you Player B was Chase Utley? One will cost a whole lot more than the other, but Uggla is very quietly having a much better year than people realize.

… That while we're talking about second base; Tadahito Iguchi is now hitting .311 in June with 10 runs and four stolen bases. And that the streaky Ian Kinsler is getting hot. After a homer Sunday night, he now has two jacks and five RBIs in his past five games while hitting .353.

… That the wall that John Maine was supposed to hit hasn't shown up yet. He goes seven (Maine, not the wall), gives up only two earned runs and strikes out six while walking none.

… That that sound you heard was me breathing a sigh of relief. Seems like Erik Bedard will make his next start on Wednesday after a good bullpen session on Sunday. I just traded for Bedard in AL Tout Wars. You can read why by clicking this link.

… That I think Joe Mauer is a sell high after hitting two home runs on Sunday. He's always an injury risk and he's not a power guy.

… That Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 Sunday and is now batting .431 in his limited at-bats. Like him a lot.

… That it wasn't a great start, but it's worth noting that Hong-Chih Kuo struck out eight in just 5 1/3. There's something good there.

… That Tom Herrera's very good Tale of the Tape column this weekend pointed out that Coco Crisp has changed his batting stance. And it's working. He's hitting .315 in June with three home runs, four stolen bases and nine runs scored.

… That it's nice to see Aramis Ramirez back.

… That reason No. 17,000,000,006 why you never pay for saves: Chad Qualls gets the save for the Astros and Bob Howry got one for the Cubs. With Brad Lidge hurt and Dan Wheeler's ERA over six, expect Qualls to get a decent amount of save opportunities in the short term. He does have a suspension coming up at some point, but they probably won't have him take it until Lidge comes back. With Ryan Dempster banged up (and possibly needing a DL stint) Howry will get the chances for the upcoming week.

… That Brandon Watson has a stolen base and two RBIs in three games since being recalled by the Nationals. I like him and not just because he wears number "0."

… That Andrew Miller is clearly in the rotation now for the Tigers and Chad Durbin -- he of the three-inning save on Sunday -- is in the bullpen. Miller is a spot starter for mixed leagues as he'll be inconsistent. Yes, he pitched well yesterday, but his two strikeouts to just two walks bother me, and anyone can beat the Braves these days.

… That Josh Phelps went 2-for-5 with the Pirates yesterday and I like him for deep NL only leagues. He has some pop.

… That Jason Bartlett stole two bases yesterday and now has four over his past 11 games while hitting .342.

… That lost in the Wheeler-blows-another-one fracas was the fact that Chris Sampson put together another quality outing. He now has eight quality starts in his last nine and has a 3.71 ERA and 1.26 WHIP for the season. If you take out his brutal start against the Angels, by the way, he has a 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over his last nine games. He went seven Sunday night, giving up three earned runs and striking out four, walking none and only giving up five hits.

… That that's all I got today, kids. Funny stuff tomorrow.

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