Daily Notes: Pick Up Tom Gorzelanny

Updated: April 27, 2007, 8:58 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Fantasy Game Notes for Saturday: American League
Comerica Park (outdoor) 1:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 68 degrees)
Carlos Silva, RHP (1-1) versus Justin Verlander, RHP (1-0)

Notable Injuries: Torii Hunter, OF (face, day-to-day); Luis Castillo, 2B (quadriceps, day-to-day); Carlos Guillen, SS (shoulder, day-to-day)

Game Story: Silva has been living on the razor's edge -- he has allowed 27 hits in 23 innings -- but Detroit is quite poor against right-handers (.688 OPS, 26th in the majors) and Comerica Park is one of the best pitchers' parks. Minnesota's offense is hitting well, especially against righties (.764 OPS, sixth), but Verlander has owned the Twins, albeit in a small sample size. The Twins also might be missing two regulars; outside of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer, there aren't many Twins batters to worry about.

Rogers Centre (indoor/retractable roof) 1:07 p.m. ET
Kevin Millwood, RHP (2-3) versus Gustavo Chacin, LHP (2-1)

Notable Injuries: Troy Glaus, 3B (heel, DL)

Game Story: Glaus is set to come off the disabled list for Saturday, so remember to activate him and insert him in your lineup. Millwood is pitching poorly and cannot be counted on much versus a solid offense. Chacin has allowed five home runs on the year, and the Rangers have enough power to add to that total. Sammy Sosa always has hit left-handers especially hard, and seems to be swinging just for home runs, so don't be surprised to see him add to his total.

Yankee Stadium (outdoor) 3:55 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of rain, high of 68 degrees)
Tim Wakefield, RHP (2-2) versus Jeff Karstens, RHP (0-1)

Notable Injuries: Coco Crisp, OF (oblique, day-to-day); Derek Jeter, SS (thigh, day-to-day)

Game Story: The Yankees are just 11th in the majors in OPS against right-handers (.752), and Wakefield historically has shut down many parts of the Yankees lineup. Robinson Cano (.238 batting average), Jason Giambi (.177), Hideki Matsui (.158) and Jorge Posada (.236) have all had difficulty against the knuckleball. That doesn't necessarily mean a flawless start, but a quality start is within the realm of possibility. Karstens was demolished by the Red Sox the first time around, and I don't see much changing this time, either. With Wakefield on the mound, Doug Mirabelli will get the start, so bench Jason Varitek.

McAfee Coliseum (outdoor) 4:05 p.m. ET (sunny, with a high of 71 degrees)
Casey Fossum, LHP (2-1) versus Dan Haren, RHP (2-2)

Notable Injuries: Rocco Baldelli, OF (leg contusion, day-to-day); Nick Swisher, 1B/OF (hamstring, out)

Game Story: With Swisher on the shelf for the A's, Fossum suddenly looks like a good spot start. After all, Oakland is already last in the majors in OPS (.647), and Swisher is their best player. Tampa Bay's lineup leans heavily to the right, but even left-handers have not given Haren much trouble, so I would not expect too much noise from the Devil Rays' bats. Instead, look for some steals since Tampa Bay likes to run, and Jason Kendall always has been poor at throwing out runners.

U.S. Cellular Field (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, with a low of 46 degrees)
Jered Weaver, RHP (0-2) versus Jon Garland, RHP (0-1)

Notable Injuries: Jermaine Dye, OF (back, day-to-day); Rob Mackowiak, OF (abdominal, day-to-day); Jim Thome, DH (ribs, day-to-day)

Game Story: Jered Weaver always has had a poor groundball-to-flyball ratio, has allowed two home runs in his first two starts this season, and is facing the White Sox in Chicago. The White Sox had the most home runs hit last season, and have 24 so far this year, good for sixth in the majors. Pick a better spot. Garland does not have much recent history with the Angels, accumulating three starts in the last two seasons, but has he has a 6.75 ERA in those starts. In theory, his home run tendencies and lack of strikeouts would play into the Angels' aggressive batting approach. Gary Matthews Jr., (1.019 OPS in 22 at-bats), Shea Hillenbrand (1,128 in 18 at-bats) and Casey Kotchman, who hits right-handers well, should all have a good night at the plate.

Jacobs Field (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, with a high of 60 degrees)
Erik Bedard, LHP (3-2) versus Jeremy Sowers, LHP (0-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Many of Cleveland's best at hitting left-handed pitching -- Josh Barfield, Jhonny Peralta and Casey Blake -- are struggling. Most of the rest of the lineup is made up of left-handed bats who are poor against left-handed pitching, so I expect Bedard to have a nice game despite his rough start to his season. The return of Jay Payton and Ramon Hernandez will help Baltimore against left-handers, and Sowers' peripherals (seven walks, seven strikeouts) lead me to believe Baltimore can knock him around.

Safeco Field (outdoor/retractable roof) 9:05 p.m. ET
Gil Meche, RHP (1-1) versus Jeff Weaver, RHP (0-3)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: People refuse to buy into Meche, who, despite peripherals that support his hot start, is owned in less than 18 percent of ESPN leagues. The matchup against the Mariners offers another soft matchup for Meche, and if you believe in redemption, Meche is facing his old team. To be honest, with the way Weaver is pitching (13.91 ERA), you have to figure if Meche just lasts the minimum five innings, he should be in line for a win.

Fantasy Game Notes for Saturday: National League

Busch Stadium (outdoor) 3:55 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, with a high of 73 degrees)
Carlos Zambrano, RHP (1-2) versus Adam Wainwright, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: Chris Duncan, OF (head, day-to-day)

Game Story: The Cardinals' lineup is top heavy, leaning on Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen to carry their offense. Duncan is one of their heavier parts, who hits right-handers quite well, so if he is forced to miss the game, Zambrano should not have much trouble with the lineup. Wainwright has allowed 13 walks in 25 innings, and the Cubs beat him up (12 hits, seven earned runs) in his last start; you have to bench him until he shows better.

PNC Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, with a low of 44 degrees)
Matt Belisle, RHP (2-1) versus Tom Gorzelanny, LHP (3-0)

Notable Injuries: Ken Griffey Jr., OF (chest, day-to-day); Xavier Nady, OF (hamstring, day-to-day)

Game Story: Matt Belisle has been surprisingly good this season, not yet allowing a home run -- especially impressive considering all four of his starts have been in hitter's parks -- while maintaining a good walk and strikeout ratio. Nothing in his history suggests he can support this, but enjoy it while it lasts, and it is not like the Pirates, who are 28th in runs scored, can mount much of an offense. It surprises me that everyone's favorite sleeper, Tom Gorzelanny, is only owned in 44.1 percent of ESPN leagues. Cincinnati's offense is porous against both left-handers and as the away team, so expect Gorzelanny to dominate again.

Citizens Bank Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (20 percent chance of rain, a low of 50 degrees)
Dontrelle Willis, LHP (4-1) versus Adam Eaton, RHP (2-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Willis has a career 5.96 ERA at Citizens Bank Park, and Philadelphia's bit players, like Wes Helms, Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino, are much better against left-handers than right-handers. Florida's OPS against right-handers is .769, putting them fifth in the majors, and Eaton is a fly ball pitcher who, unexpectedly, is performing poorly at home (9.28 ERA, 3 home runs allowed). Josh Willingham and Mike Jacobs are good starts as a result.

Minute Maid Park (indoor/retractable roof) 7:05 p.m. ET
David Bush, RHP (2-1) versus Chris Sampson, RHP (2-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Bush's peripherals -- 22 strikeouts to three walks, especially -- indicate his ERA should be on the way down, and Saturday against the Astros looks like as good a day as any. Houston is 24th in OPS versus right-handers (.691), and the only regular in the lineup who has a positive platoon split against right-handers is Luke Scott, who is hitting .222. There are worse fourth or fifth starters than Sampson, but Milwaukee is hitting too well to recommend him here. Geoff Jenkins is worth a start since he murders right-handers, and Corey Hart has already stolen two bases against Houston.

RFK Stadium (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 65 degrees)
Tom Glavine, LHP (3-1) versus Jerome Williams, RHP (0-4)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: In the matchup of platoon, Glavine offers a tough time to Chris Snelling and Ryan Church, two of my favorite sleepers, but Austin Kearns, Dmitri Young and Ronnie Belliard all hit lefties well and will benefit. It is usually difficult for a pitcher to go five or six innings per start with an ERA pushing eight, but the fact that Williams has tells you all you need to know about Washington's bullpen. Play all your Mets, even the non-obvious ones like Jose Valentin, Shawn Green and Moises Alou.

Coors Field (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (clear, with a high of 72 degrees)
John Smoltz, RHP (2-1) versus Jason Hirsh, RHP (2-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: The Rockies are hitting poorly overall (.696 team OPS, 23rd in the majors), and even at home they have been merely average (.746, 13th). The Rockies have many talented but struggling bats (Brad Hawpe, Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki), and I wouldn't expect them to get off the schneid against Smoltz. That leaves little run support for Hirsh, who will need it: Atlanta has an .803 OPS against right-handers, first in the majors, and it goes without saying what happens when you put that kind of production in Coors Field. Kelly Johnson and Scott Thorman are really heating up, so look for good things from them on Saturday.

Chase Field (indoor/retractable roof) 9:40 p.m. ET
Matt Cain, RHP (1-1) versus Edgar Gonzalez, RHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: Conor Jackson, 1B (hamstring, day-to-day)

Game Story: Outside of Eric Byrnes and Orlando Hudson, no one on Arizona is hitting, so even in Chase Field, one of the league's most extreme hitters' parks, Cain should be fine. The same does not necessarily go for Gonzalez; the opposition gets the park effects, too. San Francisco's lineup is so weak against right-handers -- .634 OPS against, last in baseball -- that you still have to consider Gonzalez a solid spot start, but there is less room for error, especially given the assumption that he won't get much run support.

Petco Park (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (cloudy, with a low of 57 degrees)
Brett Tomko, RHP (0-1) versus Greg Maddux, RHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Tomko has a 2.65 ERA, but, with a 1.53 WHIP attached to it, hasn't looked pretty in the process. Fortunately for him, the Padres are struggling to hit, and you don't have to look pretty in Petco Park to keep runs off the board. The same theory applies to Maddux, so in the end you get two spot starts for the price of one game.

Waiver Wire Pick Ups

Carlos Silva, SP, MIN @ Detroit Tigers
Sammy Sosa, OF, TEX @ Toronto Blue Jays
Tim Wakefield, SP, BOS @ New York Yankees
Casey Fossum, SP, TB @ Oakland Athletics
Gary Matthews Jr., OF, LAA @ Chicago White Sox
Gil Meche, SP, KC @ Seattle Mariners
Matt Belisle, SP, CIN @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Tom Gorzelanny, SP, PIT versus Cincinnati Reds
Mike Jacobs, 1B, FLA @ Philadelphia Phillies
Corey Hart, OF, MIL @ Houston Astros
Dmitri Young, 1B, WAS versus New York Mets
Scott Thorman, 1B, ATL @ Colorado Rockies
Brett Tomko, SP, LAD @ San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux, SP, SD versus Los Angeles Dodgers

Please Note that the notable injuries are not meant to be a comprehensive report of each team's disabled list. For brevity, we include only day-to-day injuries or new DL additions for players you might otherwise consider using in these games. Long-term DL or day-to-day injuries to starting pitchers who were not scheduled to appear are omitted.

Adam Madison is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. He can be reached at Adam@TalentedMrRoto.com

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