Daily Notes: Rain threatens Yankees-Rangers

Updated: May 1, 2007, 11:48 AM ET
By David Young | Special to ESPN.com

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: American League

Fenway Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (70 percent chance of rain, low of 44 degrees)
Joe Blanton, RHP (2-1) versus Curt Schilling, RHP (3-1)

Notable Injuries: Bobby Kielty, OF (calf, DTD); Nick Swisher, 1B/OF (hamstring, DTD)

Game Story: Red Sox player you will not start against Blanton: Eric Hinske. Those you will start: all others. As for Schilling, please don't look at his Red Sox while he is pitching. Hey, I believe him, but that's just me. His earned runs per start in his first five games have been 5-1-0-5-1, so he's due for a shutout, right? Perhaps not, but the only A's worth starting against him are Todd Walker (7-for-14), Jason Kendall (19-for-65, 3 HRs) and Mike Piazza (12-for-47, 3 HRs). Sit the rest, especially Eric Chavez.

Jacobs Field (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 46 degrees)
A.J. Burnett, RHP (2-1) versus C.C. Sabathia, LHP (3-0)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: A.J. versus C.C. The Indians' hitters hit well against Burnett, but not for power. Play your Indians, but don't pick any up for the game. The Indians have yet to lose a game Sabathia has started, but the Toronto regulars hit him well, except for Aaron Hill (1-for-10). Play all your Blue Jays except Hill in a game that looks like a pitchers' duel on paper but likely will see more offense than you'd expect.

Comerica Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (decreasing clouds, low of 42 degrees)
Adam Loewen, LHP (2-0) versus Chad Durbin, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Loewen shut out the Tigers earlier in the season (a game the Orioles eventually lost), and for his owners, his 2-0 record and 3.20 ERA have been a pleasant surprise. However, his WHIP has been awful (1.74) thanks to an 8.5 BB/9. Since he has kept the ball in the park and induced many more ground ball outs than the fly ball variety, he hasn't hurt you, but The Corrections are coming. The Tigers hit lefties for average and power, so this might be the game when that happens. Start your Tigers and sit Loewen. I don't have to convince you that Durbin has been mediocre, so start your Orioles.

Tropicana Field (indoor) 7:10 p.m. ET
Sidney Ponson, RHP (1-3) versus Edwin Jackson, RHP (0-3)

Notable Injuries: Luis Castillo, 2B (quadriceps, DTD)

Game Story: A matchup between two guys whose ERAs add up to more than 14 should be fun for the offense. Oddly enough, Ponson's numbers against the Devil Rays are not terrible. You should start your Rays -- with the possible exception of Ty Wigginton (0-for-5) -- but don't expect as much offense as you'd like against a pitcher with a 2.06 WHIP. Jackson is flunking the audition once again, but not with the long ball. Batters are hitting almost .300 off of him, so expect your Twins to nickel and dime him all night.

Rangers Ballpark (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of thunderstorms with heavy rain, low of 65 degrees)
Phil Hughes, RHP (0-1) versus Kameron Loe, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: This one likely will get rained out, which definitely would help Hughes and his Yankees. If it doesn't. Hughes might have a fighting chance as the Rangers are the worst team in baseball in hitting for average against righties and are middle-of-the-pack in slugging percentage. However, their 25 home runs against righties do lead baseball and that park is a launching pad. If Hughes can keep the ball down, he can win as the Yankees batters hit Loe quite well. Start all your Rangers and Yankees, but keep in mind this one might not get played.

Kauffman Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (40 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 57 degrees)
Bartolo Colon, RHP (2-0) versus Zack Greinke, RHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: Maicer Izturis, 3B (hamstring, DTD); Garret Anderson, OF (hip, DTD)

Game Story: Colon has looked good so far in his return, but I'm still leery of "I've elected to rehab instead of getting the surgery" pitchers. This year's Royals have decent hitters, and their numbers against Colon mean you should start them. In particular, Mike Sweeney (16-for-47, 4 HRs) and Emil Brown (5-for-11) should be active. Greinke might have his head back in the game as he looked unhittable against the Twins in his second meeting against them. Add that to the Angels not being a good road team and you have me telling you to sit your Angels unless they're named Vladimir Guerrero.

Metrodome (indoor) 10:05 p.m. ET
Javier Vazquez, RHP (2-0) versus Jarrod Washburn, LHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Vazquez has pitched well so far, but the Mariners batters have a good record against him. In particular, you want to start Adrian Beltre (11-for-25, 1 HR), Richie Sexson (8-for-21), Jose Guillen (7-for-19, 1 HR) and Ben Broussard (6-for-15). If you own Washburn, you have nothing to complain about except his win-loss record, but that's his team's doing. Even though he threw a complete game last time, his pitch count was in line with the rest of his games this year. Except for Chicago's three big (and healthy) bats -- Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe -- the Sox do not hit Washburn well, especially not Joe Crede (3-for-18).

Fantasy Game Notes for Tuesday: National League

PNC Park (outdoor) 7:05 p.m. ET (60 percent chance of thunderstorms, low of 50 degrees)

Ted Lilly, LHP (2-2) versus Tony Armas, RHP (0-2)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Even with that forecast, weather likely should not be a factor in this game as the rain will come later in the evening. The Pirates haven't seen Lilly, but he's a southpaw and they hate lefties like Norm Peterson hates closing time. Only start big-name Pirates and Jack Wilson (what's the guy gotta do to become a big-name Pirate?). If you know where Armas' last start came from, please let me know. Until then, realize it's the aberration, not the rule and the Cubs love him like the Jedi love the Force. Play all your Cubs, including Cesar Izturis (7-for-12, 1 HR).

Shea Stadium (outdoor) 7:10 p.m. ET (80 percent chance of showers, low of 46 degrees)

Ricky Nolasco, RHP (0-0) versus Mike Pelfrey, RHP (0-2)

Notable Injuries: Orlando Hernandez (shoulder, DL); Jose Valentin (knee, DL)

Game Story: A pitcher with a WHIP of 3.00 is either making his last start or going to turn things around. Sadly, I'll guess this will be the farewell episode of "Everybody Loves Ricky," as the Mets will hit him hard. Start all of them. As for Pelfrey, the good news is the walks have come down. The bad is the hits -- including home runs -- have risen. The Marlins' at-bats against Pelfrey are limited, but heck, even Nolasco has an RBI against him. Start all your Marlins, as well, and expect lots of crooked numbers in the score in the early innings on both sides.

Turner Field (outdoor) 7:35 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 59 degrees)

Cole Hamels, LHP (2-1) versus Mark Redman, LHP (0-3)

Notable Injuries: Bob Wickman (back, DL)

Game Story: Although Hamels ought to pitch well in this game, keep in mind the Braves hit lefties for power, so start the big boppers (the Jones Boys, Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria) and sit the rest. Speaking of guys heading out of the rotation, can anyone picture Redman keeping his job in Atlanta? Start every Phillie you have. If the Braves have any chance in this game, it will come from the bullpen, where Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez still shape a formidable bullpen, even with the loss of Bob Wickman.

Miller Park (indoor/retractable roof) 8:05 p.m. ET

Braden Looper, RHP (3-1) versus Ben Sheets, RHP (1-2)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: If the Kip Wells experiment has been a bust so far, the Looper one has been a smashing success. Looper has kept the ball down and has a .200 BAA. The last time he held batters to that kind of average was & uh-oh. Yeah, he never has come close to those numbers, which makes me leery of his success. Milwaukee will be a good test as the Brewers hitters have been successful against Looper, especially Rickie Weeks (4-for-7). Start your Brewers. Sheets is healthy, but all Cardinals hitters except Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds have hit him hard. Start all the other guys, especially Chris Duncan (5-for-9, 1 HR).

Minute Maid Park (indoor/retractable roof) 8:05 p.m. ET

Bronson Arroyo, RHP (0-2) versus Matt Albers, RHP (0-0)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Arroyo has pitched decently, but so far has nothing to show for it. He won't get his first win at Houston on Tuesday either. The Astros love Arroyo, and you should start them all except Chris Burke (because he's jobless) and Morgan Ensberg (because he's hopeless). Make sure to start Mark Loretta (7-for-15). So far, I like what I see in Albers except for the obligatory homer per game. The Reds have had limited at-bats against him and are middle-of-the-pack in hitting against righties. Cincinnati is a .500 road team, so start the big bats against Albers.

Petco Park (outdoor) 10:05 p.m. ET (increasing clouds, low of 59 degrees)

Shawn Hill, RHP (2-2) versus Chris Young, RHP (2-2)

Notable Injuries: Marcus Giles, 2B (ribs, DTD); Russell Branyan, 3B (Bereavement List, DTD)

Game Story: I sat Hill last week. I won't make that mistake again. In all five starts, he has given up two earned runs per game. Sometimes that's enough to win, and sometimes it's not. With the Nationals hitting better than .300 off of Young and slugging better than .500, it might be just enough. Start big-name Nationals (including Ryan Zimmerman) and Padres, but expect a pitchers' duel. Start Hill.

Dodger Stadium (outdoor) 10:10 p.m. ET (patchy fog, low of 56 degrees)

Livan Hernandez, RHP (2-1) versus Brad Penny, RHP (3-0)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Hernandez is walking a lot of batters (5.3 BB/9), and his ERA is a tad low for his WHIP. Three batters in particular who ought to make Hernandez pay are Luis Gonzalez, Rafael Furcal and Wilson Betemit. However, he owns Nomar Garciaparra (0-for-11) and even though Nomar has been an RBI machine, you might want to bench him. Hernandez's ERA might be low for his WHIP, but so is Penny's, who also has walked batters. Results against the D-Backs are mixed, but three Diamondbacks you definitely want to play are Orlando Hudson, Conor Jackson and Carlos Quentin (4-for-5, 1 HR).

AT&T Park (outdoor) 10:15 p.m. ET (30 percent chance of rain, low of 51 degrees)

Taylor Buchholz, LHP (1-1) versus Russ Ortiz, RHP (2-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Buchholz has only one appearance at AT&T Park, so you have to look at his numbers versus the Giants. The current Giants are hitting .500 against him, with Randy Winn (3-for-4 1 HR) and Pedro Feliz (3-for-3) having particularly good success. The past three years, Ortiz has an ERA of 7.84 at AT&T Field, although in only two starts. He also has been pretty bad since his 15-win season of 2004. The only Rockies I would consider sitting are John Mabry (1-for-11) and Jamey Carroll (0-for-5).

Waiver Wire Pickups

Todd Walker, IF, A's @ Boston Red Sox
Mike Sweeney, DH, KC vs. Los Angeles Angels
Jose Guillen, OF, SEA vs. Chicago White Sox
Ben Broussard, DH, SEA vs. Chicago White Sox
Jarrod Washburn, SP, SEA vs. Chicago White Sox
Cesar Izturis, SS, CHC @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duncan, OF, STL @ Milwaukee Brewers
Mark Loretta, 2B, HOU vs. Cincinnati Reds
Shawn Hill, SP, WAS @ San Diego Padres
Wilson Betemit, 3B, LAD vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Carlos Quentin, OF ARI @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Winn, OF, SF @ Colorado Rockies

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 stints or day-to-day injuries to starting pitchers who were not scheduled to appear are omitted.

David Young is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. He can be reached at MrSnappy@TalentedMrRoto.com

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