Daily Notes for Tuesday: Another tough test for E-Jax, Eveland
Tuesday's slate includes the third outings for three young American League hurlers -- Toronto's Shaun Marcum, Tampa Bay's Edwin Jackson and Oakland's Dana Eveland -- who are all off to terrific starts. Marcum experienced enough success last year to become a mixed-league mainstay in 2008, but Jackson and Eveland are still largely unowned in ESPN standard leagues. Let's go to it.
|2:05 p.m.||Dana Eveland||L||1-0||0.68||0.98|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Dustin Moseley||R||1-1||7.36||1.64|| |
|4:35 p.m.||Micah Owings||R||2-0||2.68||0.88|| |
|6:40 p.m.||John Bale||L||0-2||5.84||1.62|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Shawn Chacon||R||0-0||3.75||1.42|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Shaun Marcum||R||1-0||2.57||0.79|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Tim Wakefield||R||1-0||3.27||1.55|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Scott Baker||R||2-0||4.63||1.11|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Collin Balester||R||0-0||0.00||0.00|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jair Jurrjens||R||1-1||4.38||1.54|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Andy Pettitte||L||1-1||3.09||1.46|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Aaron Harang||R||1-1||2.14||0.90|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Dave Bush||R||0-2||8.44||1.87|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Ubaldo Jimenez||R||1-1||4.91||2.00|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Matt Morris||R||0-1||5.25||1.92|| |
All times are ET. Statistics are from the 2008 regular season.
Willy Aybar, 3B, Rays (hamstring)
Michael Barrett, C, Padres (elbow)
Cliff Floyd, OF, Rays (knee)
Tony Gwynn, OF, Brewers (hamstring)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (thumb)
Dave Roberts, OF, Giants (knee)
Rafael Soriano, RP, Braves (elbow)
Ryan Sweeney, OF, A's (quad)
Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies (calf)
Ty Wigginton, 3B, Astros (thumb)
Orlando Cabrera, SS, White Sox (head)
David DeJesus, OF, Royals (ankle)
Carlos Guillen, 1B/SS, Tigers (hamstring)
Torii Hunter, OF, Angels (toe)
Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees (quad)
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves (quad)
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Pirates (illness)
Jose Reyes, SS, Mets (hamstring)
Francisco Rodriguez, OF, Angels (ankle)
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Yankees (ankle)
Hitters: Chone Figgins might be hitting better than .400 so far this year, but he belongs on the bench Tuesday. The Angels third baseman is an amazing 0-for-21 versus Rangers right-hander Kevin Millwood. Jason Varitek is 7-for-18 with a .611 slugging percentage against Cleveland starter Paul Byrd. Corey Patterson has decimated Pirates right-hander Matt Morris. In 38 at-bats against Morris in his career, Patterson has managed 14 hits -- four of which were home runs -- and 11 RBIs. Expect to see Nick Punto and Craig Monroe get starts over Mike Lamb and Denard Span, respectively, when the Twins face Detroit lefty Nate Robertson.
Pitchers: Micah Owings is off to a great start, and he draws the offensively challenged Giants on Tuesday. Owings has held the current San Francisco roster to a miserable line of .171/.209/.244 in 41 at-bats. Oh, and three of the club's seven hits off Owings came from the bat of the currently injured Dave Roberts. Randy Wolf is a good bet for success at home in Petco on Tuesday against a Rockies team that has struggled to score runs this year.
Pitchers: Twins starter Scott Baker's ERA isn't gaudy, but nine strikeouts against one walk show the 26-year old's excellent command. Don't hesitate to use him against the struggling Tigers on Tuesday. Ryan Dempster can't be counted on to maintain his torrid pace for long, but it's a good idea to use him while he's pitching so well, especially as flammable Reds starter Josh Fogg will make it easy for Dempster's teammates to supply him with plenty of run support.
Games at Seattle and Tampa are always weatherproof, and Tuesday's forecasts call for clear conditions for the other games.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com
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