Daily Notes for Tuesday: Pedro returns; Joba starts
The return of Pedro Martinez highlights a busy Tuesday around the National League. The 36-year-old Martinez, who hasn't started since April 1 due to a hamstring injury, is being eased back into action by the Mets versus a light-hitting Giants squad that sends 1-8 Barry Zito to the hill. All American League eyes are on Yankees uber-prospect Joba Chamberlain as he makes his first major league start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. The 22-year-old phenom boasts a 2.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 23 relief innings.
|7:00 p.m.||Burke Badenhop||R||1-3||6.75||1.56|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Matt Garza||R||4-1||3.78||1.36|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Roy Halladay||R||6-5||2.93||0.99|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Aaron Harang||R||2-7||3.81||1.26|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Wandy Rodriguez||L||1-1||2.89||1.29|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Kyle Lohse||R||5-2||4.02||1.30|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Jake Westbrook||R||1-2||3.12||1.15|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Randy Johnson||L||4-1||3.83||1.30|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Radhames Liz||R||0-0||0.00||0.00|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Zack Greinke||R||5-2||2.88||1.20|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Dontrelle Willis||L||0-0||7.50||2.17|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Jason Marquis||R||2-3||4.98||1.64|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Joe Saunders||L||8-2||2.76||1.09|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Jeff Francis||L||1-5||6.12||1.59|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Pedro Martinez||R||0-0||10.80||1.50|| |
All times are ET.
Clint Barmes, SS, Rockies (knee)
Eric Byrnes, OF, Diamondbacks (hamstring)
Matt Diaz, OF, Braves (knee)
Eric Gagne, RP, Brewers (shoulder)
Travis Hafner, DH, Indians (shoulder)
Brad Hawpe, OF, Rockies (hamstring)
Matt Holliday, OF, Rockies (hamstring)
Conor Jackson, 1B, Diamondbacks (quad)
Mark Kotsay, OF, Braves (back)
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, Red Sox (shoulder)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (hamstring)
Gary Sheffield, DH, Tigers (oblique)
Frank Thomas, DH, A's (quad)
Hitters: Hideki Matsui is having a big 2008, but the Yankees slugger needs a day off against Jays ace Roy Halladay, against whom he's just 7-for-37. ... Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta is finally starting to heat up. He's 8-for-24 with two home runs during the past week. ... Don't consider benching Angels center fielder Torii Hunter just because an ace like Erik Bedard is on the mound for the opposing Mariners. Hunter is a nifty 8-for-18 with two home runs versus Bedard. ... Ken Griffey Jr. is swinging a hot bat for the Reds, posting a .978 OPS during the past week. He's had some success against Phillies starter Adam Eaton, too. ... Yes, the game's in Petco, but shortstop Ryan Theriot should be in the lineup along with all the other hot-hitting Cubbies. He's boasting a .542 on-base percentage this week, a great omen for a basestealer. ... Dodgers second sacker Jeff Kent is 7-for-19 this week and 9-for-21 lifetime versus Rockies starter Jeff Francis. ... Left-handed first baseman James Loney may be on the Dodgers' bench Tuesday. He's only 1-for-12 versus Rockies southpaw Jeff Francis.
Hitters: Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson remains a lefty-killer, even as his overall numbers decline with age. He's 4-for-9 with three home runs versus Angels left-hander Joe Saunders. ... Orioles outfielder Luke Scott is finding his power stroke with a .706 slugging percentage this week. He's a solid play versus Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey. ... Jason Giambi is still largely ignored because of age, bad press and a .164 April batting average. In May, however, the Yankees first baseman hit .315 BA/.419 OBP/.644 SLG with six home runs. He's a career .304 hitter in 56 at-bats versus Roy Halladay. ... Owners seeking speed should nab Oakland center fielder Rajai Davis, who swiped 22 bags last year in just 190 at-bats. The speedy Davis will be in the lineup Tuesday with left-hander Dontrelle Willis on the mound for the visiting Tigers. ... With Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe on the disabled list, Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs is temporarily an everyday player. The 28-year old is making the most of his opportunity, hitting .391/.481/.870 with three home runs this week. ... Mets second baseman Luis Castillo is batting a sizzling .348/.464/.652 during the past seven days, yet is owned in less than 15 percent of ESPN leagues.
Games in Minnesota, Milwaukee and Seattle are always weatherproof. Nearly every other game, however, is under threat of rain Tuesday as strong storms and rain sweep across the Midwest into the South and the East. The Indians at Rangers and the four California games are the only contests free from the likelihood of wet weather.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com.