Daily Notes for Thursday: Peavy returns, Hurley debuts
Daytime action between the Rangers and Royals marks the major league debut of top Texas pitching prospect Eric Hurley. The 22-year-old had managed only a 5.30 ERA at Triple-A this year, but most of the damage to his numbers was caused by a slow start that he seems to have put behind him. National League fans can look forward to the returns from injury of Padres ace Jake Peavy and Cardinals right-hander Joel Pineiro.
|12:35 p.m.||Jason Bergmann||R||1-3||5.23||1.37|| |
|1:05 p.m.||Mark Buehrle||L||3-6||4.80||1.45|| |
|1:10 p.m.||Dan Haren||R||6-4||3.44||1.04|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Ben Sheets||R||6-1||2.62||1.06|| |
|2:10 p.m.||Eric Hurley||R||0-0||0.00||0.00|| |
|2:20 p.m.||Tim Hudson||R||7-4||2.86||1.14|| |
|3:05 p.m.||Jonathan Sanchez||L||5-3||3.70||1.38|| |
|6:05 p.m.||Hiroki Kuroda||R||3-5||3.49||1.27|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jeremy Guthrie||R||3-6||3.40||1.20|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Livan Hernandez||R||6-3||5.32||1.61|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Joel Pineiro||R||2-3||4.50||1.36|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jamie Moyer||L||6-3||4.56||1.48|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Andy Pettitte||L||5-5||4.99||1.46|| |
All times are ET.
Jeremy Bonderman, SP, Tigers (blood clot)
Eric Byrnes, OF, Diamondbacks (hamstring)
Ryan Church, OF, Mets (concussion)
Matt Diaz, OF, Braves (knee)
Ryan Freel, OF, Reds (hamstring)
Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays (concussion)
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B, Padres (shoulder)
David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox (wrist)
Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays (finger)
Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals (finger)
Rickie Weeks, 2B, Brewers (wrist)
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals (shoulder)
Pitchers: Brian Bannister is a marginal play in mixed leagues under the best of circumstances. He certainly should not be used against the Rangers, who boast baseball's highest-scoring offense. A run of five straight quality starts has Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez's stock on the rise, but he should not be active for Thursday's Coors Field tilt. The Colorado squad is now close to full strength with the recent return of outfielders Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday. Bronson Arroyo has been hit hard despite showing good command this year, leading to speculation that he may be tipping his pitches or suffering from a mechanical flaw that leaves his pitches flat. He has failed to finish the fifth inning in back-to-back starts and should be benched until he works through his problems. Scott Olsen hasn't pitched as well as his surface stats indicate this year. The homer-prone lefty is a poor play against the Phillies, who have hit more long balls this year than any squad except Olsen's Marlins.
Pitchers: Nationals starter Jason Bergmann is coming off an embarrassing shellacking at the hands of the lowly Giants, but the right-hander was outstanding in four May starts after coming off the disabled list, averaging more than a strikeout per inning in the process. He's not a bad bet versus the Pirates.
Games in Houston are always weatherproof. Wet weather in the Southeast could affect the Marlins' home date with the Phillies, but severe storms in the Midwest mean that the contests most in jeopardy of inclement weather are the Braves at the Cubs and the Rangers at the Royals.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com.
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