Daily Notes for Saturday: Lots of aces in interleague play
With rivalry weekend in full gear, there are plenty of interesting matchups around the majors as most teams march out an ace pitcher on Saturday. Brandon Webb is coming off two rough starts to take on rookie Andrew Miller. The Subway Series features ace lefties Johan Santana and Andy Pettitte. Former Phillies pitcher Vicente Padilla tackles his old club's new ace in Cole Hamels. The Battle of the Bay features the sensational Tim Lincecum and the major league ERA leader Justin Duchscherer. Two surprising young lefties square off in D.C.
Plenty to choose from on the mound also means you have to be very selective with your hitters. So keep an eye on which members of your offense might be caught up in a pitchers duel.
|1:07 p.m.||Tim Hudson||R||8-5||2.96||1.17|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Andy Pettitte||L||8-5||4.04||1.34|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Sean Gallagher||R||3-3||3.97||1.32|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Edwin Jackson||R||4-6||4.35||1.47|| |
|John Van Benschoten||R||0-2||9.39||2.48|
|7:05 p.m.||Johnny Cueto||R||5-8||5.01||1.36|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jeff Francis||L||3-7||5.65||1.51|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jon Lester||L||6-3||3.13||1.33|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Brandon Webb||R||11-4||3.23||1.11|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Mitchell Boggs||R||2-0||5.40||1.50|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Garrett Olson||L||5-3||5.01||1.43|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Manny Parra||L||7-2||4.29||1.61|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Cole Hamels||L||7-5||3.27||1.03|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Tim Lincecum||R||8-1||2.54||1.25|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Carlos Silva||R||3-9||5.92||1.49|| |
|Cha Seung Baek||R||1-3||5.27||1.34|
|10:10 p.m.||Jered Weaver||R||7-7||4.56||1.31|| |
Alfredo Amezaga, OF, Marlins (groin)
Hank Blalock, 3B, Rangers (wrist)
Milton Bradley, OF, Rangers (quadriceps)
Johnny Damon, OF, Yankees (foot)
J.D. Drew, OF, Red Sox (neck)
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Reds (back)
Yunel Escobar, 2B/3B/SS, Braves (shoulder)
Kosuke Fukudome, OF, Cubs (calf)
Eric Gagne, RP, Brewers (shoulder)
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B, Royals (back)
Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels (flu)
Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers (knee)
Mark Mulder, SP, Cardinals (shoulder)
Omar Infante, 2B/3B, Braves (hamstring)
Maicer Izturis, 2B/3B/SS, Angels (hamstring)
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves (quadriceps)
Hideki Matsui, OF, Yankees (knee)
Xavier Nady, OF, Pirates (shoulder)
Matt Stairs, 1B/OF, Blue Jays (calf)
Hitters: With the Rays, Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners and Angels in National League parks, look for DHs Cliff Floyd, Aubrey Huff, Coco Crisp, Jose Vidro and Gary Matthews Jr. to take a seat for these games. An ailing Hideki Matsui likely gets the day off for the Yankees. ... Don't think twice about Placido Polanco, Carlos Guillen or Edgar Renteria. The trio of Tigers lead the way for Detroit when it comes to hitting lefties like Jeff Francis. ... The same meaningful National League hitters likely will get spot starts thanks to the addition of the DH that my colleague Tristan Cockcroft pointed out in Friday's Notes: Jeff Baker (Rockies), Craig Counsell (Brewers), Norris Hopper (Reds), Nick Stavinoha (Cardinals), Daryle Ward (Cubs) and Jayson Werth (Phillies). Ward in particular stands out because of his 9-for-24 (.375) with four home runs history versus Javier Vazquez. ... Maybe don't expect too much out of Johnny Damon. Not only does he have to go up against Johan Santana, but he is dealing with a sore foot the day after a doubleheader. Watch how much he gets used on Friday before marching him out on Saturday. ... Players expected in the lineup on Friday, but should still be checked on include: J.D. Drew, Milton Bradley and Vladimir Guerrero. However, Edwin Encarnacion is less likely to be ready.
Hitters: Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 2-for-3 with a home run versus Cole Hamels, and Ramon Hernandez (owned in 14 percent of leagues) is hitting .333 against lefties (John Lannan). Those are two names to look for, for help at catcher. ... For your corner infield spots, consider Fernando Tatis and his .333 average versus lefties (Andy Pettitte) this season for the Mets, or Dmitri Young, who is hitting .342 against lefties (Garrett Olson) and available in 98 percent of ESPN leagues. ... At middle infield, look for Ty Wigginton (owned in 12 percent of ESPN leagues) and his .350 average versus lefties (Jon Lester); or in deeper leagues, try Matt Macri who platoons against left-hander(Manny Parra) for Minnesota and is hitting .409 against them this season. ... In the outfield, Jim Edmonds has a good history against Javier Vazquez (8-for-20, with two home runs) and has been hitting better lately. Mike Cameron has four home runs in 40 at-bats versus Livan Hernandez and is available in 80 percent of leagues. Geoff Jenkins is a .353 hitter against Vicente Padilla in 17 at-bats.
The biggest weather concern will be a disturbance with isolated thunderstorms moving through the Ohio Valley. Games in Detroit (Rockies-Tigers), Cleveland (Reds-Indians) and Pittsburgh (Rays-Pirates) have a 60 percent chance of being affected by the storms. ... Thunderstorms are also possible, though only 30 percent likely, in Chicago (Cubs-White Sox), Washington (Orioles-Nationals), Miami (Diamondbacks-Marlins) and Arlington (Phillies-Rangers). ... Weather-proof games will be played in Toronto (Braves-Blue Jays), Houston (Red Sox-Astros) and Minnesota (Brewers-Twins).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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