Daily Notes for Saturday: On the porch one day, watch baseball the next
The holiday weekend continues with some terrific pitching matchups. Roy Halladay versus John Lackey promises to be a barn burner. Halladay is coming off yet another complete game, while Lackey's 1.44 ERA would lead the majors if he had enough innings to qualify. Jake Peavy versus Doug Davis doesn't make for a bad undercard, either.
Now if we can just get Mother Nature to cooperate.
|3:55 p.m.||Justin Masterson||R||4-2||3.75||1.25|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Ted Lilly||L||9-5||4.56||1.30|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Eric Hurley||R||1-1||3.57||1.28|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Greg Smith||L||5-6||3.44||1.23|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Paul Maholm||L||5-5||4.28||1.36|| |
|7:05 p.m.||John Maine||R||8-6||3.86||1.36|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Aaron Laffey||L||4-5||3.24||1.24|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Zack Greinke||R||7-4||3.65||1.27|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Tim Redding||R||6-3||4.21||1.33|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Chris Sampson||R||3-3||5.08||1.38|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Ryan Tucker||R||2-2||6.84||1.76|| |
|Jorge De La Rosa||L||2-4||6.70||1.51|
|8:10 p.m.||Jake Peavy||R||5-5||2.90||1.19|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Roy Halladay||R||9-6||2.90||1.04|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Chan Ho Park||R||4-2||2.45||1.33|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Armando Galarraga||R||7-2||3.40||1.15|| |
Eric Byrnes, OF, Diamondbacks (hamstring)
Matt Capps, RP, Pirates (shoulder)
Eric Chavez, 3B, A's (shoulder)
Alex Cintron, 3B/SS, Orioles (hamstring)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (hamstring)
Juan Pierre, OF, Dodgers (knee)
Humberto Quintero, C, Astros (concussion)
Chris Snyder, C, Diamondbacks (testicular fracture)
Dan Uggla, 2B, Marlins (ankle)
Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B, Tigers (hip)
Omar Infante, 2B/3B, Braves (hamstring)
Jason Isringhausen, RP, Cardinals (knee)
Duaner Sanchez, RP, Mets (knee)
Willy Taveras, OF, Rockies (thigh)
Michael Young, SS, Rangers (groin)
Hitters: Mike Lowell is definitely a guy to start in this matchup. He is 11-for-19 (.579) with three home runs in his career against Mike Mussina. Troy Glaus against Ted Lilly? Forget about it. He is just 1-for-11. Shane Victorino is 5-for-14 (.357) in his career versus John Maine. Carlos Delgado is a brilliant 30-for-71 (.423) with eight home runs versus Jamie Moyer. Seventy-one at-bats? These guys have been around a long time. Justin Morneau is 5-for-7 versus Aaron Laffey. Normally someone to start against lefties, Alexi Casilla is 0-for-7 versus Laffey. Carl Crawford is a meaningful 0-for-10 against Zack Greinke, for what it's worth. Conor Jackson, normally a machine versus lefties, bucks that split against Padres ace Jake Peavy. Jackson is 8-for-25 (.320) with a home run and seven RBIs against the Padres ace. James Loney is just 1-for-11 versus Barry Zito. Miguel Cabrera started Thursday, but you still might want to hold him out; his hip isn't 100 percent.
Pitchers: Mike Mussina is in fine form this season, and has a career 3.80 ERA versus the Red Sox. Start the Moose as long as he is giving us reasons to. Ted Lilly really turned a corner in June (3.02 ERA), with his best starts all coming on the road. This is a road matchup against the Cardinals, whom he already beat with a quality start this season. The Cubs tagged Kyle Lohse for eight runs on May 3, marking his worst start of the season. I know he has been virtually lights-out of late, but Chicago is a tougher matchup than most. Sit him for this one. Despite some recent struggles, I'm in John Maine's corner. He is 4-0 with a 2.05 lifetime ERA versus the Phillies. Pat Burrell, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard are all sub-Mendoza-line batters versus Maine. After a couple of rough outings, Gavin Floyd found his command in his last outing, striking out 10 Indians. He has never faced Oakland but should fare well against their league-average lineup. His last outing was rough, but Zack Greinke's 12 quality starts this year is second amongst AL pitchers. The Rays are a tough matchup, but Greinke should get back on track. Armando Galarraga should have no trouble with the Mariners and their league-worst OPS versus righties.
Hitters: Mark DeRosa is a nice 6-for-13 (.462) versus Kyle Lohse, and DeRosa's multi-position eligibility should let you fit him in somewhere. For help at catcher, use Miguel Montero. If you think about it, going 4-for-12 with a home run against Jake Peavy is pretty darned good. Ramon Hernandez (20 percent owned in ESPN leagues) is another option, as he is hitting .360 with a pair of home runs over the previous week. At first base, look to Chris Davis or Chris Duncan for help. Davis has three home runs and seven RBIs in the last week, while Duncan has two home runs and seven RBIs in that same span. Those seeking to fill a hole at second base, might try Damion Easley. He should get the start versus Jamie Moyer because of his .349 average against lefties this season. Freddy Sanchez is another option thanks to his 7-for-16 (.438) hitting against Dave Bush. But if you are looking for a shortstop off the wire, try Maicer Izturis. He is 3-for-8 against Roy Halladay and had a red-hot June. Aaron Miles could be another option; he is hitting .357 over the last week. For help at third base, Pedro Feliz is 3-for-5 with a home run versus John Maine. Bill Hall, who is 9-for-15 (.600) with two home runs versus Paul Maholm, is another option. Waiver-wire help for the outfield includes the 15-percent owned Mike Cameron. He is 5-for-6 against Maholm. Marlon Byrd is an option. He is 1-for-3 against Brian Burres, but that "one" is a grand slam. Jonny Gomes is another recommendation for the outfield. He is 3-for-5 with two home runs versus Zack Greinke.
There is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms for Baltimore (Rangers-Orioles) and Philadelphia (Mets-Phillies). The chance is the same for New York (Red Sox-Yankees), except the storms could be off and on. Scattered thunderstorms are also a possibility in Atlanta (Astros-Braves) and Denver (Marlins-Rockies). Weather-proof games include: Pirates-Brewers, Indians-Twins, Royals-Rays, Padres-Diamondbacks and Tigers-Mariners.
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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