Daily Notes for Thursday: Halladay, Haren, Lackey on the mound
Thursday's slate features six games from each league as well as an interleague makeup game between the Yankees and Pirates. All-Stars Dan Haren of Arizona and Roy Halladay of Toronto take the mound against the Nationals and Orioles, respectively. Two snubbed American League starters are also in action as the Angels' John Lackey heads to Texas and veteran Mike Mussina leads the Yankees into Pittsburgh.
|1:05 p.m.||Kevin Slowey||R||6-6||3.78||1.04|| |
|1:05 p.m.||Braden Looper||R||9-6||4.15||1.37|| |
|1:10 p.m.||Barry Zito||L||4-12||5.73||1.78|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Jorge De La Rosa||L||3-4||6.58||1.54|| |
|2:20 p.m.||Bronson Arroyo||R||6-7||5.82||1.65|| |
|3:35 p.m.||R.A. Dickey||R||2-4||4.36||1.49|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Andy Sonnanstine||R||10-3||4.31||1.35|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Mike Mussina||R||11-6||3.64||1.21|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Jeremy Guthrie||R||5-7||3.61||1.22|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Dan Haren||R||8-5||2.83||0.98|| |
|8:05 p.m.||John Lackey||R||6-2||1.93||0.94|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Mark Buehrle||L||6-7||3.91||1.35|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Josh Johnson||R||0-0||0.00||0.00|| |
|Chan Ho Park||R||4-2||2.36||1.30|
All times are ET.
Manny Acosta, RP, Braves (hamstring)
Eric Byrnes, OF, Diamondbacks (hamstring)
Matt Capps, RP, Pirates (shoulder)
Luis Castillo, 2B, Mets (quad)
Eric Chavez, 3B, A's (shoulder)
Ryan Church, OF, Mets (head)
Bobby Crosby, SS, A's (hamstring)
Johnny Damon, OF, Yankees (shoulder)
Elijah Dukes, OF, Nationals (knee)
Todd Helton, 1B, Rockies (back)
Bobby Jenks, RP, White Sox (shoulder)
Paul Konerko, 1B, White Sox (oblique)
Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Astros (hamstring)
Mike Napoli, C, Angels (shoulder)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (hamstring)
Chris Snyder, C, Diamondbacks (groin)
Ryan Spilborghs, OF, Rockies (oblique)
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies (hand)
Pitchers: Aaron Laffey was outstanding in May thanks to superlative control, allowing just three earned runs in five starts en route to an ERA of 0.79. The Indians rookie has struggled with his command since then, however, walking and striking out the same number of batters in his past seven starts. He's still owned in more than one-fifth of ESPN leagues, but should not be used in mixed formats right now. Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is a fringe starter at best in mixed leagues, but he's allowed more than four runs just once since his first start of the year and can be used Thursday against a Toronto squad he dominated back on June 7. Mark Buehrle posted a 1.60 June ERA and is 16-6 with a 3.40 ERA in his career against the Royals. The current Kansas City lineup is hitting just .241 BA/.277 OBP/.344 SLG off the White Sox left-hander. Yankees veteran Mike Mussina didn't make the All-Star team, and he was getting hit hard by the Pirates when rain forced the postponement of the game that will be made up Thursday. Still, Moose is coming off a six-inning shutout of the Red Sox and has allowed more than four earned runs just once all year. It's surprising that he's not yet owned in all ESPN leagues; he should be used in every start until he hits a rough patch. Cardinals right-hander Braden Looper is owned in nearly 15 percent of ESPN leagues, but in mixed leagues he's really only viable against the weakest offenses. Bench him for Thursday's date with the Phillies.
Hitters: Garret Anderson is starting to find his stroke. The Angels veteran is 9-for-21 with two home runs and eight RBIs so far in July. He'll get to see Scott Feldman in hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark Thursday. Outfielder Mark Teahen is one of the few Kansas City hitters who has been productive against Mark Buehrle; he's 13-for-30 with four doubles versus the White Sox left-hander. Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche is on a 14-for-25 tear, with three home runs during that span. He can be used against nearly all right-handers, including opposing Thursday starter Mike Mussina. Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand is 0-for-12 lifetime against Mets starter John Maine. Andre Ethier has begun July as well as any hitter in the majors. The Dodgers outfielder is 13-for-32 so far this month, with 3 home runs, 10 runs scored and 7 RBIs.
Games in Toronto and Milwaukee are always weatherproof. Thursday is expected to feature dry weather throughout all but the southern third of the nation. The Rangers' home date with the Angels is the only game that should be threatened.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com.