Daily Notes for Saturday: Pitching owns the day
Five of the players selected to the All-Star game will make their first second-half start on Saturday. Carlos Zambrano, Dan Haren and Ben Sheets all tossed two shutout innings for the National League on Tuesday, while Roy Halladay pitched one scoreless inning for the American League and Justin Duchscherer allowed three hits and an earned run.
Thanks to these All-Stars starting, we have some great pitching matchups across the board on Saturday, so be picky with your hitters. Duchscherer versus Joba Chamberlain, Sheets versus Jonathan Sanchez, Halladay versus Matt Garza, Zambrano versus Wandy Rodriguez and Chad Billingsley versus Haren should all be tight pitching affairs.
|1:05 p.m.||Justin Duchscherer||R||10-5||1.82||0.87|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Josh Beckett||R||9-5||3.94||1.15|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Jeremy Sowers||L||0-5||7.51||1.92|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Kyle Kendrick||R||8-3||4.47||1.46|| |
|3:55 p.m.||Randy Wolf||L||6-9||4.66||1.40|| |
|4:05 p.m.||Ben Sheets||R||10-3||2.85||1.11|| |
|6:10 p.m.||Roy Halladay||R||11-6||2.71||1.00|| |
|7:00 p.m.||John Lannan||L||5-9||3.40||1.28|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Carlos Zambrano||R||10-3||2.84||1.23|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Nate Robertson||L||6-8||5.26||1.50|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Gil Meche||R||6-9||4.71||1.40|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Eric Hurley||R||1-1||3.57||1.28|| |
|7:40 p.m.||Oliver Perez||L||6-5||4.44||1.42|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Yoslan Herrera||R||0-0||12.46||3.46|| |
|Jorge De La Rosa||L||3-5||7.26||1.63|
|8:10 p.m.||Chad Billingsley||R||9-8||3.25||1.30|| |
Hank Blalock, 3B, Rangers (wrist)
Coco Crisp, OF, Red Sox (forearm)
Yunel Escobar, 2B/SS/3B, Braves (shoulder)
Carlos Guillen, 1B/3B/SS, Tigers (personal)
Bobby Jenks, RP, White Sox (back)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (hamstring)
Alex Rios, OF, Blue Jays (personal)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B/C, Rangers (groin)
Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks (oblique)
Randy Winn, OF, Giants (knee)
Kerry Wood, RP, Cubs (finger)
Dmitri Young, 1B, Nationals (back)
Hitters: A lot of stud pitchers take the mound Saturday, so hitters might not have their best day. Make sure you pick your matchups well if you need to generate offense; especially in the short head-to-head week that the All-Star break causes. Jason Giambi is one Yankee to not consider sitting against Justin Duchscherer and his sub-2.00 ERA. Giambi is 5-for-7 with three home runs and two doubles against "Duke." Nick Markakis (1-for-11) and Melvin Mora (1-for-16) have troubles with Tigers lefty Nate Robertson. Both Alex Gordon and Mike Aviles launched a home run against the Rangers' Eric Hurley in his first career start on June 12. With the All-Star break allowing players to have extra time to rest what ails them, look for the day-to-day list to shrink by Saturday. Hank Blalock, Coco Crisp, Yunel Escobar, Randy Winn and Dmitri Young could all be back by then.
Hitters: At catcher, Max Ramirez will start with Jarrod Saltalamacchia banged up. Ramirez has been hitting the ball when given the chance in recent weeks. It's an unexpected source, but Ross Gload has a pair of stolen bases in the past week. Capitalize on his speed burst before it disappears again. Or give Chris Davis a shot. Only Troy Glaus has more runs than the Rangers' rookie during the past week. Try Ronnie Belliard for assistance at second base. Belliard is 6-for-his-past-12. For help at third base, Chad Tracy is hitting whenever he starts. He is 7-for-15 in the past week with a home run and five RBIs. At shortstop, Brent Lillibridge has been hitting the ball well in Yunel Escobar's stead. Lillibridge is 5-for-his-past-12 with a home run. In the outfield, the 18-percent-owned Garret Anderson is 4-for-10 with two doubles and a 1.100 OPS against Josh Beckett.
There is a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms in Chicago (Royals-White Sox) and a 30 percent chance in Florida (Phillies-Marlins). Weatherproof games go down in Seattle (Indians-Mariners), Tampa (Blue Jays-Rays), Houston (Cubs-Astros), Minnesota (Rangers-Twins) and Arizona (Dodgers-Diamondbacks).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.