Daily Notes for Sunday: Aces rested and ready
As teams deploy their fully rested rotations to begin the second half, at least eight teams send out their respective aces Sunday, with Derek Lowe versus Brandon Webb being the highlight showcase. That again limits the viable hitting options, and it might be wise to sit even your accomplished hitters against some of these studs.
Edinson Volquez takes his 2.29 ERA and 12-3 record against the Mets, whose offense has finally come alive in recent weeks, and Cole Hamels attempts to conquer his troubles against the Marlins, who have scored nine runs in 13 2/3 innings against him this season.
|1:05 p.m.||Sean Gallagher||R||4-4||4.25||1.29|| |
|1:10 p.m.||Cole Hamels||L||9-6||3.15||1.02|| |
|1:15 p.m.||Mike Pelfrey||R||8-6||3.64||1.47|| |
|1:30 p.m.||Odalis Perez||L||2-7||3.71||1.46|| |
|1:35 p.m.||Justin Verlander||R||7-9||4.15||1.27|| |
|1:40 p.m.||John Parrish||L||1-0||2.77||1.08|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Ryan Dempster||R||10-4||3.25||1.18|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Brian Bannister||R||7-8||5.24||1.37|| |
|2:10 p.m.||Vicente Padilla||R||10-5||4.70||1.45|| |
|2:15 p.m.||Cha Seung Baek||R||2-5||5.14||1.31|| |
|3:05 p.m.||Zach Duke||L||4-6||4.40||1.58|| |
|4:05 p.m.||Manny Parra||L||8-2||3.78||1.49|| |
|4:10 p.m.||Cliff Lee||L||12-2||2.31||1.03|| |
|4:10 p.m.||Derek Lowe||R||7-8||3.85||1.23|| |
|6:00 p.m.||Tim Wakefield||R||6-6||3.60||1.18|| |
All times are ET.
Hitters: Jorge Cantu is 3-for-6 with three home runs and no strikeouts versus Hamels this season. Hamels' lone weakness is his susceptibility to the home run, so Cantu's success against Hamels might not be a fluke. Derrek Lee is just 3-for-15 against Brandon Backe, and with just two home runs in his past 160 at-bats, the power outage is worrisome.
Pitchers: Facing the Reds away from the confines of Shea Stadium will be a decent test for Mike Pelfrey. It'll give us a chance to see if he has truly turned the corner, as his past three starts might suggest. Pelfrey has a 5.56 ERA and 1.95 WHIP on the road this season, though, and facing Reds ace Edinson Volquez is further incentive to exercise patience and keep Pelfrey on your bench. Since allowing seven runs in five innings against the Angels on May 18, Derek Lowe has been nearly lights-out, averaging more than 6 2/3 innings per start, with a 2.64 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, a stretch of 10 starts. Despite that recent success, Lowe is still a free agent in more than a quarter of leagues, and against the light-hitting Diamondbacks, he's an essential start.
Pitchers: Odalis Perez has been quite effective since coming off the disabled list, notching two quality starts in three outings and pitching well in the third before he was ejected. That makes him a solid option against the Braves, who haven't hit well this month and struggle against lefties. The Giants have been just awful offensively in July, with their .583 team OPS sitting a full 69 points below the next worst performance (the Rays). Manny Parra takes the mound Sunday against them, and his recent performances (2.70 ERA his past seven starts) and above-average strikeout rate make a strong case for him as a spot start candidate.
New York (A's-Yankees) and Miami (Phillies-Marlins) are the only potentially serious weather threats, with both areas being forecasted for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Blue Jays-Rays, Cubs-Astros, Rangers-Twins, Indians-Mariners and Dodgers-Diamondbacks are all weatherproof.
Adam Madison is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com
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