Daily Notes for Monday: Harden faces K-friendly D-backs
Hitting should rule the day Monday, as a number of fourth and fifth (and even lesser quality) pitchers try to soak up innings. Expect there to be at least a couple of high-scoring games as teams hit around the starters and look to get the bullpen early.
Rich Harden makes his second start in the National League, as he tries to follow up his 5 1/3-inning, no-run, 10-strikeout performance against the Diamondbacks, who strike out more than all but two teams. Scott Kazmir also takes the mound after having his start pushed back one day due to his All-Star Game participation. The Red Sox and Jon Lester head into Seattle to top off a relatively full 13-game slate for Monday.
|7:05 p.m.||Seth McClung||R||5-5||4.16||1.35|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Nick Blackburn||R||7-5||3.65||1.27|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jesse Litsch||R||8-6||4.16||1.31|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jorge Campillo||R||4-4||3.06||1.10|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Dana Eveland||L||7-6||3.49||1.40|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Josh Banks||R||2-4||3.20||1.22|| |
|8:05 p.m.||John Van Benschoten||R||1-2||9.77||2.36|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Zach Miner||R||3-3||4.23||1.52|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Eric Hurley||R||1-1||3.57||1.28|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Eric Stults||L||2-2||2.67||1.25|| |
|9:40 p.m.||Rich Harden||R||5-1||2.19||1.17|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Paul Byrd||R||3-10||5.47||1.35|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Jon Lester||L||7-3||3.38||1.33|| |
All times are ET.
Pitchers: Stay far away from Javier Vazquez versus the Rangers, even away from Arlington. The Rangers are far and away the best offensive team against right-handers, with their .837 OPS a whopping 38 points ahead of the field, and their lineup is actually at its best with Chris Davis taking over first base and Hank Blalock back at the hot corner, plus everyone else in between healthy. ... Randy Johnson has allowed six or more runs in four starts, the majority of which have been run-of-the-mill offenses. Johnson is way too volatile to think about inserting into your lineup against the unforgiving Cubs.
Hitters: Mike Cameron has value even when he's hitting in the low-.200s due to his speed-power combo, but when he gets hot, he turns into one of the most valuable fantasy outfielders. Cameron's hitting a scorching (well, for him) .333 with three home runs and two steals (with three other attempts) this month and has 11 walks to nine strikeouts. ... Since mid-May, Jason Kubel has turned around his season to hit .297 with nine home runs and 10 extra base-hits in 158 at-bats, representing one of the lone power threats on the Twins. In 1,654 minor league at-bats, Kubel hit .320, is just 26, and seems healthy. Now would be a good time to get on the bandwagon, especially as Kubel faces the human piņata that is Sidney Ponson on Monday.
The Twins-Yankees, Braves-Marlins and Padres-Reds each have a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, but the rest of the slate looks fine, including four weatherproof games: A's-Rays, Pirates-Astros, Cubs-Diamondbacks and Red Sox-Mariners.
Adam Madison is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com