Daily Notes for Tuesday: Chris Young returns
|7 p.m.||Todd Wellemeyer||R||8-4||4.19||1.30|| |
|7:05 p.m.||John Lackey||R||8-2||3.02||1.12|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Armando Galarraga||R||8-4||3.27||1.16|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Daniel Cabrera||R||6-6||4.86||1.48|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Glendon Rusch||L||4-3||5.74||1.61|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Matt Garza||R||8-6||3.83||1.25|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Brett Myers||R||3-9||5.82||1.57|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Oliver Perez||L||6-6||4.15||1.39|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Carlos Silva||R||4-12||5.62||1.46|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Carlos Zambrano||R||11-4||2.96||1.24|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Bronson Arroyo||R||9-7||5.60||1.65|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Clayton Richard||L||0-0||9.00||2.00|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Gil Meche||R||8-9||4.31||1.32|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Doug Davis||L||3-5||4.22||1.48|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Matt Cain||R||6-8||3.82||1.28|| |
All times are ET.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Twins (finger)
Jorge Posada, SS, Reds (shoulder)
Joe Crede, 3B, White Sox (back)
Scott Linebrink, RP, White Sox (shoulder)
Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks (oblique)
Kerry Wood, RP, Cubs (finger)
Tim Hudson, SP, Braves (elbow)
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves (hamstring)
Brian McCann, C, Braves (concussion)
Joel Zumaya, RP, Tigers (triceps)
Nomar Garciaparra, SS, Dodgers (knee)
Jose Guillen, OF, Royals (groin)
Pedro Feliz, 3B, Phillies (back)
Carlos Gomez, OF, Twins (back)
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Pirates (back)
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (abdomen)
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates (back)
Cliff Floyd, C, Rays (personal)
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals (thumb)
Hitters: The Yankees brought in Richie Sexson to occasionally spell Jason Giambi at first base, but don't expect Tuesday to be one of those days. Sexson is just 1-for-18 lifetime against Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera, while Giambi has posted a .654 on-base percentage in 25 plate appearances versus the erratic right-hander. Eric Hinske has been a surprise mixed-league asset this season, and his ownership still is better than 40 percent in ESPN leagues despite his 8-for-40 July. The slumping Hinske is a poor bet versus Toronto ace Roy Halladay, against whom he's just 3-for-15 with six strikeouts. Ryan Zimmerman missed two months with a labrum tear, but he's back, and it's the perfect time for mixed leaguers to pull him off the shelf and dust him off. Zimmerman is a merely respectable 7-for-23 since his activation, but a breakout game could be in store Tuesday versus favorite whipping boy Brett Myers. Zimmerman is 10-for-24 with six extra-base hits and 12 RBIs against the Phillies right-hander. Marlins outfielder Cody Ross usually gives lefties no quarter, and Oliver Perez is no exception. Ross is 7-for-17 with three home runs and 10 RBIs versus the Mets left-hander. Even top hitters need an occasional day off. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is in an 8-for-41 slump since the All-Star break and has been absolutely owned by Ben Sheets, compiling a miserable .192 BA/.262 OBP/.327 SLG line in 52 at-bats against the Brewers ace. Chris Young owns Chris Young. The Diamondbacks outfielder is 0-for-12 with six strikeouts versus the Padres right-hander. The Dodgers outfield became more crowded with the return of Juan Pierre from an MCL sprain last week, but Andre Ethier won't be the odd man out Tuesday. The 26-year-old's OPS is 175 points higher against right-handers, and he's 10-for-16 against Giants righty Matt Cain.
Hitters: Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock hasn't done much since his return from the disabled list, stroking just five hits in his first 30 at-bats. Blalock showed signs of life Sunday, however. He collected a single, double and three RBIs in four at-bats. Facing Carlos Silva may be exactly what the rusty slugger needs to continue rediscovering his swing Tuesday, as he's posted a 1.076 OPS in 21 at-bats versus the Mariners veteran. Silva may not even be at full strength, as he had his Saturday start pushed back to Tuesday because of back stiffness. Billy Butler spent nearly the entire month of June in exile in the minor leagues after a miserable May in which he slugged just .302. Butler is now back at home in the Royals' designated hitter spot, and in 10 games since the All-Star break, he's 11-for-35 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. Also, Butler is hitting .306/.383/.514 versus left-handed pitching. The 2004 first-rounder is an improving young talent who's on a current power tear, and he's worthy of far more attention than he's getting in mixed leagues. Twins speedster Denard Span has the wheels to be a top stolen-base threat, and now that he's supplanted Carlos Gomez in the leadoff role, his value has skyrocketed. Lately, however, Span has belied his reputation as a punchless slap hitter, and has hit the ball with more authority while continuing to improve his plate discipline. In his past six games, the 24-year-old has batted .375/.423/.542, bringing his season line to a nifty .324/.413/.438. He's also shown no weakness against fellow left-handers such as White Sox starter Clayton Richard, as he's hit southpaws at a .462/.563/.769 clip this year. Jeff Baker seized the Rockies' starting second-base job with a .338/.377/.662 line in June. He hasn't let up at all in July, going on an 18-for-36 tear since the All-Star break and collecting three home runs, seven RBIs and 14 runs during that span while hitting safely in all nine games he's played in.
Pitchers: Gil Meche is no shallow-league mainstay, as his 12 percent ownership in standard ESPN formats attests. It's time for mixed leaguers to take some notice, however. A poor April has skewed his season stats, but Meche is having a solid season, showing consistent command while compiling an ERA of 3.65 or lower in each of the past three months. Meche has really turned it up recently, allowing just one total run on seven hits and two walks while striking out 10 in his past two starts (versus the Rays and White Sox). He's worthy of consideration Tuesday when he leads the Royals into Oakland. Bronson Arroyo may finally be coming around. The Reds right-hander is having his best month of the season and has won five straight starts. Arroyo has hurled 15 innings in his past two outings, surrendering five runs and compiling an 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Games in Toronto, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Houston are always weatherproof. Of the remaining Tuesday games, only the Braves-Cardinals and Marlins-Mets will be threatened by rain.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com