Daily Notes for Tuesday: Former aces slowly coming back
A handful of former aces take the mound just a few starts after their returns from the disabled list. Fausto Carmona makes his third start since coming off the disabled list, facing the Rays in what should be a good test of whether his last start versus the Tigers (6 1/3 innings, two earned runs) was real. Chris Young faces a tougher test against the Mets, and Chris Carpenter pitches against the reloaded Dodgers in St. Louis. It will be interesting to see just how long it'll take for players with such a recent track record of success to reclaim such productivity. Fantasy owners are hoping it'll happen sooner rather than later, as all three are owned in a majority of leagues.
|2:20 p.m.||Wandy Rodriguez||L||6-4||3.61||1.31|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Josh Johnson||R||1-0||4.18||1.52|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Greg Smith||L||5-10||4.04||1.29|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Fausto Carmona||R||5-3||4.18||1.62|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Seth McClung||R||5-5||4.55||1.45|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Chris Young||R||4-4||4.12||1.42|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Andy Pettitte||L||12-8||4.18||1.34|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Josh Beckett||R||9-8||4.15||1.22|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Nate Robertson||L||6-8||6.06||1.60|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Chad Billingsley||R||11-9||3.05||1.25|| |
|9:05 p.m.||John Lannan||L||6-11||3.61||1.33|| |
|Jorge De La Rosa||L||5-6||6.94||1.65|
|9:40 p.m.||Zach Duke||L||4-9||5.27||1.61|| |
|10:05 p.m.||TBD||0||0.0||0.00||0.00|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Scott Baker||R||7-3||3.53||1.13|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Mike Hampton||L||0-0||10.00||2.33|| |
All times are ET.
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (abdominal)
Michael Bourn, OF, Astros (ankle)
Rafael Betancourt, SS, Mariners (elbow)
Milton Bradley, OF, Rangers (quadriceps)
Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees (hand)
Bobby Crosby, SS, Athletics (dizziness)
David DeJesus, OF, Royals (ankle)
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals (thumb)
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles (foot)
Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees (back)
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates (back)
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals (hand)
Hitters: Bobby Abreu (12 hits in his past 30 at-bats) and Xavier Nady (nine hits in his past four games) seem to be seeing the ball quite well, and they're scheduled to face the Rangers' Matt Harrison, who has just four strikeouts in five starts and has failed to make it past the sixth inning in his past four starts. Lefties are hitting only .193 against Andy Pettitte this season, so Rangers sluggers Josh Hamilton and Chris Davis can take the day off for your team. Zach Duke has allowed a whopping eight home runs in his past five starts, and Mark Reynolds has nine home runs in 110 at-bats against lefties this season. Chris Young also hits left-handers well, as he has a .305 average in 128 at-bats. Aaron Rowand is hitting .347 with six home runs in 98 at-bats against southpaws.
Hitters: Reed Johnson is a decent fill-in because he'll face a left-hander Tuesday. He's hitting .344 against southpaws. With eight home runs in 101 at-bats, Cody Ross has some pop against lefties, and Jamie Moyer is definitely homer-prone.
There's a chance of thunderstorms in a number of areas, most significantly in Cincinnati (Brewers-Reds), where there is a 50 percent chance of rain. The Nationals-Rockies and Marlins-Phillies matchups also may deal with precipitation, as there's a 40 percent chance of rain for each of those contests. The Astros-Cubs game may see some rain, as there's a 30 percent chance through the early afternoon, although weather should be fine in time for the White Sox's night game. The Dodgers-Cardinals also have a 30 percent chance of storms.
Adam Madison is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com
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