Daily Notes for Wednesday: Keep eye on Pedro, Francis
Wednesday's slate features a couple of recently injured hurlers who haven't shown us enough lately to start them, but their progress needs to be watched.
Pedro Martinez takes the mound for his second start since missing time for a groin injury and his father's funeral. He allowed three earned runs in five innings against the Astros on Aug. 1; all three were solo jacks. He needs to not allow any home runs and hopefully throw closer to 100 pitches. If he manages to accomplish both, consider snatching him up.
Jeff Francis returns to the Rockies' rotation after missed time with shoulder inflammation. In three starts for Triple-A Tulsa, he had a 0.63 ERA in 14 1/3 innings. He struck out 19 and walked just two. Watch for more signs that his command has returned and pick him up if he has a good start.
|12:35 p.m.||Jeff Suppan||R||6-7||4.75||1.58|| |
|12:40 p.m.||Jeremy Sowers||L||1-6||5.82||1.57|| |
|2:20 p.m.||Brandon Backe||R||6-10||4.72||1.56|| |
|3:35 p.m.||Garrett Olson||L||8-5||5.67||1.62|| |
|3:40 p.m.||Jeff Karstens||R||1-0||0.00||1.50|| |
|3:45 p.m.||Chuck James||L||2-4||9.47||1.99|| |
|4:40 p.m.||Nick Blackburn||R||8-6||3.56||1.26|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Anibal Sanchez||R||1-0||3.18||1.41|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Justin Duchscherer||R||10-7||2.33||0.96|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Cha Seung Baek||R||3-6||5.22||1.36|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Sidney Ponson||R||6-2||4.23||1.60|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Tim Wakefield||R||6-8||3.77||1.20|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Justin Verlander||R||8-11||4.49||1.28|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Derek Lowe||R||8-9||3.70||1.19|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Odalis Perez||L||4-8||4.16||1.47|| |
All times are ET.
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (abdominal)
Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays (finger)
Michael Bourn, OF, Astros (ankle)
Milton Bradley, OF, Rangers (quadriceps)
Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees (hand)
Carl Crawford, OF, Rays (hamstring)
David DeJesus, OF, Royals (back)
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals (thumb)
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles (foot)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (hip)
Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees (back)
Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays (shoulder)
Billy Wagner, RP, Mets (elbow)
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals (hand)
Hitters: Of the day-to-day fantasy regulars, Rick Ankiel and Robinson Cano are the closest to returning, and may be safe plays by Wednesday. ... Grady Sizemore has just a single in eight career at-bats versus Scott Kazmir. ... Michael Bourn's ankle injury may still have him out for Wednesday. In his absence, Kazuo Matsui becomes a better play as he is batting leadoff. ... Alex Rios is 0-for-6 lifetime versus Justin Duchscherer. ... It's not an indictment of Ervin Santana's chances at a good start, but you shouldn't bench Orioles like Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora or Brian Roberts against him. They all hit better than .300 in their careers versus Santana with sample sizes ranging from 11 to 17 at-bats. ... Scott Rolen's shoulder flared up over the weekend, but after a couple days rest he could be back by Wednesday. ... As I'll explain further, Justin Verlander has trouble with the White Sox. Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski and Nick Swisher are the cause of most of that hardship. Thome is 8-for-29 (.276) with five home runs; Dye is 12-for-33 (.364) with four home runs; Pierzynski is 11-for-32 (.344) with three home runs and 12 RBIs; Swisher is only 6-for-27 (.222) but with three home runs. Start 'em all. ... The Tigers' lefty killers, Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez, have pretty good numbers against John Danks. Actually, Polanco's .366 average versus lefties this season has translated to a "pretty good" 4-for-12 history versus Danks; Ordonez's numbers versus Danks are simply unfathomable. In 11 at-bats, Ordonez has eight hits, two doubles and a home run for six RBIs (.727 average and 1.932 OPS). ... Mike Lowell received an injection for his hip and missed Monday's game. He may get another day or two off, putting Wednesday's start in jeopardy. ... Adam Dunn is 12-for-24 (.500) against Jeff Suppan with 10 walks. A popular play lately, fellow Red Jerry Hairston Jr., is just 2-for-19 (.105) versus Suppan. ... Carl Crawford's status is up in the air after missing Monday's game with hamstring troubles. ... Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee both mash Jason Marquis. Berkman is 19-for-39 (.487) with 13 RBIs against him and Lee is 10-for-29 (.345) with three home runs. ... Recent Dodgers' acquisitions Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake are quite familiar with Joel Pineiro from the American League. Ramirez is 11-for-26 (.423) with three home runs off his former teammate and Blake is 6-for-15 (.400) with a home run. ... With a lefty on the hill, make sure to load Chris Iannetta, Jeff Baker and Ian Stewart into your lineup. Heck, anyone from the Rockies is a good start when they play lefties.
Hitters: Gregg Zaun makes a decent spot start at catcher because of his success against the A's Justin Duchscherer. Zaun is 3-for-7 with a home run versus the AL's WHIP king. ... Eligible at every infield position, the Pirates' Chris Gomez has 40 career at-bat versus Randy Johnson, and is a .300 hitter against the Big Unit. Fellow Pirate Luis Rivas is a .350 hitter against southpaws this season (.995 OPS) and is 3-for-6 versus Johnson. ... Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has only been available for pinch running, but he is getting closer to a return. He is 3-for-8 (.375) versus Sowers should he start. ... Eligible at first base and in the outfield, Darin Erstad will play if Michael Bourn is still unable to start. Erstad has seven hits in seven games entering Tuesday. ... Activate some borderline Giants hitters as Aaron Rowand, Rich Aurilia, Kevin Frandsen, Randy Winn and Bengie Molina all have a home run versus the Braves' Chuck James. In fact, take out the at-bats by pitchers and the Giants' lineup is a combined 16-for-41 (.390) against James. ... Adam Kennedy is 11-for-29 (.379) versus Derek Lowe and the recently hot Ryan Ludwick is 4-for-7 with a home run against him.
It looks like some of the lingering showers associated with Edouard could affect some games in the area. Arlington, Kansas City and St. Louis are forecast to get showers. So watch your Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox, Royals, Dodgers and Cardinals. ... There's a 50 percent chance of showers in Denver for the Nationals-Rockies contest and a 40 percent chance for the Brewers-Reds game in Cincinnati. ... Weather-proof games will be played in Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg (Indians-Rays), Phoenix (Pirates-Diamondbacks), Seattle (Twins-Mariners) and Toronto (A's-Blue Jays).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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