Daily Notes for Friday: Penny returns to mound
Brad Penny will make his first start in 55 days, having recovered from right shoulder tendinitis, and he'll face a familiar foe in the Giants, at that spacious ballpark in San Francisco. Meanwhile, both New York teams will be shuffling their rotations to make up for fresh injuries: The Mets will push up Oliver Perez by a day to fill John Maine's slot, while the Yankees will call on Ian Kennedy, with both Joba Chamberlain and Darrell Rasner ailing. Tough times for those squads, which play important, playoff-relevant games (Mets versus Marlins, Yankees versus Angels).
For those of you sleeper seekers, keep an eye on Indians-Blue Jays. Anthony Reyes will be making his first start for the Indians, and who knows, maybe a fresh outlook in a new organization will get his career back on track?
|2:20 p.m.||Braden Looper||R||10-9||4.29||1.36|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Luis Mendoza||R||3-4||7.00||1.71|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Dallas Braden||L||2-2||5.10||1.53|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Paul Maholm||L||7-7||3.95||1.26|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Anthony Reyes||R||2-1||4.91||1.30|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Randy Wolf||L||7-10||4.60||1.47|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Ricky Nolasco||R||11-6||3.91||1.18|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Collin Balester||R||2-3||4.55||1.39|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Kevin Slowey||R||7-8||4.21||1.10|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Jon Lester||L||10-3||3.14||1.31|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Jake Peavy||R||8-7||2.59||1.12|| |
|9:40 p.m.||Jorge Campillo||R||6-4||2.58||1.05|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Ian Kennedy||R||0-3||7.41||1.75|| |
|10:10 p.m.||James Shields||R||9-7||3.63||1.11|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Brad Penny||R||5-9||5.88||1.60|| |
All times are ET.
Elijah Dukes, OF, Nationals (calf)
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles (foot)
John Maine, SP, Mets (shoulder)
David Murphy, OF, Rangers (knee)
Billy Wagner, RP, Mets (forearm)
C.J. Wilson, RP, Rangers (elbow)
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (abdominal)
Michael Bourn, OF, Astros (ankle)
Milton Bradley, OF, Rangers (quadriceps)
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B/SS, Indians (ankle)
Carl Crawford, OF, Rays (hamstring)
David DeJesus, OF, Royals (back)
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals (thumb)
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS/OF, Reds (hamstring)
Maicer Izturis, 2B/3B/SS, Angels (thumb)
Andy LaRoche, 3B, Pirates (thumb)
Mark Loretta, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Astros (thigh)
Mike Napoli, C, Angels (shoulder)
Darrell Rasner, SP, Yankees (blister)
Shawn Riggans, C, Rays (chest)
Ivan Rodriguez, C, Yankees (knee)
Ryan Theriot, SS/2B, Cubs (foot)
Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, Red Sox (hand)
Hitters: Kosuke Fukudome is a .323 hitter with an .898 OPS in his home games, and he has already taken the Cardinals' Braden Looper deep once this season. ... The Tigers tend to clobber lefties, with an .828 team OPS against that side, and they annihilated the A's Dallas Braden twice in three meetings last season. Magglio Ordonez has two home runs against him in four career at-bats, Placido Polanco is 5-for-8 with a double and Marcus Thames is 3-for-5 with two doubles. In short, load up on right-handed Tigers. ... Seeing as the Pirates' Paul Maholm is a left-hander who dominates lefty hitters (.212 BA, .580 OPS allowed for his career), it's no surprise that Ryan Howard is 2-for-11 with four strikeouts and no extra-base hits lifetime against him. Not that you should sit Howard, especially not in a home game, but it says lean toward the right-handed side when picking Phillies. A standout: Pat Burrell, 4-for-11 (.364 BA) with a double and a homer in his career against Maholm. ... Not that it's all that surprising, but Lance Berkman has owned the Reds' Johnny Cueto so far this season, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and two walks against the right-hander. ... Josh Willingham is a lifetime .375 hitter (6-for-16) with two homers and a 1.358 OPS against the Mets' Oliver Perez. He's also a .333 hitter (21-for-63) with three homers, 17 RBIs and a .971 OPS in 19 career games at Shea Stadium. ... In spite of his respectable numbers against the Mets this season -- see below -- the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco does historically struggle against heart-of-the-order hitters Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and David Wright. They're a combined 23-for-46 (.500 BA) with three doubles and four home runs against the right-hander, so he'll need to retire the softer spots in their batting order to be successful. ... Part of the reason Jake Peavy has only a so-so track record at Coors Field -- as you'll read below -- is that the Rockies represent one of the few teams in baseball with several hitters who can handle him. Garrett Atkins is 10-for-24 (.417 BA) with an .898 OPS in his career against him; Brad Hawpe is 7-for-21 (.333 BA) with one homer and a 1.059 OPS; Matt Holliday is 8-for-22 (.364 BA) with one homer and a 1.017 OPS; Willy Taveras is 8-for-23 (.348 BA). Stick with your Rockies at Coors. ... Randy Winn is a lifetime .303 hitter (10-for-33) with four doubles, three home runs and a 1.040 OPS against the Dodgers' Brad Penny, who will be fresh off the DL. ... Right-handed hitters are batting .294 with an .848 OPS against the Giants' Barry Zito, and the Dodgers sure boast plenty of good ones. Matt Kemp is 9-for-18 (.500 BA) in his career against the left-hander; Jeff Kent is 8-for-16 (.500 BA) with a home run; Manny Ramirez has three home runs, 10 walks and a .992 OPS.
Hitters: Luke Scott is an ideal matchups type, with great numbers both against right-handers (.267 BA, .871 OPS) and, most importantly, at Camden Yards (.301 BA, .966 OPS). This one's a home game against a so-so right-hander, the Rangers' Luis Mendoza, so you know what to do. ... Returning to that thought of using Phillies right-handed hitters against the Pirates' Paul Maholm, Jayson Werth is a must-start in my mind in any home game versus a southpaw. He's a .302 hitter with a 1.009 OPS against lefties, with .262/.813 home rates, this season. ... Adam Lind has hit safely in 16 of 18 games since the All-Star break, batting .333 (22-for-66) with 10 RBIs and a .961 OPS. He's well worth spot-starting in home games against right-handed starters like the Indians' Anthony Reyes. ... Though he has cooled off a bit as of late, Cody Ross has a phenomenal track record against the Mets' Oliver Perez, making him a solid fill-in. He has homered twice against the southpaw this season alone, and is a .350 hitter (7-for-20) with three homers, 10 RBIs and a 1.308 OPS in his career against Perez. ... Jason Kubel is a .304 hitter (14-for-46) with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 13 games since the All-Star break, and he's 3-for-5 with three walks in his career against the Royals' Kyle Davies. ... Jason Varitek might not hit anyone that well these days, but maybe he can handle the White Sox's Mark Buehrle. He's a lifetime .391 hitter (9-for-23) with two home runs and a 1.092 OPS against the left-hander. ... The Rockies' Glendon Rusch is the kind of guy that right-handed hitters tend to batter, and that type of pitcher working at Coors Field is a bad mix. For that reason, it's well worth looking at lefty-killing Padres hitters Scott Hairston (.291 BA, .944 OPS), Chase Headley (.340 BA, .880 OPS) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (.276 BA, .789 OPS). ... Chad Tracy starts practically every home game against a right-hander, probably because he's a .309 hitter with an .874 OPS in his career at home, and .305/.867 against righties. He gets my thumbs-up, even against the Braves' Jorge Campillo. ... Mike Napoli is due back off the disabled list on Friday, so if you're hurting for power and need a No. 2 catcher, he's not a bad pickup.
Four Friday contests will be under cover: Indians-Blue Jays, Nationals-Brewers, Braves-Diamondbacks and Rays-Mariners. Other than that, the weather reports are favorable in all but a handful of cities in the Northeast. Detroit (A's-Tigers) and New York (Marlins-Mets) face a 30 percent chance of showers, while Philadelphia (Pirates-Phillies) is at 20 percent. And watch out for high winds in San Francisco -- particularly troubling for fly-ball pitcher Barry Zito -- perhaps up to 23 mph!
Tristan H. Cockcroft covers fantasy sports for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.