Daily Notes for Wednesday: Guthrie, Blanton surging
Wednesday's slate features three pitchers who are probably owned in too few ESPN leagues and could see their ownership shoot up with a good outing.
Jeremy Guthrie is only on a roster in 42 percent of ESPN leagues, but he has thrown 17 quality starts in 25 tries this season. The winner of four of his past five, Guthrie may get some more attention if he moves to 10-8 on the season with a victory over the Indians.
In Los Angeles, Joe Blanton and Brad Penny square off. Blanton, who is owned in just over a quarter of ESPN leagues, has thrown two straight quality starts. After a rough outing in his first game with the Phillies followed by a rainout, he has looked terrific over his past 14 innings, allowing just one earned run. Penny came off the DL to throw five innings of one-hit ball against San Francisco. Although his velocity wasn't there, the fact he allowed just one hit is notable. Given another good start or two, his ownership should climb from its current level of 32 percent in ESPN leagues.
|1:10 p.m.||Darrell Rasner||R||5-8||5.28||1.55|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Luis Mendoza||R||3-5||7.50||1.75|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jeremy Guthrie||R||9-8||3.26||1.17|| |
|7:05 p.m.||David Purcey||L||1-3||7.40||1.60|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Josh Fogg||R||2-4||7.98||1.65|| |
|7:10 p.m.||John Maine||R||9-7||4.13||1.34|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jason Marquis||R||7-7||4.73||1.44|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Braden Looper||R||10-9||4.20||1.34|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Barry Zito||L||6-14||5.55||1.74|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Luke Hochevar||R||6-10||5.54||1.50|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Doug Davis||L||4-7||4.75||1.53|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Andy Sonnanstine||R||11-6||4.40||1.31|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Felix Hernandez||R||7-7||2.94||1.28|| |
|10:05 p.m.||CC Sabathia||L||12-8||3.11||1.13|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Joe Blanton||R||6-12||4.71||1.37|| |
All times are ET.
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (abdominal)
Ramon Castro, C, Mets (ankle)
Milton Bradley, OF, Rangers (quadriceps)
Ryan Braun, 3B/OF, Brewers (back)
David DeJesus, OF, Royals (hip)
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B/3B/SS, Dodgers (knee)
Ken Griffey Jr., OF, White Sox (soreness)
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS/OF, Reds (hamstring)
Andruw Jones, OF, Dodgers (knee)
John Maine, SP, Mets (shoulder)
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates (shoulder)
Jack Wilson, SS, Pirates (shoulder)
Joey Votto, 1B/OF, Reds (bereavement)
Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B, Red Sox (shoulder)
Hitters: Rick Ankiel is back playing everyday as a left fielder. Get him back into your everyday lineup. ... Watch for Milton Bradley's return. His quadriceps has kept him out of the lineup for most of August, so approach with caution. ... Get Carlos Guillen back into your lineup. As expected, he returned Monday, going 1-for-3. ... Ken Griffey Jr. was back Monday after another "soreness" absence. He should be available Wednesday and start against righty Luke Hochevar. ... Howie Kendrick can have a seat Wednesday. He is just 1-for-12 versus Felix Hernandez. ... Raul Ibanez is the only bright spot for the Mariners when facing Ervin Santana. He is 6-for-19 (.316) with five of those hits going for extra bases. Ibanez has also walked fives times and struck out just three versus King Felix. ... Lefties fare much better against the Twins' Kevin Slowey than righties do, and sure enough, Melky Cabrera is 2-for-5 with a home run against him. Fellow left-handed bats Robinson Cano and Bobby Abreu have also each homered against Slowey despite just nine career at-bats between them. ... Chipper Jones is 4-for-6 with three solo home runs versus Jason Marquis. ... Conor Jackson lights up Jeff Francis like a Christmas tree. He's 12-for-32 (.375) with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Teammates Chris Young, Stephen Drew, Mark Reynolds and Chad Tracy have averages better than .400 versus Francis. Start your Diamondbacks! ... Nate McLouth has three home runs (and five hits) in just nine at-bats versus Josh Fogg. ... If you are in a very shallow league, consider your backups for David Wright and Carlos Delgado. Wright is just 1-for-14 versus Jason Bergmann, and Delgado is 0-for-7.
Hitters: Mike Scioscia will see the splits for Gary Matthews Jr. and squeeze him into Wednesday's lineup. Matthew is a career 13-for-35 (.371) versus Felix Hernandez, with three home runs and 11 RBIs. ... Rocco Baldelli is certainly one of the more speculative adds out there right now. He will play as long as Carl Crawford is out, and he went 1-for-4 in his first game of the season on Sunday. Believe it or not, he is 1-for-3 against Justin Duchscherer with a home run. ... Nomar Garciaparra has been a pretty good fantasy bench player when healthy this season, and he is expected to return as the starting shortstop for the Dodgers this week. ... Originally expected to return Tuesday as a source of cheap fantasy steals, Luis Castillo has had his return pushed back. ... Freddy Sanchez is expected back with the Pirates this week. He is a .335 hitter over the past three Augusts. ... Gabe Kapler is a deep-league option for Ryan Braun owners while the slugger nurses a sore back. Kapler had four runs and a home run on Sunday and Monday while Braun was out. ... With all the talk about Jack Hannahan having the "worst fantasy baseball season," it seems stupid to recommend him as a spot-start for your team, but he is 3-for-8 with a double and two home runs versus the Rays' Andy Sonnanstine. ... Rich Aurilia has a solid history against Randy Wolf (7-for-23, .302 with two home runs) and is eligible at several positions. ... Ronnie Belliard can hit all day versus John Maine. In 13 career at-bats, Belliard has nine hits (.692 average). ... Billy Butler hits .357 against Mark Buehrle (5-for-14) and has two home runs and six RBIs against him. ... With a lefty on the hill for Arizona (Doug Davis), Chris Iannetta and Ian Stewart all warrant a start (both have an OPS better than 1.000 versus southpaws this season).
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There is a 70 percent chance of rain in Atlanta, but it's supposed to be in the morning. So the Cubs-Braves game may be spared. ... A weather system in the Ohio Valley could affect four games. Keep an eye on the weather in Chicago (Royals-White Sox), Cleveland (Orioles-Indians), Pittsburgh (Reds-Pirates) and Detroit (Blue Jays-Tigers). ... There is also a chance of some precipitation in South Florida (Cardinals-Marlins) and Denver (Diamondbacks-Rockies). ... Weatherproof games will be played in Minnesota (Yankees-Twins) and Houston (Giants-Astros).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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