Daily Notes for Thursday: Litsch, Glavine return
A full National League slate is in store for Thursday, along with five games on the junior circuit. Toronto's Jesse Litsch and Atlanta's Tom Glavine return to their teams' rotations. Colorado's Aaron Cook won't pitch in order to rest his back, but Scott Olsen of the Marlins is expected to pitch despite a sore ankle.
|1:05 p.m.||Jesse Litsch||R||8-7||4.46||1.33|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Kyle Davies||R||5-3||4.66||1.63|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Kevin Correia||R||2-6||5.21||1.59|| |
|3:05 p.m.||Dan Haren||R||12-6||3.00||1.03|| |
|3:35 p.m.||James Shields||R||10-7||3.65||1.12|| |
|3:35 p.m.||Ben Sheets||R||11-5||2.95||1.15|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Vicente Padilla||R||12-6||4.85||1.48|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Daniel Cabrera||R||8-7||4.78||1.47|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Johnny Cueto||R||7-11||5.01||1.39|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Ted Lilly||L||11-6||4.26||1.34|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Oliver Perez||L||8-7||3.90||1.35|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Todd Wellemeyer||R||9-4||4.01||1.28|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Brett Myers||R||5-9||5.09||1.43|| |
All times are ET.
Aaron Cook, SP, Rockies (back)
Carl Crawford, OF, Rays (hand)
Orlando Hudson, 2B, Diamondbacks (wrist)
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles (foot)
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Pirates (ribs)
Carlos Lee, OF, Astros (finger)
Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays (wrist)
Marcus Thames, OF, Tigers (shoulder)
Billy Wagner, RP, Mets (shoulder)
C.J. Wilson, RP, Rangers (elbow)
Garrett Atkins, 3B, Rockies (illness)
Jason Bartlett, OF, Rays (finger)
Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers (back)
Carlos Guillen, 3B, Tigers (back)
Jerry Hairston, Jr., SS, Reds (hamstring)
Brad Lidge, RP, Phillies (shoulder)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (oblique)
Kazuo Matsui, SS, Astros (back)
Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox (forearm)
Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies (back)
Joey Votto, 1B, Reds (bereavement)
Jack Wilson, SS, Pirates (shoulder)
Pitchers: Rangers starter Vicente Padilla should probably not be owned in mixed leagues at all, but he certainly needs to sit out Thursday's game at Boston. Padilla has allowed 33 earned runs in his last 38 innings. He has also managed just a 5.40 career ERA versus the Red Sox, whose probable lineup is hitting .371 off him. Pirates right-hander Ian Snell is still owned in around a quarter of ESPN leagues, but there's no need to hold onto him. This year has become a lost season for Snell, who has constantly battled arm trouble and has given his owners an ERA under six in only one month all year. A trip to Cincinnati is unlikely to key a turnaround, as the Reds lineup is blasting Snell at a .348 clip. Oliver Perez, who is surprisingly still unowned in 15 percent of ESPN leagues, has allowed just 10 earned runs in his past eight starts, striking out 55 batters while walking just 18 during that span. The Mets left-hander is an easy choice Thursday against the light-hitting Nationals. Todd Wellemeyer struggled to a 5.88 July ERA after missing much of June with arm trouble. The Cardinals right-hander is back on track now, with a 13/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past three starts, allowing six earned runs during that 18 2/3-inning span. He can be used against a Marlins squad he's never faced.
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Pitchers: A rough stretch in July has made Greg Maddux a forgotten man in ESPN leagues, but he's been masterful in August and is still a good bet in mixed formats at Petco Park, where he's posted a 2.73 ERA and .228 batting average against. Maddux is 15-6 with a 2.80 ERA in his career versus the Brewers, and the current Milwaukee roster has managed just a .674 OPS off the Padres veteran. Brett Myers struggled in his first start back from minor league exile, but now it appears the demotion did indeed help the Phillies right-hander. Myers allowed just three earned runs in his next three starts, showing better command with each outing and cutting way down on the walks and home runs that plagued him in the first half of the season. Myers is owned in fewer than half of ESPN leagues but could be one of the National League's most dominant pitchers down the stretch.
Games in Houston are always weatherproof. Rain across most of the country could affect every contest save the West Coast games and the Braves' home date with the Cubs.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com
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