Daily Notes for Friday: Byrd to make Red Sox debut
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? That's seemingly Paul Byrd's mantra (not that he had any choice in the matter). He's with the Red Sox now, playing for the very team that dispatched his Indians last October, and makes his debut for his new squad. Sadly, though, drawing a tough opponent, Roy Halladay. Byrd is taking Clay Buchholz's spot in the rotation.
The wins race is another Friday highlight; Brandon Webb goes for his MLB-leading 18th win in Houston. And if he falls short in his quest, Cliff Lee has a shot to match Webb with 17 against the game's best team, the Angels.
|7:05 p.m.||Roy Halladay||R||13-9||2.72||1.05|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jered Weaver||R||10-9||4.51||1.31|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Chris Waters||L||1-0||4.50||1.17|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Gil Meche||R||10-9||4.24||1.34|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Mike Pelfrey||R||10-8||4.11||1.46|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Brad Thompson||R||4-2||4.34||1.42|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Carlos Zambrano||R||12-5||3.22||1.25|| |
|7:35 p.m.||Matt Cain||R||7-9||3.67||1.29|| |
|7:35 p.m.||Jorge De La Rosa||L||5-6||6.28||1.60|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Matt Garza||R||9-7||3.88||1.26|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Brandon Webb||R||17-4||2.88||1.13|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Carlos Silva||R||4-13||5.93||1.51|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Gavin Floyd||R||12-6||3.84||1.26|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Jamie Moyer||L||10-7||3.81||1.35|| |
|10:40 p.m.||Manny Parra||L||9-5||4.02||1.47|| |
All times are ET.
Russell Branyan, 3B, Brewers (oblique)
Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals (shoulder)
Andruw Jones, OF, Dodgers (knee)
Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays (wrist)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (oblique)
Ryan Sweeney, OF, A's (thumb)
Joel Zumaya, RP, Tigers (arm)
Garrett Atkins, 1B/3B, Rockies (strep throat)
Ryan Braun, OF/3B, Brewers (back)
Scott Downs, RP, Blue Jays (ankle)
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox (tailbone)
Carlos Guillen, 1B/3B/SS, Tigers (back)
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS/OF, Reds (hamstring)
Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees (foot)
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves (stomach virus)
Ryan Langerhans, OF, Nationals (back)
Ron Mahay, RP, Royals (foot)
Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Astros (back)
Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox (general soreness)
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates (shoulder)
Marcus Thames, OF/1B, Tigers (shoulder)
Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies (back)
Joey Votto, 1B, Reds (bereavement)
Jack Wilson, SS, Pirates (shoulder)
Hitters: Though he's a .265 hitter with a .640 OPS since June 1, hardly impressive numbers, and has been dropped to the bottom third of the order, Jacoby Ellsbury does possess a nice track record against the Blue Jays' Roy Halladay. He's 4-for-6 with a triple and two home runs in his career versus the right-hander. J.D. Drew (.412 BA, 1.088 OPS lifetime) and Kevin Youkilis (.361/1.008) also have handled Halladay nicely in the past. ... That Tigers offense brings a lot of lumber against a left-hander, with an .821 team OPS that ranks second in baseball, and the Orioles' Chris Waters did get pounded in career start No. 2, stacking the deck in Detroit's favor. Waters, by the way, allowed a batting average 107 points higher to right-handers (.317) than left-handers (.210) in Triple-A, so Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Placido Polanco and Edgar Renteria, each of whom has an OPS better than .850 against left-handers are must-starts. ... The Orioles can also hit lefties well, too, with a .797 team OPS against that side, ranking them sixth. That's bad news for the Tigers' Nate Robertson. Lefty Nick Markakis has an astonishing .965 OPS against left-handers, and Melvin Mora (.979) and Jay Payton (.937) rate right up there, too. ... Obvious must-start, sure, but the monstrous track records are well worth your time nonetheless. Alex Rodriguez is a lifetime .448 hitter (13-for-29) with five home runs and a 1.561 OPS against the Royals' Gil Meche. ... Jose Guillen loves to face the Yankees' Andy Pettitte; during the past two seasons, he's 6-for-10 with two doubles and two home runs against the left-hander. ... The Cardinals slugging outfield duo of Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick combine for a lifetime 9-for-24 with three home runs against the Reds' Bronson Arroyo. Beyond them and Albert Pujols, though, there isn't a lot to like from their side. ... Randy Winn was 3-for-4 with a double in an Aug. 4 game against the Braves' Jair Jurrjens, and he's a .386 hitter (17-for-44) with seven RBIs in 11 games in the month of August. ... The Rockies are hitting too well as a team since the All-Star break (.848 team OPS during that span) to recommend the Nationals' Tim Redding as a fantasy option. Brad Hawpe is hitting .368 with a .982 OPS since the break, and he's 5-for-11 with a homer in his career against the right-hander. ... Kazuo Matsui is one of the few hitters with a strong track record against the Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb; he's 11-for-26 (.423 BA) with four doubles against the right-hander. ... Don't be so hasty to sit new Diamondback Adam Dunn against the lefty Wandy Rodriguez; he's 7-for-17 (.412 BA) with two doubles and two homers in his career against the Astros starter. ... Keep Adrian Beltre in there even against tough Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano. He's a .352 hitter with a .966 OPS against left-hander this season, and is 2-for-5 against Liriano in his career. ... Load up on White Sox right-handers, knowing that the A's Dallas Braden allows .305/.857 rates to right-handed hitters in his career. Alexei Ramirez is one of their surprisingly effective hitters against lefties, with .368/.897 rates against that side. ... Be aware that not only is the red-hot Kevin Kouzmanoff a .306 hitter (30-for-98) with six homers and 22 RBIs in 24 games since the All-Star break, he's also 5-for-9 (.556 BA) with a double and a home run in his career against the Phillies' Jamie Moyer. Adrian Gonzalez is also 4-for-12 (.333 BA) with three homers lifetime against Moyer.
Hitters: Adam Lind is a .328 hitter (30-for-92) with an .899 OPS in 25 games since the All-Star break, plenty to convince us he should be able to handle the hittable new Red Sox right-hander, Paul Byrd. ... Juan Rivera has been doing an adequate job as a part-timer recently, with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 20 games since the All-Star break. He's 3-for-9 with two homers in his career against the Indians' Cliff Lee, so consider him as a spot-start candidate. ... Another Orioles right-hander to throw in there against the Tigers' Nate Robertson: Kevin Millar, 8-for-23 with two doubles and five walks in his career against the lefty. ... The Pirates were expected to get Adam LaRoche back in the lineup on Wednesday, in which case he's well worth a look on Friday, against the Mets' Mike Pelfrey, who allows a .322 batting average and .877 OPS to lefties. Toss in that he's a great second-half hitter (.300/.907 career rates) and excels at PNC Park (.291/.862) and it's clear his matchups are all in perfect alignment. ... Rockies spot starter Jorge De La Rosa suffers his share of struggles against right-handed hitters, who hit .296 with an .876 OPS against him for his career, so feel free to pick and choose spot-starts from the brief list of lefty-killing Nationals. Ronnie Belliard (.296 BA, 1.081 OPS against lefties in 2008) and Jesus Flores (.353/.949) are two of the stronger candidates, and Lastings Milledge (.287/.735) is one of the more obvious choices. ... Facing a left-hander (the Rangers' Matt Harrison), the Rays are almost certain to start both Rocco Baldelli and Justin Ruggiano at the corner outfield spots. Baldelli is a .298 hitter with an .838 OPS against southpaws for his career, while Ruggiano had .310/.921 rates against them in Triple-A ball this year. Also take a look at Willy Aybar, hitting a respectable .264/.821 against that side this season. ... The Astros might roll the dice on Mark Loretta even against a right-hander, knowing that he's a lifetime .400 hitter (10-for-25) with two doubles against the Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb.
Diamondbacks-Astros and Mariners-Twins are the only two weatherproof affairs, but as we know, games in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego might as well be called that, too. Rain mostly appears to be an issue in the Northeast, with the chances better than 50 percent for rain in both Boston, threatening Blue Jays-Red Sox, and New York, putting Royals-Yankees at risk. Not that those are the only problematic cities. We're at the stage of the season when showers might lead to the occasional delay in Florida, like we saw this past Tuesday, and there's a 30-percent chance of rain in Texas and Washington, too.
Tristan H. Cockcroft covers fantasy sports for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.