Daily Notes for Friday: Maddux debuts for L.A., Wainwright returns
Two National League teams fighting for a spot in the playoffs gain a couple of trump cards. Greg Maddux makes his season debut for the Dodgers, while the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright returns from the disabled list after missing 11 weeks because of a ruptured tendon in his middle finger. Although Maddux has struggled away from Petco Park this season (he has a 5.75 road ERA), he seems to benefit from pitching in Dodger Stadium, with a 2.45 ERA in nine starts there since 2005.
|2:20 p.m.||John Lannan||L||6-12||3.81||1.34|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Greg Maddux||R||6-9||3.99||1.22|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Mike Mussina||R||16-7||3.35||1.20|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Paul Byrd||R||7-11||4.55||1.30|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Roy Oswalt||R||11-8||4.28||1.37|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Fausto Carmona||R||5-5||4.71||1.61|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Zach Duke||L||4-11||5.26||1.56|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Justin Verlander||R||9-13||4.60||1.29|| |
|8:11 p.m.||Edwin Jackson||R||9-8||3.97||1.42|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Charlie Morton||R||3-7||5.95||1.52|| |
|9:05 p.m.||Aaron Harang||R||3-13||5.59||1.47|| |
|9:40 p.m.||Anibal Sanchez||R||2-2||3.52||1.39|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Glen Perkins||L||10-3||4.17||1.42|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Gio Gonzalez||L||1-2||7.53||1.81|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Cha Seung Baek||R||4-8||4.99||1.37|| |
All times are ET.
Jason Isringhausen, RP, Cardinals (elbow)
Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers (hernia)
Casey Kotchman, 1B, Braves (bereavement)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (oblique)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (knee)
George Sherrill, RP, Orioles (shoulder)
Ryan Braun, OF/3B, Brewers (back)
J.D. Drew, OF, Red Sox (back)
Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals (thumb)
Nate McLouth, OF, Pirates (flu)
Placido Polanco, 2B, Pirates (knee)
Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins (thumb)
Jim Thome, DH, White Sox (leg)
Hitters: Pirates lefty Zach Duke has allowed a whopping 13 home runs in his past eight starts, and the Brewers, with the third-most home runs in the majors, are licking their chops. J.J. Hardy (seven home runs in 110 at-bats) and Mike Cameron (five in 77 at-bats) are good options. For deeper leagues, Bill Hall has crushed Duke in his career (.346 average, three home runs in 26 at-bats) and is hitting .328 off southpaws this season. Carlos Pena is hitting a paltry .169 against lefties and is unsurprisingly 1-for-6 with a single against John Danks this season. Garret Anderson has been swinging the bat well, and his hitting streak is at 23 games through Wednesday. But against southpaws he's of little value: one home run, 12 RBIs and a .277 average in 94 at-bats this season. His teammate Torii Hunter has also displayed minimal power against lefties (two home runs and 11 RBIs in 113 at-bats). In four starts against the Padres, Tim Lincecum has been essentially unhittable, with a 1.03 ERA. Not even Adrian Gonzalez has much success against Lincecum (3-for-16 in his career), so find replacements for your Padres hitters for the day.
Hitters: With five home runs in the past three weeks, the Rockies' Ian Stewart has nine home runs in 154 at-bats in the majors. When combined with his 19 home runs in Triple-A, he has hit 28 home runs in 411 professional at-bats this season. His improved power is nice to see. Stewart slugged .607 in Triple-A this season; his highest mark in three years prior was .497. Although his 57 strikeouts in 48 games with the Rockies will keep his average down, Stewart has the patience, power and home park to remain a valuable contributor.
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Games in Toronto, Milwaukee, Arizona and Seattle are, as always, weatherproof. Chicago is expected to see thunderstorms throughout the day, which puts both Nationals-Cubs and Rays-White Sox at risk. Thunderstorms have a 50 percent chance of striking St. Louis (Braves-Cardinals). Arlington (Indians-Rangers) and Denver (Reds-Rockies) both have a 30 percent chance of storms.
Adam Madison is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com.
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