Daily Notes for Wednesday: Hampton heating up
Don't look now, but Mike Hampton has logged two straight quality starts for the first time since April 2005. To be fair, Hampton didn't take the mound in 2006 or 2007, but the statement still holds true. He may not factor into fantasy play in 2008, but he noted a return in his velocity after the game and did hit 90 on the radar gun a couple of times. The Marlins are a lefty-friendly matchup (.695 OPS is fourth-worst in majors), but you can understand my hesitation in recommending him. Who knows, though -- with a good outing here, he may be useful over the next couple of weeks as the Braves have another series with Florida plus two with Washington (fifth-worst OPS in majors, .707).
|12:35 p.m.||Jason Marquis||R||8-7||4.76||1.44|| |
|3:35 p.m.||Randy Johnson||L||10-9||4.03||1.27|| |
|Cha Seung Baek||R||4-9||5.08||1.37|
|4:40 p.m.||Glen Perkins||L||11-3||3.90||1.39|| |
|7:05 p.m.||John Danks||L||10-6||3.16||1.21|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Fausto Carmona||R||6-5||4.40||1.60|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Paul Byrd||R||8-11||4.61||1.30|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Johan Santana||L||12-7||2.64||1.14|| |
|7:10 p.m.||David Purcey||L||2-4||6.55||1.54|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Greg Maddux||R||6-10||4.25||1.24|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Josh Johnson||R||3-0||3.51||1.42|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Josh Fogg||R||2-6||7.66||1.62|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Matt Harrison||L||5-3||6.27||1.63|| |
|8:15 p.m.||Manny Parra||L||10-6||4.10||1.51|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Gio Gonzalez||L||1-2||6.52||1.76|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Livan Hernandez||R||11-10||6.28||1.70|| |
All times are ET.
Garret Anderson, OF, Angels (knee)
Sean Casey, 1B, Red Sox (neck)
Jeff Clement, C, Mariners (knee)
Francisco Cordero, RP, Reds (personal)
J.D. Drew, OF, Red Sox (back)
Mark Ellis, 2B, A's (shoulder)
Carlos Guillen, 1B/SS/3B, Tigers (back)
Casey Kotchman, 1B, Braves (bereavement)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (oblique)
Victor Martinez, 1B/C, Indians (elbow)
Hitters: Of the day-to-day hitters likely to have returned by Wednesday, take an extra look at the status of Garret Anderson, Mike Lowell and Jeff Clement. Lowell may not be an asset, though, as he has managed just one hit in nine tries versus Sidney Ponson. ... Dustin Pedroia, on the other hand, is a perfect 5-for-5 with three doubles versus Ponson. ... Start all your Twins hitters. They smacked 10 hits and put up a five-run first inning against Ryan Feierabend on August 17. ... Lean toward using Jason Giambi, as his four home runs in just 16 at-bats against Paul Byrd are quite impressive. ... Paul Konerko has been the most likely candidate to sit versus a right-hander in recent White Sox games, while Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Thome and Nick Swisher all start. ... Make sure to check Victor Martinez's status on game day. If activated, he should be slotted in. V-Mart has four home runs in 30 at-bats versus Justin Verlander. ... This matchup should go a long way to lifting the "Fogg" around Lance Berkman's batting eye. Even with only four home runs since July 1, Berkman should be good for one against the Reds' Josh Fogg. In 35 career at-bats, Berkman has 15 hits (.429 BA) with six doubles and six home runs and 14 RBIs (1.705 OPS).
Hitters: Reed Johnson hits lefties well (.360 BA/.945 OPS) and is 5-for-10 against Zach Duke. ... If you use Brian Giles in a deeper league, consider Johnson as a replacement. Giles is 3-for-32 against Randy Johnson (.094) and his normally good eye doesn't work against the Big Unit either (two walks, 13 strikeouts). ... Marcus Thames is not an option with Fausto Carmona pitching. Thames is 0-for-12 versus the sinkerballer. ... Ryan Church is back from concussion problems and is a career 4-for-8 with a home run versus the Phillies' Kyle Kendrick. ... Brad Ausmus could be a deep-league option at catcher on Wednesday. He has a .308 career average versus Josh Fogg (26 at-bats) with six RBIs.
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The only game threatened by the weather is the same contest that could see rain on Tuesday. Stay tuned to the news out of Atlanta as the Marlins-Braves game is looking grim on the forecast. ... Weatherproof games to be played in Seattle (Twins-Mariners), Tampa Bay (Blue Jays-Rays) and Houston (Reds-Astros).
Sean Allen is a fantasy baseball and hockey analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here.
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