Daily Notes for Thursday: Dempster faces Hamels
There are just eight games Thursday, four in each league. The Red Sox resume their series at the Yankees when Jon Lester takes the mound opposite Mike Mussina. In the National League, top starters clash in a matchup of playoff hopefuls when Ryan Dempster and the Cubs host Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
|1:05 p.m.||Jon Lester||L||12-5||3.49||1.32|| |
|2:05 p.m.||Aaron Harang||R||4-13||5.35||1.47|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Jesse Litsch||R||9-7||4.01||1.29|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Anibal Sanchez||R||2-2||3.99||1.40|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Clayton Kershaw||L||2-4||4.11||1.55|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Cole Hamels||L||11-8||3.20||1.04|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Brandon McCarthy||R||0-0||2.25||1.75|| |
|10:05 p.m.||Nick Blackburn||R||9-8||3.78||1.32|| |
All times are ET.
Carl Crawford, OF, Rays (hand)
J.D. Drew, OF, Red Sox (back)
Alex Gordon, 3B, Royals (quad)
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS/OF, Reds (hamstring)
Orlando Hudson, 2B, Diamondbacks (wrist)
Maicer Izturis, SS, Angels (thumb)
Carlos Lee, OF, Astros (finger)
Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays (wrist)
Mike Lowell, 3B, Red Sox (oblique)
Troy Percival, RP, Rays (knee)
George Sherrill, RP, Orioles (shoulder)
Billy Wagner, RP, Mets (shoulder)
C.J. Wilson, RP, Rangers (elbow)
Pitchers: Angels soft-tosser Jon Garland is owned in a significant chunk of mixed leagues, but on the heels of a poor July, he's sporting a 5.55 ERA and a mere nine strikeouts in four August starts. He certainly shouldn't be anywhere near a contending team's roster when the Rangers come to visit Thursday. ... Aaron Harang was impressive in tossing six scoreless innings at Coors Field in his last outing, and has again surpassed 50 percent ownership in ESPN leagues. However, it might be best to make sure he's truly regained his form before activating him as Harang was clubbed for 22 earned runs in his previous three starts, including a four-inning disaster against the Astros on Aug. 10.
Pitchers: Blue Jays control artist Jesse Litsch has been incredible since his recall from minor league exile earlier this month, tossing 13 scoreless innings in his two turns. ... With a 2.55 ERA and no more than three runs allowed in 10 of his last 11 starts, Rays right-hander Edwin Jackson appear to be a prime pitching pickup against Toronto. However, Jackson has been fortunate during his recent hot streak and there are several warning signs going forward. His walks and fly balls have continued to increase in July and August, while his strikeout numbers have dropped off sharply. Jackson is high-risk despite outstanding recent surface stats.
Games in Tampa and Houston are always weatherproof. The contests in New York, Washington and Chicago will be played under the threat of rain.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com