Daily Notes for Thursday: Halladay seeks 20th win
In Minneapolis, it's Gavin Floyd versus Kevin Slowey as the American League Central race between the White Sox and the Twins heads for the wire. In Toronto, Roy Halladay seeks his 20th win against the deflated Yankees. National League East-leading Philadelphia is idle Thursday, but the rival Mets are in action at home against Rich Harden and the Cubs.
|1:05 p.m.||Scott Kazmir||L||12-7||3.36||1.26|| |
|2:15 p.m.||Doug Davis||L||6-8||4.25||1.49|| |
|7:05 p.m.||Jeremy Sowers||L||4-8||5.48||1.48|| |
|7:07 p.m.||Carl Pavano||R||4-1||4.99||1.34|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Anibal Sanchez||R||2-5||5.57||1.57|| |
|7:10 p.m.||Rich Harden||R||10-2||2.03||1.06|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Zach Duke||L||5-14||4.96||1.52|| |
|8:05 p.m.||Johnny Cueto||R||9-13||4.62||1.38|| |
|8:10 p.m.||Gavin Floyd||R||16-8||3.84||1.24|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Dustin Moseley||R||2-4||7.15||1.83|| |
|10:10 p.m.||Jake Peavy||R||9-11||2.77||1.17|| |
|10:15 p.m.||Jorge De La Rosa||L||9-8||5.20||1.50|| |
All times are ET.
Rick Ankiel, OF, Cardinals (abdomen)
Ronnie Belliard, 1B, Nationals (wrist)
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Mariners (thumb)
J.D. Drew, OF, Red Sox (back)
Yunel Escobar, SS, Braves (hamstring)
Carlos Guillen, 3B, Tigers (back)
Fred Lewis, OF, Giants (foot)
Melvin Mora, 3B, Orioles (hamstring)
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds (finger)
Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox (wrist)
Gary Sheffield, OF, Tigers (suspension)
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers (back)
Jody Gerut, OF, Padres (finger)
Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees (hand)
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves (shoulder)
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Pirates (hamstring)
Mike Lowell, OF, Red Sox (hip)
Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals (thigh)
Jack Wilson, SS, Pirates (finger)
Pitchers: Detroit right-hander Armando Galarraga is tiring down the stretch with a 7.13 September ERA. Be wary of his final start against the Rays. Jon Lester struggled in Toronto in his last outing, but he has allowed one run or fewer in five of his past six starts. Lester's 2.54 ERA at home in Fenway says he should be used against Cleveland despite the rocky start last time out. Reds rookie Johnny Cueto has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his past six starts, including an encouraging walk-free outing against the Brewers on Saturday. Cueto posted a 2.77 ERA in August and does not appear to be fading down the stretch under the strain of a heavier workload. He's safe to use against the Astros.
Hitters: Cleveland first baseman Ryan Garko is a lefty-bashing specialist, with a .913 OPS versus southpaws in 2007 and a solid .313/.393/.452 line this season. Garko easily is having his best month of the year, with an impressive September line of .377/.459/.566. He went 2-for-4 with a double in his only meeting with Boston left-hander Jon Lester. Minnesota's Jason Kubel has slammed three home runs in his past four games. Grab him against Chicago right-hander Gavin Floyd, against whom Kubel is 5-for-16 with two homers. San Diego outfielder Brian Giles hit .340/.418/.567 in August and has followed that up with a solid .312/.404/.468 line in September. Giles is batting .368/.455/.579 in 38 at-bats against Dodgers starter Greg Maddux. Giles is owned in just 12 percent of ESPN leagues despite his .304 batting average and strong finish.
Games in Toronto, Minnesota, Seattle, Milwaukee and Houston are always weatherproof. A belt of rain along the eastern seaboard might affect games in Washington and New York.
Will Harris is a fantasy baseball and college football analyst for ESPN.com.