Draft not perfect, but three teams got exactly what they wanted
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By Peter Gammons, ESPNStephen Strasburg was so important to the Washington Nationals franchise that in the waning hours of their negotiations with Scott Boras, they had 22 people in their "war room."
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|Prince Fielder, MIL||32||Ohlendorf||Top 2: 1-1, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Jason Bay, BOS||26||Camp||Top 5: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Dan Uggla, FLA||22||Norris||Top 4: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.|
|Carlos Lee, HOU||20||Nolasco||Bot 1: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|Adam LaRoche, ATL||18||Perez||Top 3: 2-2, 1 Out. None on.|
|David Ortiz, BOS||18||Romero||Top 4: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSDiamondbacks at Phillies, 7 ET This has the potential to be one of the season's best pitching matchups. Dan Haren is fifth in the majors in ERA (2.50). Cliff Lee is 12th at 2.86, though that number drops to 1.13 if only taking into account his three starts since joining the Phillies. Haren has always been a strikeout pitcher; he is fourth in the NL in strikeouts (161). Lee's whiffs have increased since arriving in the NL; he had struck out eight or more twice in 25 starts with Cleveland. He's done it in each of his past two starts with Philly. Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN Roy Halladay tossed a complete-game six-hitter earlier this year in beating the Red Sox. It was one of his five complete games this season, which ties him for the major league lead with Kansas City's Zack Greinke. Clay Buchholz would just like some help in this start; the Red Sox haven't scored in either of his past two outings. Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. ET The Dan Haren-Cliff Lee matchup isn't the only one pitting two pitchers with ERAs below 3.00. Adam Wainwright (2.62 ERA) hasn't allowed more than two runs in an outing since June 26. Clayton Kershaw's ERA has dropped from 2.95 to 2.91 over his past five starts, yet he's 0-2 during that span. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: WEDNESDAY
|10 p.m. ET
|Host: Steve Berthiaume
Analysts: John Kruk, Fernando Vina, Steve Phillips
|12 a.m. ET
|Host: Steve Berthiaume
Analysts: Fernando Vina, Steve Phillips
BBTN MINUTE: DAN HAREN VS. CLIFF LEE
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at just how good Minnesota's Joe Mauer has been during a hot month that can be kind of cruel to catchers because of the heat. Mauer is hitting .485 in August, which could be historically good if he can maintain this pace:
|Best BA in August
Primary Position Catcher (Since 1961)
|Jason Varitek||2004||Red Sox||.449|
|Sandy Alomar Jr.||1993||Indians||.405|
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Ricky Nolasco lasted 3 1/3 innings in his previous start, giving up eight hits and 10 runs in a 14-6 loss against Houston. So, naturally, he followed that up with a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance against the same Astros, this time winning 6-2.||WORST|
|• Atlanta held a 4-0 lead heading into the fourth inning against the Mets. By the time the inning was over, the Braves were down 8-4. Derek Lowe gave up all eight runs -- and nine hits -- in the inning. The 9-6 loss snapped a string of five consecutive winning decisions for Lowe.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWRich Harden will take the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday. He's better off that the start is at San Diego instead of at Wrigley Field. Harden owns a 2.28 ERA on the road; he carries a rather large 6.31 at home. Still, Harden has continued to mystify hitters with his stuff. Harden is among baseball's leaders at getting batters to swing and miss, as well as inducing swings on pitches out of the strike zone; in 12 starts this season, he's gotten hitters to swing and miss on at least 15 pitches, tops in the majors. Detroit's Justin Verlander is second, and he has done it nine times.
|Rich Harden (2009)|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Tristan Cockcroft examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.Cockcroft ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound, and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes