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Archive for April, 2006

Overnight Dispatches

Courtesty of RotoWorld:

Jason Vargas was pulled after giving up four runs — three earned — in 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies on Saturday. All four runs scored in the third. Ricky Nolasco came on, and the Marlins got out of the jam with a caught stealing and a fly out. That Vargas couldn’t do better than this against Colorado is discouraging, but NL-only leaguers will want him active for his upcoming start at Washington.

Thanks to Randy Winn’s defense in left field and Moises Alou’s walk-off homer, Armando Benitez picked up the victory in the Giants’ 3-2 defeat of the Diamondbacks on Saturday. In the top of the ninth, Winn made a sliding catch of a Shawn Green fly to left field and then went over the fence to rob Eric Byrnes of a homer, allowing Benitez to pitch a scoreless inning. Alou won it in the bottom of the ninth with a solo shot. We’re still not thrilled with the way Benitez is throwing, but he hasn’t allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list.

Juan Cruz allowed one run and two hits over five innings against the Giants Saturday in his first major league start in 2 1/2 years. Cruz struck out three and walked none. He’s quite a sleeper now that he’s in the rotation, and it’d be a good idea to pick him up in any NL-only leagues in which he’s still available. That said, it probably isn’t worth using him right now.

Prince Fielder hit two of the Brewers’ six homers in a 16-2 shellacking of the Cubs on Saturday. Rickie Weeks, Bill Hall, Carlos Lee and J.J. Hardy also homered. It was Fielder’s first ever two-homer game. Both homers came off Glendon Rusch, so four of his five homers this year have come off lefties. He’s batting .348.

Doug Davis walked five more batters today, but he only gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Cubs. That was more than good enough to earn him his first win of the season. Davis still won’t be recommended until he demonstrates better command. He’s walked 26 batters in 31 innings.

Tom Glavine pitched seven innings and combined with Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner on a five-hitter as the Mets beat the Braves 1-0 on Saturday night. Glavine earned this after taking a loss in a duel with Tim Hudson 10 days ago. He barely outpitched John Thomson for the win tonight, making him 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA.

April 30th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 3-Way Tie for 4th Place - 69.5 points, with Pi Train and X-Men
8.5 out of first
GOK 78 / C0 75.5 / SJ 74.5 / 3-Way Tie / Maxell 65

HR   AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--   ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
37  .2633  164  154  26   10   3.59  1.348  136   8
5TH  9TH   1ST  2ND  1ST  9TH  3RD   6TH    9TH  T-4

BOX SCORE FOR 04.29
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Mike Lieberthal      Phi  C    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .296
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    5  3  2   3 |  1  0   .348
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    2  0  0   1 |  1  0   .195
Ryan Zimmerman       Was 3B    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .231
Khalil Greene         SD SS    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .205
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    3  0  0   1 |  0  1   .258
J.J. Hardy           Mil SS    5  1  2   4 |  1  0   .281
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    3  2  1   0 |  1  2   .266
Moises Alou           SF OF    4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .366
Dave Roberts          SD OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .240
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    3  0  0   0 |  1  0   .245
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        39  7  8  10 |  5  4   .205
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RBI: PFielder 3(16), JKent 1(12), AGonzalez 1(12), JHardy 4(13),
MAlou 1(24)
2B: JHardy 1(3), ADunn 1(2)
HR: PFielder 2(5), JHardy 1(4), MAlou 1(7)
ERRORS: PFielder 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Doug Davis        W(1-2)         6.3  5  1  1  5   0  2 28    1.43 1.59
Armando Benitez   W(1-0)         1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3    0.00 0.00
Aaron Heilman     Ho(5)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3    0.00 0.00
Jason Vargas                     2.3  6  4  3  3   0  3 16   11.74 3.91
Danys Baez        S(8)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3    0.00 0.00
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Totals                          11.6 11  5  4  8   0  8 53   3.10 1.64
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .300
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Totals                         4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .250
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RBI: RAurilia 1(12)
HR: RAurilia 1(4)
GIDP: RAurilia 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Juan Cruz                        5.0  2  1  1  0   0  3 19    1.80 0.40
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Totals                           5.0  2  1  1  0   0  3 19    1.80 0.40
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Overnight Dispatches

From RotoWorld and RotoWire:

The Mets recalled Victor Diaz from Triple-A Norfolk Friday. Diaz was hitting only .188 in 32 at-bats before the promotion. Diaz is back with the Mets after 11 days in Triple-A, but it may be a short-term move, as the club will need to add a starter next Wednesday. In the meantime, he’ll serve as a reserve corner fielder and pinch-hitter.

Cody Ross was hit on the left hand while striking out swinging as a pinch-hitter Friday night, according to the AP. X-rays found no fracture. Ross, who was making his first appearance with the Reds, is day-to-day with a bruised hand.

Kerry Wood
is scheduled to throw four innings Tuesday in a rookie-league game in Arizona, according to the AP. If he doesn’t have any problems, the Cubs hope to send him on a minor-league rehab assignment after that

Ryan Zimmerman finished 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals. Zimmerman still isn’t hitting particularly well, but he’s driven in 16 runs in 23 games. Because Nick Johnson has done such a tremendous job of getting on base and Jose Guillen never drives in anyone himself, Zimmerman has hit with RISP an awful lot this month.

Jeff DaVanon went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday and is in a 4-for-28 slump. Now that DaVanon has cooled off, it figures that Eric Byrnes will resume seeing more time in center field.

Moises Alou went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, four RBI and a walk on Friday night. The homer followed an eighth-inning intentional walk to Barry Bonds and gave the Giants a 10-2 lead. With Bonds healthy, Alou has driven in 23 runs in 18 games.

April 29th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: Tied for 5th Place - 66.5 points, with Pi Train
14.5 out of first
Shoeless 75 / X 68 / AARR / Pi Train / Maxell 60.5

HR   AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--   ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
33  .2655  154  147  26    8   3.62  1.330  128   7
6TH  9TH   1ST  2ND  1ST  T-9  4TH   5TH    9TH  T-6

BOX SCORE FOR 04.28
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Johnny Estrada       Ari  C    3  0  1   1 |  0  2   .250
Mike Lieberthal      Phi  C    3  0  0   1 |  0  1   .294
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    4  0  0   0 |  0  3   .345
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .200
Ryan Zimmerman       Was 3B    5  2  2   2 |  0  1   .241
Khalil Greene         SD SS    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .200
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .267
J.J. Hardy           Mil SS    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .274
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    3  1  1   0 |  2  1   .263
Moises Alou           SF OF    4  1  3   4 |  1  0   .373
Dave Roberts          SD OF    3  0  0   0 |  1  1   .254
Jeff DaVanon         Ari OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .311
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    4  2  2   1 |  1  1   .253
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Totals                        46  6 13   9 |  6 12   .283
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RBI: JEstrada 1(9), MLieberthal 1(6), RZimmerman 2(16), MAlou 4(23),
JReyes 1(11)
2B: KGreene 1(4)
3B: JReyes 1(3)
HR: RZimmerman 1(3), MAlou 1(6)
GIDP: MLieberthal 1(2), JDaVanon 1(3)
SB: JReyes 1(11)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Danys Baez        S(7)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3    0.00 0.00
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Totals                           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Rich Aurilia         Cin 2B    5  2  3   0 |  0  0   .303
Cody Ross            Cin OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .467
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Totals                         6  2  3   0 |  0  1   .500
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RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Matt Herges       L(0-2)         1.0  1  1  1  3   1  2  7    9.00 4.00
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Totals                           1.0  1  1  1  3   1  2  7    9.00 4.00
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Overnight Dispatches

From RotoWorld and RotoTimes:

Juan Cruz has moved into the starting rotation for the Diamondbacks and will start on Saturday, taking Russ Ortiz’ slot in the rotation. Cruz has been a starter in the past and has a very lively arm, and could be worth a look in NL-only leagues. He will likely be held to about 80 pitches while making his first start since 2003 on Saturday.  With Cruz now slated to start against the Giants on Saturday, Brandon Webb will have his next start bumped back to Sunday. Webb is 3-0 this year with a 2.21 ERA in five starts.

Aaron Cook was credited with his second win after allowing three runs — two earned — in seven innings versus the Phillies on Thursday. Jon Lieber matched Cook, but the Rockies went ahead with two runs off Ryan Franklin in the top of the eighth. Cook is 9-1 with a 3.33 ERA in his last 15 starts on the road.

Victor Diaz was expected to travel to Atlanta as a hedge in case the Mets placed Carlos Beltran or Brian Bannister on the disabled list, but there’s no guarantee that he will be activated, according to the New York Daily News. Even if Diaz was officially recalled, he might only stay active through Monday, when the team would then bring up a pitcher. If Brian Bannister is forced to go on the DL, the Mets could pull Aaron Heilman or Darren Oliver out of the bullpen to make a start. They could also choose to call someone up from the minors to take the ball.

April 28th – Standings and Statistics

Only two games yesterday, so the stats are a little light.


Standings: Tied for 5th Place - 65.5 points, with Maxell
18 out of first
X 73.5 / Shoeless 72 / AARR / Maxell / Pi Train 62.5

HR   AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--   ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
31  .2647  145  141  25    8   3.63  1.337  128   6
6TH  9TH   1ST  T-2  1ST  T-9  3RD   6TH    9TH  T-7

BOX SCORE FOR 04.27
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Ryan Zimmerman       Was 3B    3  1  0   0 |  1  0   .232
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Totals                         3  1  0   0 |  1  0   .000
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ERRORS: RZimmerman 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Gary Majewski                    1.0  3  3  3  2   0  1  8   27.00 5.00
Aaron Cook        W(2-3)         7.0  6  3  2  1   0  5 28    2.57 1.00
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Totals                           8.0  9  6  5  3   0  6 36    5.62 1.50
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BP Two-fer

In today’s Baseball Prospectus:

Will Carroll details the latest with Kerry Wood in Under the Knife:

If I told you who gave me the details on Kerry Wood, you wouldn’t believe me. Wood threw 39 pitches in a three-inning stint in Arizona giving up just one hit, striking out five and walking one. That’s not only good, it’s efficient. Doing that against Rookie Leaguers isn’t the same as doing it against major leaguers, but it’s certainly a promising start. It’s clear now that the setback Wood had was minor and that he is now ready for his first rehab start. Expect Wood to head to Double-A West Tenn sometime early next week to make the first of two rehab starts. If all goes to plan, Wood should be back in Chicago around May 12th.

Meanwhile, Christina Kharl details two moves in Transaction Analysis:

Reds – acquired OF-R Cody Ross from the Dodgers for a PTBNL

Scratch one old administration mistake, and kudos to GM Wayne Krivsky for making the right call. The decision to pick up Womack was indefensible from day one, especially since it cost the team Kevin Howard, when at most it should have been doing the Yankees a favor. To Krivsky’s credit, he nabbed Brandon Phillips when the Tribe gave up on him, giving the Reds an equally interesting prospect at the keystone. Add in that the Reds are replacing Womack on the active roster with a decent fourth outfield candidate in Ross, and it’s a roster move with all sorts of nice little gains to brag about. Ross isn’t like Phillips, a potential regular picked up before he hit the discard pile, but he does have more upside than any of the veteran stiffs the organization has had to use to stock the upper levels of their farm system. Since they’re comfortable with Ryan Freel in center, I wouldn’t second-guess their decision to leave Chris Denorfia in an everyday role in Louisville.

Padres – Activated CF-R Mike Cameron from the 15-day DL;

Just like that, the Pads have their outfield they way the initially wanted it, with Cameron in center, a semi, sorta, kinda top o’ the order platoon of Dave Roberts and Eric Young in left. It isn’t like anybody’s run away with the division in the meantime, and the only loose end left in the lineup is whether or not Adrian Gonzalez hits for power before Ryan Klesko comes back. If there’s a surprise, it’s that they still have Ben Johnson up in this situation, because it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll get all that much playing time as a fifth outfielder. Since this club still lacks a solid lefty bat off of the bench (curse you for leaving, Mark Sweeney), I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they end up eventually exchanging Johnson for Terrmel Sledge.

Overnight Dispatches

From RotoWorld:

Kerry Wood (shoulder) threw three scoreless innings during a rehab appearance with the rookie league Mesa Cubs on Wednesday. Wood reportedly touched 95 mph on the radar gun. He allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out five while throwing 39 pitches. This is a major step for Wood. If he has no soreness from the effort he could be out on a minor league rehab assignment very soon.

Victor Diaz is expected to join the Mets for this weekend’s series in Atlanta. Diaz will be on hand in case the Mets decide to put Carlos Beltran on the DL. Diaz will likely be sent back to Triple-A on Tuesday when the Mets activate a starting pitcher to fill in for Brian Bannister.

Despite three walks, Armando Benitez pitched two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday against the Mets. Benitez entered in the ninth with the Giants down by three. After the club tied it against Billy Wagner, he stayed in to work the 10th. It was Benitez’s first appearance since he earned a save on Saturday.

Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with two walks and two stolen bases against the Giants on Wednesday. The two stolen bases give Reyes a major league-leading 10 on the season. He’s also walked seven times thus far after not walking more than eight times in any single month in 2005. Continued improvement in his plate discipline will lead to more stolen base opportunties in addition to more runs, so it’s something his owner should root for.

Dave Roberts returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game with swelling in his left knee and singled once in four trips to the plate. He was expected to miss just one day with the injury, so he should be fine.

J.J. Hardy, who sat two of the last three games, returned to the starting lineup today and went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Braves. Hardy entered the day with a .256/.280/.397 line, so he’ll be happy with the two hits even if they were just singles. He was also caught stealing in the contest, but he’ll probably play over Bill Hall on Friday.

Mark Mulder held the Pirates to two runs in 7 2/3 innings of work on Wednesday but was not involved in the decision. Mulder left a 3-2 game in the eighth inning with a runner on first and Jason Bay at the plate. Reliever Braden Looper retired Bay to end the inning, but closer Jason Isringhausen blew his second save of the season in the ninth when he yielded a two-out solo homer to Jose Hernandez. Mulder put 10 men on base in the outing, but he held the Pirates to just the two runs thanks to four double play balls. He’s 2-0 with a 3.53 ERA in five starts this season.

April 27th – Standings and Statistics

Standings: 5th Place - 66 points, 19 out of first
Shoeless 68 / AARR / Maxell 65 / Pi Train 61

HR   AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S   S
--   ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---  ---
31  .2656  145  140  25    8   3.63  1.337  128   6
6TH  9TH   1ST  2ND  1ST  T-9  3RD   6TH    9TH  T-7

BOX SCORE FOR 04.26
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Mike Lieberthal      Phi  C    4  1  3   1 |  0  0   .312
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .361
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .197
Ryan Zimmerman       Was 3B    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .241
Khalil Greene         SD SS    2  0  0   0 |  1  2   .194
Adrian Gonzalez       SD 1B    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .265
J.J. Hardy           Mil SS    3  0  2   0 |  1  1   .272
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    5  1  3   0 |  0  1   .260
Moises Alou           SF OF    6  1  3   2 |  0  0   .349
Dave Roberts          SD OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .265
Jeff DaVanon         Ari OF    5  0  0   0 |  0  2   .333
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    5  1  2   1 |  2  0   .242
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Totals                        46  4 16   5 |  4  9   .348
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RBI: MLieberthal 1(5), PFielder 1(13), MAlou 2(19), JReyes 1(10)
2B: MLieberthal 1(6), MAlou 1(2)
SB: JReyes 2(10)
CS: JHardy 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Dan Wheeler                      1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  4    0.00 1.00
Armando Benitez                  2.0  1  0  0  3   1  2 10    0.00 2.00
Aaron Heilman     BS(1)          2.0  2  1  1  1   0  3  9    4.50 1.50
Mark Mulder                      7.7  5  2  2  5   0  1 29    2.34 1.30
Matt Wise         Ho(4)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3    0.00 0.00
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Totals                          13.7  9  3  3  9   1  8 55    1.97 1.31
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RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Matt Herges       Ho(4)          0.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  1    0.00 0.00
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Totals                           0.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  1    0.00 0.00
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RotoAuthority Notes

Tim Dierkes has some notes on the Roadrunners, including some perspective on Doug Davis:

Doug Davis has made five starts, and in only one of them has he kept his walks to an acceptable level.  With a 1.95 WHIP, Davis could throw a perfect game and still have a WHIP over 1.40.  Has Davis ever had a month this bad before?  Well, he had a 5.40 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in April of 2005.  He also had a 5.46 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in April of 2004.  Good pitchers can have lousy months.  Time for Mike Maddux to earn his paycheck and turn this thing around.  Davis gets too many Ks to consider cutting.

Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks, SS.  With his cheap contract, good defense, and decent on-base skills, Craig Counsell should be dealt by Arizona this summer.  Drew will become the full-time shortstop at that point.  If his .309/.351/.588 line (6 HR) is any indication, he’ll start hitting right away.