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Archive for October, 2006

October 5th – Playoff Dispatches


PLAYOFF HITTING                ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Dave Roberts          SD  OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .375
Jeff Kent             LAD 2B    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .500
Jose Reyes            NYM OF    3  0  1   2 |  1  1   .143
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Totals                         11  1  3   2 |  1  3   .273
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PLAYOFF PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era  whip
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Clay Hensley          SD         1.2  2  0  0  1   0  0  8    0.00 1.807
Hong-Chih Kuo         LA         4.1  4  2  2  2   1  4 19    4.15 1.386
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Totals                           6.0  6  2  2  3   1  4 27    3.00 1.500
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From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

Hong-Chih Kuo took the loss to the Mets after giving up two runs in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday night. Kuo allowed a run in the third on a bunt single, a wild pitch and two groundouts. The second run came on a sac fly after Kuo left in the fifth. The left-hander did solid work, striking out four and walking two, one intentionally. It just wasn’t enough on a night in which the Dodgers failed to do anything against Tom Glavine.

Dave Roberts went 0-for-4 in Thursday’s Game 2.  Roberts was not alone in his struggles, as the Padres managed just four hits and were shut out. He went 3-for-4 in Game 1 with a triple and a run scored, the Padres’ only run in the series.

Khalil Greene (finger) did not play in Thursday’s Game 2.  Greene is available to hit, but is viewed primarily as a defensive player because he is still regaining his timing at the plate after a six-week absence. The Padres have trailed throughout the series, and have managed one run in two games. This has cut down on Greene’s playing time, because he is best suited in a role where he can help to protect a lead with his solid glove.

October 4th – Playoff Dispatches


PLAYOFF HITTING                ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Jeff Kent             LAD 2B    4  0  2   0 |  0  1   .500
Jose Reyes            NYM OF    4  1  0   0 |  1  1   .000
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Totals                          8  1  2   0 |  1  1   .250
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SB: JReyes (1)


PLAYOFF PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era  whip
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Derek Lowe            LAD        5.1  6  4  4  2   1  6 24    6.75 1.594
John Maine            NYM        4.1  6  1  1  2   1  5 19    2.08 1.951
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Totals                           9.2 12  5  5  4   2 11 43    4.66 1.656
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From Rotoworld, Rotowire:

John Maine was removed after allowing one run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Dodgers. Manager Willie Randolph wasted no time in going to the pen after two reached in the fifth. Pedro Feliciano entered with one out and fanned Kenny Lofton. Chad Bradford then took over and retired Nomar Garciaparra to end the inning. It looked like the strategy might have backfired when the Dodgers scored three times in the seventh, Guillermo Mota’s second inning of work. However, the Mets overcame that and won 6-5. Maine benefited greatly from a play with no outs in the second on which the Dodgers had two guys thrown out at home plate on Russell Martin’s double. J.D. Drew followed Jeff Kent home on the play and both were tagged out by Paul Lo Duca, who only became aware of Drew’s presence thanks to Maine’s shouting.

Even if the Dodgers are facing elimination, Derek Lowe will not pitch Game 4 of their ALDS series against the Mets, according to the LA Times. Lowe will start today’s playoff opener, while Brad Penny would get the nod for a potential Game 4. This could of course be a smokescreen, but manager Grady Little would prefer to give his starters normal rest during the playoffs when at all possible.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin met with Geoff Jenkins after the Brewers’ season final and told him there’s a chance he’ll be traded over the offseason, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Jenkins is signed through the 2007 season, and is set to make $7 million next year. “We basically told Geoff the situation, that he’s not any different from anybody else,” Melvin said. “There are not many untouchables. He could be wearing a Brewers uniform or he might not be. We were direct with him about that. I try not to make any deals just to get rid of players. I’m not going to push to do that. I’m not able to answer that question today but he does know (a trade) is a possibility.”

October 3rd – Playoff Dispatches


PLAYOFF HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Khalil Greene         SD SS    0  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000
Dave Roberts          SD OF    4  1  3   1 |  0  1   .750
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Totals                         4  1  3   1 |  0  1   .750
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3B: DRoberts (1)


PLAYOFF PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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None                             0.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0    0.00 0.00
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Totals                           0.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0    0.00 0.00
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DID NOT PLAY: CHensley

From Rotoworld, Rototimes, Rotowire:

Dave Roberts went 3-for-4 in Game 1 of the NLDS. He tripled and scored the Padres’ lone run. Roberts and Brian Giles, the Padres’ first two hitters in the batting order, combined for a 5-for-7 afternoon. The rest of the team went 1-for-24, which led to the one-run output. If Roberts keeps getting on base, chances are that the Padres offense will drive him in more frequently than they did on Tuesday.

Johnny Estrada, not expected back with Arizona in 2007, took a swipe at the team. “You can try and kid yourself all you want,” Estrada said, “but at the end of the day, you can’t convince yourself you’re putting a championship team on the field.” Arizona is expected to let Chris Snyder and Miguel Montero battle it out for the catching job, leaving arbitration-eligible Estrada out of the picture. He thinks he’ll be traded and, after these comments, it’s clear he’s on his way out.

Khalil Greene had his first three at-bats on Sunday since August 17, striking out twice and grounding out.  Greene has been recovering from a torn ligament in his left middle finger, and he doesn’t sound confident that he’ll be very productive offensively in the playoffs. “Defensively, I feel like I’m capable of doing what I need to do,” Greene said in the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Offensively, I don’t think I’m anywhere near where I need to be, to be a productive player.”  Greene (finger) entered Tuesday’s Game 1 in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement at shortstop.  He did not receive any at-bats. Greene should make frequent defensive appearances during the NLDS, many of which are likely to include at least one at-bat.

The Dodgers confirmed that Hong-Chih Kuo would start Game 2 against the Mets in New York. Greg Maddux will follow in Game 3. The Dodgers haven’t announced a Game 4 starter amidst speculation that Brad Penny could spend the series in the pen.

John Maine could get the nod for Game 1 with Orlando Hernandez doubtful with a strained right calf muscle, the NY Newsday reports. Hernandez strained his calf running in the outfield during the team’s workout Tuesday and his status may not be determined until the results of an MRI scheduled for later that day. Maine may get the ball because Tom Glavine would be starting on three days rest and Steve Trachsel has not yet returned from his personal business in San Diego.

Roy Oswalt had another fantastic year in 2006, going 15-8 with a 2.98 ERA and 166 strikeouts. Oswalt’s 2.98 ERA was good for second in the majors, behind just Johan Santana’s 2.77. The only reason he didn’t reach 20 wins again this year was due to the Astros’ weak offense and the bullpen blowing multiple of his potential wins in the eighth and ninth innings. He will continue to be a premier pitcher in the majors for years to come.

Trainer Stan Conte has revealed that Armando Benitez‘s right knee rehabilitation in Florida is going “pretty well, and it looks like surgery will not be necessary,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Giants sent Benitez to Florida about four weeks ago after pain and inflammation in the arthritic knee prevented him from pitching. Conte said the club set a timetable of roughly six weeks of rehabilitation, after which it would consider surgery if the knee had not improved. The club will still likely look into closer alternatives during the offseason.

Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld:

Brandon Webb was tagged for seven runs in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Padres. Webb might have thrown away the Cy Young Award during a four-run sixth that featured a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch that led to another run. He lost the ERA lead to Roy Oswalt (2.98) and also slipped behind Chris Carpenter (3.09) into third place, ending the year 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA. We’d still give him the award in part because of his innings total (235), but it’s not as clear cut as it should have been. Unfortunately, Trevor Hoffman might sneak away with the hardware, even though Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner were clearly more valuable.

Chad Tracy went 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI Sunday in the loss to the Padres. Tracy hit a two-run homer in the seventh and delivered the first of back-to-back homers off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth. Tracy finishes a largely disappointing season with 20 homers and 80 RBI. He fanned 129 times in 597 at-bats, up from 78 in 503 at-bats in 2005. As a result, his average dropped from .308 to .281.

Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer off Anthony Reyes in the win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Dan Uggla hit his 27th homer today, but not before Fielder got to 28. He’ll lead all rookies in homers this season.

Ronny Paulino sat out Sunday, but became the first rookie catcher since Mike Piazza in 1993 to hit at least .310 and play in at least 100 games. His .310/.360/.394 line wasn’t exactly Piazza-esque. Still, the Pirates are going to be content to go forward with him as their startintg catcher.

Moises Alou got a lucky pinch-hit single on Sunday to finish over .300 for the sixth time in his career. Somehow, his short fly to left-center fell between four Dodgers for a hit. Alou is not expected to return to the Giants next season but there’s no indication yet whether the injury-prone outfielder plans to call it a career.

Geoff Jenkins was 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk on Sunday. This may be the end of the line for Jenkins in Milwaukee, but his .409, seven-homer, 12-RBI performance over the final month may give the Brewers something to think about. At the very least, it should help him get a job somewhere.

Jeff Kent was given Sunday off with the Dodgers having clinched a playoff spot. Ramon Martinez started in his place and delivered a two-run double to tie the game for the Dodgers.

Former Roadrunner Jeff DaVanon, who made ankle surgery last month, recently underwent another operation to remove a cyst on his right shoulder. The second operation was minor and DaVanon is still expected to be back by spring training.

October 2nd – Standings and Statistics – 2006 FINAL

FINAL 2006 STANDINGS : 2ND - 87.5 points - 6.5 out of first

Gained .5 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

1. Get Off Kong! 94
2. Atomic Roadrunners 87.5
3. Cover Zero 77
4. X-Men 73
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
5. Shoeless Jews 72
6. Maxell 10-Pack 58
7. The Pi Train 50.5
8. Goodfellas 49
9. Uncle Lester 36.5
10. More Cowbell 34
11. Stanimals 28.5

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S    S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---   ---
261  .2822  985  984  156  100  4.12  1.361  1113  60
2ND   3RD   T-3  5TH  1ST  1ST  4TH    5TH   4TH   4TH
---   ---   +.5  ---  ---  ---  ---    ---   ---   ---

                   BOX SCORE FOR 10.01
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Johnny Estrada       Ari  C    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .302
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    4  1  2   2 |  0  0   .271
Chad Tracy           Ari 3B    4  3  3   3 |  0  0   .281
Moises Alou           SF OF    1  0  1   0 |  0  0   .301
Dave Roberts          SD OF    4  1  0   0 |  1  2   .293
Shane Victorino      Phi OF    5  0  0   0 |  0  1   .287
Geoff Jenkins        Mil OF    3  1  3   1 |  1  0   .271
Jason Bay            Pit OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  1   .286
Chipper Jones        Atl 3B    3  1  1   1 |  1  0   .324
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Totals                        28  8 11   7 |  4  5   .393
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RBI: PFielder 2(81), CTracy 3(80), GJenkins 1(70), CJones 1(86)
2B: CTracy 1(41)
HR: PFielder 1(28), CTracy 2(20), GJenkins 1(17)
 
PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Brandon Webb      L(16-8)        4.0  8  7  7  2   0  5 22   15.75 2.50
Chad Cordero                     1.0  2  0  0  0   0  0  5    0.00 2.00
Francisco Cordero                0.7  1  1  1  0   0  2  3   12.86 1.43
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Totals                           5.7 11  8  8  2   0  7 30   12.63 2.28
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Khalil Greene         SD SS    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .245
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .234
Carlos Quentin       Ari OF    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .253
Scott Thorman        Atl 3B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .234
Alberto Callaspo     Ari 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .238
Jeff Salazar         Col OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  1   .283
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Totals                        15  1  3   0 |  2  4   .200
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RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Jose Valverde                    0.7  0  0  0  0   0  1  2    0.00 0.00
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Totals                           0.7  0  0  0  0   0  1  2    0.00 0.00
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Overnight Dispatches

From Rotoworld, Rototimes, Rotowire:

Khalil Greene is expected to make his first start today since Aug. 17, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I want to get Greeney some innings,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Greene has been recovering from a torn ligament in his left middle finger. Greene (finger, hand) played the final three innings at shortstop on Saturday and made one plate appearance. He had not done anything except for pinch-run since Aug. 17. He remains unlikely to regain his starting shortstop position for the foreseeable future, according to the Padres’ official site. Greene made several strong defensive plays at shortstop and walked at the plate. Still, he is likely to backup Geoff Blum in the playoffs. “I’ve just been out for so long, I don’t see how one game could get me back to the point where I’d be a benefit to the team in a playoff atmosphere,” Greene said. Expect him to play a role as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement in the playoffs.

Jeff Kent still is dealing with a sore oblique muscle. As a result, the Dodgers likely will hold him out of action on Sunday, so he can rest up for the postseason, according to the LA Times.

Derek Lowe will not start Sunday’s season finale now that the Dodgers have clinched a playoff spot, according to the AP. Eric Stults will start in his place. Lowe is scheduled to start Game 1 on the playoffs for the Dodgers.

Chipper Jones did not start Saturday’s game as his left oblique injury keeps him out against left-handers and Houston started Andy Pettitte. He did appear as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and flew out to right.  He then  remained in to play third base. Jones still doesn’t like swinging against left-handers because of his strained oblique. He’ll probably play Sunday unless the Astros do something crazy, like choosing Wandy Rodriguez to start.

Doug Davis said Friday that he will want a three-year deal from the Brewers to forgo arbitration. If he doesn’t get the multiyear contract, he’ll take the team to arbitration and then become a free agent after next season. Davis, who finished 11-11 with a 4.91 ERA, would have been in a stronger bargaining position a year ago. Because of his hard stance, the Brewers could consider making him available in trade talks. He’d likely want at least $7 million per year in a multiyear deal.

In his first appearance in two weeks, former Roadrunner Juan Cruz struck out three in two perfect innings Saturday against the Padres. Can you say Brian Bruney? Last year, it was Bruney who got the same treatment Cruz did, as manager Bob Melvin indicated he already knew what Bruney could do and wanted to take a look at some other young pitchers. Cruz, who was wrongly bounced from the rotation after beating the Giants on Aug. 8, pitched a total of 11 2/3 innings over the final seven weeks. He ends the year with a 4.18 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 94 2/3 innings. If the Diamondbacks decide they don’t want him, there will be no shortage of teams interested in picking him up.

Craig Counsell started over former Roadrunner Stephen Drew on Saturday and went 0-for-3 with a walk in the loss to the Padres. Drew had a pinch-hit homer to drive in the Diamondbacks’ lone run. It makes sense that Arizona wanted to give Luis Gonzalez a proper sendoff, but Craig Counsell does not need to start all four games of what figures to be his final home series as a Diamondback. We’re talking about a 36-year-old who remains short of 900 career hits. These at-bats he’s getting would be better spent on Drew and Alberto Callaspo.

October 1st – Standings and Statistics


Standings: 2ND - 87 points - 7 out of first

Lost 2 points and 0 standings place since yesterday

GOK! 94 / AARR / Cover Zero 76.5 / X 73 / SJ 72

HR    AVG   RBI   R   SB    W   ERA   WHIP   K'S    S
--    ---   ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  -----  ---   ---
257  .2818  978  976  156  100  4.09  1.357  1106  60
2ND   3RD   4TH  5TH  1ST  1ST  4TH    5TH   4TH   4TH
---   ---   - 1  ---  ---  ---  - 1    ---   ---   ---

BOX SCORE FOR 09.30
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Ronny Paulino        Pit  C    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .310
Prince Fielder       Mil 1B    3  0  0   0 |  1  1   .269
Jeff Kent            LAD 2B    3  1  2   0 |  2  1   .292
Jose Reyes           NYM SS    3  0  0   0 |  1  1   .300
Willy Aybar          Atl SS    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .280
Moises Alou           SF OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .299
Dave Roberts          SD OF    5  1  2   0 |  0  1   .295
Shane Victorino      Phi OF    5  1  2   0 |  0  1   .290
Geoff Jenkins        Mil OF    4  1  2   0 |  0  0   .266
Jason Bay            Pit OF    4  1  2   0 |  0  0   .286
Chipper Jones        Atl 3B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .324
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Totals                        39  5 12   1 |  4  5   .308
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RBI: RPaulino 1(55)
2B: RPaulino 1(19), SVictorino 1(19), GJenkins 1(26)
SB: DRoberts 1(49)
CS: SVictorino 1(3)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Dan Wheeler       S(9)           0.3  2  1  1  0   0  1  3   30.00 6.67
Francisco Cordero BS(11)         0.7  1  0  0  0   0  0  3    0.00 1.43
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Totals                           1.0  3  1  1  0   0  1  6    9.00 3.00
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Khalil Greene         SD SS    0  0  0   0 |  1  0   .247
Adam Dunn            Cin OF    3  0  0   0 |  1  0   .233
Carlos Quentin       Ari OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  1   .252
Chris Iannetta       Col  C    6  2  1   1 |  1  2   .260
Alberto Callaspo     Ari 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .244
Ryan Spilborghs      Col OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .287
Jeff Salazar         Col OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .280
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Totals                        15  2  1   1 |  3  4   .067
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RBI: CIannetta 1(10)
HR: CIannetta 1(2)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Jorge Julio                      1.7  0  0  0  1   0  0  5    0.00 0.59
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Totals                           1.7  0  0  0  1   0  0  5    0.00 0.59
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