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Posts tagged ‘Felipe Paulino’

Roster Moves – May 19th – Week 7

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Randy Wells, Cubs ($7 bid, activate)
  • RP Dan Meyer, Marlins ($0 bid, activate)

Up:

  • 3B Brian Barden (to DH)
  • RP Kyle McClellan

Down:

  • OF Matt Diaz (from DH)
  • SP Todd Wellemeyer
  • SP Chad Gaudin

Cut:

  • SP Mitchell Boggs
  • SP Felipe Paulino

Paulino’s Start Pushed Back to Friday

Felipe Paulino, scheduled to start Sunday against the Cubs, has been pushed to next Friday. Brian Moehler will get the nod instead. Astros manager Cecil Cooper decided to use Monday’s off day to re-work his starting rotation. “Right now he’s not one of the next four of our starters,” Cooper said of Paulino. “He’ll get skipped, basically.” (Rotoworld)

Paulino Thrashed by Rockies To the Tune of 8 Earned

Felipe Paulino allowed eight runs — seven earned — over four innings Tuesday in a thrashing by the Rockies. Nothing was working for Paulino, who was being granted another crack at the rotation after struggling mightily in the bullpen. He’s 1-3 with a 6.93 ERA and probably doesn’t deserve another shot after tonight’s debacle. he Rockies knocked him around for eight runs — seven earned — on seven hits. Paulino certainly didn’t help his own cause by issuing four walks and giving up a pair of homers, but he’ll likely remain in the Houston rotation a little bit longer given the lack of viable alternatives. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Paulino Moved Into Rotation, to Start Wednesday

The Astros demoted starter Russ Ortiz to the bullpen and placed rookie Felipe Paulino in his spot in the rotation. Paulino had three quality starts after being called up. “It’s their decision to make, but I’m not happy about it,” Ortiz said. Paulino will start on Wednesday at Colorado. Paulino is 1-2 on the season for the Astros and was 0-2 as a starter. If he can stay in the rotation this time, he could become a viable Fantasy starter for deeper leagues later in the year. Still, we wouldn’t use him in Week 6 (May 11-17) just yet. (CBS Sports)

Struggling Paulino Could Be Sent to . . . the Rotation?

Manager Cecil Cooper acknowledged the possibility that Felipe Paulino could return to the rotation. Paulino threw the ball well (2.55 ERA, 13 K, 4 BB) through three starts but has struggled since his move to the bullpen. Cooper wouldn’t commit to anything, but keep an eye on the situation (Rotoworld)

Paulino Rocked Hard in Relief of Nothing

Felipe Paulino was rocked in his second bullpen appearance, allowing four runners to reach in just a third of an inning. In many respects, his performance was worse than his stats imply: he entered with the bases loaded and a 4-2 lead, and when his line closed the game was 7-4 in favor of Nationals. It’s sometimes hard for starting pitchers to make the adjustment to the bullpen, specifically for this reason. If you’re used to starting the inning with the bases empty, it is no doubt disconcerting to walk into someone else’s bases loaded jam. Look for an adjustment period, as Paulino and his 97 mph fastball get used to pitching from the pen. (Rotowire)

Paulino Bumped Back to Bullpen

Felipe Paulino will move to the bullpen, according to MLB.com. Paulino pitched well enough through three starts – 2.55 ERA, 13 strikeouts to just four walks through 17 2/3 innings – to warrant a big league roster spot in the pen with starting pitcher Brian Moehler returning from the disabled list. Manager Cecil Cooper said he told Paulino of the move Friday. Paulino, 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts, will pitch in a relief role when right-hander Brian Moehler returns from the disabled list to start on Tuesday at Washington. Cooper said Moehler and Russ Ortiz are veterans who “deserve at least an opportunity to continue pitching in the rotation.” He said Paulino is “a guy sitting out there whom we like an awful lot” and will be ready if either veteran falters. Moehler allowed eight runs in five innings in his second rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday. He was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right knee on April 14. Paulino was on track to be a two-start pitcher in Fantasy Week 5 (May 4-10) but that can obviously scrapped now that he is going to the bullpen. Paulino looked good in a starting role so far this season and should be back in the woeful Astros rotation at some point this season. He could also be in line to get some save opportunities with Jose Valverde out with a calf injury. While he had an 0-2 record, that was more reflective of the lack of offensive support surrounding him. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)

Paulino Pitches Well, Gets No Run Support

Felipe Paulino allowed two runs, one earned, over 5 2/3 innings in a 3-0 loss to the Reds on Wednesday. Paulino pitched well again, scattering six hits while striking out three and walking two. He held the Reds scoreless through the first four innings, before they struck for runs in the fifth and sixth. He should get the Nationals next. Paulino may stick around to pitch out of the bullpen, even after injured right-hander Brian Moehler returns from the disabled list. Paulino has been solid in a few spot starts this season and his power arm would make a nice addition to the Houston bullpen. “There is a possibility of him staying around and pitching out of the bullpen,” manager Cecil Cooper said. “Yes, there is a possibility.” The thought process right now is for Paulino (a hard thrower) to pitch out of the bullpen, but that could change if Russ Ortiz continues to struggle. Through three starts, Paulino has a 2.55 ERA and a 3.25 K/BB. Paulino did have a pretty decent outing Wednesday after getting rocked for 10 hits and four runs against the Brewers Friday. Paulino has just six MLB starts under his belt, so he is going to have his ups-and-downs. Paulino is definitely an emerging talent, but remains more of a low-end Fantasy SP at this time. His next scheduled start is for Tuesday against the Nationals. He is on track to be a two-start pitcher Week 5 (May 4-10) with his second start coming against the Padres. (Rotoworld, Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Paulino Takes the Loss Against Brewers

Astros SP Felipe Paulino couldn’t hold a two-run lead Friday against the Brewers and ended up with the loss as Yovani Gallardo’s first complete game paced Milwaukee in a 5-2 victory. Paulino held a 2-0 lead until the Brewers sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth and scored four times on four consecutive RBI singles. Paulino allowed 10 hits while striking out four. Paulino made his first start of the season Sunday against the Reds and tossed six scoreless innings. He continues to work his way back after a pinched nerve in his arm robbed him of most of the 2008 season. Paulino is definitely an emerging talent, but remains more of a low-end Fantasy SP at this time. His next scheduled start is for Wednesday against the Reds. (CBS Sports)

Meet the New Guys: Barden, Diaz, Gutierrez, Paulino

Versatile to play four infield positions, Brian Barden, the former Diamondbacks prospect, is in a good situation with the Cardinals. He’s half of the 3B platoon while Troy Glaus is out (through June, at least), and he’s also capable at SS and 2B. He can play 1B, but usually Chris Duncan will fill in for Pujols first. Barden has been seeing some time at short and will find himself in the lineup as long as he can remain productive. His ceiling is not very high, so this could end fairly quickly. However, anyone on this type of run is worth taking a flier on in NL-only play at least. He already has 3 HR and a .391 average in just 23 at-bats so far.

Braves OF Matt Diaz is finding his way into more playing time in Atlanta. Diaz will continue to make on-and-off starts for the Braves this season. He’s an excellent contact hitter with above-average pop, but because he doesn’t get regular at-bats, he’s not worth owning outside of deeper NL-only leagues. However, with platoon-mate Garrett Anderson hitting the Disabled List for a strained quadriceps, Diaz looks to be the go-to-guy in left, at least through April.

Diamondbacks reliever Juan Gutierrez wasn’t high on the closer food chain, but he has already moved past Jon Rauch to sit closer to manager Bob Melvin in his bullpen Circle of Trust. (Rotowire) Gutierrez has long-term potential, but he is nothing more than a low-end middle reliever for the deepest of NL-only leagues that use true middle men at this point. Acquired from Houston in the Jose Valverde-Chad Qualls del, Gutierrez has been very solid this season, and he struck out five in two scoreless innings Sunday, and looked good doing it.

Houston starter Felipe Paulino has teased us in the past. Once a high-profile (at least for the Astros) starter, injuries have cost Paulino most of 2007, and he was ineffective last season. However, in a spot start filling in for the injured Brian Moehler, he did not allow a run on three hits over six innings on Sunday against the Reds but still didn’t pick up the win. Paulino was saddled with a no decision as the Reds ended up winning by besting Geoff Geary later in the game. Paulino walked two and had six K’s. “We got a great start from Paulino,” manager Cecil Cooper said. “I think he did a terrific job today. He just kind of ran out of pitches a little bit, but I thought he was really overpowering, and he opened a lot of eyes.” Paulino was called up to make this start from Triple-A. If it was up to us, Paulino would not be going down to the minors again so soon after Sunday’s performance. He was dazzling while in the game. Paulino had only three career starts coming in to Sunday’s game and he was 2-1 with a 7.11 in 2006. Paulino was a top pitching prospect before arm injuries set him back. It seems his career is on track and now Houston will give him a shot. Consider him a NL-only Fantasy SP unless the matchups are great in his favor. That won’t be in Week 3 (April 20-26) however as he only pitches once against the Brewers and Yovani Gallardo on Friday. (CBS Sports)