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4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Streaks

Postby wrveres » Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:40 am

Two start pitchers:
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I don't understand what the Rockies are doing here. They are already neck deep in middle infield types, and with Tulo signed until you start collecting social security, they really only have one spot for all of them.
Colorado Rockies acquired 2B Brad Emaus from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for P Chris Malone Friday
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Prince Fielder expressed a desire to re-sign with the team Friday, after the team extended OF Ryan Braun to a five-year, $105 million deal Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Fielder will become a free agent at the end of this season

Streaking
Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Friday, extending his hit streak to 16 games. Gordon is batting .400 (28-for-70) during the streak
Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI Friday, against the Texas Rangers, extending his hit streak to 12 games. Francoeur is batting .378 (17-for-45) during the stretch.
Wilson Betemit went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs Friday against the Texas Rangers, extending his hit streak to 13 games. Betemit is batting .400 (18-for-45) during the impressive run
Johnny Damon, serving as the designated hitter due to his finger injury, went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI Friday. Damon pushed his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .326 (15-for-46) during the streak
Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 19 games Friday
Jose Bautista went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and home run Friday, April 22, against the Tampa Bay Rays, reports The Associated Press. Bautista also walked twice and scored four runs
Sam Fuld went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Fuld has managed six multi-hit games in his past nine starts.
Michael Young went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs Friday against the Kansas City Royals, extending his hit streak to 12 games. Young is now 10-for-18 with runners in scoring position (RISP).

Minor league look in
Chad Huffman belted three home runs and 10 RBIs in a game for Triple-A Columbus Thursday, reports Andrew Pentis, of MiLB.com. Huffman set the single-game RBI record for Columbus.
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Charlie Furbush worked a complete game one-hitter while striking out nine for his first career shutout Thursday, April 21, for Triple-A Toledo, reports Ashley Marshall, of MiLB.com
Kent Walton became the first pro baseball player in 2011 to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat for Class A Stockton in a game Thursday, April 21, reports David Heck, of MiLB.com. The 23rd round pick in 2009 ended up driving in two runs.
Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with a double, home run, three runs scored and a career-high six RBIs Friday, April 22, for Class A Hagerstown, reports MiLB.com. Harper did not play in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday, April 21, after crashing head-first into the wall, suffering a stiff neck. He hit his second homer of the season in the first game
Closers
Jonathan Broxton is throwing only 94.8 mph with his fastball this year after averaging around 98 mph two years ago, and scouts are wondering how much more he can fade before the team makes a change in the closer role, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "When you have a closer who starts giving up home runs," one team executive said, "it's time to find a new closer."
Ryan Franklin has tipped his off-speed pitches this season and believes that working in non-save situations will help to fix that and improve his pitch selection, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... ..Scouts are not impressed with the stuff of Franklin in the bullpen, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "He's got the biggest guts in that bullpen - and the worst stuff. To be honest, his stuff hasn't been there the last two seasons. And the last thing you want to say about your closer is: 'He's gotta be fine,'" a scout said
From my Bench:
Anibal Sanchez allowed just one unearned run and one hit in a complete game victory Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but OF Dexter Fowler broke up the bid with a broken-bat single. Sanchez also recorded a career-high nine strikeouts
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Todays Games

Postby wrveres » Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:44 am

todays games - todays weather - bullpen report
Rays (9-11) @ Blue Jays (9-10), 1:07pm
TBR: David Price (25, LHP, 2-2, 2.83)
TOR: Brandon Morrow (26, RHP, 0-0, undef)

Indians (13-6) @ Twins (7-12), 1:10pm
CLE: Fausto Carmona (27, RHP, 1-2, 4.74)
MIN: Brian Duensing (28, LHP, 1-0, 3.60)

WhiteSox (8-12) @ Tigers (10-10), 4:10pm
CHW: Edwin Jackson (27, RHP, 2-1, 3.51)
DET: Brad Penny (33, RHP, 0-2, 8.44)

Yankees (10-6) @ Orioles (8-10), 7:05pm
NYY: CC Sabathia (30, LHP, 0-1, 2.52)
BAL: Brad Bergesen (25, RHP, 0-2, 3.38)

Royals (12-8) @ Rangers (12-7), 8:05pm
KCR: Kyle Davies (27, RHP, 1-1, 7.20)
TEX: Alexi Ogando (27, RHP, 2-0, 2.33)

RedSox (8-11) @ Angels (12-8), 9:05pm
BOS: Daisuke Matsuzaka (30, RHP, 1-2, 6.43)
LAA: Ervin Santana (28, RHP, 0-2, 5.26)

Athletics (9-11) @ Mariners (8-13), 9:10pm
OAK: Trevor Cahill (23, RHP, 2-0, 2.49)
SEA: Jason Vargas (28, LHP, 0-1, 4.37)

Dodgers (11-10) @ Cubs (9-10), 1:05pm
LAD: Ted Lilly (35, LHP, 1-2, 4.09)
CHC: Ryan Dempster (34, RHP, 1-2, 6.84)

D'backs (8-10) @ Mets (7-13), 1:10pm
ARI: Barry Enright (25, RHP, 0-1, 6.23)
NYM: Dillon Gee (25, RHP, 1-0, 1.59)

Reds (10-10) @ Cardinals (11-9), 4:10pm
CIN: Travis Wood (24, LHP, 1-2, 5.73)
STL: Chris Carpenter (36, RHP, 0-2, 4.13)

Braves (9-12) @ Giants (10-9), 4:10pm
ATL: Tim Hudson (35, RHP, 2-2, 4.05)
SFG: Tim Lincecum (27, RHP, 2-1, 1.67)

Nationals (9-9) @ Pirates (8-10), 7:05pm
WSN: Livan Hernandez (36, RHP, 2-1, 2.88)
PIT: Jeff Karstens (28, RHP, 1-0, 4.50)

Rockies (13-6) @ Marlins (11-6), 7:10pm
COL: Jason Hammel (28, RHP, 1-1, 4.76)
FLA: Javier Vazquez (35, RHP, 1-1, 7.43)

Astros (7-13) @ Brewers (10-9), 7:10pm
HOU: Brett Myers (30, RHP, 1-0, 2.39)
MIL: Shaun Marcum (29, RHP, 2-1, 1.90)

Phillies (13-6) @ Padres (8-12), 8:35pm
PHI: Joe Blanton (30, RHP, 0-1, 7.27)
SDP: Tim Stauffer (29, RHP, 0-1, 3.27)
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby jsphlly » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:05 am

Had dropped Anibal during his Houston drubbing... hard to watch the highlights this morning. :,-(
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby bigh0rt » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:20 am

My opp. had Anibal yesterday... and Lester... and McClellan... and Holland. Unbelievable.
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby CharlatanSin » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:05 am

I'm sure I'm not the only one who invested heavily in Morrow this year, so all eyes should be on Toronto this afternoon.
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby smoovethug » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:25 am

Starting: Joe Blanton

Sitting: Javier Vazquez, Brett Myers.

Is it even worth owning Javi at this point in a deeper league? I know his velocity is down but even if it is, he can't continue to walk this many batters, right? And there's this tidbit that it might just be a 'mechanical flaw'.

The Marlins think Javier Vazquez's drop in velocity in his last start was the result of a mechanical flaw.
"I think he’s not loading like he was doing before with his lower body," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He went from 91 miles per hour [in his start in Houston] to 86, 87 [on Friday]. In my opinion, I don’t think that’s an arm problem. I think that’s a mechanical problem." Pitching coach Randy St. Claire is working with Vazquez to correct the issue. Rodriguez's hopes for Vazquez are still high despite a 7.43 ERA and 6/11 K/BB ratio over his first three starts. "I don’t think he’s been close yet to what he’s capable of doing," Rodriguez said. "And he’s still keeping us in the game. He’s going to help us a lot during the season.


I'm on the fence with Myers @ MIL. Brewers hitters have fared well against him and that nasty home/road split of last year doesn't scream confidence.
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby bigken117 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:29 am

I'm throwing Myers out there unless convinced otherwise.
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby thedude » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:41 am

Matsuzaka's start should be interesting tonight. Will he build on his last start, which was pretty darn dominant, will he be unable to find the strike zone, or will he serve up fastballs down the middle of the plate? I literally have no idea what to expect.
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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby AussieDodger » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:49 am

1 more start until you can put Moreland in the OF :-L

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Re: 4/23-4/24 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and Stre

Postby Bravos of Steel » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:04 pm

ESPN reporting Cuddyer starting at 2B today ;-D
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