.: Around the MLB :.
Is Buttholes' Spitter the name of the next big alternative/grunge/emo rock band? If it isn't, it should be. Recently accused alleged spitballer Clay Buttholes struck out 9 last night, though he lasted just 6 innings and allowed 4 Earned Runs. It was Clay's shortest and least productive outing this season. The writing is on the wall, folks. Sell now or regret later. This guy isn't a good pitcher. Never has been.
Andrew Cash-Daddy threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 4, and apparently was not squeezed last night. This is the other side of the double edged sword that circulates him. He's going to have outings like last night, and others like he showed against the Cubs last week. As an owner, I'm hoping for more of the former, and less of the latter.
Cliff Lee looked back in-form last eve, going 8 strong innings against a heavily favored Giants team who had Madison Bumgarner toe their rubber. Lee fanned 6 and, surprise surprise, issued zero walks. That's 40 K and 7 BB on the season now. He's 3 - 2 on the year. Last year he earned his 3rd Win on AUGUST 26TH
In my team's news, I sent away Evan Gattis & Alexi Ogando for Matt Wieters & Marco Estrada. For some reason I'm a big Estrada guy, and felt like he was a decent buy low option. The other owner had an offer of Will Middlebrooks for Wieters on the table, and with Yadier Molina being his primary Catcher, was looking to get whatever he could. He's an Ogando guy the way I'm an Estrada guy, so it worked out. Lots of question marks surrounding both pitchers, so we'll see how it shakes out. The trade is also set to execute after I get Ogando's start @HOU this week -- a condition I requested.
The aforementioned Gattis started in LF for the Braves yesterday, batting 5th. Atlanta seems to be sticking to their word to get his bat in the lineup by any means necessary, even with the return of Brian McCann. Gattis swings about as hard as anybody I've ever seen, and seems to struggle with off-speed stuff. Today could be a good match up for him, though, facing strong arm Homer Bailey at The Great American Ballpark; if he gets the start, that is.
Ben Zobrist is set to return to the Rays' lineup today after missing two days to attend a funeral.
Last, but certainly not least -- Happy Matthew Edward Harvey Day!.: Around the Cafe :.
Check out the Week 6 Cafe Podcast
which centers, for a stretch at least, around the debacle that is the Blue Jays' starting rotation. The heavy pre-season favorites are just 12 - 21 (lol), yet in their typical confines of being a laughing stock of the league. John Buck called, he said thanks for trading him back to civilization. On the bright side, though, Toronto does have RA Dickey, owner of a 5.36 ERA and 5 Losses... He's the pitcher they need, not the pitcher they deserve... Wait, I think another passed ball just scooted through Arencabia's legs... Don't forget to also check out the Blue Jays FAIL Thread
. Now that mweir has stopped in, it should start to get interesting sooner than later. On a serious note, if you guys haven't been listening to the Podcasts, you definitely should. They do a very nice job with it, and I am working on being a guest as soon as the academic year ends and I've got the time.Luis Valbuena
has become the most recent future dud/bust/disappointment that AussieDodger is plugging. He will join the ranks of players such as Dom Brown and Dillon Gee, and countless other players buried in the Free Agency ranks of even your deepest league.The Closer Thread
continues to heat up, with injuries(?) to Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan, ineffectiveness of Fernando Rodney (and lack of prospective replacements), the looming return of Fujikawa in the Windy City, and more. One of the most incredible resources we have here at the Cafe -- stop by. Learn. Educate. Participate. Just don't tell me what Mariano Rivera got a 1-2-3 Save, and that it helped you win your H2H match up. I couldn't care less..: Today's Match Ups :.
KC: Santana (3-1, 2.00 ERA)
BAL: Chen (2-3, 3.50 ERA)
DET: Sanchez (3-2, 1.82 ERA)
WSH: Zimmermann (5-1, 1.64 ERA)
OAK: Milone (3-3, 3.69 ERA)
CLE: McAllister (2-3, 3.30 ERA)
SEA: Harang (1-3, 8.68 ERA)
PIT: McDonald (2-2, 5.76 ERA)
MIN: Diamond (2-2, 3.97 ERA)
BOS: Dempster (2-2, 3.00 ERA)
ATL: Medlen (1-4, 3.38 ERA)
CIN: Bailey (1-3, 3.38 ERA)
TOR: Happ (2-2, 3.98 ERA)
TB: Hernandez (1-4, 5.28 ERA)
CHW: Santiago (1-1, 2.29 ERA)
NYM: Harvey (4-0, 1.56 ERA)
LAA: Wilson (3-0, 4.04 ERA)
HOU: Lyles (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
STL: Lynn (5-0, 2.75 ERA)
CHC: Wood (2-2, 2.50 ERA)
TEX: Grimm (2-1, 2.28 ERA)
MIL: Peralta (2-2, 6.00 ERA)
NYY: Kuroda (4-1, 2.25 ERA)
COL: De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18 ERA)
ARI: McCarthy (0-3, 7.22 ERA)
LAD: Beckett (0-4, 5.24 ERA)
MIA: Sanabia (2-4, 4.67 ERA)
SD: Stults (2-2, 5.08 ERA)
PHI: Kendrick (3-1, 2.43 ERA)
SF: Lincecum (2-1, 4.41 ERA)