Around the Majors: August 13

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The Chicago Cubs dominated a double header.  CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira continue to prove their teams made solid deadline deals.  John Maine made a succssful return from the DL, though the Mets offense made it easy and left no pressure on the bullpen.  Let’s take a look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games.

Home Runs:

  • Mark Teixeira – Los Angeles Angels – 2

RBI:

  • Geovanny Soto – Chicago Cubs – 4
  • Jim Edmonds – Chicago Cubs – 4
  • Vernon Wells – Toronto Blue Jays – 4
  • Mark Teixeira – Los Angeles Angels – 3
  • Aramis Ramirez – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Milton Bradley – Texas Rangers – 3
  • Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers – 3
  • Delmon Young – Minnesota Twins – 3
  • Daniel Murphy – New York Mets – 3
  • Wladimir Balentien – Seattle Mariners – 3

Runs:

  • Jim Edmonds – Chicago Cubs – 4
  • Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – 3
  • Mark DeRosa – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Aramis Ramirez – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Raul Ibanez – Seattle Mariners – 3
  • Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers – 3

Stolen Bases:

  • No one with more than 1 SB

Hits:

  • Troy Glaus – St. Louis Cardinals – 4
  • Aramis Ramirez – Chicago Cubs – 4
  • Ryan Theriot – Chicago Cubs – 4
  • Raul Ibanez – Seattle Mariners – 4
  • Jeff Kent – Los Angeles Dodgers – 4
  • Michael Young – Texas Rangers – 3
  • Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – 3
  • Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles – 3
  • Melvin Mora – Baltimore Orioles – 3
  • David Eckstein – Toronto Blue Jays – 3
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – Seattle Mariners – 3
  • Maicer Izturis – Los Angeles Angels – 3
  • Mark Teixeira – Los Angeles Angels – 3
  • Eric Hinske – Tampa Bay Rays – 3
  • Mark DeRosa – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Geovanny Soto – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Yunel Escobar – Atlanta Braves – 3
  • Omar Infante – Atlanta Braves – 3
  • Skip Schumaker – St. Louis Cardinals – 3
  • Daniel Murphy – New York Mets – 3
  • Brad Hawpe – Colorado Rockies – 3
  • Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers – 3
  • Russell Martin – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3

Wins:

  • Kevin Slowey – Minnesota Twins
  • Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox
  • Jeremy Guthrie – Baltimore Orioles
  • David Purcey – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox
  • Roy Corcoran – Seattle Mariners
  • Andy Sonnanstine – Tampa Bay Rays
  • Jason Marquis – Chicago Cubs
  • Rich Harden – Chicago Cubs
  • Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Braden Looper – St. Louis Cardinals
  • John Maine – New York Mets
  • Randy Wolf – Houston Astros
  • Taylor Buchholz – Colorado Rockies
  • CC Sabathia – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers

Saves:

  • Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins
  • Brandon League – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Troy Percival – Tampa Bay Rays
  • John Grabow – Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Chris Perez – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Brian Stokes – New York Mets
  • Brian Fuentes – Colorado Rockies

Strikeouts:

  • CC Sabathia – Milwaukee Brewers – 8
  • Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – 8
  • Justin Duchscherer – Oakland Athletics – 8
  • Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels – 7
  • Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox – 6
  • John Maine – New York Mets – 6
  • Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – 6
  • Joe Blanton – Oakland Athletics – 6
  • Andy Sonnanstine – Tampa Bay Rays – 6

Notes:

  • Delmon Young went 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.  That’s his second straight game with a 3-run HR, going 5-9 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 4 R.  He has certainly not lived up to expectations, but that certainly is a great couple of days for owners who have been extremely stubborn and stuck with him. 
  • It was a solid start for Kevin Slowey, who went 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 1.  I haven’t hidden my opinion on Slowey, who despite his numbers, is not a player that I would recommend using.  He seems to have the ability to get blown out any time he takes the mound, and that type of uncertainty is a risk I’d rather not take.
  • There isn’t much to say about the Yankees, who were playing without Derek Jeter.  They just didn’t have much offense, wrapping up a terrible road trip.
  • Kevin Youkilis is currently on a 4-game hitting streak, having gone 3-4 with 2 RBI and 3 R.  Over the streak, he’s gone 8-18 with 2 HR, 7 RBI and 6 R.
  • Jon Lester continues to get the job done, improving to 11-4 with a 3.25 ERA.  He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6, over 7.1 innings.  He did allow a HR to Ian Kinsler (1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).
  • Anthony Reyes was strong again for the Indians, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, though he failed to strikeout a batter, over 6 innings.  Unfortunately, it was in a losing effort, as he was outpitched by Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4, over 7 innings.  Reyes certainly should not be considered a top option, but those in keeper leagues with deep benches should stash him away.  I already have, and hopefully I’ll reap those benefits down the line.
  • Aubrey Huff went 2-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  That gives him 3 HR in his last 4 games, as he just continues to perform significantly better then expected this season.
  • Nick Markakis (3-4, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Melvin Mora (3-5, 1 R) also helped to contribute to the victory.
  • I’ve talked abou David Purcey before as a potential sleeper, and performances like last night are the reason why.  He improved to 2-3 after tossing 6 shutout innings, giving up 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4.  He has the potential for more K’s as well, so this former first-round pick has plenty of upside and is worth considering in the deepest of formats immediately.  I’d take the gamble myself.
  • Vernon Wells provided all the offense the Blue Jays would need, going 1-3 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.
  • While no player lit it up offensively, it was Mark Buehrle who is the one player worth discussing from the White Sox-Royals game.  He evened his record at 10-10 with a 3.77 ERA after throwing 7 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits and 0 walks, striking out 5.  That’s back-to-back fantastic starts, after giving up just 1 run against the Red Sox in his last outing.  The next start comes against the Mariners, and at this point, that’s a start that I certainly would use him for.
  • Raul Ibanez should be owned in all formats.  He went 4-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 3 R, and all he seems to do is produce.  He’s now on a 4-game hitting streak, having gone 8-19.  He’s hitting .292 for the season with 19 HR and 82 RBI.
  • When the Angels acquired Mark Teixeira, they were hoping he would provide a jolt to their offense, and he certainly has done just that.  Having gone 3-6 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R last night, he’s hitting .340 with 4 HR and 13 RBI since the trade.  He always seems to have a big 2nd half, doesn’t he?  Why should this season be any different.
  • Ervin Santana and Felix Hernandez made for a fun match-up, with both pitchers pitching alright, though not factoring in the decision.  Santana went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7.  Hernandez went 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8.  Each allowed 1 HR.
  • Francisco Rodriguez had a chance to shut the door, but blew the save, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk, over 0.1 innings.  He’s an elite closer, and this just happens from time to time.
  • It was a good pitching match-up between Andy Sonnanstine and Justin Duchscherer, with Sonnanstine getting the better of it.  Sonnanstine went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6.  Duchscherer, meanwhile, went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 2.  I’m not the biggest Sonnanstine fan, and think he should be the one who ultimately gets bumped from the rotation in favor of David Price.  I wouldn’t put too much stock in the showing against the A’s.
  • The recently recalled Eric Patterson provided all of the offense for the A’s, gong 1-2 with 2 RBI.  If he’s going to get regular AB, he could prove useful to those in 5 OF formats.
  • The Rays offense came courtesy of the long-ball, for the most part.  Carlos Pena (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB) and Eric Hinske (3-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) each contributed with a solo HR.
  • The Cubs got good pitching en route to sweeping a double header.  First, it was Jason Marquis, who went 5.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 1.  Then it was Rich Harden, who threw 5 shutout innings giving up 2 hits and 5 walks, striking out 2.
  • Geovanny Soto only got to play in one game of the double header, but he made the most of it, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  That is his first HR since 7/25, but that shouldn’t change things.  He has emerged as a must start catcher in all formats.
  • Other Cubs who had a big day was Jim Edmonds (2-6, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R) and Aramis Ramirez (4-8, 3 RBI, 3 R).
  • Coming off a start in which he struck out 10 over 7 shutout innings, it was obvious that Paul Maholm would have to fall off a bit, right?  Yeah, he didn’t pitch to the same type of line, but it was another extremely strong start.  He went 8 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and 0 walks, striking out 5.  He’s now 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA and certainly has value in all formats.
  • Brandon Moss went 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R.  He hadn’t had a multi-hit game since 8/4 and hadn’t homered since 8/3.  He has the potential for those in 5 OF’er formats, but he certainly isn’t there quite yet.
  • After going 0-8 over his past 2 games, Jay Bruce went 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  Without Adam Dunn & Ken Griffey Jr., Bruce is someone to watch in the Reds line-up.   It’ll be interesting to see how he copes with being one of the main bats in the Reds line-up.
  • Ricky Nolasco gave up plenty of hits, but the results were not all that bad, giving up 2 runs on 10 hits and 0 walks, striking out 5, over 6 innings.  That performance was good enough for a no decision, as he was outpitched by Braden Looper, who gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5, over 7 innings.  I’ll admit, I was not a believer in Looper, but at 11-9 with a 4.07 ERA, he’s got some value to those in deeper formats.  Still, he’s a pitcher I feel, so I will avoid him, but if you need someone, he’s a player you could use.
  • Mike Jacobs has 7 RBI over his 5 games after going 2-4 with 2 RBI last night.  The average hurts a bit, but he does give you some power, making him an interesting option at the CI spot.
  • Troy Glaus went 4-4 with 1 RBI and 1 R.  He’s been hit or miss lately, having gone 3-5 with 2 HR on 8/9, but then went 1-7 in the next 2 games before last night.
  • John Maine returned from the DL for the Mets and looked good, despite struggling with his control.  A huge lead, however, certainly made things a bit easier.  He threw 90 pitches over 5 shutout innings, giving up 1 hit and 4 walks, striking out 6.  I’d feel comfortable putting him back in your line-up in all formats.
  • Daniel Murphy (3-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Fernando Tatis (2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) certainly aren’t names that people would have expected to be main contributors for the Mets prior to the season.  However, their names just always seem to be in the mix for them.  Since being recalled, Murphy is hitting .467.  At this point, Tatis has to be seen as having value in leagues that require 5 OF’ers, as he has cemented his spot, even upon Ryan Church’s return (if that ever happens).
  • I was very critical of the Astros acquisition of Randy Wolf, and I still am.  I know he pitched well last night, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3, over 7 innings.  He was coming off a start where he gave up 4 runs over 6 innings, however, so it’s not like it has all been good.  Plus, the Astros just aren’t going anywhere, so I’m still not sure why they were buying.
  • Ty Wigginton batting leadoff?  Well, it worked, as he went 2-4 with 1 RBI and 1 R.
  • I won’t say that Jeff Francis has redeemed himself and should be used in all formats, because it’s just not true.  His start last night was significantly better then his first off the DL, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2, over 6 innings.  He’s worth watching, however, because he has the potential to really help you out over the last 6 weeks of the season.
  • The Rockies got help from a trio of HR: Clint Barmes (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R), Brad Hawpe (3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Ian Stewart (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  Hawpe is 8-15 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R over his last 4 games.
  • Doug Davis was better, but he’s not worth using and honestly should no longer be in the rotation.  He went 5 innings yesterday giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4.
  • What is left to say about CC Sabathia.  After giving up 1 run on 9 hits and 1 walk, striking out 8, over 7 innings, he’s 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA since his trade to Milwaukee.  I’d say the Brewers got their monies worth.
  • Corey Hart went 3-5 with 3 RBI and 1 R.  He’s 8-20 with 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R and 3 SB over his last 5 games.  I wonder how much higher he’ll go on draft day ’09?
  • Brad Penny just didn’t have it, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4, over 3 innings.  Three of the hits were HR: Jayson Werth (1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R), Ryan Howard (1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Greg Dobbs (2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R).  Just leave him on your bench until he proves useful as he returns from the DL.  His first start was good, but that was against the Giants.  The next comes against the Rockies, so who knows.  I wouldn’t use him.
  • Joe Blanton was subpar as well, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6, over 5 innings.
  • The Dodgers got good games from Andre Ethier (2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R), Jeff Kent (4-5, 2 RBI, 1 R), Manny Ramirez (1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Nomar Garciaparra (1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  Nomar’s shot was a walk-off.  Kent has RBI in 5 of his last 6 games now.

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