Archive for August 31, 2008

Afternoon Roundup (Zambrano, September call-ups & more)

Plenty of news on September call-ups, as well as a few other notes:

  • According to Dave Van Dyck of The Chicago Tribune (click here for the post) is reporting that Sean Marshall started in place of Carlos Zambrano today.  Zambrano has apparently been suffering from a “tired arm” and will instead go Tuesday or Wednesday, with Jason Marquis remaining scheduled to start tomorrow.  It’s certainly not good news, but hopefully he’ll be able to return early this week without a problem.
  • In addition, Van Dyck is reporting that “Rich Harden’s next scheduled start has been pushed back, perhaps until next weekend”.  We’ll have to wait and see when he officially will go.
  • Bart Hubbach of The New York Post (click here for the post) is reporting that the Mets will recall the following players tomorrow when the rosters expand:
    • Marlon Anderson (Util)
    • Argenis Reyes (2B)
    • Ramon Martinez (INF)
    • Gustavo Molina (C)
    • Carlos Muniz (P)
    • Jon Niese (P) – who was officially named the starter for Tuesday, which you can see here.  The start comes against the Brewers and is his major league debut, so I definitely wouldn’t use him but he’s worth watching. 
    • Robert Parnell (P)
    • Al Reyes (P)
    • Ricardo Rincon (
  • In a separate post (click here) notes that Fernando Martinez will not be among the players recalled.  He’s considered the team’s top prospect, but there is little chance he’d get to play with the number of OF’ers the team is already shuffling around.  He’s worth owning in long-term keeper leagues, but that’s about it. Read more

Morning Roundup (Kinsler, September call-ups, Maholm & more)

A few notes for everyone:

  • The Star-Telegram (click here for the article) is reporting that Ian Kinsler has “hit a plateau” while recovering from a sports hernia and won’t be back sooner then August 9.  With that said, all you can do is leave him on your bench and wait.  It sounds like he’s going to be back, which certainly is better news then what was originally thought, so stay patient.
  • The Star-Telegram is also reporting that the Rangers may skip Scott Feldman’s next start.  No big loss anyways.  They also note that “Kevin Millwood will stay on his regular rest and start Friday”.
  • The Pirates are adding Ross Ohlendorf to their rotation, going with a 6-man rotation, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (click here for the article).  In regards to the team’s ace, Paul Maholm, “manager John Russell was careful to map out a plan that keeps left-hander Paul Maholm more or less on his normal routine”.  We’ll just have to see how it plays out. Read more

Around the Majors: August 30

Michael Bowden impressed in his major league debut.  Josh Anderson is emerging as a player worth considering.  Ubaldo Jimenez showed why I wouldn’t use him.  Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games.

Home Runs:

  • Manny Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers – 2
  • Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals – 2
  • Rany Winn – San Francisco Giants – 2
  • Jayson Worth – Philadelphia Phillies – 2


  • Mike Cameron – Milwaukee Brewers – 4
  • Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals – 4
  • Jayson Werth – Philadelphia Phillies – 4 Read more

Evening Roundup (Chamberlain, Gregg out, Kent and more)

A few notes before you get to sleep on this holiday weekend:

  • Despite saying he was ready to return, Yankees manager said “that it will be best to wait until tomorrow to see how Chamberlain feels” according to Mark Herman of New York Newsday (click here for the post).  As Herman points out, it seems apparent that upon his return (he threw 35 pitches off the mound today), it is going to be in the pen.
  • According to Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel (click here for the post), “The Marlins have shut down struggling closer Kevin Gregg due to a balky left knee”.  He says that Matt Lindstrom and Arthur Rhodes could see time as the closer, depending on the situation.  I would take the flyer on Lindstrom if it were me if you are in need of saves. Read more

A closer look at Michael Bowden

As promised, let’s take a closer look at Michael Bowden, who is set to make his major league debut this evening.  He has been winless since his promotion to Triple A, going 0-3 in 7 games (6 starts).  That’s only part of the story, however, as he has posted a 3.38 ERA over 40 innings, allowing 40 hits and 5 walks, striking out 29.  That is amazing control, and to make it even more impressive, 3 of the walks came in one start.

Overall this season, he’s 9-7 with a 2.62 ERA in 144.1 innings.  He’s allowed 112 hits and 29 walks, striking out 130.  That is good for a WHIP of 0.98, a number he clearly won’t be able to repeat at the major league level.  Still, he’s been doing it for long enough as last season he posted a WHIP of 1.27.  Less impressive?  Of course, but still a number that any fantasy owner would love to see. 
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Jonathan Niese confirmed for Tuesday start?

According to David Lennon of New York Newsday (click here for the post) says that a “team official pretty much confirmed last night that Jon Niese will start Tuesday against the Brewers after he was lifted from Friday’s game in New Orleans after 2 2/3 innings”.  He threw 65-pitches in that outing, giving up 0 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks, striking out 1.

Since being promoted to Triple A, Niese has made 7 starts going 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA over 39.2 innings.  He’s allowed 34 hits and 14 walks, striking out 32.

Overall in the minors this season he’s 11-8 with a 3.13 ERA over 164 innings.  He has pitched to a solid 1.28 WHIP while striking out 144.  I’ve given you my skepticism on him in the past, but I have been surprised with the way he’s thrown thus far at Triple A.  He should not be seen as a huge prospect, but he’s the best the Mets have right now and it should be interesting to see what he does against the high-powered Brewers line-up.  I certainly wouldn’t use him for this first start, but if he pitches well and sticks in the rotation, he could prove usable down the stretch pitching for a contender.

He’s worth the flyer in keeper leagues and the deepest of mixed leagues, but only as a reserve at this point.