Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rundown: Tim Hudson rings twice, Padres and Rockies at home

Brad Evans is off with his Vanilla Ice Tribute Band, so I'm skippering this ship for the rest of the season. Let's try to make sense of the coming week, and then we'll look back at some of the Friday happenings.

Double-Dips, National League, Aug. 15-21
1. Cliff Lee (Ari, at Was): At the moment, third best pitcher on staff
2. Tim Hudson (SF, Ari): Hudson Street: 2.71/1.04 at home
3. Yovani Gallardo (LA, at NY): Remarkably consistent last three years
4. Madison Bumgarner (at Atl, at Hou): Excellent in second half (2.66/1.03/42 Ks)
5. Cory Luebke (NY, Fla): Home ERA much higher, go figure
6. Mike Leake (at Was, at Pit): Better road numbers, two reasonable opponents
7. Randy Wolf (LA, at NY): Got them out of that Bonnie Situation
8. R.A. Dickey (at SD, Mil): With knucklers, who really knows?
9. Anibal Sanchez (at Col, at SD): Crazy ratios in second half despite 36 K, 6 BB
10. Ted Lilly (at Mil, at Col): Tough assignments for fly-baller
11. Jake Westbrook (at Pit, at Chi): Good week for Two Jakes
12. James McDonald (Stl, Cin): Still doing it but teammates have tanked
13. Chad Billingsley (at Mil, at Col): A once and forever tease
14. Aaron Harang (NY, Fla): Clipper Ship: 3.45/1.24 at home
15. Jonathan Sanchez (at Atl, at Hou): Two spotty starts since DL return
16. Josh Collmenter (at Phi, at Atl): Held up better than expected, but tough schedule
17. Ross Detwiler (Cin, Phi): Unlikely to work deep in either game
18. Clay Hensley (at Col, at SD): Heaven and Hell week
19. Rodrigo Lopez (at Hou, Stl): You're allowed to feel sorry for Cubs fans
20. Henry Sosa (Chi, SF): Another anonymous Astro
21. Kevin Millwood (Fla, LA): In Coors Field? Good luck with that

Double-Dips, American League, Aug. 15-21
1. Michael Pineda (Tor, at TB): Two strong starts after mini slump
2. Ubaldo Jimenez (at Chi, at Det): Dominated Tigers in previous meeting
3. Alexi Ogando (at LA, at Chi): I've been wrong on him all year
4. Gio Gonzalez (Bal, Tor): Loves the big yard: 2.21/1.19/.201 BAA
5. Gavin Floyd (Cle, Tex): ERA jumps over 7 on the South Side
6. Bartolo Colon (at KC, at Min): Careful here, Garcia status could complicate weekend plans
7. Derek Holland (at LA, at Chi): Out of a suitcase, a tidy 3.42/1.23
8. Ivan Nova (at KC, at Min): Out of nowhere he's won seven of eight turns
9. Rick Porcello (Min, Cle): Odd second half: 5.40 ERA, 2 BB, 20 K
10. Erik Bedard (TB, at KC): Hasn't gone past five innings for Sox yet
11. Henderson Alvarez (at Sea, at Oak): A good sleeper with that schedule
12. Wade Davis (at Bos, Sea): Hasn't figured out Sox in three career turns
13. Brad Mills (at Sea, at Oak): Maybe he'll be Ted Lilly some day
14. Nick Blackburn (at Det, NY): Vanilla all the way
15. Tommy Hunter (at Oak, at LA): Like you want to ride with Baltimore
16. Guillermo Moscoso (Bal, Tor): ERA is cheating the K/BB rate for now
17. Tyler Chatwood (Tex, Bal): Almost as many walks as strikeouts; nyet
18. Francisco Liriano (at Det, NY): I'm done with him for 2011
19. Danny Duffy (NY, Bos): He's been good in spots, but can't trust here
20. Felipe Paulino (NY, Bos): Sore back but cleared for Monday
21. Garrett Richards (Tex, Bal): 3.06/1.14 at Double-A

Working the Schedule

-- Homeboys: Angels 7, Athletics 7, Braves 7, Royals 7, Padres 7, Rockies 6, White Sox 6, Astros 6, Tigers 6, Nationals 6, Pirates 6

-- Awayboys: Yankees 7, Rangers 7, Blue Jays 7, Giants 7, Marlins 7, Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 6, Orioles 6, Indians 6, Reds 6

-- Mixed Bag: Red Sox 7 (one DH), Twins 7, Brewers 7, Mariners 6, Rays 6 (one DH), Phillies 6, Cubs 6, Mets 6

Obviously you'll want to jump on the Coors Field games where you can (the Marlins and the Dodgers are the opponents, three games each), and starts at Petco Park are wonderful streaming opportunities. Here are the seven pitchers San Diego will face in the coming week: R.A. Dickey, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Javier Vazquez, Brad Hand (Aloha), Clay Hensley, Anibal Sanchez.

About Last Night: With Huston Street going on the DL, Rafael Betancourt becomes the reliever of interest in Colorado. He's out there in 83 percent of Yahoo! leagues. ? Brennan Boesch (thumb) didn't play Friday and although he's called day-to-day, I have a feeling he won't play all weekend. This injury has "potential to linger" written all over it. ? Cole Hamels was topping out in the high-80s during Friday's start and he talked about a dead arm after the game. It sounds worse than it really is, gamers. ? Derrek Lee broke a bone in his left wrist, which means the Pirates will push Garrett Jones to first base. ? Surging Mike Carp had three hits and three RBIs against the Red Sox. He's earned a right to stick in this lineup, somewhere. ? Placido Polanco isn't sure yet if his hernia injury will require surgery. ? Michael Cuddyer (neck) is going to miss some time. He won't play Saturday. ? Chris Sale has stepped into the No. 2 role in Chicago and could steal the random save chance from Sergio Santos (though Santos has been terrific in the big chair). ? C.J. Wilson walked the walk in Oakland, allowing just one run over six innings en route to an easy win. ? J.J. Hardy homered twice at Baltimore and also made a couple of outstanding defensive plays. ? Carlos Zambrano threw batting practice against the Braves (five homers), then talked about retirement after the game. ? Stephen Strasburg was money in his second rehab start, working three scoreless innings at High-A and striking out five. He's still out there in 62 percent of Yahoo! groups, for some reason. Chase some upside. ? Wilson Betemit had a homer in Detroit's win. He's at .360/.407/.540 since joining the Tigers 15 games ago, making it work despite 21 strikeouts against just four walks. ? Shin-Soo Choo returned to the Cleveland lineup, going 1-for-4 with a single and strikeout out of the leadoff spot. He played the full game in right field. He needs a fast finish to save his messy season: he's at .244 .332 .352 through 73 games, with a piddly five homers. Remember, being patient with proven veterans always works ? except when it doesn't. ? If Sunday streams are on your mind, consider these chaps: Freddy Garcia (34 percent) against Tampa, Doug Fister (19 percent) at Baltimore, Dontrelle Willis (five percent) against San Diego and perhaps Tim Wakefield (three percent) at Seattle. I'd like to see a Kevin Slowey start or two before I jump in there; if Blackburn is Vanilla, I guess Slowey aspires to be Vanilla Bean.


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