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Last Night Rewind
- Carl Crawford was removed from yesterday's game with a sore throwing shoulder. The Rays do not believe that this is anything long term, but Crawford is not expected to be in the lineup on Friday night. There are suspicions that he may in fact miss Saturday as well. Tampa also wised up and optioned their third catcher, Dioner Navarro, to Triple-A Durham.
- Adam Wainwright had his worst outing of the season last night as he was chased after four innings by the Blue Jays. The starter gave up all five runs (four earned) on six hits and allowed three home runs. The loss dropped his record to 3-5 on the road this season, and he has now allowed eight of his nine home runs away from home this season.
- Dustin Pedroia had the game of his life last night. Pedroia went 5-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI and four runs scored. He is now hitting .378 in June with four home runs and 16 RBI to go along with six stolen bases. The early season struggles seem to be a thing of the past. Now it's a laser show. Relax.
- How many starters do you know that have allowed three earned runs in their last 29 innings but are winless in four starts? Gavin Floyd is one of them. Floyd worked seven innings yesterday and struck out nine while walking only one and allowing two hits. The problem is that the White Sox did not bother to score until the bottom of the eighth. Keep an eye on him though, as he seems to have turned the corner.
- Looks like Erik Bedard may make his season debut on July 6th. Bedard, probably the biggest free agent bust since Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton, has been working out and rehabbing to get himself back into pitching shape. Course, I will believe he is taking the mound when I actually see it for myself.
- Pedroia has struggled against lefties this season, hitting just .232. His June has been impressive, but this is a stat worth noting. Jonathan Sanchez was trouble during his last outing because of command issues and high pitch counts, but he has been solid most of the year. At home, batters are hitting only .190 against him this season.
- Nick Swisher is just 1-for-15 against Vicente Padilla and Alex Rodriguez is only 2-for-12. Good numbers come in the 4-for-11 of Robinson Cano and the 4-for-10 of Derek Jeter. Not much to note on Padilla overall, as this is just his second start since April 22nd. Avoid him against the New York offense.
- Derrek Lee and Ryan Theriot have really struggled against Jake Peavy. Lee is just 3-for-20 while Theriot is 2-for-14. Alfonso Soriano is 7-for-19 with three home runs and Kosuke Fukudome is 4-for-10 in his trips to the plate as well. Peavy is coming off a solid performance and is 2-1 in June. In his three starts, he has allowed a total of four runs in 23 innings.
- Andy Oliver will get the ball for Detroit in place of Rick Porcello. Oliver is not as highly touted as his draft class mate Stephen Strasburg, but he has been fast tracked to the majors just as quickly. Oliver has the ability and with no one knowing how he can pitch holds a decided advantage in this one. Great sleeper pickup in deeper leagues.
- It seems that every time I put this together, I get to say something nice about Jhonny Peralta. Unfortunately, I am probably the only one thinking anything nice about him, and that includes most Tribe fans. Peralta is a .300 hitter in 20 at-bats against Aarong Harang. Look for him to continue the hot streak in this matchup.
- Three decent numbers against Jeff Suppan for the Royals. Jose Guillen is 10-for-27 with seven RBI and Scott Podsednik is 6-for-16. Even Jason Kendall checks in at .292 in 24 at-bats with a home run. Suppan's numbers have been ugly this season, and the Royals know him pretty well. Look for them to take advantage of that with Greinke on the mound.
- At this point, the White Sox have seen a fair amount of Carlos Zambrano. Andruw Jones is 3-for-20 and Juan Pierre is 7-for-32. Paul Konerko is 8-for-28, which may be good for only a .286 average, but he does have four home runs. A.J. Pierzynski is a .300 hitter in 20 at-bats. If Zambrano has struggled anywhere, it has been on the road, where he has a 6.91 ERA.
- Kevin Slowey has given up 12 runs in his last 6.1 innings over two starts. He has managed to strike out eight and walk only two but has given up four home runs. On the road this season he is 3-1, but batters are hitting .349 against him and his ERA is 5.83.
- Zack Greinke has given up at least three runs in each of his last four outings. Batters are hitting .318 against him at home, and he is just 1-2 in June. To top it off, he has already allowed 13 home runs this season after giving up only 11 all of last year.
- Spot Starts: Oliver, Lincoln, Richard
- Some good numbers in Baltimore for the Orioles against Livan Hernandez. Miguel Tejada is 7-for-19 while Ty Wiggington is 7-for-21. Only trouble spots would come in the form of the 1-for-10 of Nick Markakis and the 4-for-21 of Garrett Atkins. It is possible the Orioles use the 8-for-20 of Julio Lugo, but that does not mean you should.
- Limited numbers for the Marlins against Jon Garland, but not many of them good. Jorge Cantu is worth a look with his 6-for-13 mark but that is as good as it gets. Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-11 and both Dan Uggla and Chris Coghlan are 2-for-10. Garland has struggled to 1-3 in June and is tough to start on the road with his 4.39 ERA away from home, but he has already beaten the Marlins once this season.
- Keep an eye on A.J. Burnett. He had left the Yankees to return to Arkansas to be with family. He is expected to rejoin the team for his start on Saturday, but it would be worth monitoring. Owners may want to bench him regardless given that Burnett has given up 23 earned runs in his last 20 innings of work in his last four starts.
- Carlos Silva missed his last start on Thursday but is expected to get the call on Saturday against the White Sox. Silva has held Mark Kotsay and Alex Rios in check. Kotsay is 4-for-24 against the Cubs' starter while Rios is 4-for-22. A.J. Pierzynski has some good numbers at 8-for-29 with two home runs. Silva is dealing with a hamstring issue and this may be a spot where owners in a good position for the week may want to sit him in a daily league.
- Get your Cardinals in the lineup on Saturday. Kyle Davies for some reason or another remains in the Kansas City rotation. Davies has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last five starts and has walked 18 batters over that span while striking out 13. His numbers are miserable and he is just 1-3 on the road this season with an ERA over 5.00.
- Andy Pettitte has been lights out lately, but there are a couple of good numbers for the Dodgers to hang their hats on. Manny Ramirez has raked against Pettitte, hitting .416 in 77 at-bats with four home runs and 20 RBI. Garrett Anderson is a .402 hitter in 82 at-bats. Rafael Furcal is 1-for-12 and Reed Johnson is 1-for-11.
- The Blue Jays get to play their home games in Philly this weekend, and they may get some good home cookin' facing Jamie Moyer. Vernon Wells is a .326 hitter with two home runs in 43 at-bats while Aaron Hill is 10-for-23 with three home runs himself. Lyle Overbay, John McDonald, and Jose Molina are all hitting better than .350 in at least 15 at-bats a piece.
- If Crawford is back in the lineup on Sunday, he makes a decent play against Rodrigo Lopez and the Diamondbacks. Crawford is a .286 hitter in his trips to the plate with a home run. Hank Blalock is 7-for-15 and Carlos Pena is a .308 hitter in 13 at-bats.
- Not many numbers for the Rangers against Roy Oswalt, but too good ones should make owners feel better. Ian Kinsler is 6-for-13 against him with a home run and Michael Young is a .306 hitter in 36 at-bats. Vladimir Guerrero has struggled to a 1-for-9 mark. Oswalt is 4-1 on the road this season with a 1.50 ERA and has given up two runs in seven innings in each of his last three starts.
- Spot Starts: Vargas, Arroyo, Fister, Scherzer, Cahill