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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/18/2008 6:35:00 PM
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Over the last two days, David Ortiz is 5-for-10 with three walks, three homers, five runs scored and eight RBI. Heís going to sit a little more frequently this season because of the balky knee, but any chance of buying low has officially dissipated. Despite the horrifically slow start, heís still on pace to finish with 35 HRs and 130 RBI.

Sundayís matchup between Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez featured the lowest combined ERAs of two starters in MLB history (through at least seven starts). Additionally, Volquez entered Sunday having started the season with eight straight games allowing one earned run or fewer, tying a major league record. All those walks will catch up to him eventually, but heís one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the game. Imagine if he ever becomes more than a two-pitch pitcher.

Iím not ready to call Howie Kendrick the next Rocco Baldelli, but thatís one slow-healing hamstring heís got there. He has batting title written all over him, but Kendrick simply canít stay healthy and is extremely slow to heal when hurt. Heís a frustrating talent.

Dating back to last season, Brandon Phillips has four more homers versus left-handers than he does righties, despite 304 fewer at-bats. Heís also batting nearly 100 points higher (.356 vs. .259) when facing southpaws. The end result is really all that should matter, but for some reason, I always feel less comfortable with players who rely so much on splits, especially when itís the side with fewer opportunities.

It canít hurt to at least see what Rich Harden brings back in a trade after another dominant start Saturday. Probably not much, but hey, heís now just 25 innings away from throwing the most he has since 2005.

Game 7 of the Cavs/Celtics series was the first time I got excited this postseason. Paul Pierce deserves a lot of credit, but Boston is not winning the title. It cannot be understated just how bad LeBron Jamesí supporting cast is. That team is truly awful. Jeff Van Gundy is by far my favorite color commentator in any sport.

With Jeff Clementís demotion to Triple-A, itís time to keep your eye on Jeremy Reed in deeper leagues. The former prospect has been tearing up minor league pitching this year, hitting .364/.432/.597 with six homers and six steals. Of course, an opportunity will need to open up, but Reedís still young enough to not be completely written off.

Ryan Howard arrested?! ďThe OfficeĒ finished an uneven season on a high note with its season finale. The Kevin storyline killed me.

Tough break for Jake Peavy owners. Petco Park aside, heís one of the gameís three best pitchers, but risk is always there with him. Hopefully, his latest setback isnít too serious, but itís definitely worrisome. Manager Bud Black did an excellent job keeping his pitch count down game-to-game last season, but consecutive years with more than 200 innings pitched was bound to catch up to someone as fragile as Peavy.

The Indians have zero home runs from their cleanup hitter this season. Meanwhile, the Marlins lead Major League Baseball in long balls. And who cares if the Yankees are currently in last place? Itís not like they wonít be in contention come September.

With Jason Isringhausen put out to pasture, Chris Perez needs to be closely monitored. With not a lot of top options in the Cardinalsí pen, the 2006 first round pick might emerge as the teamís best relief option over the second half of the season, so thereís some save potential. He had a 2.16 ERA with 21 Ks over 16.2 innings in Triple-A this season before getting called up.


Comments....

Kendrick looks to me like the hitting version of Rich Harden or Ben Sheets.

Peavy's injury doesn't sound good to me.
Posted by MPStopa at 5/18/2008 7:49:00 PM
 
Jeff Van Gundy's great.
Posted by cliss at 5/18/2008 11:26:00 PM
 
Here is one for you DDD.... pure value for the rest of 2008 - Manny Parra (who on 5/4 you said you were buying low on: since that statement, to your credit, he has had two of his better outings of the year [side note: that's not saying much]) or Chris Perez.

If you had to pick between those two right now the rest of the way and low RATIOS (whip/era) are equally important to Wins and Ks don't matter.... who do you take?


Posted by billgoofnow at 5/19/2008 5:49:00 AM
 
The bill is coming due for both Lee and Volquez. The first place guy in my league has them both and I am pulling my hair out watching them pitch.
Posted by skinsnut at 5/19/2008 6:32:00 AM
 
In a bunch of my leagues I've made it my mission to try and obtain Verlander, he's got to bounce back eventually. How easy is it to forget that Lebron is just 23. Will the Rockies turn to Herges is they trade Fuentes? Imagine Cleveland's record if their hitting was on par with their pitching. FYI there's a great UFC PPV this Saturday.
Posted by kevinccp at 5/19/2008 6:32:00 AM
 
If the Rockies trade Fuentes - look for Casey Weathers to come up and take the job that he is being groomed for
Posted by billgoofnow at 5/19/2008 6:38:00 AM
 
"In a bunch of my leagues" Classic poleagueamy. Does anyone play in one league out there? Anyone?
Posted by skinsnut at 5/19/2008 6:42:00 AM
 
billgoofnow - That's a much tougher call since Ks don't matter. On one hand, it's easier to post good ratios as a reliever than a starter, but Parra has been through the fire, while Perez may struggle his first time up. I'll go with Parra, but it's close.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/19/2008 7:22:00 AM
 
Kevin - I think Verlander bounces back as well, but just realize his velocity is down this season...Crazy to think LeBron is that age...Who's fighting Saturday night?
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/19/2008 7:24:00 AM
 
Here's the link, there are really 3 fights that could be the main event:

http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=eventDetail.FightCard&eid=1105

This is probably Tito Ortiz's last fight in the UFC, his contract is up and he hates Dana White. I'll be happy to see his girlfriend Sat night....
Posted by kevinccp at 5/19/2008 7:52:00 AM
 
I think you would be better off if you embraced the fact that Verlander is now, as we say colloquially, a bum.
Posted by tongonation at 5/19/2008 9:12:00 AM
 
I went and traded for/said the same thing about Sabathia a few weeks ago, I think this is along the same lines. Verlander as long as he is healthy will not end up with an ERA of 6, let's say he ends up at 4.5. To do that, he'll have to pitch in the upper 3s the rest of the year.
Posted by kevinccp at 5/19/2008 11:10:00 AM
 

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