Results tagged ‘ Andrew Miller ’

Big names returning to fold

  • votto_sizemore_maggs.jpgWhile the 15-day disabled list grew
    larger Monday with the addition of Carlos Beltran and Ervin Santana, two big
    names returned to action on Tuesday: Grady Sizemore and Joey Votto, both of
    whom were officially activated just hours ago.


  • Ryan Howard will likely rejoin the
    Phillies lineup as the designated hitter after being hospitalized this past
    weekend because of “acute sinusitis.”


  • And then there’s the curious case
    of Magglio Ordonez, who’s been benched since June 17 by Tigers manager Jim
    Leyland in order to “get away from it.” The “it” he’s referring to is the pedestrian
    year Magglio is having (.273 AVG, 3 HR, 17 RBIs), as well as rumors surrounding
    his potential release/trade.


  • Also expected back are Cubs
    outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley after getting Monday off.


  • Other notable players hoping to
    crack Tuesday’s lineup include Justin Morneau (general body soreness), Jermaine
    (calf), Johnny Damon (calf), Yunel Escobar (hip), Adrian Beltre (shoulder),
    Mike Lowell (hip), Placido Polanco (leg), Jason Kubel (illness), Jason Giambi (body
    soreness), Ryan Garko (wrist), Russell Branyan (arm), Ken Griffey Jr. (knee), Chris
    B. Young
    (groin) and Scott Hairston (biceps).


  • CC Sabathia‘s availability hinges
    largely on Tuesday’s bullpen session. The Yankees ace reluctantly exited during
    the second inning of Sunday’s start against the Marlins because of biceps
    tendinitis. If all goes well, chances are he’ll make his next scheduled start
    June 26 against the Mets. A DL trip hasn’t been ruled out, either.


Three potential pickups:


Keep a close eye on Khalil Greene,
who seems to have overcome Sunday’s plunking and the social anxiety disorder
that sidelined a few weeks ago, having homered in three of five games since
returning from the 15-day DL.


Will the Tigers continue going with
Marcus Thames, who tagged three homers in two games last Thursday and Friday?
One can only hope so, considering how monstrous Thames was last June, when he
erupted for seven bombs in as many days.


Andrew Miller‘s improving command
was one of the hot topics of Monday’s spot starters of the week, and another
strong outing could make him an attractive waiver-wire option.


— Alex

Miller light strategy takes center stage


It pays to take chances every once
in a while.


Those of you who seized on last
week’s recommended spot-starters — namely, Ricky Romero and Dallas
— know exactly what I’m talking about.


And to those of you who went with Luke Hochevar instead, I don’t know what you’re
talking about.


But last week is last week. Let’s
check out this week’s slew of arms facing favorable matchups:


Andrew Miller, LHP, Marlins

Matchup: June 23 vs. Baltimore, at
Tampa Bay

Summary: Control has always been
Miller’s Achilles’ heel, but he seems to be making some good headway in that
area, illustrated by his 19/5 K/BB ratio in his last three starts and 17 1/3
innings. Look for continued progress when Miller plays host to the Orioles at
home, where he’s gone 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA this season compared to a 6.10 ERA
elsewhere. If your league allows daily roster moves, though, consider benching
him against the Rays later in the week. 


Brandon Morrow, RHP, Mariners

Matchup: June 24 vs. San Diego

Summary: Last week, Morrow struck
out six Padres and walked one in four innings of two-run ball, a fine, albeit unspectacular,
return to the Mariners rotation. This week, he again takes on the light-hitting
Padres, only this time at home, where he boasts a career 2.92 ERA against a
5.52 ERA on the road.


Brett Cecil, LHP, Blue Jays

Matchup: June 25 vs. Cincinnati

Summary: Replacing Roy Halladay in
the Blue Jays rotation might intimidate some starters, but Cecil took it in
stride, tossing seven innings of three-run ball against the Nationals over the
weekend. The 22-year-old lefty doesn’t garner the hype of, say, Tommy Hanson,
but make no mistake — he’s one of the top pitching prospects around. Plus,
four of his five starts have been quality starts, and he brings a 22/7 K/BB
ratio back to Toronto to square off against the middling Reds.


Brad Bergesen, RHP, Orioles

Matchup: June 26 vs. Washington

Summary: Without much fanfare,
Bergesen has been surprisingly effective in an otherwise ineffective Orioles
rotation, relying heavily on his sinker and a pitch-to-contact approach that’s
allowed him to last seven-plus innings in four of his last five starts. That
makes him an appealing target Friday, when he goes up against the last place
Nationals in Baltimore, where he’s gone 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and a 25/7 K/BB
this year.


Charlie Morton, RHP, Pirates

Matchup: June 26 vs. Kansas City

Summary: OK, so Morton doesn’t have
a ton of service time, and he’s just getting his feet wet in Pittsburgh after
being included in the Nate McLouth trade earlier this month. Still, if his
Minor League stint offers any clues (7-2, 2.51 ERA, 55/16 K/BB ratio), he’s
more than capable of holding his own against an uninspiring Royals lineup in


Jason Hammel, RHP, Rockies

Matchup: June 26 at Oakland

Summary: Pitchers typically hate
leaving home. Hammel, however, can’t get out of Colorado enough. And who blames him? He’s routinely gotten hammered at Coors Field (7.12 ERA), but continues to
excel everywhere else (2.06 ERA). Banking on more of the same could leave
owners pleasantly surprised Friday, when he visits Oakland to face an erratic
A’s lineup.


Alex Cushing,