big headlines from Wednesday include Justin Verlander‘s seventh straight win,
Gil Meche‘s 11-strikeout gem in Cleveland and Carlos Quentin‘s recovery
timetable being pushed back until after the All-Star break.
is this important?
Morrow no longer lurking in the shadows, Aardsma is the clear-cut closer in
Seattle, not just the guy whose name appears first during roll call.
great news for owners who were lucky enough to scoop him up a few weeks ago.
Saves are saves, and Aardsma deserves the chance. The guy owns a 1.84 ERA,
having converted all but one of his 11 save opportunities this season.
winning a closer job and keeping it are two different things.
Aardsma has both the imposing mound presence and the heavy fastball required of
good firemen, he’s yet to erase the control problems that have hampered him
throughout his five-year career.
you can argue that he strikes guys out (9.85 K/9 rate) and limits hits (.175
AVG against), but the righty’s strikingly high 6.5 BB/9 rate is cause for
legitimate concern. Sooner or later, the ball will start falling in more
frequently, as is made clear by his .247 batting average against on balls in
play. And when that happens, it’s only a matter of time before Aardsma’s back
in middle relief like so many past flavor-of-the-month closers.
you’ve held onto Aardsma for this long, now is the time to cash in your chips.
This is as good as it gets.
ERA fell below 6.00 for the first time in weeks Wednesday, as he struck out
seven Oakland hitters and walked two en route to his second consecutive quality
start. A buy-low opportunity could be
brewing here, as his next start comes against the powerless Pirates.
wait around any longer if Liriano’s rotation counterpart, Scott Baker, is still
available. He’s on a roll, racking up 28 strikeouts against two walks in his
last four starts.
an eye on Jorge De La Rosa, who whiffed eight Brewers batters and allowed two
earned runs Wednesday. Despite pitching for Colorado, he’s better than you
a brutal season debut, Jeremy Bonderman was bumped to the bullpen in favor of
you need a little speed at the hot corner, check out Ryan Roberts, who could deliver lightning in a bottle with Conor Jackson and Chad Tracy on the shelf.
scrappy Diamondback worth targeting is shortstop Stephen Drew, who went deep
Wednesday to extend his hit streak to 14 games.
Tulowitzki joined Drew on the better-late-than-never tour with his second homer
in three days.
Hardy, who’s in another slump (0-for-16) and hitting a paltry .219, could take
a few notes.
all knew Brad Hawpe could rake at Coors Field, but now the 12-game-streak
holder is doing it on the road, too.
bother waiting around for Dioner Navarro, whose .197 average is supported by an
equally frightening 3/26 BB/K ratio. He’s just not seeing the ball.