Tag:Dustin Moseley
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:08 pm
 

On Deck: AL Central getting tight



By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Tigers prowl: With Cleveland's loss to the Twins on Wednesday, the Tigers are within a game of the American League Central lead. Detroit can't take over first with a win on Wednesday, but they can inch to a half-game out of first with a win over Texas in Arlington on Wednesday. Lefty Phil Coke is expected to be activated from the DL in time to face right-hander Alexi Ogando, who beat the Tigers with a two-hitter through seven innings in April. Ogando has yet to lose a decision as a starter. Tigers at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

David OrtizRetaliation time? Nobody expects A.J. Burnett to bean David Ortiz right off the bat -- but he may smoke him inside just to get his attention. It's nice to have some actual bad blood between these two teams again. For two long the rivalry has been pretty boring -- but with Joe Girardi complaining about Ortiz's bat flip on Tuesday, things could get interesting. Or at least more interesting.  Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

RockiesWelcome back: Everything's coming up Rockies today -- the team gets Aaron Cook back and he faces a team he's traditionally pitched well against. In his career he's 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA at Petco Park and is 14-4 against the Padres overall. They're also facing Dustin Moseley, who his pitching well this season, going 2-6 with a 3.00 ERA and has allowed three or fewer runs in 10 of his last 12 starts. However, Moseley was rocked by the Rockies on May 13, allowing six runs in four innings of a loss at Coors Field. Rockies at Padres, 6:35 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 10:52 am
 

Pepper: Mets on verge of accepting ownership bid

By Evan Brunell

SO THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW OWNER: OK, so technically a new Mets minority owner, but the move could have lasting implications.

Sources say that former commodities trader Ray Bartoszek and investor Anthony Lanza have been chosen as the preferred bidders for the available stake in the Mets' franchise. The new owners will have a say in the team's finances and path forward, as incumbent owner Fred Wilpon has promised. And if Wilpon is forced to sell the team -- a distinct possibility -- it's likely that Bartoszek and Lanza will emerge as the new owners.

It's unclear how much stake the new owners will receive, but the cost is expected to be around $200 million for up to a 49 percent stake and a deal is extremely close. First, though, negotiations on whether the minority group can purchase a small stake in SportsNet New York has to be ironed out, but could be the necessary final piece for the deal as 49 percent may not be justifiable enough for $200 million given the Mets' debt problems.

Bartoszek previously headed up oil trading for the world's biggest commodity trader, Glencore International, while Lanza is an owner of Carriage House Partners, a private equity firm. (New York Post)

100 PERCENT
: Unsurprisingly, Carlos Beltran disagrees with Fred Wilpon's comments that he's 65-to-70 percent. "I'm 100 percent," Beltran said. And he's playing like it. (Newsday)

FIGGINS SLOWLY IMPROVING
: Chone Figgins has been a shell of his former self since arriving in Seattle, but skipper Eric Wedge thinks things are getting better. "I feel like he's been a little bit more aggressive,'' Wedge said. "I feel like he's starting to make better contact. More firm." It's still way too early to think about Figgins finally delivering on his contract, but any step forward is positive. (Seattle Times)

STREAK SNAPPED
: CC Sabathia hurled a complete game victory Tuesday, coming away with the win. It was his first complete game win since May 8, 2009... and also the first Yankees complete-game winner since. That's the longest streak in AL history for a stretch in-between complete-game wins at 341 games. (New York Daily News)

NEW CLOSER
: Until Andrew Bailey returns, Grant Balfour will be the new closer in Oakland, replacing Brian Fuentes after the flap Fuentes created with his comments Tuesday. Too bad no one let Balfour know. (MLB.com)

ODDITY: Here's something interesting: Curtis Granderson has smacked 16 home runs and four triples, an impressive feat so far. But it's been all or nothing, as his four doubles pop out, a rare occurrence. After all, if you hit for power, you'll have your fair share of doubles. Granderson's doubles account for just one-sixth of his extra base hits, and only two other players in history have more extra-base hits than him with a similar 1/6 ratio of doubles: Mark McGwire in 2001 and Wes Covington in 1957. (Baseball Reference)

ONE MORE: Orioles starter Brian Matusz agrees that he needs one more rehab start, so will pitch for Triple-A on Friday. But after that, he's expected to push to return to the staff for a June 1 start, which will mark his season debut. (MASN Sports)

NEW DODGER: Top prospect Rubby De La Rosa received the call to the majors, surprising the Double-A starting pitcher, who will pitch in relief. While the Dodgers contend his future is in the rotation, de la Rosa was needed to shore up a bullpen besieged by injuries and ineffectiveness. De la Rosa has the talent to emerge as closer in L.A., and the team is still in the postseason hunt, so the promotion does make some sense. (Los Angeles Times)

YER OUTTA HERE! Ned Yost isn't going to get tossed from a game anytime soon -- unless he feels one of his players are being disrespected --  but that will change in coming years. "This is the time, with a young club, that you set the tone," Yost said. "I don't want these guys complaining and moaning. An umpire's call is an umpire's call and it doesn't get changed. It's doesn't do anybody any good to whine or cry about it. So, if I'm yelling, moaning and screaming on every call, naturally they're going to follow my lead. So it's important to me, right now, to accept the umpire's calls. ... But disrespect a player one time and I'm gone." Also in the link: Stories about how the Royals are trying to help those affected by the devastating Joplin, Mo. tornado. (MLB.com)

BRING IT IN: Is it time for the Padres to bring in the fences at Petco Park? Petco has become the anti-Coors Field, and even Coors is no longer an offensive haven thanks to the effects of the humidor. There appears to be a growing groundswell to fix Petco, and it would be as simple as moving the fences in. No one advocates making Petco a hitter's park, but moving the fences in would only even the playing field just a bit -- and that's all one needs. (Rob Neyer)

FIRST WIN: Alfredo Simon nailed his first win of the season thanks to an Adam Jones walk-off home run. A relieved Simon was thrilled after the game as it was his first win since last season. He has been dealing with a murder charge in his native country since the winter and still isn't out of the woods yet. (MASN Sports)

NEW GRIP: Dustin Moseley has been a nice piece of the Padres so far this year, but the righty can't sit on his laurels when there's more to be done. He tweaked his changeup, which earned positive results after Monday's game. (MLB.com)

PATROLLING THE OUTFIELD: Josh Hamilton believes he could start playing the outfield immediately but will be held back until this weekend, where he is expected to return to left field. Once he has several games under his belt, it's possible he could start seeing some time in center. (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)

BACK TO ACTION: Johan Santana finally stepped back on a mound for the first time since last season and threw 25 pitches. Santana is progressing nicely in his return from surgery and could rejoin the Mets in July. If he pitches strong down the stretch, he could be dealt after the year. (ESPN New York)

A NEW LOU: Lou is back in Chicago, and we're talking Montanez. The former Cubs first-round pick 11 years ago took a detour in Baltimore for four years, but wound up back with the Cubs this season in Triple-A. He finally reached the majors with his original club when tapped yesterday to replace Marlon Byrd on the roster. Montanez made the most of it, notching a RBI double in his first Cubs at-bat. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ON HIS WAY BACK: John Lackey pitched in a bullpen session Tuesday and came through with flying colors, setting him up for a rehab game on May 31 and a return to the Red Sox for June 5's start against the Athletics. (Boston Globe)

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:33 am
Edited on: May 14, 2011 1:34 am
 

3 up, 3 down: Hellickson dazzles; Twins flounder

Hellickson

By Evan Brunell

Jeremy Hellickson, Rays -- The rookie needed 120 pitches to put together a dominating performance, a career high, but what a performance it was. He blanked the Orioles in a complete game, allowing a paltry four hits and one walk while whiffing three and set another personal best by going longer than seven innings, also a career first. Hellickson has a pristine 2.98 ERA on the year, but is doing just fine in replacing Matt Garza. While he's likely got some adjustment troubles ahead of him as teams and hitters get a book on him, he's for real.

Ricky Romero, Blue Jays -- Romero came pretty close to matching Hellickson, but fell one out short but still took out the Twins on four hits, three walks and eight punchouts. Romero's ERA dropped to 3.35, which hides the fact that two of his last four starts had been anything but strong. He got rocked against the Tigers last time out, giving up six runs in 3 1/3 innings. Boston also forced him out of the game with one out in the fifth on April 18 with five runs, but ran his record to 3-4 with the outing. The 26-year-old has really developed into a nice pitcher.

Cameron Maybin, Padres -- Are we seeing a breakout? Maybin posted his second-straight four-hit effort, tacking on three runs and RBI apiece while also drilling two home runs; one in the fifth off Jorge De La Rosa and a two-run shot against Matt Belisle in the seventh. San Diego ended up losing the game 12-7 to the Rockies however, and dropped to 14-23. Maybin, who spent years tantalizing Florida with his potential, now has a .273/.348/.453 line on the year and is benefiting from a change of scenery (and consistent playing time). He struggles in Petco Park, but who doesn't?

Honorable mention -- Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the sixth, sparking dreams of matching Johnny Vander Meer as the only two pitchers to throw back-to-back hitters. Alas, Melky Cabrera had something to say about that.

Twins offense -- Romero is no slouch as a pitcher, but four hits? Really? Minnesota's pathetic effort dropped the team to 12-24, and the AL Central favorites are now all but dead and buried. The hits came from the Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 hitters and were all singles. It's tough to fathom, but the Twins have baseball's worst offense, easily behind the Mariners and Padres with 113 runs scored. San Diego is second to last with 127, so it's not particularly close. Yes, Joe Mauer is out and Justin Morneau isn't the same, but Minnesota really should have done a better job securing depth in all aspects of the roster.

Coco Crisp, Athletics -- A risk, and that's exactly what it was as it didn't work out. Crisp was caught stealing home in the eighth inning on a straight steal, and the White Sox eventualy edged the A's 4-3. "I sorta stutter-stepped instead of just going ahead and going through with it," Crisp told MLB.com after the game via Twitter. "That’s what made it close in his favor and not mine."  Overall, Crisp went 0-for-3 atop the lineup with a walk. It might be high time for skipper Bob Geren to hightail Crisp's .250/.273/.379 line out of the leadoff spot as the A's sink to 19-19, one game behind the Rangers and an additional half-game behind the Angels.

Dustin Moseley, Padres -- And that's why you don't believe in hot starts. Moseleay, who had a 1.63 ERA through six starts, has now turned in back-to-back duds. It's not fair to Moseley to consider him a bad pitcher, especially given he still has six strong starts, but he doesn't belong in the conversation with upper-echelon pitchers and his new 3.40 ERA -- while still a touch high -- is far more representative of his skills. He couldn't give Maybin and San Diego a win by drawing his fifth loss of the year (and that's why counting on win-loss records is ludicrous) by giving up six runs and nine hits over four innings, walking two and striking out three.

Dishonorable mention -- Brandon League blew his third straight save and now has an unenviable place in baseball history as his recent string of games have given him the worst streak a relief pitcher has put together in history.

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Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

By Matt Snyder

Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Andre Ethier reached base on an infield single as Padres' first baseman Brad Hawpe was unable to corral the hard grounder down the first base line. It was the right decision to rule it a hit, as it would have taken a pretty great play by the diving Hawpe to get Ethier at first. (Watch it by clicking here )

With that hit, Ethier extended his league-best hitting streak to 27 games. He's now starting to get close to territory where it's going to factor in historically. There have only been 53 hitting streaks in major league history that lasted at least 30 games (Baseball Almanac ). The most recent was Ryan Zimmerman in 2009, who had his streak last exactly 30. The longest streak this generation was Jimmy Rollins' 38-gamer, which was split between 2005 and 2006. The major league record is 56, by Joe DiMaggio in 1941, the NL record is 45 by Wee Willie Keeler in the 1890s and the Dodgers record is 31, by Willie Davis in 1969.

Aside from that streak extension, though, the star of Sunday's Dodgers-Padres tilt -- which the Padres won 7-0 -- was Padres starting pitcher Dustin Moseley. Maybe it's time we start paying attention to him.

Remember, the 0-3 record isn't his fault -- and one of a million reasons I hate judging pitchers on record -- because he entered Sunday with a 1.99 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. After seven shutout innings where he only allowed two hits other than Ethier's infield knock, Moseley's ERA had crept down to 1.81 (and, hey, he finally got a win!). Sure, peripheral measures suggest he's had some good fortune thus far, but 44 2/3 innings isn't the smallest of samples.

Moseley is having a great season, and it's time to take notice -- even if we were only paying attention because of someone else's hitting streak.

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Posted on: May 1, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: May 1, 2011 12:05 pm
 

On Deck: Mish-mash in the Central

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By Matt Snyder


Upside-Down Central: Coming into the season, the AL Central was said to be a three-team race between the Twins, White Sox and Tigers. Go grab a look at the standings as we head into May, though. They appear to be almost completely upside down from what we've seen in recent years. The Indians have won five straight and a franchise-record 18 in April. They don't appear to be going away. Meanwhile, the Tigers, Twins and White Sox have lost a combined 14 consecutive games. The Twins and White Sox are already nine games out of first. The Royals have won two straight after it appeared they were coming back to Earth. Does the turning of the calendar to May bring a complete reshuffling? Ozzie Guillen is ready to forget about April and I'm guessing Jim Leyland and Ron Gardenhire have the same feeling. I do expect the three bottom teams to get better in the coming weeks, but the Indians don't look like pretenders. This could actually be one of the most exciting divisional races. Or, if things don't change, the most boring. We'll see.

Still Streaking: Andre Ethier's 26-game hitting streak (an April record) is the talk of baseball. He's hitting .400 with a 1.059 OPS, 10 doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and 15 runs during the streak, so he's not just squeaking by with a single per game. Dustin Moseley is the opposing hurler Sunday. In three career at-bats, Ethier has three hits, including a home run, against Moseley. That's far too small a sample to make any judgements, other than to say that he certainly won't be feeling anything less than confident when stepping into the box. That matters. Expect the streak to be at 27 come Monday.

Underrated Pitching Matchups: On a day when we're treated to Jered Weaver (update: nevermind, he's out ), King Felix and the surprising Justin Masterson, there are quite a few pretty solid, yet under the radar, pitching matchups. Jordan Zimmermann has not pitched nearly as bad as his record (1-4) or ERA (4.55) would indicate and he's facing an anemic San Francisco offense with Matt Cain opposite him. Expect a low-scoring affair. How about Jaime Garcia against the recently-arrested Derek Lowe? Dustin Moseley only has a 1.99 ERA to this point, and he takes on Jon Garland, who hasn't been bad. Ricky Nolasco against Bronson Arroyo is another pretty good match. Cliff Lee squares off against Chris Young (1-0, 2.65) in Philly. Over in the AL, young gun Zach Britton toes the slab against the White Sox -- who trot out Gavin Floyd (3-1, 3.60). Matt Harrison is looking to get back on track against the A's and Gio Gonzalez (2.70 ERA). As I said, lots of good pitching matchups that wouldn't necessarily immediately turn heads.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:36 pm
 

Moseley headed to Padres

The Padres are close to signing former Yankees right-hander Dustin Moseley, MLB.com's Corey Brock writes.

Moseley could sign his one-year deal as soon as Wednesday.

Moseley went 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA in 16 appearances, including nine starts for the Yankees last season. He was non-tendered last week.

Moseley was 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA in four years with the Angeles, with 23 starts in 64 appearances. He did get the win in relief in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Rangers, pitching two hitless innings and striking out four.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Yankees not after Kuroda -- or anyone else

Hiroki Kuroda
A "rival executive" said after the Dodgers reportedly put starter Hiroki Kuroda on the waiver wire Tuesday that "I guarantee [the] Yankees are all over it."

Not so much, at least according to general manager Brian Cashman.

"I haven't thought about him. I don't even know if he's on waivers yet," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday. "Besides, I'd be hard-pressed to find a pitcher on the waiver wire who can pitch better for us than Dustin Moseley has."
In fact, Cashman said he's not shopping for any help at all.

"What we got is what we're going with," Cashman said. "I anticipate we are going to use the alternatives we have here."

Cashman might not have much of a choice, especially when it comes to National League players, considering that every team in baseball gets a shot at a player placed on waivers before the Yankees. Any player in either league would have to get past the Rays, with whom New York entered the day tied on top on the AL East.

The Yankees' only chance to add is with a player so overpriced nobody else dares to file a blocking claim. Kuroda -- 35 years old, 8-11 with a 3.48 ERA, and due $2.7 million the rest of the season -- seems like he could fit the bill. It's not clear when the rumored placement of Kuroda on the waiver wire took place, but presumably he has cleared, or Cashman made a mistake by making it known nobody needed to bother to block him. Or Cashman is lying, wants Kuroda, and is hoping to dissuade another claim.

"I'm not even thinking along those terms because right now I'm not interested in adding anyone," Cashman said. "I like the team we have and I think we have what it takes to get the job done.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 7:59 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 12:58 am
 

Yankees send Mitre to bullpen

Sergio Mitre On Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sergio Mitre would make another start for the Yankees, despite a rough first outing in place of Andy Pettitte on Saturday.

"I'm not going to judge Sergio just on [Saturday]," Girardi told reporters.

Apparently after judging Mitre on Saturday and Sunday (maybe he sat on the bench wrong?), Girardi changed his mind. He announced Monday that Dustin Moseley will start Thursday against Cleveland and Mitre will head for the bullpen.

"We tried to prepare Serge to start, and I just didn't see the crispness necessarily in his pitches," Girardi said. "I don't think he's physically ready. He probably could have used some more time, so we're going to try to get him right in the bullpen."

Translation: "Uh, maybe we messed up thinking a guy coming off an oblique injury, who hadn't pitched to major leaguers since June 4, could just step right into the rotation."

So now right-hander Moseley, who followed Mitre impressively in Saturday's game, will get his first start for the Yankees. Moseley has started 23 games in the previous four seasons with the Angels.

Moseley probably won't have a lot of chances to make his mark. Pettitte thinks he'll be back in a couple of weeks, and then there's the chance the Yankees could add a starter this week in the trade market.

-- David Andriesen

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