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Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Pepper: Talking Thursday's pitchers

By Matt Snyder

BASEBALL TODAY: Will Kyle McClellan remain perfect on the season? Can Ryan Dempster get back on track? Will Jon Lester get the Red Sox a much needed win? I joined Lauren Shehadi to discuss some of Thursday's more intriguing starting pitchers.

DISABLED DELMON: Twins outfielder Delmon Young hadn't played since April 18, but was hoping to avoid a DL stint. Instead, he's been unable to to get loose during batting practice and the Twins finally saved and placed him on the DL, retroactive to April 19. That's quite a while the Twins played short-handed, and they've been doing so pretty much all season anyway. At some point, expect their fortunes to turn. It all has to even out, right? (MLB.com )

SLOGGING SOX:
The White Sox have gotten the bad end of basestealing this season offensively and defensively. They've allowed opposing runners to swipe 19 bags in 21 chances while only converting 14 of 30 attempts of their own. That's a vast discrepancy. The latter part of the equation is especially tough to understand with Juan Pierre in the lineup, considering he stole 68 of 86 last season. He's only five of 11 thus far in 2011. Of course, manager Ozzie Guillen had his usually colorful explanation on the matter: "We don't have that many people on base, so maybe we forgot how to run the bases." (Chicago Sun-Times )

THERIOT BACK SOON: The Cardinals don't expect Ryan Theriot to need a trip to the disabled list with his current ribcage injury. He may even take the field Thursday against the Astros. (StLtoday.com )

BELT BACK IN OUTFIELD? One of the reasons the Giants were said to have initially brought Brandon Belt to the majors on the opening day roster was that he was a superior first baseman. Of course, it also pushed Aubrey Huff into right field, where he's a butcher. So when Belt returns, it will reportedly be as an outfielder. He'd likely fit on either corner. The move only sounds like it would be for early in Belt's career, as general manager Brian Sabean said: "We know he can play first base." (SFgate.com )

LOGAN'S CAST: Logan Morrison of the Marlins recently got a cast off his injured foot. He's now selling the cast on eBay with proceeds going to the American Lung Association. That's not all, as he had the cast signed by every member of the Marlins -- except Hanley Ramirez.

CUDDYER ON MINORS: Twins slugger Michael Cuddyer writes a column for FOX Sports North, and in his latest installment he discusses the minor leagues, specifically how much it makes him appreciate the majors. He goes through the differences of each level, specifically how travel, food and lodging all get better with each promotion. I especially enjoyed this part about Class A: "I was only 19 and excited to start my professional career, so I really didn’t mind the six-hour bus ride to Clinton, Iowa. I didn’t mind the Econo Lodge that had a hole in the floor where I could see the room below me. I didn’t even mind the $12 per diem we received for all three meals. I didn’t know any better — I just thought it was great that I got to play baseball every day." (fsnorth.com )

AARDSMA STILL NOT READY: Mariners closer David Aardsma is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma. It was his fourth outing, but he still wasn't right -- as he gave up a walk and triple to begin the inning. According to manager Eric Wedge, the Mariners are going to "give him the time that he needs to just get more comfortable being on the mound." (Seattle Times )

CEDENO OUT, WOOD IN: Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno was benched Wednesday night for the second straight game and it was said to be a "manager's decision" by skipper Clint Hurdle. Tuesday night, Cedeno entered as a pinch-runner and was caught stealing. Later in the game, he received an at-bat and grounded out to third. He must have thought the ball was foul, because he didn't run it out. Interestingly, the once-touted-now-maligned Brandon Wood got the start at short in each of the past two games. It's early and a small sample, but Wood is showing some good signs. He's hitting .250 with a double, two runs and two RBI. The best news, however, is that he's walked twice and only struck out once, giving him a .400 on-base percentage. (Bucco Blog )

BELTRE SUSPENDED BY Rangers: Yeah, if it was Adrian he'd get his own story. We're talking about 21-year-old Rangers prospect Engel Beltre. What happened was Double-A Frisco of the Texas League had a would-be go-ahead home run overturned and ruled a double in the ninth inning of a recent game. Both the manager and pitching coach were ejected in the aftermath. Then water bottles began to be thrown on the field by fans and a plastic trash can was hurled into the stands by Beltre. “It is definitely not something we condone,’’ Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It is a black eye for all involved.’’ (ESPN Dallas )

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Angels may need outside help for SS

Erick Aybar The Angels are now without their two main shortstops as Macier Izturis hit the disabled list on Wednesday because of a strained left forearm.

The other shortstop, Erick Aybar, has avoided the disabled list thus far after seeing meniscal damage to his left knee, injured on a Casey McGehee takeout slide Monday. But if Aybar does hit the disabled list, the Angels are suddenly looking at being without a major-league caliber shortstop for a long period of time.

Right now, the Angels are asking former top prospect Brandon Wood, handed the third base job out of spring training, to shift back to shortstop, the position he played for years in the minor leagues. However, questions remain with Wood's bat as he is hitting a paltry .156 in 128 at-bats.

The team's other option is a 31-year-old journeyman in Triple-A, so general manager Tony Reagins admitted to the Los Angeles Times that the team may have to look outside the organization for shortstop help. Of course, a lot depends on how long Izturis and Aybar are out for. If it's just the minimum 15 days, the Angels may opt to scrape by or acquire a capable fill-in that can head to the bench. If it's much longer than 15 days, then clearly the Halos will have to pursue a higher-caliber player.

Who could the team pursue? Here's a list.
  • Ronny Cedeno: .235/.276/.333 in 204 at-bats. The Pirates are mired in laughable levels of losing even as the team graduates its best prospects to the majors. While Cedeno would be far from a solution, he could fit short-term and then head to the bench. Despite Cedeno's inability to hit, he boasts a slick glove and could play all around the diamond for the Angels once the team gets its shortstops back.
  • Craig Counsell: .277/.330/.366 in 101 AB. Yes, the 39-year-old is still around -- and producing. He's a bench player for the Milwaukee Brewers, but that's another NL Central team that has to be thinking of giving up on 2010 shortly. Counsell is in his fourth year with Milwaukee and is signed to an affordable deal.
  • Stephen Drew: .275/.344/.445 in 229 AB. If the Angels acquired Drew, it would be to install him at shortstop permanently. It's tough to imagine the Angels giving up what would be required for the 27-year-old, but the Diamondbacks intend to make just Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton untouchable in trade talks this summer, so the possibility is there.
  • Adam Everett: .185/.221/.247 in 81 AB. Everett is an older version of Cedeno, but would be easier to get considering the Tigers just realized him. No, he hasn't wielded a bat in quite some time but his vacuum on defense will give him a job. It wouldn't be surprising if the Angels signed Everett to a minor league deal even if Aybar can return to the lineup immediately.
  • Cristian Guzman: .297/.323/.369 in 222 AB. Guzman has an empty batting average, is a liability on shortstop and is owed $8 million. Other than that, hey, he's perfect.
  • Cesar Izturis: .222/.277/.269 in 108 AB. The Orioles have their hands full with a meager 18 victories on the season, and Izturis isn't important to the team's future. Izturis is also defensively inclined. There's not much separation between Izturis, Cedeno and Everett, so the smart money, again, rests on Everett simply by virtue of Everett being a free agent, allowing the Angels not to surrender anything in trade.
  • Edgar Renteria: .326/.372/.395 in 86 AB: Renteria has gotten his season off to a strong start, but most of his defensive value is gone. While he's been a bit underrated lately, it's clear he's on the tail end of his career. Renteria may be the best option of anyone on this list to fill in for a few months if needed, but one thing that might scare the Angels away is Renteria's numbers in the AL. In two seasons in the AL, one year apiece with the Red Sox and Tigers, he had a .711 OPS. In 13 NL seasons, he has a .753 mark.
  • Ryan Theriot. With the arrival of Starlin Castro, Theriot has been pushed out of shortstop. What may may him unavailable to the Angels is the fact Theroit is now the Cubs' second baseman. While he's currently being benched in a timeshare with Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker, the team hasn't indicated they don't still see Theriot as a long-term 2B.
  • Omar Vizquel: .241/.301/.325 in 95 AB. The White Sox may be about to wave the white flag, and Vizquez would certainly prefer to play for a contender in what may be his swan song. Like many on the list, his value is in defense. That said, his bat isn't an embarassment like it was in his final year with the Giants in 2008 and at least has some life in it. Vizquez would also bring some notoriety to the club and the 43-year-old is known as a strong mentor. Given that Vizquel would come at a low price, he's looking like an appealing short-term solution at short and long-term backup.
  • Jack Wilson: .253/.275/.347 in 83 AB. A move for Wilson would be rather unlikely as he's tied up through 2011 for $5 million, but the Mariners may make him available in trade. He's lost playing time to the hot-hitting Jack Wilson and has developed a reputation for being injury-prone.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:36 am
 

Strasburg's fifth inning

Against the bottom third of the Pirates' lineup, Stephen Strasburg again went 1-2-3 in the fifth inning and recorded his eighth strikeout of the game.

Strasburg struck out Ronny Cedeno and Jeff Karstens, while Jason Jaramillo grounded out to first.

Strasburg has now thrown 70 pitches, 45 for strikes through five innings.

He is still working in the 97-99 mph range with his fastball and threw 14 fastballs of his 16 pitches in the inning. The slowest fastball was at 96.9 mphand fastest was at 98.7.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am
 

The extras for tonight's show

The Pirates have tabbed these nine meant to walk the plank versus Stephen Strasburg.

Andrew McCutchen cf
Neil Walker 2b
Lastings Milledge lf
Garrett Jones 1b
Delwyn Young rf
Andy LaRoche 3b
Ronny Cedeno ss
Jason Jaramillo c
Jeff Karstens rhp


Everyone will be watching how these batters do tonight, but nobody will be paying too much attention to them -- just what their results tell us about Strasburg.

In the end, one of these nine will tell their kids he was the first to be struck out by Strasburg, another may say he had the fist hit and yet another could be the first to hit a home run off the most hyped pitcher in a generation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans





 
 
 
 
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