Tag:Tim Stauffer
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 7:54 pm
 

On Deck: Jeter's big homestand

OD

By Matt Snyder


Jeter Watch: Derek Jeter has entered the home stretch in his quest to reach 3,000 hits, and he now has a 10-game homestand where he could possibly make it. But he'll have to pick up the pace. He needs 14 hits to reach the plateau. He's averaging 1.09 hits per game so far this season, so that would give him about 11 hits during the homestand. Tuesday night, there's much more going on for the Yankees than Jeter, as the Red Sox come to town. The battle is as it always should be in the minds of many fans from the northeast: For first place in the AL East. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by one game. Taking the hill for the Red Sox is Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94). Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) will go for the Yankees. As for the Jeter watch, he's faced Lester 41 times in his career, gathering 12 hits in 38 at-bats (.316) while striking out nine times. Boston at New York (AL), 7:05 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Homecoming: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla and manager Fredi Gonzalez are returning to Sun Life Stadium for the first time in an opposing uniform. Uggla's return is the much bigger deal, as he manned second base for the past five seasons for the Marlins. He racked up 154 home runs, 465 RBI, 499 runs, 170 doubles and two All-Star appearances during that time and was one of the premier power-hitting second basemen in baseball. This season for the Braves, well, things haven't quite gone as planned. Uggla is hitting .172 with a .552 OPS. Coming off the best season of his career, he's compiling his worst stats, and it's not even close. The homecomings coincide with a series that is important for both the Braves and Marlins. Each are trailing the Phillies by four games in the NL East. The Marlins have lost five straight, and the Braves have dropped four of six. Tommy Hanson (6-4, 2.82) takes the mound for the Braves, and the Marlins send 21-year-old Brad Hand for his major-league debut. He was 7-1 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in Double-A. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Moving CarGo: For the second straight game -- and only the second time all season -- the Rockies will send Carlos Gonzalez out to center field and also bat him leadoff. The move to center comes because of Dexter Fowler's injury, but Ryan Spilborghs could have been an option, too. Moving CarGo to leadoff seems designed to do whatever it takes to jumpstart him and the Rockies' offense. There's obviously no correlation between playing a different position and better production at the plate, but Jim Tracy is trying any kind of mix to get Gonzalez on track. After an MVP-caliber season, Gonzalez is hitting .249 with a .728 OPS. Last season, those figures ended at .336 and .974. The experiment didn't work Monday night. Gonzalez went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Tuesday, he'll give it another go in San Diego. The Padres send Tim Stauffer (1-4, 3.99) to the mound to face off against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-5, 4.98). Of note there: Jimenez had been terrible until a shutout last time out. Colorado at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:22 pm
 

On Deck: Cy Young candidates battle

On Deck

By Evan Brunell
ShieldsHernandezBEST MATCHUP: "King" Felix Hernandez, last season's CY Young Award winner, takes the mound Thursday night against James Shields, who could very well walk away with this year's Cy Young. Shields has been excellent all season in a regression to the mean from his unlucky 2010 season. The Ray is now 5-2 with a 2.15 ERA and has a plum matchup against a decrepit offense. But Hernandez is obviously no slouch and has kept up his status as one of (if not the) game's best pitchers with a 3.19 ERA. Seattle is one game over .500 thanks to the work of the pitching staff. The Mariners are looking to avoid dropping three games behind the first-place Yankees and two games behind the Red Sox on a day when both New York and Boston are off. Rays at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET

RAngersIndiansFIRST PLACE BATTLE: The Indians and Rangers are both in first place, and the four-game series that's beginning between the two could have division implications. The Tigers have been playing well as of late and could be sniffing at Cleveland's heels if the Indians lose the series. Beginning Friday, the Tigers will face the White Sox, who are coming off a sweep of the Red Sox and looking to get back into the race themselves. Conversely, the Mariners are only 1 1/2 games behind the Rangers, with the Angels two back and Oakland three. That's a slim margin of error for Texas. Even a series split could have ramifications depending on the play of the other teams involved. David Bush will make a spot start for Texas -- his third of the year -- while Carlos Carrasco aims to keep his ERA under 5.00 after finally dropping it to 4.97 last time out against the Rays. Rangers at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET

PenceLOSING RECORDS: Bud Norris and Tim Stauffer both have losing records for the Astros and Padres, respectively, but that's because their teams have each lost over 30 games. Norris and Stauffer have actually been among their team's best pitchers, with Norris' breakout year checking in with a 3.76 ERA, 73 punchouts in 67 innings and just 25 walks. Despite a 3.60 ERA, Stauffer only recently earned his first victory of the year. With the series in San Diego, it's crucial for Hunter Pence (pictured) to keep swinging the way he has for Houston. His bat propelled the Astros to their first road sweep of the year, which they completed Wednesday with a victory over the Cubs. In the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, Pence's average has jumped almost 40 points to .317, but he has a career .117 mark at Petco Park. Astros at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 9:29 pm
 

On Deck: West Coast battle

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By Evan Brunell

BATTLE OF THE SAME ERA: Both Tim Stauffer and Hiroki Kuroda have a 3.21 ERA. How much do you want to bet that the two won't have that in common after tonight's affair? The flailing Padres will meet the Dodgers, who are one game over .500 in a game where Andre Ethier will seek his 26th consecutive game with a hit. It's way too early to conjure up visions of Ethier taking down Joe DiMaggio, but he is coming awfully close to Luis Castillo's 30 straight games which remains the longest streak in recent years. Kuroda has his own streak, but it's a bad one as he's lost two consecutive starts in Dodger Stadium. He's never lost three in a row, but Stauffer has dominated the Dodgers lately with San Diego winning its last four starts with Stauffer on the mound against L.A. Padres at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

DEBUT: Alex White makes his big-league debut for the Indians as he will host Rick Porcello and the Tigers. The surprising Indians continue to win, roaring out to a 17-8 record that includes 12 consecutive victories at home. White is Cleveland's top pitching prospect and replaces the injured Carlos Carrasco. The 22-year-old has torn Triple-A apart in the early going, logging a 1.90 ERA in four starts in what has been a meteoric rise through the farm system after being drafted with the No. 15 overall pick of the 2009 draft. He has a 28/5 K/BB ratio, an encouraging sign for his ability to hold his own in the majors. Still, making your first career start is no walk in the park, so it will be interesting to see how he performs. Tigers at Indians, 6:05 p.m. ET

CAN I GET A WIN, PLEASE? It's not Matt Garza's fault. The new Cubbie has 41 strikeouts on the season, which is tied for second in the NL. And it's not as if he's giving away victories elsewhere, as he's only coughed up nine walks and boasts a 4.11 ERA on the season. Yet, Garza is seeking his first win as a Cub after starting the year 0-3. He'll look to keep Chicago rolling after snapping a four-game losing streak Friday night against the Diamondbacks. Ian Kennedy will be a tough battle for Garza, and it's easy to see Garza dropping to 0-4 with Kennedy on the mound. Kennedy three-hit the Phillies Monday for his first career game, denying Cliff Lee a victory. He's been up and down over his career so far, but could be ready for a leap forward after allowing no walks and striking out 10 Phillies. That's hard to do against that offense. Cubs at Diamondbacks, 8:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:24 am
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:13 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/18: That's gold, Jerry

By Matt Snyder

3UP

Jerry Sands, Dodgers. Going 1-3 isn't exactly setting the world on fire, but Sands made an impact in his first major-league game. He doubled in his first at-bat and then hit a sacrifice fly next time up. The significance there is that the Dodgers had gotten just two RBI from left field all season, and Sands had needed two plate appearances to get halfway home. He made enough of an impact that Tim Hudson threw a pitch behind him next at-bat -- Ted Lilly retaliated next inning by doing the same to Nate McLouth and both benches were warned.

Felipe Lopez, Rays. Greeted with mass mockey in the Twitter world for being a cleanup hitter, Lopez quieted the critics for one night by going 3-4 with a double, home run, two runs and three RBI. He's raised his triple slash (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) lines to .316/.350/.553. And the Rays won, giving them a 6-1 record since that dreadful 1-8 start.

Kevin Correia, Pirates. Picked up off the scrap heap by the Pirates after a disastrous 2010 season, Correia hurled a complete game Monday against the division-leading Reds. He now has a 2.48 ERA through 29 innings. And don't look now, but the Pirates -- after having taken two of three from the Reds -- are only a game out. Of course, it's a four-way tie at 8-8, but still a game out and tied for second place. I'm sure Pirates fans will take it.

3DOWN

Esmil Rogers, Rockies. The 25 year old had gotten off to a nice start to 2011, sporting a 2.77 ERA through two starts. So much for that. He was absolutely torched by the Giants Monday night. In only three innings, Rogers allowed six hits, two walks and eight earned runs. In the first inning, he gave up back-to-back home runs to Pat Burrell and Nate Schierholtz -- the latter of which was a 450-plus foot moonshot to the upper tank. Needless to say, Rogers wasn't fooling anyone Monday.

Ricky Romero, Blue Jays. The pitching matchup seemed to favor the Jays, as Romero was the opening day starter and the Red Sox were running Dice-K out there. Instead, they seemed to reverse roles. Romero couldn't make it through five, giving up eight hits and five earned runs. The worst part, though, was Romero's lack of command. He walked five guys and it took 109 pitches just to complete 4 1/3 innings.

Win as a short-term stat. Carlos Zambrano, Tim Stauffer and Shaun Marcum combined to throw 21 scoreless innings, yet none of them came away with a win. Zambrano was especially impressive, working eight shutout innings and striking out 10 batters for the first time since his no-hitter in September of 2008. But, wait, he didn't get the win! Gimme a break.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:49 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/30: Opening day matchups

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3UP

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw vs. Tim Lincecum -- Opening day at Dodger Stadium, against the Giants and with the Giants coming off a World Series title, this game has enough going for it to start with, add in two of the best young pitchers in the game and it's an embarrassment of riches. (Thursday, 8 p.m. EST at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander -- There'll be no shortage of heat at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. Sabathia is starting his third straight opening day for the Yankees, while Verlander's strong spring give hope to avoiding another rough April. Not only do you have two of the best pitchers in the game going head-to-head, they're both facing formidable lineups. (Thursday, 1:05 p.m. EST at Yankee Stadium, New York)

Felix Hernandez vs. Trevor Cahill -- Hernandez won his first Cy Young Award last season, while Cahill is at the top of what is probably the American League's best rotation. We all know Hernandez's resume, but Cahill had an impressive 2010 as well, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA. (Friday, 10:05 p.m. EST at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.)

3DOWN

Ryan Dempster vs. Kevin Correia -- Correia goes from being another guy in a very good rotation in San Diego a year ago to the top of the Pirates' rotation. Dempster has started two opening days before, both in Florida, but is hardly a marquee name for one of the game's marquee franchises. (Friday, 2:20 p.m. EST at Wrigley Field in Chicago)

Derek Lowe vs. Livan Hernandez -- Lowe's starting his third straight opening day for the Braves and Hernandez is making his fourth overall opening day start for the Nationals/Expos, but first since 2006. Both have had good careers, but there's little sizzle to this matchup.  (Thursday, 1:05 p.m. EST at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.)

Tim Stauffer vs. Chris Carpenter -- With all due respect to the 2005 Cy Young Award winner, this game is as much about who isn't pitching as who will toe the rubber. The expectation was that it would be Mat Latos against Adam Wainwright, this just doesn't have the same juice. (Thursday, 4:15 p.m. EST at Busch Stadium, St. Louis)

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Padres name Stauffer opening day starter

By Matt Snyder

With Mat Latos down and reportedly even DL-bound , the Padres were forced to look elsewhere for an opening day starter. Friday, manager Bud Black revealed it would be Tim Stauffer getting the ball against the Cardinals this coming Thursday. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

"I really like the way Stauf has thrown the ball this spring," Black told the Union-Tribune. "It's dovetailed with the way he threw the ball at the end of last year. He's in a good frame of mind leading into the start."

Stauffer, a 28-year-old right-hander, has a 3.66 ERA in 19 2/3 spring innings. He sports an impressive 14:3 K:BB rate, too.

He had a very solid 2010 campaign. Until September 6, he was a member of the Padres' bullpen, but started his last six appearances. He went 3-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 22 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings as a starter. On the season, he had a 1.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: March 24, 2011 11:52 am
 

Pepper: Lack of Mauer power not concerning

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By Evan Brunell

MAUER POWER: Joe Mauer dipped from 28 home runs in 2009 to just nine last season, one coming at the new home park of Target Field. That's partly due to struggling with injuries and partly thanks to Target Field being the hardest park to hit a home run in. Mauer struggled to adjust in the first half (.293/368/.424) but finished strong in the second half (.373/.447/.527) and isn't interested in struggling again this season.

"A lot of times, I was hitting balls to left field that would be out of a lot of other parks, and they were caught for outs," Mauer said. "So you try to muscle it up a little bit more, and you become a little late [with each swing]. So yeah, it definitely does play with your mind."

While Mauer may try to load up on away home runs, he has the proper frame of mind for how to approach his new home.

"Just keep it simple, try to hit hard line drives, find those gaps and run a little bit."

That could lead to a ton of doubles for Mauer, who racked up 43 after just 30 in 2009. While anyone would prefer homers to doubles, the fact that Mauer can still drive the ball for doubles shows that his power is far from waning.

That hasn't stopped some from questioning the eight-year, $184 million pact that will keep Mauer in a Twins uniform. The deal, universally hailed at the time, has since come under question, but GM Bill Smith dismissed the concerns.

"The contract wasn't done in a one-year vacuum," Smith said. "It's the body of work that Joe had from 2005 through 2009. And we look forward to the coming years, hopefully the coming decade, with Joe Mauer as one of the cornerstone players in this franchise." (Minnesota Star Tribune)

THE EMERGENCE: Brandon McCarthy struggled in Texas to deliver on the promise that caused the team to trade John Danks. However, now with Oakland, McCarthy has moved away from power pitching and has focused on letting the movement on his pitches do the work. That's led to a sensational spring training, and McCarthy is now ready to go for the season. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CLOSING TIME: Now that Alexi Ogando is officially returning to the bullpen, he indicated he would enjoy closing. Ogando may get that shot if Neftali Feliz remains in the rotation, but that's unlikely to happen. "I feel I'm mentally strong and don't think it will affect me that much," Ogando said. (MLB.com)

WATCH YOUR MOUTH: After years of not training players to deal with the media, the Yankees changed their tune in 2007 to integrate a media-training program. That program has since escalated to mock interviews, role playing, guest speakers and more. Derek Jeter has also assisted in this, telling youngsters that they are still on the clock even when the uniform comes off. (Wall Street Journal)

HERE'S A TIP: Daniel Hudson had such a poor start Wednesday that he landed on the 3 up, 3 down list. The righty feels he may have been tipping his pitches, as he noticed hitters "spitting" his changeups while nailing fastballs. (MLB.com)

NO PAIN, BIG GAIN: Tim Stauffer came through his start with excellent results Wednesday after skipping a previous start due to a sore hip flexor. Stauffer put together perhaps the most impressive outing a Padres starter has had so far this spring and is ready for his first full season in the majors as a starter. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

BEER, FASTER: Ever wanted a way to get your beer at the ballpark faster? You're in luck as the Red Sox are adding two beer stands to Fenway Park this season that fills beers from the bottoms up. Yes, you read that right. A recyclable magnetic cap on the bottom of the beer cup flips open to allow beer to pour in before sealing itself shut. This will allow up to 44 beers to be filled per minute. (Boston Herald)

GETTIN' IN THE GROOVE: Brian Matusz didn't mince any words when asked what went wrong during his start Wednesday. "From the get-go, warming up, I couldn't find my rhythm tonight," he said. The good news? Matusz headed to the bullpen after his 1 1/3-inning outing and found his groove then. "It's going to be four hard days of work and then be ready to go on the fifth day," he added. "It was just one of those days where I didn't have it, I didn't get in my rhythm, I didn't do it. Now I know what went wrong and I know what to fix and I'll take it from there." (MASN)

MORE HOT DOGS, PLEASE: Get this: hot dogs may actually be healthier for you than rotisserie chicken, a new study reveals. While the skin of the chicken has more protein, it also packs more carcinogenic compounds, while hot dogs, along with pepperoni and deli meat, have very low amounts. (MSNBC)

FACELIFT: A year after heading to the World Series, the Rangers have spruced up the home ballpark by throwing up a video board that is virtually more than double the size of the old one, the sound system being completely reworked, an upgraded weight room and more. (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)

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Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Good as new, Stauffer ready for rotation shot

StaufferBack in 2003, Tim Stauffer was nabbed with the fourth overall pick by the Padres after an impressive college career and Cape Cod stint as chronicled by the book The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream. (This writer highly recommends the book to anyone looking to get a better look at what the best amateur showcase league in Cape Cod is all about.)

There were problems with Stauffer's arm that showed after being drafted, but he negotiated a lower bonus to join the Padres. However, despite debuting in 2005 and making 14 starts, he was largely an afterthought and only made three starts combined the next two seasons with poor results.

He then missed 2008 with a partial labrum tear in the right shoulder and appeared to be a complete bust, but worked his way back admirably by making 14 starts in 2009 of a 3.58 ERA. That was enough to secure him a job out of spring training last season as a long reliever.

"It was nice from the get-go in Spring Training to feel completely healthy, and to be able to go out there with everything feeling comfortable and to just concentrate on pitching," Stauffer told MLB.com.

And concentrate he did. Stauffer had a ridiculous season out of the bullpen, performing at an elite level. He grabbed a spot start in May, but didn't get another crack at a full-time rotation spot until September, a move GM Jed Hoyer says he regrets

Stauffer proved his worth in the rotation so well that he's the No. 4 to enter the season. Overall, he finished with seven starts and 32 games after missing time in May due to an emergency appendectomy. He had a 1.85 ERA in 82 2/3 innings, whiffing 61 and walking 24.

"When I saw him pitch last year, Tim looked a lot like he did when he was at Richmond," current Diamondbacks and ex-Padres GM Kevin Towers said. "In college, he was a four-pitch pitcher, and he's that guy again. I was really happy to see the success he was having."

Stauffer agreed, saying the last time he felt this healthy and good was college. "I was getting really good life on my fastball, and I was getting good extension. I had a lot of success with my sinker and getting balls hit in play. But the biggest reason for my success was I was throwing strikes."

And now, Stauffer gets a chance for a full season in the rotation at age 29. It took him a ways to get this far for a overall No. 4 pick, but he's finally here.

-- Evan Brunell

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