Tag:Erik Bedard
Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 4:41 pm

On Deck: Chisenhall debuts; Rays battle Reds

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

RedsRaysWINLESS: The Rays are 0-6 against the Reds in franchise history, the only team Tampa Bay has yet to defeat among all major-league teams. Only one other team has not beaten every team, and that's Pittsburgh (who else?) at 0-9 against the Athletics. Tampa will attempt to leave Pittsburgh all by its lonesome Monday night when rookie phenom Jeremy Hellickson duels Mike Leake. Leake, who was demoted to the farm at one point earlier in the season for his first stint in the minors ever, is coming off an eight-inning effort against the Giants. He limited them to four hits and no runs. Hellickson, meanwhile, has a 3.09 ERA but has run into some adversity lately. Reds vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

ChisenhallLONNIE TIME: The Indians promoted top prospect Lonnie Chisenhall to the majors, adding a shot in the arm to a ballclub that needs every advantage it can get to stay in the postseason hunt. The 22-year-old Chisenhall was taken in the first round in 2008 and hit .265/.352/.427 for Triple-A. He was a raw high schooler when drafted and is extremely athletic, but asking him to make a big impact this season is a bit much. But he's clearly one of the club's best options for the lineup right now. Chisenhall will make his first start Monday night with Mitch Talbot on the mound. He will oppose the Diamondbacks and Ian Kennedy. Indians vs. Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET (Watch live)
BeachyBedardBEST PITCHING MATCHUP: Erik Bedard and Brandon Beachy will go head to head in a matchup of pitchers having fine -- and unexpected -- seasons. Bedard has been constantly injured since arriving in Seattle but boasts a pristine 2.93 ERA on the season. Meanwhile, Beachy was an undrafted free agent who has sandwiched a 3.22 ERA around a disabled-list stint. He punched out 11 Blue Jays last Wednesday. The Braves are attempting to keep pace with Philadelphia as they are five games behind despite a 44-35 mark that tops the wild-card standings. Seattle is right at .500 with a 39-39 record, but the Mariners are just 1 1/2 games behind Texas for first place. Braves vs. Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 7:20 pm

On Deck: Sweet Vogelsong

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ryan VogelsongWHO'S THE UNDERDOG? One pitcher has a Cy Young Award on his shelf and two other top-three finishes in the voting, the other has three years of experience in Japan and went nearly seven years between winning starts in the big leagues. Yet, this season the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong is 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA this year and 2-1 with a 0.34 ERA in his last four starts, while Chris Carpenter is 1-5 with a 4.58 ERA. The Cardinals have gone 2-9 in Carpneter's 11 starts this season and winless when he starts at Busch Stadium. Giants at Cardinals, 7:09 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Jordan LylesLYLES DEBUTS: Houston's top prospect, Jordan Lyles, will make his debut tonight at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. The 20-year-old right-hander is pitching in Wandy Rodriguez's spot and will start at least two games, tonight and then Sunday at Petco Park against the Padres. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, he's gone 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA, including six shutout innings in his last start. While he has a good fastball, it's Lyle's changeup and slider that get scouts excited. Astros at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Erik BedardAdam JonesFAMILIAR FACES: It was one of the biggest trades offseason leading up to 2008, and for so long it appeared the Orioles got by far the better deal with the Mariners, as center fielder Adam Jones made the All-Star team in 2009 and a Gold Glove, while Erik Bedard was limited to just 15 starts in each of his first two seasons in Seattle before missing all of 2010 as a result of labrum surgery in 2009. Bedard has been impressive so far this year, going 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA, and 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in his last five starts. Jones is 2 for 5 with a double in his career against Bedard. Orioles at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:55 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Crawford, Salty coming around

By Matt Snyder

Carl Crawford, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox. In a game where the Red Sox pounded the MLB-best Indians for 14 runs on 20 hits, two players stood out. They stood out because they had drastically fallen short of expectations offensively in the early going for their slow-starting team. Wednesday, though, may be a sign the worm is finally starting to turn for Crawford and Saltalamacchia. Crawford went 4-4 with two doubles, a home run, three runs and two RBI. Saltalamacchia went 2-4 with a homer, three RBI, two runs and a walk. Crawford's average is now a season-high .229 (and he's hitting .309 in May). He closes the three-game series in Cleveland 6-11 with two doubles and two home runs. Saltalamacchia, meanwhile, is eight for his last 21 with four home runs and seven RBI. He's even walked more times than he's struck out in that span, which is a great sign considering he had 24 strikeouts and four walks prior.

Brooks Conrad, Braves. The pinch hitter entered Wednesday with 31 plate appearances in 27 games. He was hitting just .130 with zero home runs and a .474 OPS. Yet in the top of the 11th against the Pirates, Conrad took Jeff Karstens deep for what proved to be the game-winning home run.

Erik Bedard, Mariners. The former ace is trying to prove that he's healthy and back on track. He's doing pretty much all you could ask after everything he's been through. Bedard worked six scoreless innings Wednesday night and picked up his third straight winning decision. Here's his line in his last five starts, which includes a 3-0 record: 33 IP, 28 K, 7 BB, 1.09 ERA, 0.85 WHIP. He's got a lot of season left, but this is why they invented an award called the Comeback Player of the Year.

Brandon Phillips, Reds. You know that 19-inning loss the Reds just suffered? The one where they emptied out their entire bullpen and completely abused Carlos Fisher's poor right arm? Yeah, the Reds shouldn't have had to do that. There were myriad reasons for this, but the most glaring was Phillips being picked off second base in the 11th. It was bad because he was picked off as the go-ahead run in a tie game. It was bad because white-hot Jay Bruce was on deck. It was bad because it happened in a stretch where the Reds drew three consecutive walks after Phillips was hit with a pitch. But it was completely unforgivable because Phillips was socializing with Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins when he was nabbed. Phillips wasn't even remotely paying attention when the throw got him by several feet. He's well-chronicled for having a lovable personality, but you can't have that in a professional. His job is to play baseball. To his credit, he knows it. He told reporters after the game he takes all the blame for the loss.

Justin Berg, Cubs. If you ever want a reason to pay more attention to stats other than ERA for relievers, check out this debacle. Berg relieved Casey Coleman with one out in the second inning and the bases loaded. Berg threw 12 pitches. Every single one of them was a ball. That means he walked the only three batters he faced, forcing in three runs. They were all charged to Coleman. Since James Russell came in and got out of the jam, none of Berg's baserunners scored. He was left with a line of zero innings, three walks and zero earned runs. And the Cubs lost by three.

Luke Hochevar, Royals. Obviously some credit has to be given to the Orioles for the eight run fourth inning -- and some blame has to be passed along to Alcides Escobar for an error that allowed the eighth run -- but Hochevar simply has to be better than this. After three scoreless innings, he let this happen in the fourth: Double, single, ground out, walk, double, walk (with a wild pitch), single, walk, single, single, pop out, throwing error, ground out. There wasn't even really a big blow.

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Posted on: May 21, 2011 6:15 pm

Erik Bedard blazing trail back to greatness


By Evan Brunell

"Very good. Very good curveball. Best i've seen him in years," a scout told Peter Gammons about Erik Bedard.

The lefty is finally looking like he's over the injury issues that have limited him to 15 starts apiece over the last two seasons; also the two seasons he's been a Mariner. Through eight starts, Bedard has a 3.94 ERA, backed up by a 3.56 FIP. He's whiffed 41 in 45 2/3 innings, walking just 17. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in each of his last four starts, zeroing out the Padres for eight innings Friday to drop his ERA from 5.96 on April 20 all the way to 3.94.

While nothing Bedard can do will justify the trade that saw him shipped from Baltimore for a package headlined by Adam Jones and Chris Tillman, he can still play a major influence in Seattle's surprising relevancy this year, as they are just 2 1/2 games out of the wild card chase and could be poised to make a move now that center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is finally back.

Gammons says that Bedard could be a major trade chip, but Seattle's proximity in the postseason race may preclude another trade. In addition, as ESPN's Buster Olney notes, Bedard is an impending free agent and will be one of the best starters on the market. Will Seattle want to run the risk of alienating Bedard by trading him only to ask him to return in the offseason as a free agent as it looks to take the next step forward to relevancy?

In addition, Olney wonders whether any other team will want to run the risk of Bedard being unhappy. "Bedard is viewed within the industry as an unusual personality, and he seems to have developed a nice comfort zone with the Mariners," Olney writes. "If Seattle was, in fact, ever willing to trade him, interested contenders would have to convince themselves that Bedard would find the same kind of a comfort zone with another team, in a rent-a-pitcher situation."

Plus, Bedard is only guaranteed $1 million with an additional $6 million in performance bonuses. That's a great deal for someone who can pitch as well as Bedard over a full season. Bedard may still be on the way out at the trade deadline, but for now what's most important is he's pitching well and staying on the field. That alone is a victory.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:38 am

3 up, 3 down: Bedard's back

Erik Bedard
By C. Trent Rosecrans


Erik Bedard, Mariners -- The left-hander picked up his first win since June 2009, as Seattle beat Detroit and Justin Verlander 10-1 on Wednesday. Bedard gave up a run on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. 

Daniel Murphy, Mets -- As a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, Murphy tied the game with his second homer of the year and then in the ninth he added a two-run double to help extend the Mets' winning streak to six games with a 6-3 victory over the Nationals.

James McDonald, Pirates and Madison Bumgarner, Giants -- This afternoon I called it the worst pitching matchup of the day and it was anything but -- I just wanted to give credit where credit was due here. Both pitchers went six innings, with Bumgarner giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out seven. McDonald allowed just four hits in his six scoreless innings, earning the win.


Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox -- Boston's center fielder let a ball drop in front of him for a double with two outs. Two outs later, Luke Scott, hit a three-run homer for a 3-0 Baltimore lead. The Red Sox went on to lose, 5-4.

Carlos Lee, Astros -- Back-to-back Cardinals singled in runs from second by hitting grounders past the third baseman into left field, where just about any other left fielder in the game (well, maybe not Johnny Damon) throws out the runners at the plate. Instead, with Lee, the two runners score easily and St. Louis adds to its lead, which was 6-0 going into the eighth. Houston scored three in the eighth and two in the ninth, falling 6-5. That's not to mention his offensive woes -- Lee was 0 for 4 on Thursday and is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

Vernon Wells, Angels -- Much of the preseason there was talk of the great outfield defense the Angles would have this season, but Wells hasn't been able to live up to the billing. He misplayed a ball in the 10th inning, giving Oakland's Cliff Pennington a triple with no outs. Conor Jackson then drove in Pennington with the winning run, And, like Lee, that's not even talking about his offensive offense -- Wells is hitting just .178/.224/.257 so far this season.

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Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:18 am

3 up, 3 down for 4/15: Charlie in charge

By Matt Snyder


Charlie Morton, Pirates. He was one out away from a shutout of the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Jay Bruce homered, but that didn't stop Morton from finishing the complete-game gem. He only gave up five hits and two walks while suffocating a pretty solid offense (granted, Brandon Phillips was out). He entered the game with a 2.08 ERA, but had walked 10 hitters with only three strikeouts. Friday, Morton improved significantly, striking out three to those two walks.

Justin Masterson, Indians. That ERA now reads 1.33. Masterson held down the Orioles through seven innings, only giving up four hits and a run. He has been absolutely brilliant thus far in 2011, as has his team. The Indians are 9-4 and tied for first with the Royals (what is this, the bizarro AL Central?).

Cardinals offense. Lance Berkman was supposed to be cooked, instead he's hit six home runs this week, after his two-HR night Friday. Albert Pujols was scuffling a bit to open to the season, but everyone with a brain knew it was only a matter of time. Well, that time has arrived. He's hit three homers in his past two games, including two Friday night. Colby Rasmus, Yadier Molina, David Freese and Matt Holliday are raking and the Cardinals are now the first team since the 2000 Tigers to collect at least 15 hits in four straight games. During that span, they've scored 43 runs.


Bobby Jenks, Red Sox. Pretty disgusting outing for the big man. It reads: walk, single, strikeout, single, single, single -- with a stolen base and wild pitch intertwined. He left with just 1/3 of an inning worked while having allowed four runs. The 2-10 Red Sox lost by one. But don't take my word for how bad Jenks was, you can get it straight from the horse's mouth: "I flat out stunk tonight." (Boston Herald )

Nick Blackburn, Twins. It still amazes me how quickly he nailed down a rotation spot in the spring while Kevin Slowey was sent to the bullpen. But we're past that now. Friday night, against a Rays lineup with Matt Joyce and Felipe Lopez making up the 3-4 hitters, Blackburn was shelled. He coughed up 10 hits and five earned runs in six innings, as the Twins fell to 4-9.

Erik Bedard, Mariners. I'm glad he's healthy, because no one should wish all the rehab he's gone through the past few years on anyone. Still, Bedard is clearly struggling to work back to form. He needed 106 pitches just to get through 4 2/3 innings, while giving up seven hits, three walks and four earned runs. This was against a Royals lineup sans Alex Gordon and Wilson Betemit (before you laugh, check out their numbers thus far).

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:26 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 1:06 am

Bedard returns to hill with shaky outing

By Matt Snyder

Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard hadn't thrown a pitch in a major-league game since July 25, 2009, so just getting back on the hill and taking the ball had to have felt like quite the relief. The lefty made his 2011 debut Monday night in Texas and he wasn't bad. He just wasn't sharp, either.

He worked far too deep in counts early and his pitch-count piled up. He needed 95 pitches to get through five innings, mostly due to the fact that he only threw 60 strikes. Of course, he only walked two hitters and struck three out, so it was a matter of needing so many pitches on each hitter he faced. He ended up allowing four hits and three earned runs in his five innings. He gave up five runs total, but an error by Ichiro Suzuki opened the door for two unearned runs. Coughing up the two home runs -- one to non-power threat Elvis Andrus and the other a historic shot for Nelson Cruz -- look to be the biggest blemish aside from pitch inefficiency. The Mariners lost 6-4.

All things considered, however, it was a small step in the right direction for the embattled hurler, even though he took the loss. After three surgeries on his shoulder, he made it through five big-league innings healthy.

"It's been a while," Bedard said. "I had a rough couple years with injuries and stuff and I was glad to be back on the mound."

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: April 4, 2011 12:01 pm

Three with shot at history

Ian KinslerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

There are only six games on tonight's baseball slate, but that doesn't mean there aren't high stakes.

Two games will feature a total of three players looking to tie an MLB record. Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Mark Teixeira have all homered in each of their first three games of the season, becoming three of 26 players to achieve the feat. Only two men -- Mark McGwire in 1998 and Willie Mays in 1971 -- homered in each of the first four games of the season.

Teixeira and the Yankees host the Twins at 7:05 p.m. EST. Scott Baker is on the mound and that's good news for Teixeira, who has hit .462/.462/.769 in 13 plate appearances against the right-hander Baker. Teixeira has one homer and a double off of Baker.

Kinsler and Cruz are the first pair of teammates to notch homers in the first three games of the season and will be facing the Mariners' Erik Bedard at 8:05 p.m. EST at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Kinsler hasn't hit a homer off of Bedard in 20 career plate appearances, but does have a double and is hitting .350/.350/.400 against the lefty Bedard. Cruz has a homer and a double in eight plate appearances against Bedard, with a .375/.375/.875 slash line.

Bedard is making his first start in nearly two years. He hasn't pitched since July 25, 2009, missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.

H/T to Baseball Reference blog.

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