Tag:Tommy Hunter
Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:28 pm

Rangers won't start Lee on three days

Tommy Hunter Cliff Lee has never started a game on three days' rest.

And he won't.

Manager Ron Washington reversed course Thursday night, saying that Tommy Hunter (pictured) would be the No. 4 starter with Lee staying on normal rest.

"The numbers didn't look good," said manager Ron Washington to MLB.com . "We're going to use our whole pitching staff." 

MLB.com looked at statistics based on three days rest in the postseason over eight years. It found that a pitcher has started a playoff game on three days' rest 51 times, ending up with a 13-20 record and 5.01 ERA. On four days' rest, pitchers have a 4.18 ERA and that drops to 3.80 with five or more days off.

(Hopefully the Rangers used more informative statistics than these, but the general point remains.)

The Yankees used a three-man rotation but with all the off-days, were able to start pitchers on regular rest for the most part. Overall, six starts on three days' rest occurred, with the total ERA notching 6.30 with an average of five innings per start.

This opportunity has opened the door for the 24-year-old Hunter who has made 21 starts (and one bullpen appearance), posting a sterling 13-4 record along with a 3.80 ERA over 123 innings. In 112 innings last season, Hunter posted a 4.10 ERA in 19 starts. While he's pitching a bit above his true talent level, he's still a capable No. 4 starter.

"It's a great opportunity," Hunter said. "It's something I've looked forward to since the beginning of the season -- throw in the postseason. Now I'm getting that opportunity."

The Rangers will open the postseason on the road, giving Lee and No. 2 starter C.J. Wilson the honor of starting in either Yankee Stadium or Tropicana Field. Colby Lewis and Hunter will grab the home starts, freeing up Lee for a potential Game 5 back on the road.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 1:15 am

Ellsbury leaves Red Sox game with injury

Jacoby Ellsbury
This doesn't sound good.

Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury came out of Boston's game in Texas after the third inning, and the team later announced that he had "left side pain." Ellsbury collided with Texas starter Tommy Hunter in the first inning when Hunter was covering first on a dribbler up the line by Ellsbury. You can see Ellsbury flying through the air in this picture.

Ellsbury, 26, just returned August 4 after missing most of the season with broken ribs. Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras, accused the Red Sox of misdiagnosing the initial injury and causing his recovery to be delayed, while teammates were unhappy with Ellsbury for rehabbing away from the team.

The last thing the Red Sox or Ellsbury need is for him to have another rib injury, though it seems perfectly fitting for Boston's snakebit season. We'll update with any new information.

UPDATE: According to reporters in the postgame clubhouse, Ellsbury's injury is in the same area of his ribs as the original injury. He will see Dr. Lewis Yocum on Saturday, and manager Terry Francona termed the situation "very concerning."

UPDATE: There has been a change in plans, and Ellsbury will go to Boston to be examined, not to Los Angeles to see Yocum.

-- David Andriesen

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