Chris Young will be making the start for the Mets tonight at Washington. He is 13 months removed from the same shoulder surgery that Johan Santana and Mark Prior have had. He has had 4 rehab starts, three in Single A where he pitched a 3.18 ERA and then 6 scoreless in his last start at AAA. He is expected to max out at 80 or 85 pitches today. I’ve grabbed him as a lotto ticket in my NL only and Blog Wars.
Jason Bay will not be starting tonight as anticipated. He hasn’t had a setback, he’s just sick.
Jarrod Parker threw seven innings of no hit ball to beat the Rangers. He finished with eight innings, one hit, and 6 K’s.
Scott Feldman finished with 1.2 innings, giving up 8 runs on 7 hits. Roy Oswalt can’t be ready soon enough…
Resident most hyped sleeper of the year, Lucas Duda
hit another homer last night, his 9th of the year and 5th in his last 10 games. I called him for 25-30 bombs this year. His current pace puts him at close to 28.
My gamble on Will Smith was a disaster. I’m glad I specifically told you all not to play him. He gave up seven runs in 4.2 innings, including a two run shot to Josh Willingham in the first, his 11th HR on the year. Willingham was another player I had high hopes for this year. Not scared off by Target Field, Willingham has made a career of hitting bombs in pitchers parks (Florida, Washington, Oakland). His 162 game pace is at almost 35. What would this guy being doing in Colorado or Cincinnati?
Starlin Castro is hitless in his last 3 games, and has also been making some mental mistakes in the field and on the basepaths that are ticking off his manager. Don’t be surprised if Castro is benched for a game or two coming up soon.
Alex Presley is getting recalled from AAA today. He put up a 1.015 OPS in 18 games after being sent down. He is a guy with 5 tools that ZIPs took a liking to over the off season.
Chase Utley homered in an extended spring training game. He has yet to do anything other than DH.
Pitching Match Ups
Jimenez @ Smyly
Billingsly @ Lee
Young @ Zimmermann – Call me an optimist. Rollin the dice on Young though conventional wisdom says not to.
Shields @ Pettitte
Hudson @ Sanchez
Hammel @ Lester
Burrnett @ Bailey – Sure, it’s the Pirates, but it’s also Bailey… at home…If this game were in Pittsburgh, I would start Bailey.
Garcia @ Harrell – History as a better pitcher at home, The fact he is pitching in Houston, and a tender elbow all have me steering away from Garcia today.
Dempster @ Gallardo
Liriano @ Chen
Romero @ Humber
Gutherie @ Kennedy
Beaven @ Richards – Beaven doesn’t walk anyone. I like guys that don’t give free passes.
Lincecum @ Bass
Holland @ Blackley