Roy Halladay and the Phillies finally talked about his injury. He is scheduled to miss 6-8 weeks, no surgery, just rest and some exercise. Doctors said that there isn’t anything alarming about the MRI on his shoulder compared to the baseline MRI they took in Dec 2009 when he was traded from Toronto. Halladay is confident that he will be able to return to form, but what about the rest of us? Sure, when he got hurt he was 4-5 (not great, but a lot of leagues don’t count losses) and had an ERA of 3.98 which isn’t bad, but when you are talking about Roy Halladay, he of the career 3.25 ERA and 4 consecutive under 3.00 ERA seasons he is coming off of, it makes him look more human than we are used to. Factor in a decline in velocity, and his lowest K% and highest BB% since 2007, and we have more to worry about.
If there is a light at the end of the tunnel it’s that he A. Doesn’t need surgery, and B. His ERA peripherals all point to him being better than the stats indicate, but last time I checked, I don’t recall seeing a league that used FIP or SIERA as a scoring category.
- As predicted, Josh Beckett didn’t suck last night, throwing eight innings and fanning 5 giving up 2 earned, but Wei-Yi Chen continued a strong season by throwing seven innings of 1 run ball.
- Melky Cabrera had a 2-for-5 night complete with a run and RBI. He is now batting .366 on the year, a loft average buoyed by a whopping .406 BABIP! Unsustainable. He isn’t providing much in the way of power with 4 homers, but his 42 runs scored are third in baseball. I would look into pushing him off onto someone who needs that kind of production and see what you can get from them. The average will be dropping at some point, ZIPs thinks he will bat .300 the rest of the way, which is still productive, so don’t worry if you can’t move him.
- Shin Soo Choo might be lacking in the power department, but he has respectable speed with 8 steals and is still scoring runs (33 on the year). His AVG sits at .278 now, but his BABIP is .358, only .005 points off his career mark. I think the average will continue to inch closer to the .300 we are used to seeig him at.
- WFAN reported that Yankees reliever David Robertson has no pain and wants to get back to playing in the next 8-9 days. He probably won’t be the Yankees closer when he gets back with Rafael Soriano being lights out since taking the role full time. In his last 10 games, Soriano has collected all 8 of his saves, walked only 1 batter and pitched to an ERA of 1.00.
- Felipe Paulino made it through 2/3 of an inning last night before leaving the game with a strained groin. It’s unknown how much time, if any, he will miss.
Lowe @ Crosby
Harang @ Hamels
Dickey @ Wang – Dickey is coming off back to back double digit K games. The knuckle ball is working.
Garza @ Wolf
Cain @ Marquis
Darvish @ McCarthy
Price @ Sabathia
Minor @ Buehrle
Matsuz @ Buccholz
Correia @ Leake
Lynn @ Happ – Even though Lynn took the loss last time out, he only gave up 3 earned, though that and the 4 walks came in 4.2 innings. That said, he is still in my circle of trust and I don’t hesitate to run him out aginst the ‘stros.
Alvarez @ Peavy – I like Alvarez, I really do. he doesn’t walk many batters and get ground balls like no one’s business, however a string of three starts which he hasn’t given up less than 4 earned have me sitting him today.