THT Daily: A Duo in St. Louis

Major League News for August 27

Player News
Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Top Minor League Performances

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Player News

Player Headlines are courtesy of Rotoworld
Matt Holliday told KSLG 1380 AM in St. Louis that he’s hoping to stick with the Cardinals on a long-term basis.
Holliday, an inmpending free agent, called the atmosphere in St. Louis “second to none” and noted that a Pujols-Holliday era “sounds pretty good.” He also noted there’s a chance an extension could get done by the end of the season. Holliday is batting a ridiculous .386/.448/.667 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 30 games since first donning a Cardinals uniform. But, keep in mind that his agent is Scott Boras and any sort of discount is unlikely.

FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal expects the Dodgers, Rockies, Marlins, Giants and Rays to enter discussions with Brad Penny.
Penny was released from the Red Sox Wednesday night. He won’t clear waivers until Monday, but teams can begin talking to him immediately. The 31-year-old right-hander had a dissapointing 5.61 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 24 starts with the Red Sox this season, leading Rosenthal and others to suggest that a move back to the National League makes the most sense.

Red Sox released RHP Brad Penny.
Penny requested the move Wednesday night after watching Tim Wakefield toss seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball. The 31-year-old right-hander is hoping to latch on with a contending team before the end of August in order to gain playoff eligibility. He had an 0-4 record and 9.11 ERA in his last five starts, and a 5.61 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 7-8 record in 24 outings overall.

David Ortiz hit a pair of solo homers, including a walk-off shot, in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday night.
Ortiz may be batting just .211 this month, but he also has seven home runs. In fact, he has seven home runs in each of the past three months, to bring his total to 22 in 427 at-bats this season. It looked unlikely in May, but Ortiz should surpass his total of 23 home runs from 2008 with relative ease.

Adam Jones (back) could return to the lineup on Thursday.
Jones has missed three consecutive games with back pain. “I talked to him today and he says he feels much better,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley. “He said he wants to go home and sleep in his own bed and he thinks that will help him. I asked him if he thought he’d be ready tomorrow and he said that was a possibility. We’re going to report to the park late tomorrow. …We’re not going to hit on the field. I’m not going to post the lineup at 3 o’clock. I’ll wait till he gets there. I’ll let him test it and see where we’re at.”

Dallas Braden (left foot rash) has been told by a neurologist that a nerve in his left foot has been “traumatized.”
San Francisco Chronicle writer Susan Slusser writes that it is sounding “less and less as if Dallas Braden will pitch again this season.” A’s manager Bob Geren plans to go with a six-man rotation in September, regardless of if Braden can make it back or not. If he’s done for the season, the 25-year-old southpaw finishes with a 3.89 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 22 starts this season.

Diamondbacks activated outfielder Justin Upton from the 15-day disabled list.
He is in Wednesday’s lineup. Upton, who missed three weeks with a right oblique strain, was en midst of a breakthrough campaign prior to his injury. The 22-year-old (he celebrated his birthday yesterday) returns to a .301/.374/.541 line with 20 home runs and 66 RBI in 441 plate appearances. Get him active in all formats immediately.

Alfonso Soriano is penciled in to return to the Cubs’ lineup on Wednesday.
Soriano has not played since Friday due to a sore left knee. He wants to get an MRI, but that might not happen until the club’s next off day on September 10. The knee is bothersome only when he runs, not when he hits. Soriano may start taking cortisone shots to manage the pain.

Red Sox activated RHP Tim Wakefield from the 15-day disabled list.
After more than six weeks on the shelf, the 43-year-old returns to action with a start against the White Sox on Wednesday. We wouldn’t advise activating him right away due to the potential rust factor, but Wakefield’s 11-3 record makes him a potentially useful option down the stretch despite a mediocre 4.31 ERA and 1.38 WHIP this season.


Yesterday’s Results

For the full scoop regarding yesterday’s games, read “And That Happened” at Shysterball.

American League
BOS     3  CHA     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
NYA     9  TEX     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
TOR     3  TB      2    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     4  KC      2    (Recap and Boxscore)
BAL     5  MIN     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAA     4  DET     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
SEA     5  OAK     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
SD     12  ATL     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA     5  NYN     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHN     9  WAS     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
CIN     4  MIL     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
PHI     4  PIT     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
STL     3  HOU     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     6  COL     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
SF      4  ARI     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

Check out Fangraphs’ scoreboard to see all the games in action.


Today’s Games

Rangers (70-55) @ Yankees (79-47), 1:05pm
Dustin Nippert (28, RHP) vs. A.J. Burnett (32, RHP)
Indians (56-70) @ Orioles (52-75), 7:05pm
Aaron Laffey (24, LHP) vs. David Hernandez (24, RHP)
WhiteSox (63-64) @ RedSox (73-53), 7:10pm
John Danks (24, LHP) vs. Junichi Tazawa (23, RHP)
Royals (48-78) @ Mariners (66-61), 10:10pm
Kyle Davies (25, RHP) vs. Doug Fister (25, RHP)
Athletics (55-71) @ Angels (75-50), 10:25pm
Trevor Cahill (21, RHP) vs. Ervin Santana (26, RHP)
Mets (57-70) @ Marlins (67-59), 1:10pm
Tim Redding (31, RHP) vs. Anibal Sanchez (25, RHP)
Reds (54-71) @ Brewers (61-65), 2:05pm
Justin Lehr (31, RHP) vs. David Bush (29, RHP)
Astros (61-65) @ Cardinals (74-54), 2:15pm
Brian Moehler (37, RHP) vs. Chris Carpenter (34, RHP)
Nationals (45-82) @ Cubs (63-61), 2:20pm
J.D. Martin (26, RHP) vs. Randy Wells (26, RHP)
Dodgers (75-52) @ Rockies (72-55), 3:10pm
Vicente Padilla (31, RHP) vs. Jorge de la Rosa (28, LHP)
Padres (54-74) @ Braves (66-60), 7:00pm
Clayton Richard (25, LHP) vs. Javier Vazquez (32, RHP)
Phillies (73-51) @ Pirates (52-72), 7:05pm
J.A. Happ (26, LHP) vs. Charlie Morton (25, RHP)
D'backs (55-72) @ Giants (69-58), 10:15pm
Yusmeiro Petit (24, RHP) vs. Joe Martinez (26, RHP)


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.


American League East        Pwins  Diff
NYA     79  47 .627    0.0   73     6    sparkline graph
BOS     73  53 .579    6.0   73     0    sparkline graph
TB      69  57 .548   10.0   71    -2    sparkline graph
TOR     58  67 .464   20.5   64    -6    sparkline graph
BAL     52  75 .409   27.5   55    -3    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     67  59 .532    0.0   64     3    sparkline graph
CHA     63  64 .496    4.5   64    -1    sparkline graph
MIN     63  64 .496    4.5   64    -1    sparkline graph
CLE     56  70 .444   11.0   61    -5    sparkline graph
KC      48  78 .381   19.0   49    -1    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     75  50 .600    0.0   69     6    sparkline graph
TEX     70  55 .560    5.0   68     2    sparkline graph
SEA     66  61 .520   10.0   58     8    sparkline graph
OAK     55  71 .437   20.5   59    -4    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     73  51 .589    0.0   73     0    sparkline graph
FLA     67  59 .532    7.0   63     4    sparkline graph
ATL     66  60 .524    8.0   69    -3    sparkline graph
NYN     57  70 .449   17.5   57     0    sparkline graph
WAS     45  82 .354   29.5   53    -8    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     74  54 .578    0.0   71     3    sparkline graph
CHN     63  61 .508    9.0   64    -1    sparkline graph
HOU     61  65 .484   12.0   55     6    sparkline graph
MIL     61  65 .484   12.0   60     1    sparkline graph
CIN     54  71 .432   18.5   52     2    sparkline graph
PIT     52  72 .419   20.0   56    -4    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     75  52 .591    0.0   77    -2    sparkline graph
COL     72  55 .567    3.0   72     0    sparkline graph
SF      69  58 .543    6.0   68     1    sparkline graph
ARI     55  72 .433   20.0   58    -3    sparkline graph
SD      54  74 .422   21.5   49     5    sparkline graph


Wildcard Standings
American League             
BOS     73  53 .579    0.0
TEX     70  55 .560    2.5
TB      69  57 .548    4.0
SEA     66  61 .520    7.5
MIN     63  64 .496   10.5
National League             
COL     72  55 .567    0.0
SF      69  58 .543    3.0
FLA     67  59 .532    4.5
ATL     66  60 .524    5.5
CHN     63  61 .508    7.5


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

ORG LVL PLAYER            AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
WAN A-  J.P. Ramirez...... 6  4  1  0  2  0  1  3 R
ARI AAA Chris Young....... 5  4  1  0  1  0  0  
ARI AA  Evan Frey......... 5  5  1  0  0  0  0  3 LD
LAA AAA Sean Rodriguez.... 2  1  0  0  1  2  1  
CHW AAA Tyler Flowers..... 5  2  0  0  1  1  1  4 RBI
HOU AA  Collin DeLome..... 4  2  0  0  1  1  1  
KC  AA  David Lough....... 5  3  0  0  1  0  2  
BOS AA  Ryan Kalish....... 4  2  2  0  0  0  0  3 LD
TOR AA  David Cooper...... 3  2  0  0  1  1  0  
CLE AA  Carlos Santana.... 1  1  0  0  1  2  0  
OAK A+  Greg Desme........ 4  2  0  0  1  0  0  
SF  A+  Thomas Neal....... 4  3  0  0  1  0  0  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
CHC A+  Jay Jackson....... 5  5  3  2 11  1  0  
SF  A+  Clayton Tanner.... 7  3  1  1  6  2  0  
OAK A+  Anthony Capra..... 5  4  4  4  9  1  1  
FLA A   Brad Hand......... 5  1  0  0  5  1  0  
SEA A+  Steven Hensley.... 6  4  1  1  8  2  1  
CIN A+  Matthew Fairel.... 7  6  2  2  5  1  0  
PIT A+  Jeffrey Locke..... 6  6  1  1  5  0  0  
STL A+  Richard Castillo.. 7  4  1  1  3  0  0  
MIN A+  Tyler Robertson... 6  2  1  0  5  2  0  11 GB
LA  AA  C. Withrow........ 5  6  2  2  5  0  0  
SF  AA  M. Bumgarner...... 7  4  0  0  2  1  0  
TEX A   Joseph Wieland.... 5  7  3  3  6  2  0
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