THT Daily: A Rout in Boston

Major League News for May 1

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
Ervin Santana (elbow) and John Lackey (forearm) may be back pitching for the Angels in two weeks time.
In extended spring training games, Santana threw about 45 pitches through three innings Wednesday while Lackey did the same Thursday and both reported no ill effects afterward. They could be ready after two more rehab starts each, putting their return to the lineup at mid May. Both will have their pitch counts extended to 60 pitches when they are moved to Triple-A Salt Lake early next week. If they both require a third minor league start, their return would be some time around Memorial Day.

The Red Sox shut down John Smoltz‘s rehab Thursday.
He will rejoin the team in Atlanta in order to rehabilitate his surgically repaired shoulder under the eye of the team’s medical personnel. The team doesn’t want Smoltz to pitch in a minor league before he’s truly ready, as they fear he may not hold back in game conditions. The Sox said that Smoltz isn’t injured and is still on course to return in early June.

John Buck tripled twice, doubled and drove in five runs as the Royals beat the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday.
One doesn’t see a catcher triple twice very often. Buck had just three career triples, all of them coming in different seasons. He’s now hitting .300 with three homers, 15 RBI and five walks in 40 at-bats this season. Miguel Olivo, who was foolishly promised the starting job in the offseason, is batting .178 with four RBI and one walk in 45 at-bats.


Yesterday’s Results

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

American League
NYA     7  LAA     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
TB     13  BOS     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
KC      8  TOR     6    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK     4  TEX     2    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
STL     9  WAS     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA     8  CHN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
MIL     4  ARI     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     8  SD      5    (Recap and Boxscore)

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


Today’s Games

National League
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 Florida Marlins at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM
  (L) Graham Taylor (0-1) vs. (R) Rich Harden (2-1)
 Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 PM
  (R) Bronson Arroyo (3-1) vs. (L) Zach Duke (3-1)
 St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM
  (R) Todd Wellemeyer (1-2) vs. (R) Jordan Zimmermann (2-0)
 New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 PM
  (R) Mike Pelfrey (2-0) vs. (R) Chan Ho Park (0-0)
 Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves, 7:35 PM
  (L) Mike Hampton (1-1) vs. (R) Derek Lowe (2-1)
 Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 PM
  (R) Jon Garland (2-1) vs. (L) Manny Parra (0-4)
 San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 PM
  (R) Jake Peavy (2-3) vs. (L) Clayton Kershaw (0-2)
 Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 10:15 PM
  (R) Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3) vs. (L) Randy Johnson (1-2)
 
 American League
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 LA Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees, 7:05 PM
  (R) Jered Weaver (2-1) vs. (L) Andy Pettitte (2-1)
 Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers, 7:05 PM
  (R) Carl Pavano (0-3) vs. (R) Armando Galarraga (3-0)
 Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 PM
  (L) Mark Hendrickson (1-3) vs. (R) Roy Halladay (4-1)
 Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays, 7:38 PM
  (R) Justin Masterson (2-0) vs. (R) Andy Sonnanstine (0-3)
 Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers, 8:05 PM
  (L) Mark Buehrle (3-0) vs. (R) Scott Feldman (1-0)
 Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins, 8:10 PM
  (R) Sidney Ponson (0-3) vs. (R) Kevin Slowey (3-0)
 Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 PM
  (L) Dana Eveland (1-1) vs. (R) Carlos Silva (1-2)
 
 


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
BOS     14   8 .636    0.0   13     1    sparkline graph
TOR     15   9 .625    0.0   15     0    sparkline graph
NYA     12  10 .545    2.0   10     2    sparkline graph
BAL      9  13 .409    5.0    9     0    sparkline graph
TB       9  14 .391    5.5   12    -3    sparkline graph
American League Central     
KC      12  10 .545    0.0   13    -1    sparkline graph
CHA     11  10 .524    0.5   10     1    sparkline graph
DET     11  10 .524    0.5   11     0    sparkline graph
MIN     11  11 .500    1.0    9     2    sparkline graph
CLE      8  14 .364    4.0   10    -2    sparkline graph
American League West        
SEA     13   9 .591    0.0   12     1    sparkline graph
TEX     10  11 .476    2.5   10     0    sparkline graph
LAA      9  12 .429    3.5   10    -1    sparkline graph
OAK      8  11 .421    3.5    9    -1    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
FLA     14   8 .636    0.0   12     2    sparkline graph
PHI     11   9 .550    2.0   11     0    sparkline graph
ATL     10  11 .476    3.5   10     0    sparkline graph
NYN      9  12 .429    4.5   10    -1    sparkline graph
WAS      5  16 .238    8.5    8    -3    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     16   7 .696    0.0   15     1    sparkline graph
MIL     12  10 .545    3.5   11     1    sparkline graph
CIN     11  10 .524    4.0    9     2    sparkline graph
PIT     11  10 .524    4.0   13    -2    sparkline graph
CHN     10  11 .476    5.0   10     0    sparkline graph
HOU      9  13 .409    6.5    9     0    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     15   8 .652    0.0   15     0    sparkline graph
SD      11  11 .500    3.5    9     2    sparkline graph
SF      10  10 .500    3.5   10     0    sparkline graph
ARI      9  13 .409    5.5    9     0    sparkline graph
COL      8  12 .400    5.5   10    -2    sparkline graph


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
COL AAA Carlos Gonzalez... 6  5  1  2  0  0  0  5 RBI !
PHI AA  Michael Taylor.... 5  3  2  0  1  0  0  5 RBI !
KC  A   Eric Hosmer....... 3  2  2  0  0  2  0  
NYM A+  David Havens...... 4  2  1  0  1  1  0  
COL AA  C. Nelson......... 4  3  1  0  1  0  1  
TEX AA  Justin Smoak...... 3  3  0  0  1  2  0  
BOS A+  Ryan Kalish....... 4  3  0  1  0  2  0  
SD  A+  Logan Forsythe.... 2  1  1  0  0  3  0  
LAA A+  Clayton Fuller.... 4  2  2  0  0  1  1  
CLE AA  Carlos Rivero..... 5  2  1  0  1  0  0  5 RBI !
CHW AA  Gordon Beckham.... 5  3  2  0  0  0  1  
BAL AAA Nolan Reimold..... 4  2  1  0  1  0  0  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ATL AAA Thomas Hanson..... 6  3  0  0  9  2  0  
COL A   C. Friedrich...... 6  5  2  2 10  2  0  
TB  AA  J. Hellickson..... 6  5  2  2  9  1  0  
STL AAA C. Mortensen...... 6  5  3  1  4  1  0  
CHC AAA Mitch Atkins...... 6  5  4  2  5  1  1  
MIN A+  Carlos Gutierrez.. 5  2  1  1  4  3  0  9 GB
NYY A   Andrew Brackman... 5  7  4  2  6  3  0  9 GB
ARI A   Wade Miley........ 6  7  3  3  3  3  0  15 GB
BOS AA  Felix Doubront.... 4  7  4  4  5  0  2  
STL AAA Jesse Todd........ 1  1  0  0  1  0  0  
CLE AAA Jonathan Meloan... 1  1  0  0  0  0  0  2 GB
MIN AA  Anthony Slama..... 1  2  1  1  2  2  0  3 OF
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