THT Daily: June 16

Major League News for June 16

Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Game of the Day
Yesterday’s Home Runs
Top Minor League Games
Player News
Stats


Yesterday’s Results
American League
CHA     8  TEX     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Buehrle: 8 IP, 2 R, 0 HBP
CLE     8  NYA     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Belliard: 4 for 5, Hollandsworth: 4 RBI
DET     6  TB      2    (Recap and Boxscore) Miner: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER
LAA     3  KC      2    (Recap and Boxscore) 10 innings, Lackey: 7 IP, 0 ER
MIN     5  BOS     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Silva: 6 IP, 0 R (!), Twins sweep Sox
OAK     9  SEA     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Johnson: 4 RBI, batting .519 in 8 G, Oak sweeps SEA
TOR     4  BAL     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Lilly: 6 IP, 8 K, 0 R, TOR 1 game out

National League
COL     8  WAS     1    (Recap and Boxscore) Jennings: 8 IP, 0 ER, Hawpe: 4 RBI, HR, COL sweeps WAS
FLA     3  ATL     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Nolasco: 7 IP, 1 R, FLA sweeps ATL
HOU     3  CHN     2    (Recap and Boxscore) See below
LAN     7  SD      3    (Recap and Boxscore) Billingsley debut: 5.3 IP, 2 R, Kent: 3 for 5, 2B, 3B
NYN     5  PHI     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Burrell: 2 HR, Mets sweep Phils
SF      8  ARI     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Feliz: 4 for 5, 6 RBI, Morris: CG, 2 R
STL     6  PIT     5    (Recap and Boxscore) Duncan: 3 for 4, 2B, 3B


Today’s Games
National League
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 Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:10 PM
  (R) Aaron Cook (5-6) vs. (R) Jason Marquis (8-4)
 
 Inter-League
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 Detroit Tigers at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM
  (L) Nate Robertson (6-3) vs. (L) Glendon Rusch (2-6)
 Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 PM
  (L) Francisco Liriano (5-1) vs. (R) Ian Snell (7-3)
 New York Yankees at Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM
  (R) Jaret Wright (3-4) vs. (R) Shawn Hill (1-1)
 Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 PM
  (R) James Shields (2-0) vs. (L) Cole Hamels (1-1)
 Baltimore Orioles at New York Mets, 7:10 PM
  (L) Erik Bedard (5-6) vs. (R) Alay Soler (2-1)
 Chicago White Sox at Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 PM
  (R) Freddy Garcia (7-4) vs. (L) Brandon Claussen (3-7)
 Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves, 7:35 PM
  (L) Jon Lester (0-0) vs. (R) Tim Hudson (6-4)
 Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Marlins, 7:35 PM
  (R) Ty Taubenheim (0-3) vs. (L) Scott Olsen (5-3)
 Cleveland Indians at Milwaukee Brewers, 8:05 PM
  (L) CC Sabathia (5-2) vs. (L) Chris Capuano (6-4)
 Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros, 8:05 PM
  (R) Scott Elarton (1-8) vs. (L) Wandy Rodriguez (8-3)
 Arizona Diamondbacks at Texas Rangers, 8:05 PM
  (R) Brandon Webb (8-1) vs. (R) Kevin Millwood (7-3)
 Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics, 10:05 PM
  (R) Brett Tomko (5-5) vs. (L) Barry Zito (7-3)
 San Diego Padres at LA Angels of Anaheim, 10:05 PM
  (R) Clay Hensley (4-5) vs. (R) Jeff Weaver (3-9)
 San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners, 10:05 PM
  (L) Noah Lowry (2-4) vs. (R) Felix Hernandez (6-6)


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 gray bars represent games decided by two runs or less. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.

American League East
NYA     37  27 .578  0.0    
TOR     37  29 .561  1.0    
BOS     36  28 .563  1.0    
BAL     30  38 .441  9.0    
TB      27  40 .403 11.5    
American League Central
DET     43  24 .642  0.0    
CHA     41  25 .621  1.5    
MIN     31  34 .477 11.0    
CLE     31  34 .477 11.0    
KC      17  48 .262 25.0    
American League West
OAK     35  31 .530  0.0    
TEX     35  32 .522  0.5    
LAA     30  36 .455  5.0    
SEA     31  37 .456  5.0    

National League East
NYN     42  23 .646  0.0    
PHI     33  33 .500  9.5    
ATL     30  37 .448 13.0    
WAS     30  38 .441 13.5    
FLA     26  37 .413 15.0    
National League Central
STL     39  26 .600  0.0    
CIN     37  29 .561  2.5    
HOU     35  32 .522  5.0    
MIL     32  35 .478  8.0    
CHN     26  39 .400 13.0    
PIT     26  41 .388 14.0    
National League West
LAN     36  30 .545  0.0    
ARI     35  31 .530  1.0    
SF      34  32 .515  2.0    
COL     34  32 .515  2.0    
SD      34  32 .515  2.0    


Game of the Day

Houston beat the Cubs on a two-run single by Brad Ausmus in the eighth, 3-2. Carlos Zambrano had a great start for the Cubs and Juan Pierre had four stolen bases, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. The Astros have won eight of their last nine and are now five games out of first place.

HOUSTON (3) VS CHICAGO CUBS (2) - FINAL

HOUSTON                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
W Taveras cf            5  0  1  1   0  0   1  .265
M Lamb 3b               4  0  0  0   1  1   2  .339
C Burke 2b              3  1  2  0   2  0   1  .320
L Berkman 1b            5  1  1  0   0  1   4  .308
J Lane rf               5  0  0  0   0  1   5  .209
P Wilson lf             4  0  2  0   0  1   0  .279
B Ausmus c              4  0  2  2   0  1   3  .286
A Everett ss            4  1  1  0   0  1   3  .210
F Nieve p               1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .133
 T Miller p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-M Ensberg ph         0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .256
 D Borkowski p          0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-O Palmeiro ph        1  0  0  0   0  1   2  .222
 C Qualls p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 B Lidge p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 36  3  9  3   3  7  21

a-hit by pitch for T Miller in the 7th;  b-struck out looking for D Borkowski 
in the 8th.

BATTING: 2B - A Everett (10, C Zambrano). S - F Nieve. RBI - W Taveras (15), B 
Ausmus 2 (17). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Lane 1, O Palmeiro 
1, B Ausmus 1. Team LOB - 11. 
 
FIELDING: DP: 1 (C Burke-A Everett-L Berkman). 

CHICAGO CUBS           ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
J Pierre cf             3  1  2  0   1  0   1  .245
T Womack 2b             3  0  0  0   0  0   3  .274
M Barrett c             3  0  1  1   0  0   1  .308
T Walker 1b             4  0  2  0   0  0   2  .294
A Ramirez 3b            4  0  0  0   0  0   2  .248
J Jones rf              4  1  1  1   0  1   1  .286
F Bynum lf              4  0  1  0   0  1   0  .234
R Cedeno ss             3  0  0  0   0  0   1  .296
 b-J Mabry ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .216
C Zambrano p            2  0  1  0   0  0   0  .103
 a-P Nevin ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .333
 B Howry p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0 1.000
 S Eyre p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 R Novoa p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .333

Totals                 32  2  8  2   1  2  12

a-grounded to second for C Zambrano in the 7th;  b-grounded to second for R 
Cedeno in the 9th.


BATTING: 2B - T Walker (10, F Nieve). 3B - F Bynum (3, D Borkowski). HR - J 
Jones (12, 2nd inning off F Nieve 0 on, 0 Out). S - T Womack. SF - M Barrett. 
RBI - M Barrett (30), J Jones (34). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - T 
Walker 1, T Womack 3, J Jones 1. GIDP - T Walker. Team LOB - 6. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - J Pierre 4 (24, 2nd base off D Borkowski/B Ausmus, 2nd base 
off F Nieve/B Ausmus 3). 
 
FIELDING: E - T Walker (3, throw). 

----------------------------------------------------
    HOUSTON         - 000 010 020   --   3
    CHICAGO CUBS    - 110 000 000   --   2
----------------------------------------------------

HOUSTON                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
F Nieve                       5 2/3   6   2   2   0   0   1   4.71
T Miller                        1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   4.42
D Borkowski (W, 1-0)          1       1   0   0   1   0   0   3.82
C Qualls (H, 8)               1       1   0   0   0   0   0   3.82
B Lidge (S, 18)               1       0   0   0   0   2   0   4.68

CHICAGO CUBS                 ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
C Zambrano                    7       5   1   1   2   5   0   2.82
B Howry (L, 2-2; B, 2)        1       3   2   1   0   1   0   2.23
S Eyre                          2/3   1   0   0   1   1   0   2.45
R Novoa                         1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   4.50

HBP - M Ensberg (by C Zambrano). Pitches-strikes: F Nieve 87-59; T Miller 
7-5; D Borkowski 22-11; C Qualls 9-5; B Lidge 11-9; C Zambrano 107-68; B Howry 
29-20; S Eyre 21-13; R Novoa 1-1. Ground balls-fly balls: F Nieve 9-8; T Miller 
0-1; D Borkowski 3-0; C Qualls 3-0; B Lidge 1-0; C Zambrano 7-9; B Howry 1-2; S 
Eyre 0-1; R Novoa 0-1. Batters faced: F Nieve 23; T Miller 1; D Borkowski 5; C 
Qualls 3; B Lidge 3; C Zambrano 29; B Howry 7; S Eyre 4; R Novoa 1. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Dan Iassogna. 1B--Bob Davidson. 2B--Dale Scott. 3B--Lance 
Barksdale. 

T--2:53. Att--40,236. 
Weather: 77 degrees, overcast. Wind: 10 mph, right to left.

The following graph tracks the game’s Win Probability, courtesy of Fan Graphs.

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Yesterday’s Home Runs

The following stats are provided by Hit Tracker, which logs the projected distance of each home run (if it were to land uninterrupted at field level) and its “standard” distance, which is corrected for weather conditions.

Batter                      Pitcher                True Dist  Stnd. Dist
Guerrero, Vladimir   LAA    Wood, Mike        KC        469       466
Thome, Jim           CWS    Mahay, Ron        TEX       459       470
Hollandsworth, Todd  CLE    Mussina, Mike     NYY       435       401
Hinske, Eric         TOR    Cabrera, Daniel   BAL       434       453
Castillo, Jose       PIT    Mulder, Mark      STL       430       409
Bautista, Jose       PIT    Mulder, Mark      STL       422       404
LaRoche, Adam        ATL    Borowski, Joe     FLA       417       424
Cabrera, Melky       NYY    Lee, Cliff        CLE       416       392
Burrell, Pat         PHI    Trachsel, Steve   NYM       414       422
Feliz, Pedro         SF     Aquino, Greg      ARI       404       394
Uribe, Juan          CWS    Rheinecker, John  TEX       398       400
Hawpe, Brad          COL    Hernandez, Livan  WAS       392       350
Jones, Jacque        CHC    Nieve, Fernando   HOU       389       393
Ross, Cody           FLA    Sosa, Jorge       ATL       388       426
Burrell, Pat         PHI    Trachsel, Steve   NYM       385       399
Castilla, Vinny      SD     Broxton, Jonathan LAD       380       368
Uggla, Dan           FLA    Yates, Tyler      ATL       380       401
Williams, Bernie     NYY    Lee, Cliff        CLE       372       364
Burnitz, Jeromy      PIT    Wainwright, Adam  STL       366       352
Wright, David        NYM    Lidle, Corey      PHI       356       366
Kubel, Jason         MIN    Wakefield, Tim    BOS       350       346
Rodriguez, Alex      NYY    Lee, Cliff        CLE       NA        NA
Kielty, Bobby        OAK    Washburn, Jarrod  SEA       NA        NA
Alfonzo, Eliezer     SF     Aquino, Greg      ARI       NA        NA


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            POS AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
CHC AA  Scott Moore        3B  4  3  0  0  1  0  1   
CIN A   Bobby Mosby        DH  3  2  1  0  1  1  1   
CIN AA  Joey Votto         1B  5  3  1  0  1  0  1   
CIN AA  Dewayne Wise       RF  4  3  3  0  0  0  0  Hitting .565 over last 23 at bats
CLE AA  David Wallace       C  4  3  0  0  1  1  1   
CLE A+  Jordan Brown       LF  3  2  1  0  1  1  0  5 RBI
HOU A+  Edwin Maysonet     SS  5  4  1  0  0  0  0   
KC  A+  Irving Falu        SS  5  4  1  0  1  0  1  5 RBI
LAA A+  Sean Rodriguez     SS  5  3  1  0  1  0  0  .541 OBP during past week
MIN A+  Garrett Guzman     LF  4  3  0  0  1  0  1   
 
ORG LVL PLAYER             IP   H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
BOS AA  Kason Gabbard      7.0  4  0  0  5  2  0   
CHC AA  Chris Shaver       7.0  5  0  0  5  3  0   
HOU A   Thomas Fairchild   7.0  4  1  1  7  2  0  1.35 ERA over past month
LA  AA  Heath Totten       8.0  8  1  1  10  1  0   
LAA A   Nick Adenhart      8.0  5  2  2  8  1  0   
MIL A+  Mark Rogers        7.0  1  0  0  10  4  0   
MIN AA  Matt Garza         6.0  3  0  0  8  2  0  1.26 ERA over past month
PHI A   Matthew Maloney    7.0  2  0  0  8  5  0  1.15 ERA over past month
SD  A   Joshua Geer        7.0  3  0  0  3  2  0   
SF  A   Daniel Griffin     6.0  4  0  0  7  0  0   


Player News

Luis Gonzalez held a press conference before today’s games to respond to an interview with Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick, in which he said other Diamondback players have been taking HGH, and specifically mentioned Gonzalez. In a word, Gonzalez was angry.

Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson was suspended five games by the commissioner’s office for intentionally throwing at Cleveland’s Eduardo Perez. Manager Joe Torre was suspended for one game.

The Red Sox and White Sox swapped relievers. Boston, which didn’t have a lefty reliever, acquired one in Javier Lopez, who has been pitching in AAA for the ChiSox. Chicago, which needed another righty relief option, picked up David Riske. Lopez appeared in yesterday’s game with the Red Sox.

Having handed the starting shortstop job to Jason Bartlett, the Minnesota Twins traded infielder Juan Castro back to the Cincinnati Reds for minor league outfielder Brandon Roberts. The Twins also designated Tony Batista for assignment.

John Wetteland was fired as the Washington Nationals’ bullpen coach, due to philosophical disagreements with manager Frank Robinson.

Placed on the disabled list: Oakland’s Frank Thomas and Cleveland’s Casey Blake.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Angels might be leaning towards keeping Jered Weaver in the rotation and moving his brother Jeff to the bullpen when Bartolo Colon (shoulder) is healthy enough to return. “I’m not an oddsmaker,” pitching coach Bud Black said, “but Jered has shown he deserves to get major league starts in the future.”

Chris Burke has officially taken the Astros’ center field job from Willie Taveras. Burke is hitting .400 (14-for-35) over his last nine games.

Colorado’s Todd Helton had a single, a double and three walks, reaching base in nine straight plate appearances over two games.

The Seattle Mariners have scheduled a Friday news conference to announce they have signed Brandon Morrow, the fifth overall choice in this month’s major league draft.


THT’s Stats

Hitting flyballs doesn’t help a whole lot unless you hit them hard. Following is a list of the top twenty major league batters in hitting outfield flyballs over the fence (adjusted for ballpark). As you can see, when Ryan Howard hits the ball, he hits it far.

Last        First      Team   HR/F
Howard      Ryan J     PHI     36%
Pujols      Albert     STL     29%
Dunn        Adam       CIN     29%
Jones       Jacque     CHN     27%
Beltran     Carlos     NYN     26%
Delgado     Carlos     NYN     25%
Bay         Jason      PIT     25%
Soriano     Alfonso    WAS     24%
Ensberg     Morgan     HOU     22%
Jones       Andruw     ATL     21%
Berkman     Lance      HOU     21%
Johnson     Nick       WAS     21%
Lee         Carlos     MIL     21%
Burrell     Pat        PHI     20%
Francoeur   Jeff B     ATL     20%
Hall        Bill       MIL     19%
LaRoche     Adam       ATL     18%
Kearns      Austin     CIN     18%
Holliday    Matt T     COL     18%
Hawpe       Brad B     COL     17%

Access all of THT’s stats here…

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