THT Daily: The Final Weekend

Major League News for October 2

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
According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, Toronto players are “fed up” with manager Cito Gaston and do not want him to return next season.
“It’s nearly a mutiny right now,” an unnamed source told Rosenthal. “He has lost the entire team.” The Blue Jays faded this season, going 39-69 after a surprising 27-14 start, and it may have had something to do with turmoil in the clubhouse. Gaston is currently signed through 2010, but things can change quickly if enough players call for his head.

Aaron Cook pitched eight innings of one-run ball as the Rockies beat the Brewers 9-2 on Thursday to clinch the NL wild card.
It is nice to have that wild card wrapped up, but even more encouraging was Cook’s performance in his second start back from a shoulder strain. He’s allowed just the one run and one walk in 13 innings since coming back, so he’s all set to be a part of the NLDS rotation. He ends the year 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA in 27 starts.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean will both be brought back for the 2010 season.
There’s no reason their jobs should have been on the line in the first place. Despite a dismal offense, the Giants have posted an 86-73 record this season and were in the hunt for a playoff spot until just a few days ago. They’ve drafted well as an organization and boast some of the top young arms in baseball.

Tim Wakefield said Thursday he is feeling the ‘physical toll’ of his Wednesday start.
Wake couldn’t last longer than three innings, being blasted for five runs. The knuckleballer simply can’t move well enough to pitch, never mind field. The 42-year old said that if he doesn’t make the postseason roster, he will immediately have surgery to repair his herniated disc. Wake, a first-time All-Star whose 11 victories at the break were among the league leaders, likely ends his 2009 year with a 11-5 tally and a 4.58 ERA in 129 2/3 innings.


Yesterday’s Results

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

American League
BOS     3  CLE     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
BAL     3  TB      2    (Recap and Boxscore)
MIN     8  DET     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
TEX    11  LAA     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
SEA     4  OAK     2    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
WAS     2  ATL     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
HOU     5  PHI     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
STL    13  CIN     0    (Recap and Boxscore)
COL     9  MIL     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
SF      7  ARI     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

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


Today’s Games

WhiteSox (77-82) @ Tigers (85-74), 7:05pm
Jake Peavy (28, RHP) vs. Edwin Jackson (25, RHP)
Blue Jays (75-84) @ Orioles (61-98), 7:05pm
David Purcey (27, LHP) vs. Jason Berken (25, RHP)
Indians (65-94) @ RedSox (92-67), 7:10pm
Jeremy Sowers (26, LHP) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (28, RHP)
Yankees (102-57) @ Rays (82-77), 7:38pm
C.C. Sabathia (28, LHP) vs. David Price (23, LHP)
Royals (65-94) @ Twins (83-76), 8:10pm
Lenny DiNardo (29, LHP) vs. Jeff Manship (24, RHP)
Angels (94-65) @ Athletics (75-84), 10:05pm
Jered Weaver (26, RHP) vs. Gio Gonzalez (23, LHP)
Rangers (86-73) @ Mariners (83-76), 10:10pm
Brandon McCarthy (25, RHP) vs. Ian Snell (27, RHP)
D'backs (68-91) @ Cubs (82-76), 2:20pm
Billy Buckner (25, RHP) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (26, LHP)
Marlins (85-74) @ Phillies (92-67), 7:05pm
Rick VandenHurk (24, RHP) vs. Joe Blanton (28, RHP)
Pirates (61-97) @ Reds (76-83), 7:10pm
Daniel McCutchen (26, RHP) vs. Justin Lehr (31, RHP)
Astros (74-85) @ Mets (67-92), 7:10pm
Wandy Rodriguez (30, LHP) vs. John Maine (28, RHP)
Nationals (56-103) @ Braves (86-73), 7:30pm
Livan Hernandez (34, RHP) vs. Derek Lowe (36, RHP)
Brewers (77-82) @ Cardinals (91-68), 8:15pm
Braden Looper (34, RHP) vs. Adam Wainwright (27, RHP)
Giants (86-73) @ Padres (74-85), 10:05pm
Barry Zito (31, LHP) vs. Kevin Correia (28, RHP)
Rockies (91-68) @ Dodgers (93-66), 10:10pm
Ubaldo Jimenez (25, RHP) vs. Randy Wolf (32, LHP)


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    102  57 .642    0.0   95     7    sparkline graph
BOS     92  67 .579   10.0   91     1    sparkline graph
TB      82  77 .516   20.0   84    -2    sparkline graph
TOR     75  84 .472   27.0   83    -8    sparkline graph
BAL     61  98 .384   41.0   66    -5    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     85  74 .535    0.0   80     5    sparkline graph
MIN     83  76 .522    2.0   83     0    sparkline graph
CHA     77  82 .484    8.0   78    -1    sparkline graph
CLE     65  94 .409   20.0   72    -7    sparkline graph
KC      65  94 .409   20.0   65     0    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     94  65 .591    0.0   90     4    sparkline graph
TEX     86  73 .541    8.0   84     2    sparkline graph
SEA     83  76 .522   11.0   74     9    sparkline graph
OAK     75  84 .472   19.0   80    -5    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     92  67 .579    0.0   91     1    sparkline graph
ATL     86  73 .541    6.0   90    -4    sparkline graph
FLA     85  74 .535    7.0   80     5    sparkline graph
NYN     67  92 .421   25.0   69    -2    sparkline graph
WAS     56 103 .352   36.0   63    -7    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     91  68 .572    0.0   90     1    sparkline graph
CHN     82  76 .519    8.5   84    -2    sparkline graph
MIL     77  82 .484   14.0   75     2    sparkline graph
CIN     76  83 .478   15.0   73     3    sparkline graph
HOU     74  85 .465   17.0   68     6    sparkline graph
PIT     61  97 .386   29.5   66    -5    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     93  66 .585    0.0   97    -4    sparkline graph
COL     91  68 .572    2.0   89     2    sparkline graph
SF      86  73 .541    7.0   84     2    sparkline graph
SD      74  85 .465   19.0   66     8    sparkline graph
ARI     68  91 .428   25.0   72    -4    sparkline graph


Wildcard Standings
American League             
BOS     92  67 .579    0.0
TEX     86  73 .541    6.0
MIN     83  76 .522    9.0
SEA     83  76 .522    9.0
TB      82  77 .516   10.0
National League             
COL     91  68 .572    0.0
ATL     86  73 .541    5.0
SF      86  73 .541    5.0
FLA     85  74 .535    6.0
CHN     82  76 .519    8.5


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

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
First Inning’s Major and Minor League Daily Reports:

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