THT Daily: Four for four

David Wright may be done for the year, the fourth Met batting star out of action.

Major League News for August 17

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
The Mets said after Sunday’s game that David Wright would go on the disabled list with symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
There’s not going to be anything to play for next month, so the Mets might as well play it extra, extra safe with Wright. There are no quality alternatives in the minors, so Fernando Tatis will likely act as the regular third baseman.

Nick Johnson left Sunday’s game after one inning with a hamstring injury.
Well, this was long overdue. Johnson had started 104 games this year and hadn’t suffered a legitimate injury until now. The Marlins moved Ross Gload to first base to replace him today and put Jeremy Hermida in left field. If Johnson goes on the DL, either Jorge Cantu will move back to first, opening up playing time for Emilio Bonifacio, or Gaby Sanchez could be given an opportunity at the position.

Angels activated outfielder Torii Hunter from the 15-day disabled list.
Reggie Willits was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday night in order to clear roster space. Hunter will make his triumphant return Sunday afternoon against Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. The outfielder has hit .305 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 77 games with the Halos this season.

Brandon Phillips was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with a sore left hand.
Drew Sutton will fill in at second base for one game. Phillips should be back in the lineup Tuesday when the Reds begin a series at home against the Giants. He was hit on the hand with a pitch during Saturday’s loss.


Yesterday’s Results

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

American League
LAA    17  BAL     8    (Recap and Boxscore)
TB      5  TOR     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
KC      3  DET     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     7  MIN     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK     3  CHA     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
SEA    10  NYA     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
TEX     4  BOS     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
PHI     4  ATL     1    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA    10  COL     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
COL     7  FLA     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
NYN     3  SF      2    (Recap and Boxscore)
WAS     5  CIN     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
HOU     8  MIL     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
STL     7  SD      5    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     9  ARI     3    (Recap and Boxscore)

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


Today’s Games

Angels (70-45) @ Orioles (48-69), 7:05pm
Ervin Santana (26, RHP) vs. David Hernandez (24, RHP)
Twins (56-61) @ Rangers (66-50), 8:05pm
Francisco Liriano (25, LHP) vs. Tommy Hunter (22, RHP)
Royals (46-71) @ WhiteSox (60-58), 8:11pm
Brian Bannister (28, RHP) vs. Mark Buehrle (30, LHP)
Yankees (74-44) @ Athletics (52-65), 10:05pm
A.J. Burnett (32, RHP) vs. Brett Tomko (36, RHP)
D’backs (54-64) @ Braves (61-56), 4:05pm
Max Scherzer (24, RHP) vs. Tommy Hanson (22, RHP)
Brewers (58-59) @ Pirates (46-70), 7:05pm
Carlos Villanueva (25, RHP) vs. Kevin Hart (26, RHP)
Giants (63-54) @ Mets (55-62), 7:10pm
Joe Martinez (26, RHP) vs. Livan Hernandez (34, RHP)
Cubs (60-55) @ Padres (49-70), 10:05pm
Ted Lilly (33, LHP) vs. Kevin Correia (28, RHP)
Cardinals (67-52) @ Dodgers (70-48), 10:10pm
Chris Carpenter (34, RHP) vs. Charlie Haeger (25, RHP, 0-0, undef)


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     74  44 .627    0.0   69     5    sparkline graph
BOS     66  51 .564    7.5   66     0    sparkline graph
TB      63  54 .538   10.5   66    -3    sparkline graph
TOR     55  61 .474   18.0   62    -7    sparkline graph
BAL     48  69 .410   25.5   50    -2    sparkline graph
American League Central     
DET     62  55 .530    0.0   60     2    sparkline graph
CHA     60  58 .508    2.5   60     0    sparkline graph
MIN     56  61 .479    6.0   59    -3    sparkline graph
CLE     51  66 .436   11.0   56    -5    sparkline graph
KC      46  71 .393   16.0   46     0    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     70  45 .609    0.0   65     5    sparkline graph
TEX     66  50 .569    4.5   64     2    sparkline graph
SEA     61  57 .517   10.5   54     7    sparkline graph
OAK     52  65 .444   19.0   55    -3    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
PHI     66  49 .574    0.0   65     1    sparkline graph
FLA     63  55 .534    4.5   59     4    sparkline graph
ATL     61  56 .521    6.0   63    -2    sparkline graph
NYN     55  62 .470   12.0   55     0    sparkline graph
WAS     43  75 .364   24.5   49    -6    sparkline graph
National League Central     
STL     67  52 .563    0.0   66     1    sparkline graph
CHN     60  55 .522    5.0   60     0    sparkline graph
MIL     58  59 .496    8.0   56     2    sparkline graph
HOU     57  61 .483    9.5   51     6    sparkline graph
CIN     50  67 .427   16.0   49     1    sparkline graph
PIT     46  70 .397   19.5   50    -4    sparkline graph
National League West        
LAN     70  48 .593    0.0   71    -1    sparkline graph
COL     65  53 .551    5.0   67    -2    sparkline graph
SF      63  54 .538    6.5   62     1    sparkline graph
ARI     54  64 .458   16.0   56    -2    sparkline graph
SD      49  70 .412   21.5   45     4    sparkline graph


Wildcard Standings
American League             
TEX     66  50 .569    0.0
BOS     66  51 .564    0.5
TB      63  54 .538    3.5
SEA     61  57 .517    6.0
CHA     60  58 .508    7.0
National League             
COL     65  53 .551    0.0
SF      63  54 .538    1.5
FLA     63  55 .534    2.0
CHN     60  55 .522    3.5
ATL     61  56 .521    3.5


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
KC  AA  David Lough....... 5  4  1  0  1  0  1  
SF  AAA John Bowker....... 4  2  0  0  2  1  1  7 RBI !
SF  A+  Roger Kieschnick.. 4  3  3  0  0  0  0  4 LD
CHC A   Brett Jackson..... 6  4  1  0  1  0  1  3 R
BOS AA  Ryan Kalish....... 4  3  0  1  1  0  0  
CLE AA  Carlos Rivero..... 4  2  0  0  2  0  1  
CLE A+  Tim Fedroff....... 3  2  2  0  0  2  0  
HOU AAA C. Johnson........ 4  3  2  0  0  0  0  
OAK AAA Brett Wallace..... 5  4  0  0  1  0  0  
OAK AAA Adrian Cardenas... 4  3  1  0  0  1  0  
CHC A   Ryan Flaherty..... 3  2  1  0  1  0  0  
FLA AAA Gaby Sanchez...... 3  2  0  0  1  1  1  

ORG LVL PLAYER            IP  H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
FLA A   Brad Hand......... 6  2  1  1 10  1  0  
PHI AA  Michael Stutes.... 7  2  0  0  9  1  0  
SEA A+  Mauricio Robles... 7  1  0  0  9  3  0  
CHC A+  Jay Jackson....... 7  4  0  0  7  0  0  
CLE AAA Carlos Carrasco... 8  5  2  1  6  2  0  
LAA A   Tyler Chatwood.... 5  4  3  3  6  1  0  11 GB
TEX A   Joseph Wieland.... 5  5  2  2  6  1  0  
CLE A   Jason Knapp....... 4  4  3  2  5  0  0  
BOS AAA Michael Bowden.... 7  5  2  2  4  2  0  
KC  A+  M. Montgomery..... 6  6  3  3  5  2  0  
HOU AAA Felipe Paulino.... 6  7  5  5  6  3  0  
OAK A+  Ben Hornbeck...... 3  1  0  0  3  0  0
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