Tag:Scott Kazmir
Posted on: April 30, 2008 10:50 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2008 10:57 pm

Pitching Planner video notes

Here are my items for discussion on the Pitching Planner video for Week 6 ...

-- John Smoltz on DL, moving to bullpen
-- Others affected: ouch for Rafael Soriano, hello Jo-Jo Reyes, Chuck James and perhaps Mike Hampton
-- Phil Hughes to the DL ... who replaces him? NOT JOBA! (Kei Igawa, Darrell Rasner?)
-- Two words, Max Scherzer
-- Cliff Lee and Joe Saunders are smoking hot
-- Scott Kazmir back this weekend (Hammel to bullpen?)
-- John Lackey coming back a little slower
-- Mark Mulder disappointing on rehab

Two-starter to go with
Max Scherzer ARI
(05/05) vs. PHI Jamie Moyer 
(05/10) @ CHC Jason Marquis 
65 percent owned 30 percent starting

Two-starter to sit
Oliver Perez NYM
(05/05) @ LA Chad Billingsley 
(05/11) vs. CIN Aaron Harang 
94 percent owned 76 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Tim Wakefield BOS
(05/06) @ DET Nate Robertson 
(05/11) @ MIN Nick Blackburn 
43 percent owned 27 percent starting

Jeff Suppan MIL 
(05/06) @ FLA Scott Olsen 
(05/11) vs. STL Braden Looper 
29 percent owned 16 percent started

Ubaldo Jimenez COL
(05/05) vs. STL Joel Pineiro
(05/10) @ SD Greg Maddux 
39 percent owned 15 percent starting

Yeah, I know Suppan just got beat up.... but, I think he rebounds.


Posted on: April 23, 2008 11:22 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

My notes this week for the Week 5 Pitching Planner videocast...

-- Geez, Ben Sheets way to let us down when we finally start to trust you ... returns next week as a two-start pitcher?
-- Josh Beckett, really dude?
-- Phil Hughes struggling, Ian Kennedy struggling and Hank Steinbrenner trying to jump the gun on Joba Chamberlain
-- Erik Bedard, John Lackey, Scott Kazmir, Matt Garza, Mike Hampton, Mark Mulder and Kevin Slowey nearing returns from the DL
-- Doug Davis might return May 9, which means Matt Scherzer's great start in Triple-A will buy D-Backs time

Must-start two-start pitcher
Phil Hughes NYY
(04/29) vs. DET Kenny Rogers 
(05/04) vs. SEA Carlos Silva
83 percent owned 36 percent started

Advisable sit two-start pitcher
Todd Wellemeyer STL
(04/28) vs. CIN Bronson Arroyo
(05/04) vs. CHC Rich Hill 
76 percent owned 64 percent started

Two-start pitching sleepers

Greg Smith OAK
(04/29) @ ANA Joe Saunders
(05/04) vs. TEX Luis Mendoza
28 percent owned 17 percent started

Franklin Morales COL
(04/28) @ SF Matt Cain 
(05/04) vs. LA Derek Lowe
25 percent owned 10 percent started

Andrew Miller FLA
(04/29) vs. LA Derek Lowe
(05/04) vs. SD Greg Maddux 
27 percent owned 9 percent started

Adam Loewen BAL
(04/29) vs. TB Jason Hammel 
(05/04) @ ANA Joe Saunders 
14 percent owned 7 percent started


Posted on: April 16, 2008 11:30 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

My notes/topics for the Week 4 Pitching Planner:

-- Closers Joe Borowski and Peter Moylan on DL
-- Gallardo coming off the DL
-- Ben Sheets off to a great start, podcast interview
-- Scott Kazmir starting rehab assignment
-- Cliff Lee's hot start
-- Erik Bedard cold start/DL stint

A must-start two-start pitcher
John Maine NYM
(04/21) @ CHC Carlos Zambrano 
(04/26) vs. ATL Tim Hudson
96 percent owned 80 percent started

A sit two-start pitcher
Jeff Francis COL
(04/22) vs. PHI Brett Myers
(04/27) @ LA Brad Penny
87 percent owned 41 percent started


Two-start sleepers
Barry Zito SF
(04/22) @ ARI Brandon Webb 
(04/27) vs. CIN Edinson Volquez 
68 percent owned 29 percent started

Carlos Villanueva MIL
(04/21) vs. STL Adam Wainwright
(04/27) vs. FLA Ricky Nolasco 
35 percent owned 17 percent started

Nelson Figueroa NYM
(04/22) @ CHC Ted Lilly
(04/27) vs. ATL John Smoltz
4 percent owned 2 percent started


Posted on: February 27, 2008 5:05 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2008 4:16 pm

'Tis the season to be injured

The workouts are out of the way. The games are starting. And the injury report is heating up.

-- Scott Kazmir, ouchy.

-- Brandon McCarthy, ouchy.

-- Omar Vizquel, figures.

At least we can start to take a look at Francisco Liriano, who finally threw at Twins camp.

Kazmir says he is fine and the Rays don't figure to rush him back. But you have to have Liriano-thoughts in your mind. Any twinge in the elbow is scary. Liriano's MRI came back clean multiple times as he tried to pitch at the end of 2006 -- because you cannot see a ligament damaged length-wise as opposed to width-wise.

It is like a slightly damaged tire. My car's tire has a slight slit in it and a slow leak. I can drive on it, but I can't go a long time without needing to fill it with air.

The test for Kazmir comes when he is stretching out his arm at the end of March. If that ligament is damaged like Liriano's was, we should find out once he goes through a few outings.

I am not personally worried yet about Kazmir, or McCarthy, but I definitely won't reach for them now. In fact, having them fall to me now gives me a little bit of excitement.


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