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Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
J. Benoit relieved F. Francisco
- A. Casilla singled to right center
- C. Gomez reached on bunt single to pitcher, A. Casilla to second
- B. Harris sacrificed to pitcher, A. Casilla to third, C. Gomez to second
- M. Cuddyer walked
- J. Morneau singled to center, A. Casilla and C. Gomez scored, M. Cuddyer to second
- D. Young lined into double play shortstop to second, M. Cuddyer out at second


You must have the jinx going today, Alex.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Adam Miller Pittsburgh Pirates
They are being very careful so far in the PCL: 28.2 IP in 6 starts. Of the 26 hits he has allowed, none have cleared the fence. Has whiffed 20 and walked 12. It all adds up to an unspectacular WHIP of 1.33 and very impressive ERA of 1.88.
Alex Patton Alex
May 22 '08
Felix Pie Baltimore Orioles
His struggles continue in the PCL: 1-for-23 (a homer) in his first six games. One SB, 2 CS, 3 BB, 4 SO.
Alex Patton Alex
May 22 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
I've just changed my placeholder bid ($14) to the bid that was in the final update of the software. Even if the voodoo pins don't work, Benoit looks like he's on course to repeat what he did last year.
Alex Patton Alex
May 22 '08
Jose Contreras Texas Rangers
My entire pitching staff makes it look like I've got multiple deals with the devil.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
I had Alex's $3 bid on my sheet. I said $1 hoping someone would say $2 and I could get a pitcher I liked better.

Like you, I can't complain.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Francisco Liriano Philadelphia Phillies
Has a 5.8 K/9 in six starts at AAA Rochester, but has looked sharper in his last two starts. He's sitting around 90-91 MPH on the gun, topping out at 93 MPH. I'd probably give Liriano another month, but I have a feeling that the Twins will bring Liriano up sooner than that.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Rich Hill Minnesota Twins
It's not his velocity. It didn't help that in his last major league start he had something like nine days between starts. Larry Rothschild worked with Hill on the side earlier in the year and that resulted in Hill's strongest start of the year, but now Lou Pinella seems to have the old school suck it up and be a man attitude about Hill. I think Hill could definitely contribute, but the Cubs really seem to be handling this badly, so I think it could be a while.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
And 246/389/635 this month. With a horrific .129 BA against lefties (4-31 inclusive).

I hope you moved him on May 1.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
So far, Santana's looked more like the 2007 edition than the dominant 2004-2006 one. His supporters are pointing out that he's always been a second half pitcher, but the HR/IP look like they're tracking right along with last year's numbers.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Ian Snell St. Louis Cardinals
He's struggled with his control this year, but nothing to indicate that there's a physical or mental problem. Might be a good guy to try to trade for if you need to roll the dice.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Jose Contreras Texas Rangers
I got him by accident, sorta. Somehow the word "five" escaped my mouth in the draft. Afterwards, someone asked "Dude, why'd you do that?". I said, "I dunno. I couldn't stop it."

Anyways, I guess it was a good bid. Just tried to get a pitcher at the low end of his performance range spectrum.
Tom Ryan toshiro
May 22 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
After a bad start, Benoit's got a 1.74 ERA and a .184 BAA in May. Hope you held on to him, and hope those pins you've been sticking in your C.J. Wilson voodoo doll keep working.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Eddie Guardado Washington Nationals
His peripherals aren't much better than Wilson's except for the walks, but I've got a feeling the Rangers have an itchy trigger finger and Steady Eddie has that good ol' Proven Closer glow.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
My money still might be right. Wilson's struggled with his command and control, and the fact that he isn't getting pounded even more than he is is more a product of luck than skill. Benoit's a better choice than Guardado, but I'd guess Guardado gets first crack at the job if/when Wilson's pulled out of it.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Jose Contreras Texas Rangers
I wound up putting a tiny amount of my money where my mouth was and got him for $1. I can't complain about the results, but my finger is certainly inches away from the eject button.

The fastball definitely has a little more juice, but now I'm hearing that the key is that his forkball has been incredibly effective, and he's started throwing a cutter. He's still a poor bet to be this successful, but a final line that resembles 2006 wouldn't surprise me.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
So let's say they get all 104 of those ballplayers in front of a bank of microphones. Will any of them be stupid enough or egotistical enough to take the Roger Clemens defense?

It's unlikely. It's far more plausible that most will take the Andy Pettitte/Brian Roberts defense. "I knowingly took HGH twice and am truly sorry."

It's not a crime to take HGH. It is illegal, however, to dispense it without a prescription.

I hope you're wrong, Alex. If you're right, though, all we're going to get out of this is 104 more little mini-circuses. Players who lie a little ("I only did it twice!) and show the "right amount" of contrition will get a pat on the head. Players who lie a lot or are completely telling the truth will have garbage thrown at them in the public square.

And the BALCOs and Brian McNamees of the world will have no reason whatsoever to stop dealing the junk.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 22 '08
Mike Piazza New York Mets
Now it's official, and Tommy Lasorda has already laid claim to him. "I would hope he would go into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger. We're the one who gave him an opportunity."

You did, Tommy, but thanks for reminding us.

Doesn't matter. Piazza made it clear in his stump speech that he wants a Mets cap on his plaque.
Alex Patton Alex
May 21 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
Sorry, Mike, but it's all about those 104 ballplayers whose names the feds are just itching to reveal in front of a bank of microphones they wouldn't see if they busted 104 Balco labs.
Alex Patton Alex
May 21 '08
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3401868

Like I said months ago, this is a law enforcement matter. Being a law enforcement matter, it turns out that the baseball players, no matter how famous or wealthy, are the little fish in this case and the people who distributed the drugs are the kingpins.

According to the report, one of the primary goals of the U.S. government is to

obtain search warrants...for a specific case involving an alleged steroids distributor.


Of course, it's possible that nothing may come of this. But even this step will do more to root out drugs in baseball - or at least punish the scumbags who deal the stuff and are the real cause of the problem - than the Congressional circus we saw back in February.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 21 '08

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