Thu Sep 02 05:05pm EDT
We're back to a full slate of games on Friday with 30 starters to choose from. Only 29 are listed on our grid below; when the Marlins make a decision on who will replace Ricky Nolasco(notes), we'll add to the ranks.
Cory Luebke(notes) of San Diego is someone you'll want to scout and consider in deeper leagues. The Padres need to figure out a September rotation plan with so many of their young starters getting near scary inning counts, and Luekbe has been solid in Triple-A this year (2.97 ERA, 1.023 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB). Sure, he's a little old for the level at 25, but that doesn't mean he can't be successful in the pitcher-coddling NL West.
To the grid:
1. Clay Buchholz(notes) (CWS) – Red Sox lucky they never shipped him.
2. Jered Weaver(notes) (@Oak) – You love him in a roomy park.
3. Gio Gonzalez(notes) (LAA) – He might even be the ace here someday, honest.
4. Daniel Hudson(notes) (Hou) – Sorry it went down like this, Chicago.
5. Matt Garza(notes) (@Bal) – He's gotten his stuff back over last month.
6. Cole Hamels(notes) (Mil) – Some runs and support from the mates would be nice.
7. Brandon Morrow(notes) (@NYY) – A cruel place to make his final start of 2010.
8. Jaime Garcia(notes) (Cin) – No signs of fatigue yet.
9. Zack Greinke(notes) (Det) – The Tigers no longer scare anyone.
10. Brett Myers(notes) (@Ari) – The most underrated pitcher in the NL.
11. John Danks(notes) (@Bos) – Wrong time for a slump, wrong park for a slump.
12. Bronson Arroyo(notes) (@StL) – Hope the fly balls stay in the park.
13. Chad Billingsley(notes) (SF) – He he an ace or just a fantasy tease?
14. R.A. Dickey(notes) (@ChC) – Knuckler in Wrigley, I'm a touch nervous.
15. Nick Blackburn(notes) (Tex) – At least it's the warmth of home.
16. Luke French(notes) (Cle) – In Safeco against a modest opponent.
17. Cory Luebke (Col) – Can he work his way into September plans?
18. Randy Wells(notes) (NYM) – Really just a No. 4 or No. 5 starter.
19. Derek Holland(notes) (@Min) – A shame they can't keep him healthy.
20. Livan Hernandez(notes) (@Pit) – No strikeout upside but location is right.
21. Fausto Carmona(notes) (@Sea) – Nasty stuff keeps moving, but is hard to control.
22. Barry Zito(notes) (@LAD) – He's officially come back to earth.
23. Kenshin Kawakami(notes) (@Fla) – First start back, don't expect miracles.
24. Alfredo Figaro(notes) (@KC) – Could you pick him out of a lineup? Against, Greinke, no thanks.
25. Chris Capuano(notes) (@Phi) – No way I'm risking him in this park.
26. Kevin Millwood(notes) (TB) – Better of late but he was BP in early months.
27. Javier Vazquez(notes) (TOR) – Good relief outing recently but still untrustable as a starter.
28. Aaron Cook(notes) (@SD) – The sinker isn't sinking of late.
29. Zach Duke(notes) (Was) – Remember when he was an All-Star? Better yet, just forget it.
About Last Night: Desmond Jennings(notes) finally landed in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, going 0-for-3. He didn't show any power in the minors this year, but he's a plus baserunner and Joe Maddon figures to let him run aggressively, like the rest of the roster does. Jennings is on the cusp of being worth owning in mixers, depending on your categorical needs. … A.J. Burnett(notes) was able to beat Oakland but I still don't want any part of Nuke LaLoosh for the September run, not in a mixed league. … Is it time to start trusting Juan Gutierrez(notes) in Arizona? He's posted a zero in 10 of his last 12 appearances and he didn't allow a homer in August. More importantly, he's been the man handed the last two save chances with the Snakes. With trepidation, I'm ready to try him on my two most important teams. … Nyjer Morgan(notes) has pretty much gone bat crazy in recent weeks, ensuring that he'll have one or two suspensions to work on for the final month. In mixers, it's probably time to cut him.
The Rangers sent Cliff Lee(notes) home to get a pain-killing injection on his back and there's no guarantee he'll make his Tuesday start against Toronto. If I were in charge in Texas, I'd simply give Lee a week to get right. … It's a shame that Aroldis Chapman(notes) isn't working in a fantasy-friendly role, but man his appearances are worth the price of admission. He was over 103 on the gun Wednesday. … Matt Lindstrom(notes) worked in the seventh in his Houston return, while Brandon Lyon(notes) kept the ninth and recorded another save. I don't see why that would change anytime soon. … Jay Bruce(notes) (ribs) is no guarantee to play the remainder of the week. … Chris Sale(notes) picked up the save for the White Sox, mainly because Bobby Jenks(notes) needed a day off. The Pale Hose hope to get Gordon Beckham(notes) (hand) back for the weekend.