I've never liked writing bios much, so let's keep this short and sweet. Hi, I'm Scott. I like 12-to-6 curveballs, anything in an alfredo sauce, chicks in glasses, point guards who look to pass first and Alexander Payne movies. I play Fantasy Sports, too.
Here's some stuff from Tuesday night around the diamond that caught my eye:
The other shoe finally dropped with Bobby Jenks and his wonky back; the White Sox will put him on the disabled list Wednesday. "We don't want to take a risk," Ozzie Guillen told the team's official site. "We made that decision, and we'll find out after the game [on Wednesday] who is coming up. It's been too many day-by-days."
Scott Linebrink had a solid chance to at least be the head of this team's closer-by-committee, but he blew his second save in a week Tuesday, and he's been scored on in four straight appearances. Guillen has mentioned Octavio Dotel, lefty Matt Thornton and Linebrink as possible options for the ninth inning; that's the order they appeared in Tuesday's game, with Linebrink ultimately blowing a two-run lead in the eleventh inning. Chicago put the Royals away two innings later. Cry no tears for Guillen here; he's had the best bullpen in the majors (2.74 ERA) this season.
• Mike Pelfrey won his fifth straight start Tuesday (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), pushing his Shea Stadium ERA under 3. Alas, working on the road is part of the gig (5.56 ERA, 1.95 ratio), and it's hard to put too much trust in a guy who's got 43 walks against 60 strikeouts, even if he was the ninth overall pick back in 2005. Go ahead and stream the former Wichita State Shocker if you like this weekend, at home against Colorado, but I'm not making a long-term investment here, despite his roomy home park and ground-ball tendencies (just four homers allowed over 103.2 innings).
• Dustin McGowan left his start in the fifth inning with a sore shoulder, and according to the Toronto Globe & Mail he's going to have an MRI Wednesday. McGowan hasn't looked right since the end of May, so it's open to speculation whether or not he's been pitching hurt over the last few turns.
• Masa Kobayashi saw his first action in six days, working a clean frame at Detroit as Cleveland's final pitcher. Unfortunately for the Tribe, they were already down seven runs and headed for their ninth straight loss. That said, keep in mind even losing clubs can support a closer, provided the skipper follows the secret edict to manage by the save rule, so keep Kobayashi on your radar.
• Okay, no one drafts Ichiro Suzuki for his power, but still, what's with him not having an extra-base hit since June 14? He's now toting a .301/.360/.370 line after Tuesday's 0-for-4 in Oakland. The shipwrecked Mariners are last in the American League in many things, among them runs scored and on-base percentage.
• Sticking with the S.S. Minnow, Jim Riggleman has decided to keep Erik Bedard on ice until after the All-Star Break. The Seattle Times speculates that the next Bedard sighting will come
June July 21 in Boston.
• Another homer and three hits for Adam LaRoche, who's been on every pitch for a couple of weeks now. I don't automatically subscribe to seasonal trends as they show – I take them on a case-by-case basis – but in the matter of LaRoche, I think there's something here. LaRoche was just 34 percent owned at the beginning of the week, so take a quick peek at the wire. And feel free to jump back on the Nate McLouth bandwagon and get comfortable; he homered for the second consecutive night.
• Michael Bourn rode the pine for the fourth time in five games, as Cecil Cooper has installed Darin Erstad as his everyday CF of the moment. The book on Bourn has circulated by now: he's plenty skilled when it comes to swiping second base (31 steals), but he can't find first base with a road map (.218 average, .274 OPB).
• Two more homers for Brian McCann (17), who says he's seeing the ball better than ever this year after having Lasik surgery over the winter. Teammate Larry Jones didn't see things quite as well, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts (two looking, one on a pitch in the dirt). Chipper's down to .379 and the Ted Williams Estate can rest easy for a while. As for The Natural, Jeff Francoeur continued to field like Mays (two gems in right field) and hit like Hayes (1-for-5 at the dish).
• Minnesota dropped its second straight one-run game at Boston, as Ron Gardenhire once again insisted on saving closer Joe Nathan for a ninth-inning save chance that never came to pass. Don't manage to win the game, friends, manage by the definition of the save rule. Matt Guerrier wound up being the guy who handed the game away, getting torched by the middle of the Red Sox lineup in the eighth inning (a Manny Ramirez bomb to left-center was the key blow) while Nathan watched from the bullpen. (Full disclosure, I'm a Red Sox fan, so in a sense these results didn't bother me one bit. But close-minded “by the book” decision-making always sticks in my craw.)
• Brad Penny had a cortisone shot Tuesday and he probably won't start throwing until after the break. In shallow leagues without DL protection, I would use the roster space on someone else.
• Not that you were worried about Miguel Cabrera, but four hits and two homers should keep everyone quiet for a bit. He's also using the whole park more of late; he homered to right field Saturday in Seattle, and he did the same thing Tuesday at Comerica. Sticking with the Tigers, Magglio Ordonez (oblique) is riding an exercise bike for now, should start swinging a bat later in the week, and will likely need a couple of games at Triple-A before he returns.
• If you've got theories on the season-long struggles of Aaron Harang, I'd like to hear them. Mind you, his problems Tuesday weren't that complicated – he couldn't find the plate (seven walks). “I walked seven?” Harang said after the game. The box score doesn't lie, amigo.
• Even without the periods in his name, CC Sabathia still looks kinda chunky out there. His Milwaukee debut was nothing to get giddy over (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO), but he got a win out of it and smoother days are ahead.
• I'm not going to delve into the Rich Harden deal, as Brandon Funston has already covered all the bases here. Obviously pitching in the NL is good work if you can get it.
• Alexei Ramirez rapped out four hits in six at-bats, which should give the White Sox a little more incentive to kick Juan Uribe to the curb. KC's Mike Aviles had four hits in the same game, and I think it's in my contract that I need to mention that.
• The Cardinals are hoping that Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter could be back in the early part of August. I'd bet on Wainwright before Carpenter.
• It was a fairly light night for saves, but here are some to go with your morning cereal: Damaso Marte (3), Ryan Franklin (12), Jonathan Papelbon (27), Brandon Lyon (19), C.J. Wilson (22). Wilson now has eight straight conversions since his job security was called into question three weeks back.
What's that, I didn't mention your favorite player? It's a travesty. Play nice in the comments.