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In today’s daily notes, I’ll look at how badly Pedro Martinez’s struggles were against the Marlins up until the injury and everything else I saw in today’s major league games:

Dan Uggla, Luis Gonzalez took Pedro Martinez deep. Beltran took an awful route to a ball for a Hanley triple to score an AA chip. In another at-bat, he made Uggla seem discriminating. Gary Cohen put it best, “Best thing Pedro did tonight was his at-bat.” But against VandenHurk, it’s a very small consolation. I’m not pleased. He should’ve dominated this team. There were lots of meatballs thrown by Pedro. He didn’t look in command of anything. He can no longer overpower people and… He left with an injury. Looked like a hamstring or a groin tweak. Didn’t look serious, but at his age, it could be. Word from Pedro, he heard a pop. That’s never a good thing. Or as Willie said, ” That’s not always good, but we’ll let it calm down and get an MRI.” Is there a time it is good? Jorge Sosa gets his next start for NL-only leagues, everyone else needs to wait and see. To be continued.

Must look at Angel Pagan in NL-only leagues. He’s no more than a reserve at this point. He’s got good speed, but nothing more than a fill-in for the Mets and probably shouldn’t be much more for you.

Posada hit into a double play to the right side of the infield. This will be a recurring theme.

Melky could put 5/5 numbers and his defense will keep him in the lineup. Fortunately, he will not put up those numbers. He will be a lot better. There was some comment chatter on this post about who will be better between Butler, McLouth, Ethier, Milledge and Gutierrez. Rudy added Melky into that group. Makes sense. I like them Butler, Gutierrez, Melky, Milledge, McLouth then Ethier. But Ethier placing last is a testament to the other guys and not that huge of a knock on Ethier. This group will be watched all year.

Both Halladay and Wang looked good, except no Ks. Probably the most boringest matchup that could take place. Was like watching paint dry. Paint that doesn’t strike anyone out. Really farkin’ boring paint. Oh, wait, there was something more boring-er.

The Cardinals hitting. Skip Schumaker? Cesar Izturis? Kyle Lohse batting 8th? Larussa has outdone himself this year.

I hate Kip Wells. How could he pitch so well and not so… er, Wells? Did he really strikeout Pujols?

Joba v. Rios — Rios BB. Joba’s the most exciting reliever since steroid-ed Gagne. Rios would’ve been a consensus 2nd round pick, if he played for the Yanks or Mets and not just on my list. People need to see him play.

Matt Kemp was out of the lineup in favor of Juan Pierre. The Pierre Situation is quickly becoming a nightmare that could ripple into the entire outfield, not just Andre Ethier. I’d much rather see Kemp than Ethier out there. Frankly, I’d prefer to see Andruw Jones sit.

If you’re looking to handcuff Jose Valverde, Doug Brocail has been declared the primary setup man, not Oscar Villarreal.

As much as Rich Aurilla should retire, the Giants should not be playing him.

Scott Hairston went deep and Bourn stole another base (but it was against Bard and Young, so dur, of course). Hairston’s someone who never got a fair shot in Arizona, but he’s got a good eye, posting over a .400 OBP in the minors.

  1. Retire???

    Seriously… Rich Aurilia should be hitting 2nd AND 6th every time through the Giants lineup!!! I’ve named Rich the official captain and batting instructor of my Razzball team.

    Albuqwirke’s last blog post..no foolin’

  2. omurchu says:
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    What do you see Gutierrez doing this year? I have Willy Taveras in my OF and Gutierrez is available as well as Xavier Nady.

    Who do you like?

  3. It all matters what you need. Taveras seems like a good bet for .280/40 SB/80+ Runs but little else. Gutierrez projects to 15 HR/10 SB with maybe 60 RBIs & Runs. Nady could repeat last year’s 20/70 if he stays healthy and gets 500 ABs. But he’s likely to be traded this year so he’ll fall short of all those marks.

    See the commentary here (http://razzball.com/opening-day-part-3/#comments) for other OFs worth considering if available…

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I like Gutierrez more than Rudy. I see an upside of 70/20/80/.270/20.

    Albuqwirke — Aurilla looks like he might get you first round value. I could not believe the game Kip Wells put up yesterday. An absolute nightmare.

  5. KB says:
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    I ended up with Votto as my 1b (I used the point shares draft kit). Now I need a 1b who actually plays. I have rights to both Nick Johnson and Casey Kotchman from our free agent draft but need to decide today. Any thoughts on which of those two I shoudl go with?

  6. Hey KB –
    Sorry about Votto. Should have known Dusty would find a way to defy logic.

    I’d take Nick Johnson. When healthy, he hits. I’m just not impressed with Kotchman.

    Rudy

  7. KB says:
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    Thanks. That was where my gut was sending me, so glad to get a second opinion.

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