Bartolo Colon- LAA- Inj Update- The Angels pushed back the decision on whether Colon will start until literally the last minute. They will wait and see how he does in his pre-game warm-ups before deciding whether he will pitch. Colon's twisted ankle won't be taped and they want to see how it reacts before taking a course of action. Dustin Moseley will be ready to go if Colon can't do it. This is a tough situation for fantasy owners with daily transactions, as you can't know for sure which path to take. Unless you are in the position where you have to sit another starter who is going today, you might as well leave Colon in there. One of three things should happen. Either he will be ready and pitch well, he will not be ready and will get scratched, or he will be off his game and will get yanked early, probably before he does much damage to you since he will likely be on a very short leash.
Baltimore Orioles- BAL- Caution- Manager Sam Perlozzo is making noises like he wants to use his pitcher like Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon. When discussing Daniel Cabrera's 117-pitch outing and the fact that Perlozzo sent Cabrera out there after he had already thrown over 100 pitches, he said, "That's not very many pitches for a starter. We get caught up in that fact." Perlozzo added that he thought Cabrera could throw 120 pitches or more. "I mean, he's capable of doing that. I think Erik Bedard is, Adam [Loewen] is and I thought we let [Steve] Trachsel go a few more. But that's not that many pitches, really. If we can get them stretched out and realize they can go a little longer in ballgames, that's really their role." History says otherwise and, in fact, that if a pitcher goes over 110 pitches, his chances of injury and/or ineffectiveness increase greatly, especially if the pitcher is under 25, as Loewen is. This sort of approach makes little sense, especially since the big push this offseason for the Orioles was to build a superlative bullpen. Watch the pitch counts for Baltimore starters and track how far they are pushed.
Paul Byrd- CLE- FYI- You'll have to check your league rules on corrections if this affects you...a double by Delmon Young on Saturday has been turned into an error. This cuts 2 earned runs from Byrd's line and drops his ERA for the season from 4.50 to 3.00. Chances are it will remain unchanged after today, as there is a good possibility of a rainout in Byrd's scheduled start against the Rangers.
Joakim Soria- KC- Hot- Soria picked up his 3rd save of the season and it wasn't a cheap one. He entered the game in the 8th inning with a 1-run lead and protected it for the rest of the game. There are some indications that Soria will show more struggles than he has so far. In his last two appearances, only 20 of his 38 pitches have been strikes. Soria also recorded only 1 strikeout in those outings, covering 2-2/3 IP. Batters had been chasing his stuff. If they are now laying off, that could give him problems. Midnight could strike soon for this Cinderella.
Jermaine Dye- CHW- Inj- Dye sat out yesterday's game with a slight back strain. He expects to be back in the lineup today. Dye has 5 home runs in 26 career at bats against today's starter for the Tigers, Nate Robertson. Rain is in the forecast today, so Dye may not get the chance to try and continue his dominance, regardless of injury status.
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