Steve Trachsel- BAL- Caution- The 2 runs and 5 this allowed in 5-2/3 innings yesterday was not too bad, but some other numbers in Trachsel's loss to the Indians are worrisome. His workload was stretched a bit farther than you'd like to see, with 111 pitches thrown. Trachsel walked the final two batters he faced on a total of 10 pitches, possibly indicating that he was throwing tired at that point. Of his pitches 56 were strikes and 55 balls, definitely showing some control issues at any rate, leading to a total of 4 walks in those 5-2/3 innings, a higher ratio than is healthy. This was Trachsel's second consecutive high-pitch-count game, which could explain yesterday's performance and also bode ill for his next outing.
Grady Sizemore- CLE- Hot- After an 0-for-6 on Monday lopped 30 points off his batting average, going from .280 to .230, Sizemore has been dragging it back up and has regained 20 points of it. He has a modest 4-game hitting streak, in which he has gone 6-for-18, scored 5 runs, and knocked in 5. Three of the RBIs came on an inside the park homer against the Orioles yesterday.
David Dellucci- CLE- Inj Update- Dellucci participated in all pre-game drills, including running, entered the game last night as a pinch hitter, and stayed in the game to play the outfield. This makes it likely that the calf injury that kept him out of 5 games is healed enough for him to make a start tonight.
Daisuke Matsuzaka- BOS- Cold- For Red Sox fans the important immediate result was Dice-K's win against the Yankees, in fact that's probably all that matters to them. For fantasy players, it wasn't as complete a satisfying experience. Dice-K had his second consecutive non-quality start, yielding 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 6 IP while striking out 7. That was the highest number of walks allowed by Dice-K. In his next outing, we will see how a substantial workload affects him as the 117 pitches thrown was also a high for him in his brief major league career. Watch closely.
Jon Lester- BOS- Idea- At this point Lester should be a large blip on your radar. He is probably one more rehab start away from rejoining the Red Sox and it is looking like he will be a productive member of what has been a very good rotation already this season.
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