Have A Day, ChipperWednesday, July 04, 2012
Chipper Jones probably would have won MLB’s “Final Vote” contest for the last remaining spot on the National League All-Star roster. But with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp bowing out due to a hamstring injury, the veteran third baseman no longer needs your clicks.
Chipper was officially tabbed as Kemp’s replacement on Tuesday evening and celebrated by going 5-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in the Braves’ 10-3 stomping of the Cubs at Atlanta’s Turner Field.
It was only the third 5-for-5 game of his career and his first five-hit performance since August 11, 2002.
“Tonight was just one of those dream games,” Jones told beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Tuesday night. “I’d be hard-pressed to find another game where I played better. … That more than likely is my last five-hit game. I’m glad it happened here at home.”
Jones, 40, has already announced that he is going to retire after this season. The .304/.402/.531 career hitter is batting .313/.389/.485 through 46 games and should remain relevant in mixed fantasy leagues until the very end.
Rangers’ Oswalt Experiment Failing So Far
The Texas front office had rather high hopes for Roy Oswalt after signing the veteran right-hander to a non-prorated one-year, $5 million contract in late May. But things have not worked out too well for any of the parties involved.
Oswalt was pounded for nine earned runs over 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday evening in Chicago as the Rangers were trounced 19-2 by the White Sox. The 34-year-old from Mississippi yielded 13 hits -- three of which were homers -- and used a total of 112 pitches without making it through five frames.
Oswalt has now surrendered 35 hits in 17 1/3 major-league innings. Maybe he’s dealing with some rust after sitting out for the first couple months of the season. And perhaps he’ll be better in the second half. But Oswalt needs to be benched for now in all fantasy leagues and can be dropped in formats where roster restrictions are extra tight.
Cashner Goes Down, Hyped Matchup Falls Flat
Tuesday’s tilt between the Padres and Diamondbacks at Arizona’s Chase Field featured two of the more intriguing young starters in baseball. It didn’t exactly go according to plan, however, as both clubs were left frustrated and disappointed by the end of the three-hour and 25-minute affair.
D’Backs right-hander Trevor Bauer made it through just 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on four walks and six hits as his squad lost 9-5 to the visiting Friars. He’s now 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA and 2.45 WHIP through the first two starts of his major league career. The former UCLA Bruin is going to be a fantasy stud for the next decade-plus and should be granted some time to get used to big league life before the criticism pours in. But the 21-year-old is clearly not must-start material yet in fantasy leagues.
On the other side, the situation was even worse. Despite the victory. San Diego fireballer Andrew Cashner departed before the bottom of the third inning after experiencing a discomfort in his right side. He was later diagnosed with a strained lat muscle and could be sidelined for a month. The 25-year-old right-hander had tossed two scoreless innings against the Snakes and looked poised to dominate. We might not see him again until August.
National League Quick Hits: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez drove in four runs Tuesday in a walkoff win over the Marlins … Roy Halladay (lat) is aiming to return to the Phillies’ starting rotation shortly after the All-Star break … Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton is day-to-day with a sore right knee … Tim Lincecum surrendered a career-high eight runs (seven earned) Tuesday in a loss to the Nationals … Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter needs surgery to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome and is done for the rest of 2012 … Carlos Ruiz is up to 12 home runs and 44 RBI … Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler hasn’t played in two days due to lat soreness … A.J. Burnett was shelled for six runs on 12 hits Tuesday in a no-decision vs, the Astros … The Dodgers are expected to activate second baseman Mark Ellis from the disabled list on Wednesday … Ramon Hernandez (hand) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Colorado Springs … Jason Bay (concussion) is aiming to return to the Mets shortly after the All-Star break … Marlins closer Heath Bell is just 17-for-22 in save chances this season with a 6.39 ERA and 1.74 WHIP … Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey needs Tommy John surgery … Juan Uribe remains day-to-day with a mild right ankle sprain … The Pirates optioned struggling outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis … Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan (elbow) has been cleared to begin a throwing program … The Nationals placed Chien-Ming Wang on the disabled list with a hip injury and activated Henry Rodriguez … Pedro Alvarez was scratched from the Pirates’ lineup Tuesday due to ongoing leg cramps … Drew Storen (elbow) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.
American League Quick Hits: White Sox left-hander Chris Sale earned his 10th victory on Tuesday after hurling 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Rangers … Angels starter Dan Haren admitted after another rough outing Tuesday night that he’s been bothered recently by an aching back … Matt Joyce (oblique) will play in rehab games Wednesday and Thursday at Triple-A Durham and could rejoin the Rays as early as Friday … Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen carried a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday night against the Mariners … The Red Sox released right-handed reliever Bobby Jenks after agreeing to an undisclosed settlement for the remainder of his contract … White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-6 with a homer in Tuesday’s thrashing of the Rangers … The Orioles placed oft-injured second baseman Brian Roberts on the disabled list with a groin strain … MVP candidate Mike Trout is up to 10 homers, 22 steals and 36 RBI after another big night Tuesday … Jesse Crain will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a shoulder injury … Franklin Gutierrez (concussion) is not expected back before the All-Star break … Vernon Wells (thumb surgery) played catch Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list in late May … The A’s designated left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes for assignment … Will Ohman was released by the White Sox after drawing no interest on waivers … Travis Hafner (knee) is expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday.