Posted 04/30/2007 at 04:34 AM
--Boston and Milwaukee are tied for the best money totals in MLB. The Red Sox and Brewers have both produced seven units of profit, good for a money total of 700 when assuming wagers of 100 in each spot.
--The best team to fade (go against) so far? That’s the Yankees with their money tally of minus 1,245.
--The ‘over’ is 17-5 for the Devil Rays. On the flip side, the ‘under’ is 17-6 for the A’s. Naturally, the totals were a 1-1-1 split in the Tampa Bay-Oakland series over the weekend that saw a push in Sunday’s 5-3 win by the Devil Rays.
--The ‘over’ is hitting at a 17-6 clip for the Marlins. Speaking of the Fish, they go from Philly to NYC to start a series with the Mets. Don't be surprised if Orlando Hernandez gets scratched by New York manager Willie Randolph. Hernandez has soreness in his shoulder and reportedly flew out of town Sunday to have it checked.
--Pittsburgh will give the ball to Zach Duke against the Cubs tonight. Duke owns a 4-1 record and 1.40 ERA in six career starts against Chicago.
--Colorado RHP Josh Fogg will get the starting nod tonight against the Giants. Barry Bonds has three singles in 10 career at-bats against Fogg, but he’s never homered against the former Florida Gator. Noah Lowry will toe the slab for San Francisco. The young southpaw is 1-4 with a 7.74 ERA in six lifetime starts against the Rockies.
--Even though the Brewers lead the NL Central by 3 ½ games, they are only 1-4 in the five starts made by their ace, Ben Sheets.
--Following Sunday’s 9-7 loss to Colorado in extra innings, Atlanta traded outfielder Ryan Langerhans to Oakland for a player to be named later and cash. The Braves called up utility man Willie Harris, who was hitting .362 at Triple-A Richmond. Langerhans, an outstanding defensive player who was platooning in LF with Matt Diaz, is in the midst of a brutal slump at the plate. He was hitting .068 after going 1-for-3 Sunday. According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Langerhans will given a chance to start in center field for the A's.
--Bobby Cox’s club will take on the Phillies tonight at Turner Field. The Braves will go with Tim Hudson, who will be playing with a heavy heart after hearing of the death of his college teammate, St. Louis reliever Josh Hancock.
--Philly slugger Ryan Howard is 6-for-18 for a .333 batting average against Hudson. Howard has taken the veteran right-hander deep three times.
--Three of MLB’s best righties – Hudson, Roy Halladay and Jake Peavy – will be throwing tonight.
--Texas RHP Vicente Padilla will oppose Halladay. The Rangers are winless in Padilla’s five starts.
--St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols is hitting .316 against Milwaukee RHP Jeff Suppan, but Pujols have never homered against the right-hander in 19 career at-bats.
--If the price is right, here are a few under-the-radar pitchers I’m looking to back right now:
1-Braden Looper (St. Louis)
2-Ramon Ortiz (Minnesota)
3-Ian Snell (Pittsburgh)
4-John Lackey (L.A. Angels)
5-Jorge De La Rosa (Kansas City)
Notables on our Fade-ar Gun:
1-Jeff Weaver (Seattle)
2-Sidney Ponson (Minnesota)
3-Mark Redman (Atlanta)
4-Edwin Jackson (Tampa Bay)
5-Clay Hensley (San Diego)
--Seattle skipper Mike Hargrove is considering taking Weaver out of the rotation. The veteran right-hander, who went 3-2 in the playoffs to help the Cardinals win last year's World Series, was signed to a one-year, $8.3 million deal in the off-season.