Pitch Counts, Teahen and Rocky Mountain Lows

Some quick notes today. Work has been busy-booooo!

I am glad to see the Twins being cautious with Francisco Liriano; although, some fantasy owners might not be too happy he is missing his today’s scheduled start against the Rangers. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Liriano was scratched from his start because of pain near his left elbow. Liriano told the Press he started to feel some discomfort during Friday’s outing versus the Tigers. The discomfort continued during a bullpen session on Monday. I think resting him until Monday’s start against Detroit was the best option, as he’ll get 10 days rest between starts.

Minnesota has brought Liriano along cautiously, which is absolutely the right move.  Liriano’s first start was a 68-pitch outing against Milwaukee on May 20.  He went no more than six innings in his first four starts. He went seven-plus innings in his next five starts throwing no more than 103 pitches. . 

In two of his last three outings, though, Liriano has thrown more than 105 pitches, a season-high 111 two weeks ago against Tampa and 105 pitches Friday versus Detroit.

Mark Buehrle might be one of the happiest people in baseball now that July has ended. His July numbers were awful-0-5 and an 11.48 ERA. Buehrle is in the midst of his longest winless streak since 2003. That season, Buehrle started the season 2-10 and went almost two months without a victory. He rebounded by going unbeaten for a month and a half bringing his record to 9-10. Buehrle finished 2003 with a 14-14 mark.

Tuesday’s outing was encouraging to say the least. He allowed two runs in six innings of work. Buehrle’s winless streak looked like it could’ve come to an end last night as he left with a 3-2 lead only to see the White Sox bullpen give up the lead in the eighth. Chicago rallied for three in the ninth and a 7-5 victory. David Riske got the win.

Buehrle is one of the league’s most durable arms evident by his impressive string of 49 straight starts going six of more innings, a streak that ended a year ago yesterday. It is worth noting that he’s had stretches this season of eight straight and five straights games throwing 100 pitches or more.

I had never heard of Mark Teahen until I read Moneyball.  More people should be familiar with the Kansas City third baseman especially after his strong July.

Teahen was named American League Player of the Week last week batting .400 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. His month was even more impressive batting .442 with seven home runs and 25 RBI. Teahen, who went 3 for 5 with two RBI in last night’s loss, has seen his batting average leap from .252 on June 30 to .282 as of today. 

I can’t believe Milwaukee and Colorado have combined for seven runs in two games of their series at Coors.  Makes me wonder if tonight is going to be slugfest.  Last night’s 1-0 game was the third this year at Coors Field and fourth in the last two years. Prior to that? ZERO 1-0 games in the park’s history. Is there any chance of not putting the balls in the humidor just for old times sake?

Back tomorrow

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