Tag:Brett Anderson
Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:44 pm

Anderson concerned he needs Tommy John surgery

AndersonBy Evan Brunell

The Athletics are getting more and more bad news on their rotation, as Brett Anderson is following up a five-inning, five-run outing against the Red Sox by returning to Oakland to get his elbow checked out, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Anderson is concerned that he will need Tommy John surgery if his ulnar collateral ligament is torn. He battled left elbow soreness last season, hitting the DL twice for it, so there is a history here and cause for concern.

I attended the game last night and it was clear Anderson was struggling. He could not spot pitches where he wanted them, especially the curveball. He mentioned in the Chronicle that he was concerned about his slider's velocity, as it registered at an average speed of 80 mph, which he's been at all season. But last year, his slider was at 83-84 mph, so something is wrong. His fastball velocity has also dropped from an average of 92.1 mph to 90.9 -- not as steep a dip as the slider, but a dip nonetheless.

Oakland already has Dallas Braden and Brandon McCarthy hit the DL with injuries. Braden, who tossed a perfect game in 2010, is out for the year while McCarthy was one of the early-season surprises and was pitching well. The club has also lost rookie Tyson Ross, who was impressive in six starts after being pressed into duty thanks to the injuries. Oft-injured Rich Harden is also (unsurprisingly) on the DL. If Anderson needs to hit the DL, the club will have to call up Bobby Cramer to take his spot, and all of a sudden not only will the A's have an uninspiring rotation, they'll have zero depth to speak of.

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: June 5, 2011 2:54 pm

On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks


By Matt Snyder

Skid Stoppers: The Phillies have lost four straight games, but still remain atop the NL East thanks to the Marlins having lost three straight. Each of the two squads have a pretty good shot to stop the bleeding Sunday, at least if you look at the starting pitchers. The Phillies send Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) to the hill at Pittsburgh while the Marlins are giving the ball to Anibal Sanchez (5-1, 2.57) against the Brewers. Halladay would be the ace on any team and Sanchez has become the ace of Florida with Josh Johnson sidelined. Halladay and Sanchez look to the play the role of stopper Sunday and the smart money is on each halting their teams' respective losing streaks. Milwaukee at Florida, 1:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING). Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Lackey's Back: John Lackey has been sidelined since May 11 with a sore elbow, but will again toe the slab for the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Lackey's been nothing short of dreadful this season for Boston, sporting an 8.01 ERA through 39 1/3 innings. Fortunately for him, he's facing the A's -- who have a pretty sub-par offense. One of his best outings of the season came against Oakland, too, back on April 19 when he went six innings and only gave up four hits and one earned run. The Red Sox likely won't extend Lackey, but he needs to be efficient and get as late into the game as possible, as they used seven pitchers in Saturday's 14-inning marathon. The A's are obviously in a similar situation with the taxed bullpen, and they'll send Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.68) to the hill. Last time Anderson faced the Red Sox, he threw eight shutout innings and took home the win. Oakland at Boston, 1:35 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Indians Reeling: The Indians still sport the best record in baseball, but the hold is a bit more tenuous than it was a few weeks ago. The Tribe is actually 3-8 since May 24 and is in danger of its first four-game losing streak Sunday. In fact, the Indians haven't been swept in anything more than a two-game series this season, but a loss Sunday to the Rangers would mean a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers. The Indians haven't just been losing to the Rangers, either, they've been getting worked over -- having been outscored 22-6 in the first three games of the series. Things won't get any easier Sunday, as C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.32) gets the ball for the Rangers. The Indians send Mitch Talbot to the hill. He was obliterated in his first start upon returning from the DL, but looked very solid last time out, going 6 2/3 innings and only allowing one run on May 31. Texas at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 11:31 am

On Deck: Matinee day features Cliff Lee

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

LeeBaileyQUICK TURNAROUND: The Reds and Phillies finished their 19-inning duel at 1:19 a.m. ET on Thursday morning. Less than 12 hours later, both teams will be back at it. It's a good thing, then, that both teams have good starters going, so they should be able to quickly zip through tired batters. Cliff Lee will look to give Philly three of four in the series while the Reds have lost six of seven and are now in third place, 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals. Homer Bailey, meanwhile, has a 2.08 ERA in four starts on the year and will hope to keep his breakout season going. He had a tough-luck loss last time out, falling to the Indians despite taking a one-hitter into the seventh. Reds at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. ET

A'sAngelsFIRST PLACE: With the Rangers off, the Angels have a chance to draw into a tie for the AL West at just 1/2 game back of Texas. Standing in their way are the Athletics, who are looking to reverse their fortunes and avoid dropping any further in the standings. Joel Pineiro will attempt to win No. 100 for his career in his third attempt at the milestone. Oakland's Brett Anderson, meanwhile, is looking to snap an 0-3, 5.04 ERA skid in his last five starts but will need the moribund office to come awake. With a victory, the A's will split the four-game series but with one of the worst hitting attacks in the majors and a solid pitcher in Pineiro on the mound, it won't be easy. Athletics at Angels, 3:35 p.m. ET

PoseyGET BACK ON THE HORSE: A game after losing Buster Posey for quite some time, the Giants will attempt to shake off the extra-inning loss to the Marlins and will offer up Ryan Vogelsong on the mound. Vogelsong, who had not pitched in the majors since 2006, somehow has a 3-0 record and 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings. Florida, who has one extra win on the year, will counter with Anibal Sanchez, who hasn't lost since April 10, posting a 2.14 ERA in seven starts since. San Francisco may be in for a long day, as both Mike Fontenot and Posey figure to be out of the lineup. Combine that with the poor play of Aubrey Huff and Miguel Tejada, and the lineup may not even be able to outscore the Twins. Marlins at Giants, 3:45 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:36 am

On Deck: Scherzer goes for 7 wins

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

LincecumAndersonPITCHER'S DUEL: There's a nice matchup going on down the Bay as Oakland's Brett Anderson will square off against Tim Lincecum of the Giants. Anderson, considered one of the best young left-handed starters in the game, has a 3.30 ERA and will seek to right the fortunes of his team -- losers of three in a row -- and himself, with a 5.68 ERA over his last four starts after kicking the season off with a 1.56 ERA. Lincecum, meanwhile, took a 21-inning scoreless streak into Monday's game with the Rockies but walked six (a career high). He's always been a fantastic pitcher in interleague play, so this could be a good opportunity for The Freak to put that start behind him. Athletics at Giants, 7: 10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

MetsMATCHING UP: With a win Saturday, the Mets will boast a 23-22 record. The vaulting above .500 will be impressive, but it will also match the Mets with the Yankees for most wins by a New York team, as the Yanks have a 23-20 mark after losing to their neighbors Friday night. Chris Capuano will take the mound for the Mets, and it's tough to imagine the Yankees won't feast. Junkballing left-handers pitching to an AL East team? You saw what Doug Davis went through against the Red Sox Friday night. Hard to think Capuano won't be in store for the same treatment. The Yanks, meanwhile, counter with A.J. Burnett, who has an ERA under 4.00 -- just under, at 3.99. The Yankees really hope Burnett can right the sinking ship and avoid a sixth straight home loss. Mets at Yankees, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

ScherzerCHASING THE LEAD: Max Scherzer, owner of a pristine 6-0 record, will seek his league-leading seventh win Saturday against the Pirates. (In other words, it's a lock.) You won't find any of us here at Eye on Baseball putting any value into a pitcher's win-loss record, but for entertainment purposes, someone going for the league lead in wins with zero losses is pretty cool. Scherzer will take his 2.81 ERA up against a flagging Pirates offense that will likely have Pedro Alvarez to the disabled list by the time the game opens up. That will make the task that much harder for Kevin Correia, he of a 3.97 ERA which is far lower than many expected. Tigers at Pirates, 7: 05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 3:45 pm

Cahill to lead strong A's rotation

By Matt Snyder

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Fresh off an All-Star season as a 22 year old, Trevor Cahill has been named the Oakland A's opening day starter. The 6-foot-4 right-hander went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 196 2/3 innings. He was the logical choice to get the ball first, though that doesn't mean he's alone in being young and talented on that staff.

The A's led the AL in starting rotation ERA last season and should be even better this year.

Brett Anderson is also only 23 and looked dominant in several stretches last season. Injuries held him to only 19 starts, but he had a sparkling 2.80 ERA in 112 1/3 innings. Dallas Braden is 27, gets in fights with A-Rod and throws perfect games on Mother's Day. Gio Gonzalez has an awesome name and deals -- had a 3.23 ERA and 171 K last season to go with his 15-9 record.

That top four is going to be among the best in baseball, and it's criminally underrated when it comes to casual fans. Plus, there's variety in terms of power and off-speed, in addition to having two lefties and two righties. Now that the A's have some punch in the lineup, watch out.

In fact, we're revealing staff predictions next week, but I'll say it now: Oakland is winning the AL West this year.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 7:09 am

Stars, scrubs of March 1 games

MarkakisBy Evan Brunell

Did you realize that the regular season officially starts this month? OK, OK, so it starts on the 31st and we're only on the first day of March, but still.

Until then, however, we will have to content ourselves with spring training games, and this early into the schedule these games are peppered with scrubs and players trying to get their timing in place for the regular season. And some are a bit further along.

Let's look at some stars and scrubs of the day's games ...


1. Ryan Raburn, DET: Raburn held off teammate Victor Martinez in a split-squad game (3 for 4, 2 R)

2. Nick Markakis (pictured), BAL: 3 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 4 RBI, 2 HR. Could Markakis reclaim his long-lost power? After bopping 23 in 2007 and progressively declining to just 12 in 2010, Markakis ripped two home runs off Andy Sonnanstine and finished with three hits and four RBI in three at-bats. A return to the top of the best right fielders in the game is possible.

3. Gio Gonzalez, OAK: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. What a great showing from Gonzalez, who is slated to be the No. 3 starter for the A's Gonzalez has improved each season in the majors, but last year really benefited from limiting his home runs and playing in a pitcher's park. It's early, but if Gonzalez can limit his walks like he did Tuesday, he could be in line for a real step forward into the elite, and has unquestioned strikeout ability.


1. Brett Anderson, OAK: 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Unfortunately for Gonzalez, his quest for a win was erased by Anderson's clunker. Anderson followed Gonzalez in the game despite being one spot ahead in the rotation. The lefty coughed up four earned runs and six hits in two innings, walking and whiffing two apiece. Better days are ahead for the talented youngster.

2. Andy Sonnanstine, TB: 2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5 HR: Poor Sonny. The starter-turned-reliever got a shot at the starting gig again even as he figures to remain in the bullpen. He did himself no favors by coughing up six runs in his two innings of work, striking out just one and giving up an eye-popping five home runs -- two to Markakis and one apiece for Vladimir Guerrero, Adam Jones and Jake Fox.

3. Ricky Romero, TOR: 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K: After a breakout season, the Jays are counting on Romero to anchor the top of the rotation for Toronto. He certainly didn't get off to a strong start but he didn't give up any extra-base hits, although he was on the hook for Miguel Cabrera's three-run double off Zach Stewart that plated runners Romero put on base.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:53 am

Morning Pepper: Cabrera concern

Miguel Cabrera
Some things are more important than baseball. Miguel Cabrera's life is one of those things.

For the second time in his career, Cabrera's alcohol abuse has become a public issue. The first was at the end of a season, this time it's at the beginning.

Cabrera underwent counseling after the 2009 season and his incident with his wife at their home. He rebounded with the greatest season of his young career in 2010, but then came Wednesday's arrest for DUI in Florida.

Now is the time for the Tigers to worry about Cabrera, not the 2011 season. Cabrera needs professional help right now, and if he needs to miss all of spring training or even part of the regular season, so be it.

The team is apparently doing due diligence in Cabrera's fate, which is not only the right thing to do for the person, it's also the best thing to do as a business. Cabrera is 27 and has the prime years of his career ahead of him. He's also signed through 2015 (at $20 million or more per season from now throughout he end of the contract), so his problem is the Tigers' problem.

It's a sad tale, and hopefully has a happy ending. That ending doesn't necessarily have to do with baseball, but Cabrera's well-being and the rest of his life.

WORST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE?: Even thought he cliches about "best shape of his life" spring training stories have become cliche, but no need to wear that meme out with Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez "clearly looks bulkier," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Clint Hurdle says he's just "big-boned."

MEET THE BENCH: Cubs manager Mike Quade said he'll consider pulling left fielder Alfonso Soriano late in games. (Chicago Tribune )

SAFETY FIRST: Carlos Santana will play some first base this spring, hoping to keep his bat in the lineup and give his legs a break from catching.

Santana said he played third and the outfield in the Dodgers system and expects the move to be relatively easy.

The Indians did the same thing with Victor Martinez before they traded him to Bosoton. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

ROSTER MOVE: In one of the more striking roster moves of the season, the Orioles have placed Alfredo Simon on the restricted list to make room on their roster for Vladimir Guerrero, whose signing became official today.

Simon is in jail in the Dominican Republic as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting. (Baltimore Sun )

ARBITRATION DATE: Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is headed to an arbitration hearing today in Phoenix.

Pence will make either $6.9 million if he wins his case, $5.15 million if he loses it. I wouldn't mind losing like that.

OPENING A'S: Oakland manager Bob Geren won't make a decision about his opening-day starter until later in spring training. It's likely between Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson. (San Francisco Chronicle )

LEAGUE LEADERS: The Mariners may not lead the league in much, but their bullpen could lead the league in tattoos.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times talks to relievers Brandon League and Justin Miller about their tattoos.

Baker also has a story about the ol' days when players had to have off-season jobs.

MUST READ: Sean Kirst of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes about Jacob Francis   the first African-American umpire. Francis umpired an exhibition game between the Syracuse Stars and the Proivdence Grays in 1885. He may have also been a neighbor of Moses Fleetwood Walker.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Feb. 18, 1944, the Reds signed 15-year old Joe Nuxhall to a major-league contract. Nuxhall was in uniform on opening day, but didn't appear in a game until June 10, 1944. Eight years later, he'd start his big-league career in earnest, pitching until 1966.

TODAY'S TIMEWASTER: Seamheads.com has this amazing ballpark database. Go there only if you don't have plans for the next hour.

BROWSER SWITCH?: I tried out Google's Chrome browser, but didn't have much luck with it, so I stuck with Firefox. However, the newest feature may get me to switch -- a personal blacklist can remove sites from Google search results .

BAD NEWS: Giordano's filed for bankruptcy .

GOOD NEWS: Radiohead's releasing the digital version of its new album a day early , so if, like me, you've already ordered it, you should get it today.

VAN LENNON: A Jump-Imagine mashup for your enjoyment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 1:50 am
Edited on: July 16, 2010 10:28 am

Are A's buyers or sellers?

Coco Crisp As the second half of the season gets going, the buyers and sellers are pretty clear -- except, for maybe, the Oakland A's.

The A's are 43-46, eight games behind the Rangers and Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News looks ahead to the second half and talks to Billy Beane, who doesn't sound much like a buyer at this point.

"Certainly wins and losses are ultimately the most important thing," Beane told Stiglich. "[But] I always think you have to be careful and understand that with a young team, and a challenging financial situation, you have to temper your expectations somewhat and exercise patience."

Hardly the sound bite of a man willing to go for it all.

The A's trail the Rangers and the Angels, but of the 13 teams with losing records, the A's are the closest to a division lead.

As a seller, the A's have starter Ben Sheets (4-8. 4.63 ERA and a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio) and outfielder Coco Crisp (.277/.333/.554).

As a buyer, Oakland could use another starter because of the recent injuries to Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden and more help in the bullpen -- but who isn't looking for bullpen help at this point?

Beane will have to make his decision soon -- but it shouldn't take long to push it. Although Texas usually flounders later in the summer , any misstep by the A's in the next couple of series (at Kansas City and against Boston) and the direction will be made easy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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