Tuesday's action is highlighted by the Tigers dealing pitcher Dontrelle Willis to the Diamondbacks for pitcher Billy Buckner. Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes says Willis will go right into the Diamondbacks rotation as soon as Saturday. Why trade for another pitcher who has control problems and can't get anyone out? How soon before the firesale happens in Arizona?
Here are the rest of my thoughts after reviewing Tuesday's boxscores:
Yankees first baseman left Tuesday's game with a foot injury. This after Jorge Posada returned from the DL with his own foot injury. If Tex needs a DL stint, do Yankee fans get their first glimpse at top prospect Jesus Montero?
Yankees starter Javier Vazquez threw 7 quality innings on Tuesday giving up just one run, a HR to Corey Patterson, on 4 hits and 7 strikeouts. Vazquez has 3 quality starts in his last 4 starts, and appears to be turning things around.
Brewers reliever Trevor Hoffman entered a tie game in the 7th inning and proceeded to give up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. The Brewers bullpen is still a mess, and it appears John Axford will keep the closer job for now, or until manager Ken Macha gives it back to Carlos Villaneuva.
Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan is doing his best to not be the player demoted when prospect Mike Stanton gets called up to the big club in the next week or so. Coghlan went 3-5 with a HR and 2 runs scored on Tuesday. He has 6 hits in his last 10 at bats, and appears to be heating up at the plate.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto was due for one of these starts. On Tuesday night, he gave up 8 runs on 10 hits, including 2 HRs. This start broke a string of 6 straight starts where Cueto gave up 3 runs or less.
Royals DH Jose Guillen went 1-4 with his 12th HR of the season, but is only hitting .250-.321-.485 on the season with 34 RBI. He would be a good fit DH'ing for the Yankees.
Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez went 5-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI on Tuesday night. He is now hitting .279-.330-.488 for the season with 7 HRs and 24 RBIs. His bat has come alive as he has had two or more hits in 7 of his last 11 games, raising his BA from .234 to .279.
Blue Jays closer Kevin Gregg blew up on Tuesday night, blowing a 3 run lead against the Rays. He gave up 4 runs on 1 hit and 5, yes 5, walks. It was his 3rd blown save of the season. Gregg has a 29/15 K/BB rate and a 1.54 WHIP. Not numbers you want to see from your closer.
Speaking of blown saves, Astros closer Matt Lindstrom entered a 1 run game, and promptly gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, while getting just one out. This was his second blown save in his last 3 save opportunities. This bears watching for Lindstrom owners.
Blown saves part trois: Nationals closer Matt Capps blew his 2nd save by giving up 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, a walk and a fielding error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Capps has allowed runs in 5 of his last 7 outings. The time to deal Capps and get value may be fast approaching.
Can someone explain to me why Tony Larussa has closer Ryan Franklin pitching two innings of a game he was losing by one run? Franklin won't be available should a save opportunity present itself on Wednesday.