UPDATES & NEWS
In his first outing since returning from Tommy John surgery, Jason Motte pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and gave up one hit with one strikeout against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Motte was stellar in his season debut on Wednesday, but continued to display loss in velocity (93 MPH) since averaging out at 97 MPH back in his glory days. Although the Cardinals will give Trevor Rosenthal every chance to get things right, with the return of Motte, there is a chance a change could come int he ninth inning sooner rather than later. Rosenthal owners will want to add Motte as a handcuff as a safety blanket in the near future.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
T.J. House allowed three runs and four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings against the Tigers on Saturday.
House has been awful through three starts, and he may not get too many more as the Indians originally planned to skip this turn in the rotation for House. That’s too bad because House showed a lot of positives last year. His walk rate was much better than average and supported by a good first pitch strike rate. And his strikeout rate was close to league average and came along with an above average swinging strike rate. He also induces a ton of groundballs. Groundballs, swinging strikes, and few walks? That’s everything we’re looking for. If the Indians remain patient with House, you should as well and keep an eye on him. Analysis: Brett Talley
Manager Paul Molitor said he considered batting Joe Mauer leadoff on Saturday.
Mauer gets on base a lot and will hit for a good average, which is what you look for in a leadoff hitter, but his lack of speed means that he probably will never leadoff more than just a couple times a year. Danny Santana, who was expected to lead off for the Twins this season, has struggled at the plate thus far and has yet to take a walk. Santana could be moved down in the order if he can't get it going on offensive. Analysis: Ben Diamond