With the Detroit Tigers having an off day on Monday, Justin Verlander will now get the start Tuesday making him a two start pitcher in week 11. Rick Porcello was slated for two starts but will now be bumped back to start on Wednesday. The Tigers also activated starting pitcher Doug Fister from the disabled list and he will get the start on Saturday against Colorado.
The Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff has taken a big hit in the last week, first losing Brandon Morrow and now losing Kyle Drabek (ligament tear) and Drew Hutchinson (sprained UCL). Brett Cecil was recalled from Triple-A and will start Sunday against Philadelphia. Cecil had spent much of the season At Double-A before recently moving to to Triple-A where he made one start. Between two levels, Cecil had a 3,47 ERA and a .285 batting average against.
The Minnesota Twins have brought back starting pitcher Liam Hendriks from Triple-A and he will get the start Saturday against Milwaukee. Hendriks did not fare too well in his first stint in the major leagues but he was better at Triple-A where he had a 1.94 ERA in 46 1/3 innings with a .180 batting average against and 42 strike0uts.
Matt Moore picked up his third straight win for the Tampa Bay Rays last night and seems to be turning the corner from his disappointing start to the season. Moore allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and now has a 2.37 ERA in June with a 1.11 WHIP and in his last 50 2/3 innings, he has struck 62 hitters.
If you took a chance on reserving Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero in the last couple of weeks, you can go ahead and drop them. The Oakland Athletics released Ramirez Friday at his request. Ramirez was batting .302 at Triple-A but had yet to hit a home run in 63 at bats and at age 40, it is hard to see another team giving him a chance in the major leagues this season.
Carlos Marmol is back at closer for the Chicago Cubs, but until he gets his control issues resolved, he is still going to make you reach for the Pepto every night if you own him. He has not pitched any better in June than in previous months, with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. I guess if you need saves to get you more points than what you might lose in ERA and WHIP it is a worthwhile trade off.