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Prospect Probables: Who’s Pitching This Week?

While looking at the 453rd Google Alert item mentioning Collin Balester’s major league debut tomorrow against the Florida Marlins, I noticed that Clayton Kershaw is also scheduled to pitch.  This revelation led me to the MLB Schedules page at, where it quickly became apparent that many top pitching prospects will take the mound for their teams in the coming week.

And just like that, another weekly feature was born.

Call me biased toward the Red Sox and Yankees, but I think the most interesting matchups are slated for next weekend in The Bronx.  On Saturday, Boston youngster Justin Masterson goes against New York veteran Mike Mussina; the following day, the Yankees counter with their own prospect, Joba Chamberlain, against Sox elder statesman Tim Wakefield. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Kansas City @ Baltimore – Luke Hochevar (63) vs. Radhames Liz (69)
Texas @ New York Yankees – Kevin Millwood vs. Joba Chamberlain (3)
Washington @ Florida – Collin Balester (86) vs. Mark Hendrickson
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Houston – Clayton Kershaw (7) vs. Wandy Rodriguez

Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Detroit @ Minnesota – Eddie Bonine vs. Nick Blackburn (56)

Thursday, July 3, 2008
Milwaukee @ Arizona – Manny Parra (72) vs. Brandon Webb
Philadelphia @ Atlanta – Brett Myers vs. Jair Jurrjens (49)
Chicago Cubs @ San Francisco – Sean Gallagher (82) vs. Tim Lincecum
Washington @ Cincinnati – John Lannan vs. Johnny Cueto (34)

Saturday, July 5, 2008
Boston @ New York Yankees – Justin Masterson (64) vs. Mike Mussina
Texas @ Baltimore – Eric Hurley (77) vs. Brian Burres

Sunday, July 6, 2008
Washington @ Cincinnati – Collin Balester (86) vs. Edinson Volquez
Texas @ Baltimore – Scott Feldman vs. Radhames Liz (69)
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay – Luke Hochevar (63) vs. James Shields
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco – Clayton Kershaw (7) vs. Matt Cain
Boston @ New York – Tim Wakefield vs. Joba Chamberlain (3)

Now Pitching For The Baltimore Orioles…

June 2 is a good day in the recent history of Orioles pitcher Radhames Liz.  Last season, he pitched a no-hitter for AA Bowie.  This year, he was recalled from AAA Norfolk on that date and made his season debut the following night against the Minnesota Twins.

Liz went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four to earn his first major league victory (he was 0-2 in nine games in 2007).  His catcher, Ramon Hernandez, noted that Baltimore’s 2007 Minor League Pitcher of the Year pitched like he belonged in The Show:

“He threw more strikes. That was the big difference,” catcher Ramon Hernandez said. “He stayed more middle, and he was throwing more strikes early in the count and then he got more aggressive.”

Sounds similar to the compliment Pedro Martinez recently paid to David Price.  Be, aggressive, B-E aggressive. 

The most recent “Now Pitching For” subject, Homer Bailey, did not exactly receive a vote of confidence from Reds manager Dusty Baker, who basically told reporters that the only reason Bailey got the call for Thursday’s start against Philadelphia was because he was already on the 40-man roster (Bailey took the loss for Cincinnati, allowing five runs, but only two earned, on four hits in 6.1 innings).  Liz, on the other hand, can take the mound with the knowledge that he will have a chance to succeed or fail on his own merits:

Even before Liz’s strong performance, Orioles manager Dave Trembley made it clear that Liz wasn’t in the big leagues for one spot start.

“This isn’t a tryout, this isn’t an audition,” Trembley said. “He’s going to pitch.”

It’s gotta be nice to know that you’ll have a job, at least for awhile. 

Previous “Now Batting”: Evan Longoria (Rays); Jed Lowrie (Red Sox), Jeff Clement/Wladimir Balentien (Mariners); Jay Bruce (Reds)


Previous “Now Pitching”: Justin Masterson (Red Sox); Jeff Niemann (Rays); Luke Hochevar (Royals); Max Scherzer (Diamondbacks); Nick Adenhart (Angels); Homer Bailey (Reds)