Every day we're going to mention 5 or so players (we're not much for hard and fast rules around here) whose performance in the day before warrants mention. They aren't listed in any particular order, and it could be for reasons good or bad; the only caveat is that it has to be on the field work. Players of Note will not, for example, cover dudes who get trashed and get arrested for peeing in the street (here's looking at you, Jake!). You know, unless it's a really fun story. Like we said: hard and fast...not so much.
Trevor Cahill: The highly touted Cahill made his major league debut yesterday against the Angels, and...well, he sorta disappointed. He went 5, allowing 5 hits and surrendering 5 walks. Someone get the man a footlong! He did record his first ever K, though it was his only one of the game. Only 2 ER, but 57 strikes in 103 pitches isn't gonna get the job done, kid.
Ubaldo Jimenez: How about Ubaldo! 7 strong, allowing 4 H, 3 BB, and 0 ER, while fanning 8. This is what we should be getting used to seeing from the kid with the electric arm; if he can harness the kind of talent that he displayed in the second half of '07 for an entire season...well, the Rockies still won't be very good, but he'll get plenty of attention. Props to his counterpart as well; Dan Haren K'd 9 while allowing only 3 hits and 1 run over 7.
Tim Lincecum: Just when you think you know a guy, he goes and does something like this: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K. 78 pitches for Timmy in this go-round. The reason why we're mentioning hin here is the fact that he only went 3. Yeah, he was struggling, but why pull the best pitcher in the NL after 78 pitches? Give him a chance to sort it out. We're just hoping that it's not an injury concern; the Giants say that it wasn't, but giants are notoriously untrustworthy. Not that that has anything to do with Brian Sabean; we just felt it warranted mentioning.
Chipper Jones: Perhaps this is a bit of self-indulgence here, but we are the ones who write this blog. The KCSD Hero was 2-4 with a flapjack and a double, putting him at a nifty .500/.500/1.125 line for the season. MVP-caliber numbers? We think so. And we dare you to disagree.
Kyle Farnsworth: The Farns is at it again, serving up an 8th inning four-bagger to Big Jim Thome to secure the loss for the Royals. Good thing they gave him $9.25 mil over 2 years; in no way will they regret feeling the need to justify that contract by giving him crucial 8th-inning appearances that could go to Juan Cruz and Joakim Soria.