Andy Pettite held the Texas lineup to 4 hits over 8 Innings and Mariano Rivera did what he does best, close games. Rich Harden was wild, walking 6 and beaning Gardner and Teixeira in 3.2 IP. It was a day of firsts for the Yanks lineup. Teixeira hit his first HR, he went 1 for 4 with the solo shot. ARod got on base all 4 times (1 for 1, 3 BB) and stole his first base of the season. Even Robinson Cano got his first SB. Posada had another good day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 2 Runs and a solo HR. Posada may slacking on the defensive side, but he was underrated coming into drafts this year. Jeter had the day off (ill with a cold), Gardner led off (2 for 3, BB, R) and stole 2 bases. He’s up to 7 SB now. Elvis had a good day on stage, going 1 for 3 with a Run and RBI. Michael Young had two hits (2 for 4) with a RBI. Ryan Garko got the start at 1B vs the LHP Pettite, but Chris Davis made it into the game to pinch-strike out.
Gavin Floyd gave up 6 Hits, 4 Walks and 7 ER, only recording 3 Outs. He didn’t do my team any favors today. Fausto Carmona had a decent line (6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 4 K), inducing 10 ground balls to 5 fly balls, throwing 19 first pitch strikes to 25 batters. He has 3 Quality Starts in a row now. Chris Perez got his 4th Save, getting 2 Outs without giving up a walk or hit. The White Sox lineup continues to suck, although Juan Pierre (.208) went 2 for 5 with 3 SB and Alexei Ramirez had 3 hits. Teahan filled the DH spot and got a couple hits, Omar Vizquel played 3B (1 for 3 RBI, Run). Shin-Soo Choo was huge today. He hit his 4th HR (Grand Slam) and knocked in 5 runs. He is hitting .350 and has 12 RBI on the season. I’m starting to wonder who is the better OF between him and Sizemore. Grady didn’t get a hit (0 for 3, .231), but took 2 walks and scored twice. Choo started the season going 2 for 18 with 9 Ks, but he’s been more patient since, not trying to do too much.
Ricky Romero threw another great game (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K), but took the loss b/c the TOR lineup blows! Ervin Santana does deserve credit tho, he had a great game too and came within 1 strike of a Shut Out (CG, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K). Romero has added a 2 seam fastball that has some nice movement, it seems to be serving him well. Adam Lind (2 for 4) broke up the shutout and provided the only run for the team with a solo shot in the 9th. Fred Lewis (1 for 4, double, SB) got the start in LF and led off for TOR. Erick Aybar (55% owned) went 1 for 3 with a Run, he should be rostered in more leagues. Hideki Matsui had another good day in the clean-up spot, going 2 for 4 with a RBI. Mathis got the start over Napoli and drove in the Angels 3rd Run with a double. I may be dropping Napoli soon in my 14 team H2H league. I almost cut him today.
Doug Davis was pretty terrible (4.2 IP, 11 Hits, 5 ER), but escaped the loss b/c Jason Marquis was god awful. Marquis gave up 7 ER and didn’t record an Out. He threw 28 pitches, only 13 for strikes. Where do I start with the hitting? Everyone did well, even Craig Counsell went 2 for 4 with a Grand Slam. Rickie Weeks (.311) went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs. Casey McGehee (.400) continues to slug, he went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs and a RBI. Jim Edmonds started in place of Corey Hart and went 1 for 3 with a Run and 2 RBI. Willy Tavares started in place of Nyjer Morgan and went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs. Guzman played SS/RF, going 2 for 5 with a Run and RBI. Zimmerman (2 for 5) knocked in two runs. Ivan Rodriguez is now hitting .444 after going 3 for 5, he had two Runs and a RBI. MIL has used 12 different lineups in 12 games now.
Jair Jurrjens rebounded from a poor start, but didn’t get the W. He went 8 Innings, allowing 8 base runners (5 H, 3 BB), 3 Earned Runs (2 HR) and struck out 9. Eric O’Flaherty got the Win after Franklin Morales blew another Save (his second). Morales sucks, which is why I have tried to get Rafael Betancourt (8th Inning man, 4 Holds, 1.00 WHIP, 1.50 ERA) in all of my leagues. Carlos Gonzalez (.368) hit his 1st HR of the season. Ian Stewart (3 for 4, Run, 2 RBI) hit his 3rd HR. Dexter Fowler (0 for 2, 2 BB) stole his first base (3rd base) of the season. Jason Heyward went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI, including the game winner. He now has 15 RBI on the season. Chipper went 2 for 4 with a Run, Martin Prado (.426) went 1 for 4 with a Run and RBI, Matt Diaz got the start in LF (hitting leadoff) and went 3 for 5 with a Run. Entering the game Atlanta’s leadoff hitters combined for a .065 AVG (3 for 46).
Paul Maholm pitched well (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K) and got the Win. Bronson Arroyo was beat up a bit, allowing 5 ER in 6 IP, he took the loss. Octavio Dotel served up a solo shot to Jay Bruce, but recorded his 3rd Save. I picked up Brendan Donnelly (8th Inning man, 3.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 5 Holds), but I’m not looking to start him until Octavio loses the job via suckage, injury or trade. Andrew McCutchen didn’t get a hit (0 for 3, BB), but stole his 7th base. Jay Bruce (2 for 4) hit 2 HR, both were solo tho b/c no one could clog the bases for him. Drew Stubbs got the start in CF over Dickerson, hit lead off, but went 0 for 3 and lowered his AVG to .167. Garrett Jones (.209) hasn’t hit a HR since hitting 3 in his first 5 At Bats. “The game started three minutes past the scheduled 1:35 p.m. EDT start because crew chief Joe West’s crew was late arriving on the field. West recently complained about the slow pace of games involving the Red Sox and Yankees.”
Nate Robertson induced 14 ground balls (5 fly balls) and blanked the Phils over 6.1 Innings. He walked 4, gave up 4 hits and struck out 4. I’m sure the switch from the AL Central to the NL East will help his numbers, but I was scared to add him to my pitching-depleted NL-Only team. Cole Hamels pitched well too (8 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 8 K), but took the loss as the lineup failed to score a run. Ryan Howard finally struck out (you ever read that before?), giving him 6 Ks in 55 At Bats. Cameron Maybin led off and went 2 for 4 with a double and a SB, he was hyped here today. Dan Uggla (3 for 4, Run, 2 RBI) provided all the offense, hitting a solo HR and doubling in another run. The Jorge Cantu (1 for 4, R) 17 game hit streak is still alive. Raul Ibanez (.175) sat in favor of Ben Francisco.
Matt Garza (0.75 ERA, 0.88 WHIP) destroyed the BOS lineup, going 8 Innings, giving up 0 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BB and striking out 5. Jon Lester had his 3rd poor start, he gave up 7 ER in 6 IP. He isn’t making me very happy, I think I’ll discuss that later. Pedroia (0 for 3) had a Sac Fly in the 9th. Beltre went 2 for 3. Varitek (1 for 3) played, moving VMart (0 for 4) to DH and Big Papi (3 for 22 vs Garza) to the bench. Zobrist went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 SB. Crawford (0 for 4) went hitless, but stole a base (his 5th). Carlos Pena (1 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI) and BJ Upton (1 for 3, R, 2 RBI) each launched 2 Run homers off Lester. Upton has 3 HR now.
Luke Hochevar didn’t pitch well (6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 4 K), but Carl Pavano was worse (3.1 IP, 7 ER, 11 H, 0 BB, 2 K). Soria came in and pitched 1.1 clean Innings (no hits, no walks, 2 Ks) for his 3rd Save. Span went 2 for 5 with a Run, Mauer (.378) had 3 hits and a Run, Morneau (0 for 3) knocked in a run and scored, Kubel (1 for 5) had 2 RBI, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Alberto Callaspo, who went 3 for 5, hit 2 HR and knocked in 6 RBI. Podsednik (.457) continued his hot streak going 3 for 5 with a Run, 2 RBI and stole his 7th base. To add injury to insult, Podsednik “lost his grip” during a swing and hit a Twins fan in the head with his bat. The fan was OK, this is the hockey state ya know. Billy Butler and Jose Guillen each went 3 for 5 with a Run and RBI, Guillen even stole a base.
Wandy Rodriguez (7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Ryan Dempster (7.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K) had a nice pitcher’s duel, neither received the Win. I’m not sure why some ppl were down on Dempster going into drafts, I had him close to Roy Oswalt (35th) in my SP ranks. I would have been happy to land him at his ADP. Marmol blew the Save, nooooooo! He didn’t walk anyone tho and struck out 2 in 1.1 Innings. Lindstrom locked up his 2nd Save in overtime, striking out 3 of 4 batters. Marlon Byrd went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI, Soriano went hitless and was replaced in the field again, Soto went 2 for 3 with a Run. Jeff Keppinger went 2 for 4, raising his AVG to .371. I was always intrigued by him when he was in CIN, he has amazing Contact Rates. It nice to see him get consistent playing time, grab him if you need MI help. Hunter Pence (.156) awoke from a slumber to swing the lumber, he went 2 for 4 with a Run. Lou Pinella said, “I’m going to change the lineup around a little bit and spur this offense on a little bit.” Berkman went 0 for 2 with a Sac Fly in his first rehab game, he is expected to get four at bats on Sunday.
Brian Matusz needs to be rostered in more than 50% of Yahoo! leagues. Hes pitched well vs Tampa twice and now Oakland (not that pitching well vs Oak is hard) after having a strong Spring [20.1 IP, 19 K, 3 BB]. Tonight, he threw 6.1 Innings (102 pitches, 75 strikes), giving up 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB and striking out 8. It’s easy to see why many think he is going to win AL ROY. Brett Anderson had a tough game, even tho looked good in certain areas. He gave up 5 ER, 8 Hits, 0 Walks in 5 IP. He struck out 2 and didn’t walk anyone. He threw only 83 pitches, 53 for strikes. Jim Johnson actually threw 2 Innings, allowing only a hit, for the Save. Ryan Sweeney (1 for 3, Run) extended his hit streak to 13 games. Jake Fox DH’d and went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Travis Buck and Cliff Pennington each had two hits. Ty Wiggington (2 for 5) hit a double and a HR, he finished with 3 Runs and 4 RBI. Adam Jones, Nick Markakis (who has reached safely in all 12 games) had two hits and Reimold added two RBI with a double. Daric Barton left after the fourth with a contusion above his elbow. Miguel Tejada hopes to be back in a few days.
Ian Kennedy looked great (5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 7 K) @ Petco, pretty easy to see coming as I streamed him in at least 1 league. Wade LeBlanc was called up from AAA to sub in for Chris Young and threw 5 Innings, allowing 1 ER, 7 Hits, 2 Walks and struck out 7. SD won and Heath Bell got his 3rd Save, allowing a run in the process. Juan Gutierrez was beat up again (1 H, 1 BB, 2 Runs, 1 ER), he was pulled after getting just 1 out. Serves all those vultures right, you shouldn’t be stealing my free agent closer pick-ups. Everth Cabrera led off, getting two hits, a Run and stealing his 3rd base of the season. Scott Hairston hit his 1st HR and Chase Headley continued his go ahead/hot hitting ways (1 for 3, Run, 2 RBI). Mark Reynolds (3 for 4, 2 RBI) hit a solo HR, his 4th on the year. Conor Jackson (1 for 4) and Justin Upton (0 for 3) were each caught stealing.
Dont look now, but Barry Zito is rocking a 0.88 WHIP and 1.86 ERA. Zito threw 7.1 Innings, allowed 1 ER, 4 Hits, 1 BB and struck out 3. Kershaw had a good game, going 7 strong, striking out 9. He walked 4, gave up 4 Hits and 1 ER. Jonathan Broxton got his first Save! He just needs the opportunity, he’s been lights out so far this season. Ethier went 2 for 3 and Manny provided the heroics with a 2 Run pinch-hit Home Run. Juan Uribe hit a solo shot to give the Giants their only run. Ronny Belliard played 1B while Loney (1 for 20 vs Zito) rode the pine.
Mad Max went thunderdome on the Mariners (6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K), Ian Snell was overmatched (5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 4 K). Jose Valverde got his 3rd Save, allowing only a BB and striking out 1 in an Inning of work. Austin Jackson (3 for 5, R, RBI) raised his AVG to .340, Johnny Damon went 2 for 3 with a walk and a Run, Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with a 3 Run HR that landed in the second deck. Ichiro went 1 for 3, Eric Byrnes (1 for 3) started in LF, Casey Kotchman (2 for 3, Run, 2 RBI) hit his 2nd HR of the season. “In college I realized I had to be really intense, the more intensity I bring the more focused I get,” Scherzer said. “There were times where people told me I had to tone it down, but that’s not me. I need to get more intense, get more focused and everything falls in place for me.”
Adam Wainwright threw a Complete Game (107 pitches, 75 strikes), allowing 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB and struck out 9. John Maine didn’t. In 5 Innings, Maine allowed 6 Hits, 4 Walks and 3 Earned Runs. Ludwick (.304) hit his first HR of the season, going 2 for 2 with 2 Runs and 2 RBI. Colby Rasmus (.188) also homered (his 3rd), he went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI, snapping a 0 for 18 drought. Pujols went 0 for 5 and left 5 on base. Matt Holliday broke from his 0 for 16 slump and went 3 for 3, raising his AVG to .311. Angel Pagan had two of the Mets 4 hits, he knocked in 2 runs with a single in the second. Reyes, Wright and Bay combined to go 0 for 9. Francoeur went 0 for 3 and is now 0 for 10 in the past two games, this could be the beginning of another streak for him.