The 2006 1st round pick of the Colroado Rockies, Greg Reynolds, made his major league debut and took the loss. The game's boxscore looked good through the 5th inning before the Reynolds allowed three runs in the 6th. Don't think too deeply about it. He struck out just one hitter and got 7 groundoutds and nine flyouts.
Cincinnati Reds' rookie Johnny Cueto was lit up a game after teasing fantasy pundits with a gem last time out against the Chicago Cubs. Prior to that Cubs game, he last a mere 1.2 innings and K'd just two - as he did in the start before that. Right now, Cueto is a match-up start and not the automatic start he was after his first two starts.
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The Los Angeles Angels' 2008 ace, Ervin Santana, got lit up by the Tampa Bay Rays to the tune of five earned runs and ten runners allowed in 5.2 innings. Unlike Greg Reynolds, Santana's 7 Ks and one walk offer consolance that he will be better next time out.
A pillar of the Chicago White Sox climb from the basement in 2007 is former failed pitchign prospect Gavin Floyd. Prior to yesterday's start, he has a stellar 2.50 ERA. Following yesterday's 3.2 innings of work and five earned runs, he now sports a still-excellent ERA of 3.32. However, his two BBs yesterday and zero Ks means he has now walked more hitters (20) than he has struck out (19). I'd say sell high but do not believe anyone would take him. It may be time to just cut him.
|2008 - Gavin Floyd||3-2||7||7||0||0||0||0||43.1||29||19||16||5||20||19||3.32||1.13|
In the same game, Seatlle Mariners' middle reliver Brandon Morrow struck out two White Sox in an inning. For the season, has has 9 strikeouts and two walks in 7.1 innings over ten appearances. He struggled mightily with a K/BB in his rookie season that looked as if it would never be greater than one.
Oakland A's LF Emil Brown hit his 4th HR and drove in RBIs #31, 32 and 33. He also stole his second base of the season. Can a player be a sell high if no one wants to buy him?
Sticking with the A's, are they trying to force the Texas Rangers to make catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia a 1B? They stole five bases on him and his pitching counterparts. I know runners basically steal off the pitcher, but tagging Salty's CS% with an 0-5 will make him look bad regardless.