Tigers starter Max Scherzer dominated the White Sox on Easter Sunday, going 8 innings, giving up 7 base runners and striking out 7 in winning his 4th game of the season. Scherzer lowered his ERA to 3.19, but his WHIP is stilling hurting at 1.48. He has a 30-13 K/BB rate through 5 starts in 2011. What the heck happened to the White Sox offense?
James Shields appears to have turned things around this year, as he dominated the Blue Jays on Sunday throwing his second consecutive complete game. He gave up just 6 base runners and struck out 7 in his 95 pitch complete game. He threw first pitch strikes to 21 of the 32 batters he faced and induced 14 swinging strikes.
Mets third baseman David Wright went 2-4 with 2 HRs, a SB, 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs on Sunday. Wright is hitting .262-.351-.512 with 5 HRs, 14 RBIs and 5 SBs so far this season. Wright is once again a fantasy stud.
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Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson batted third baseman Ryan Roberts in the leadoff spot on Sunday. Robert has had a great start to the 2011 season, hitting .320-.433-.620 with 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs and an excellent 9-10 K/BB rate. Does this mean the end of Willie Bloomquist's time in the leadoff spot for the DBacks? Gibson batted Chris Young in the leadoff spot yesterday, so it appears he is trying to find someone who is comfortable in the spot. Robert went 0-3 with a run scored and 2 walks on Sunday.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI on Sunday. I wasn't sure how Kemp would respond to batting in the cleanup spot this year, but he seems to be pretty comfortable hitting there especially when you see his improved K/BB rate of 20-13. That's a huge improvement from his 170-53 K/BB rate in 2010.
Going from Kemp who has shown tremendous improvement at the plate this year, we find Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez continuing to slip at the plate. Hanley went 0-4 with a strikeout on Sunday, and is now hitting just .182-.299-.242 with zero HRs, 7 RBIs and 3 SBs in 6 attempts. The Top 5 fantasy player in 2011, Hanley is still showing excellent plate discipline as evidenced by his 11-11 K/BB rate. I think Hanley will turn things around real soon.
Hanley's teammate Mike Stanton is starting to look better at the plate, especially after hitting a game winning 3 run HR on Sunday. He went 1-3 with 3 RBIs and a strikeout, and has raised his triple slash line to .265-.390-.510 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs in 49 at bats.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson gave up just one run in 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. He did not get the win and his ERA now sits at a spectacular 1.06. I am glad the Dodgers don't have to face him this week.
Yankees prospect Freddy Garcia went 6 strong innings vs the Orioles on Sunday giving up just 4 base runners and striking out 7. In his two starts with the Yankees, Garcia has given up just 4 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched. What? Garcia isn't a prospect? He isn't? Oh THAT Freddy Garcia. I wouldn't buy into these two solid starts just yet.
It appears the Nationals have a new closer now with Drew Storen earning his 3rd save on Sunday. Storen gave up a hit and struck out one in his one inning of work. Storen has restored his fantasy value after almost getting sent down to AAA to start the season.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is heating up after starting the season injured. He went 2-2 with 2 walks, a HR, 2 runs scored and an RBI on Sunday. He is now hitting .272-.302-.593 with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs in just 81 at bats. Think about that-81 at bats!!! Beltre could have a better season than his had last year in Boston.
Philles ace Roy Halladay struck out 14 Padres on Sunday in winning his third game of the year. He held the Padres to one run on 5 hits and a walk in 8 2/3rd innings and threw an amazing 130 pitches. He threw first pitch strikes to 22 of the 32 batters he faced and induced 22 swinging strikes. Am I the only one who thinks the 130 pitches will come back to haunt him at some point? He has thrown 579 pitches in his 5 starts this season, an average of 115 pitches per game.
Carl Crawford wnet 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs hitting out of the 7 spot in the Red Sox lineup on Sunday. He now has 2 hits in each of his last two games and fantasy owners are hoping he has broken out of his slump. Finally.
Speaking about breaking out of slumps, Red Sox starters have had a very good week this week. Former Angel John Lackey shutout his former teammates for 8 innings on Sunday, holding them to 6 hits, a walk and striking out 6 in winning his second game of the season.
Phillies closer Jose Contreras was placed on the DL one day after I wondered aloud why he did not get the save opportunity on Saturday night. Ryan Madson will replace him as the Phillies closer, but I wonder if Antonio Bastardom will get some save opportunities should Madson struggle as he has in the past. He earned the save on Sunday, so he is next in line.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 3-5 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs on Sunday. Heyward is now hitting .250-.360-.500 with 5 HRs and 11 RBIs on the season. Heyward was slumping of late, so this was nice to see for Heyward owners.