CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 18: Chris Snyder #19 congratulates Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after Alvarez hit a three run home run in the fourth inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 18, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard: 15 games
Teams Shutout: 5
Teams w/1 run scored: 5
Teams w/2 runs scored: 2
Teams w/ 3 runs scored: 3
Teams w/ > 3 runs scored: 15
Mark DeRosa will probably be headed for the DL again, as I was watching the Dodgers-Giants game and he re-injured his left wrist on a check swing. He was immediately removed from the game and he was visibly upset, so it can't be good.
As you can see from the Scoring Drought scorecard, pitching is continuing to dominate the Roto Roundups.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels earned his 5th win after giving up just one run on 5 hits, a walk and 8 strikeouts. Hamels lowered his ERA to 2.92 and owns a 64-13 K/BB rate in 61+ innings. Hamels has given up 2 runs or less in 5 of his 9 starts so far this season.
Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino pinch-hit last night and is talking about coming back on Friday. He was supposed to get an MRI yesterday, but instead will have one today. We should know more about how serious his injured hamstring is later today or on Friday.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Yesterday, the Rays announced that Elliot Johnson will begin seeing more playing time at shortstop, moving Reid Brignac to the bench. Johnson responded by going 2-3 with a triple, a run and 3 RBIs. He is hitting .283-.339-.472 with 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 SBs and a 16-5 K/BB rate in 53 at bats.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz and former Yankee starter Phil Coke went pitch for pitch on Wednesday night. Buchholz shutout the Tigers on 4 hits, a walk and 7 Ks in 7 innings. Coke also threw 7 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, walking one and striking out 4. Buchholz lowered his ERA to 3.42, but his WHIP is still an ugly 1.41. He also owns a mediocre 37-21 K/BB rate in 52+ innings.
Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit his first HR since April 21st, a 3 run shot to help the Pirates beat the Reds. Alvarez is hitting a pitiful .211-.276-.309 with 2 HRs, 10 RBIs and a horrible 42-10 K/BB rate. I am losing confidence in him, but that just means he is going to breakout starting today.
If it weren't for Peavy pitching his gem, Pirates starter Charlie Morton would have been the Fantasy Player of the Day. Morton tossed a complete game shutout of the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday, limiting the Red to 5 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Morton is now 5-1 on the season with a 2.62 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a horrible 29-26 K/BB rate in 55 innings pitched.
Mets starter Jonathan Niese had his best game of the year, throwing 7 shutout innings, giving up 6 hits, a walk and striking out 7. Niese is now 3-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He has giving up 2 runs or less in 5 of his 9 starts this season.
Both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman had to leave their game on Wednesday. Holliday left with a quad injury and Berkman left with a wrist injury. Foxsports B.J. Rains tweeted the following regarding Berkman last night:
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Will Pedro Alvarez turn things around soon?
Yes (34 votes)
No (30 votes)
64 total votes