The other day I was trading emails with another league owner about how bad MLB offenses are this year, and I may have already wrote about this, but is it me or is this the second year of the pitcher? In the last few days, we have had two no-hitters, and several no-hitters broken up in the 7th inning or later. Yesterday, 17 of the 32 MLB teams scored 3 runs or fewer, and there were 6 teams that were shutout. Some people question the Royals bringing up Eric Hosmer, but the way things are going, we may see more teams bringing up prospects earlier than expected, just to see if they can provide a spark. The Dodgers brought up outfield prospect Jerry Sands in early April to see if he can spark a bad Dodgers lineup, and I can see them bringing up a few more prospects like Trayvon Robinson and Dee Gordon at some point this season. The lineup they run out there everyday is pretty bad.
Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 4-5 with 3 runs scored and his triple slash line is now .285-.350-.577 with 7 HRs, 25 RBIs an 5 SBs. He is putting his name amongst the top fantasy second baseman of late. Come to think of it, I should take a look at my preseason rankings and see how I am faring to date.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is starting to get back to normal at the plate, as he went 2-5 with a HR and 4 RBIs on Saturday. He is hitting ,260-.393-.522 with a HR and 4 RBIs in 23 at bats.
Padres first base prospect Anthony Rizzo hit his 10th HR of the season on Saturday night, and now has 10 HRs and 42 RBIs in 116 at bats. Meanwhile, Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe is hitting .180-.237-.281 in 89 at bats.
More roundup after the jump:
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-5 with a run scored, 2 RBIs and a SB yesterday, and he is now hitting .282-.341-.460 with 4 HRs, 17 RBIs and 9 SBs. He is back to being the old Jacoby this season.
Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena is heating up now as he went 3-4 with a HR on Saturday. He has now homered three times this week, but is still hitting below the Mendoza line. Fantasy owners didn't draft Pena for his BA, and they hope he can keep the power streak going.
Tigers second baseman Scott Sizemore went 1-3 with 2 walks, a run scored, and an RBI. He saw 25 pitches in his 5 plate appearances, and is hitting .316-.409-.368 with 3 RBIs since his callup earlier this week.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo almost threw a no-hitter himself on Saturday afternoon vs the Cardinals. He ended up throwing 8 shutout innings, giving up just one hit, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. For the season, Gallardo is 3-2 with a 5.11 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a surprising 36-21 K/BB rate in 49+ IP. What happened to all the Ks?
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa used former closer Mitchell Boggs in the 9th inning yesterday with the Cardinals losing 2-0 and he proceeded to give up 2 runs on 2 hits in 1/3rd of an inning. It is beginning to appear like Eduardo Sanchez will be the closer in STL.
Braves pitching prospect Julio Teheran made a spot start on Saturday night in Philadelphia, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and one striking in 4 2/3rd innings. How many good young pitchers does one team need? The Braves have Tommy Hanson, Julio Teheran, Brandon Beachy, and Mike Minor as a future rotation in a few years. A day after striking out 16 times vs Cliff Lee, Braves hitters struck out just 4 times last night, but managed only 5 hits.
In a matchup of two rising starting pitchers budding Pirates starter Charlie Morton vs Astros starter Bud Norris, the Pirates won 6-1, as Morton held the Astros to one run on 7 hits, a walk, and 5 strikeouts in 7 2/3rd innings. Norris gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts to take the loss. Morton is now 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, while Norris is now 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Pirates leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen went 2-4 with 2 RBIs last night, and is now hitting just .227-.338-.395 with 5 HRs, 17 RBIs and 5 SBs. Fantasy owners need him to raise that BA soon.
Royals first base prospect Eric Hosmer got his first major league hit last night and went 1-3 with another walk. He should be picked up in all leagues.