Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard: 16 games
Teams shutout: 3
Teams scoring 1 run: 5
Teams scoring 2 runs: 3
Teams scoring 3 runs: 4
Teams scoring > 3 runs: 17
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley got knocked around for the third straight start yesterday, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts in just 4 innings. In his last 3 starts, covering 13.2 innings, he has given up 17 runs on 30 hits, 8 walks and 9 strikeouts. He is either tipping his pitches, is injured or just plain sucks. (Can you tell I own him in several leagues?) His season stats look like this: 5 wins, 4.65 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and an 80-38 K/BB rate.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Padres rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1-4 and is hitting .190-.414-.476 with a HR and a 9-7 K/BB rate in 21 at bats since his callup. Rizzo has hits in just 3 of the 7 games he has played since his callup. His struggling is not unexpected, so patience is recommended.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira saw his ranking in my Mid Season First Base Rankings and took exception, so he went out and hit 2 homers, going 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs last night. In his last 10 games, he is 10-32 with 5 HRs and 15 RBIs and is on pace for 52 HRs and 130 RBIs.
Jack Weiland wrote about Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo a few days ago and I hope he was able to grab him off his league's waiver wire, as he went 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored last night. He is having a down year, no doubt about it, and what sticks out to me is he isn't walking as much as his walk rate is down to 9% from 13% in 2010, and he isn't hitting for much power, as evidenced by his ISO drop from .184 last year to .109 in 2011.
Indians catcher Carlos Santana went 1-4 with a walk batting in the 2 hole last night.It appears Shin-Soo Choo isn't the only Indians hitter struggling at the plate in 2011, as Santana is hitting just .221-.351-.376 with 7 HRs, 26 RBIs and a 44-44 K/BB rate. His plate discipline tells you he will start hitting sooner or later, but we have been saying that for quite awhile this season.
Nationals first baseman Mike Morse went 3-4 with 2 homers, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs last night in the Nationals 10-0 win over the Cardinals. Morse has been on some tear since Adam Laroche was placed on the DL, and is now hitting .312-.354-.561 with 12 HRs and 40 RBIs this season. He is on pace for a 29-95 season.
Livan Hernandez threw a complete game 3-hit shutout of the Cardinals last night. Livan did not walk a batter and struck out 6, lowering his ERA to 3.77 and his WHIP to 1.30.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett one-upped Livan Hernandez by throwing a complete game one hitter last night against the Rays. Beckett struck out 6 and walked none in winning his 6th game of the season. He lowered his ERA to 1.86 and his WHIP to 0.92. He has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of his last 10 starts, and has been the Beckett of old, or even better, this season.
What got into Michael Cuddyer last night? He went 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored in the Twins 4-1 win over the White Sox, but the 3 stolen bases is what stands out. I am not sure he has ever stolen 3 bases in a game, but he doubled his season SB total in one game. There haven't been too many 3 SB efforts this season, but Cuddyer now has one of them.