Pitching dominated Wednesday's action in MLB as there were three teams who were shutout, 7 teams scored just one run, 7 teams scored two runs and 4 teams scored 3 runs.
Royals third base prospect Mike Moustakas went 1-3 with a walk in yesterday's loss vs the Padres and is hitting .263-.354-.316 in 57 at bats since his call up. He has an excellent 9-8 K/BB rate thus far, but only one extra base hit, a home run, resulting in his terrible SLG at this point. The power will come.
Padres first base prospect Anthony Rizzo went 1-4 with a SB and 2 RBIs yesterday and is hitting just .175-.329-.368 in 57 big league at bats. He has struck out 21 times in his 57 at bats and has walked 11 times, and 8 of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases. He will have to cut the strikeouts down to be rosterable in mixed leagues.
Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley went 1-3 with a walk, a HR and 2 RBIs yesterday. His home run came off Braves lefty reliever Jonny Venters, the first HR Venters has given up this year. Ackley has his BA at .300 now with a SLG of .575. Maybe I was wrong on him.
I went to the Trenton Thunder game yesterday afternoon with colleagues from work and saw Yankees starter Phil Hughes pitch in his rehab outing. He looked very good, and reports say his fastball was sitting in the 92-94 range. Reports say he will make one more start, probably in AAA, and then be activated.
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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was probably a sleeper pick somewhere on the internet last offseason, and he is quietly having a breakout season. He won his 8th game of the season by limiting the Diamondbacks to 2 runs in 7 innings yesterday. He gave up just 4 hits, walked no one and struck out 7 to lower his ERA to 3.54 and his WHIP to 1.16. He has given up 2 runs or less in his last 5 starts, giving up just 4 runs on 22 hits, 5 walks, and 28 strikeouts in 36+ innings.
Phillies rookie starter Vance Worley held the Red Sox to just one run on 5 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 7 innings of work on Wednesday night to win his 3rd game of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.57 and WHIP to 1.33. He is rosterable in NL-only leagues until he proves his fast start in the big leagues is a fluke.
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter threw a complete game 7 hitter, giving up just one run and striking out 5 to win his third game of the season. He lowered his ERA to 4.00 and his WHIP sits at 1.32.
Angels starter Dan Haren shutout the Nationals for 7+ innings on Wednesday to win his 8th game of the season. He allowed just 2 hits, walked one and struck out 6. Haren is 8-5 on the season with a 2.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and an excellent 98-18 K/BB rate. Haren could find himself in my Top 12 starting pitchers at the midway point.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up just one unearned run in his 8 solid innings of work last night. He held the Angels to 4 hits, a walk and 4 strikeouts but got no run support in his dual against Dan Haren. Zimmermann is 5-7 with a 2.63 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a 71-20 K/BB rate this year. He has given up 2 runs or less in 9 of his last 10 starts. He, along with Carlos Carrasco, is breaking out in 2011. Could he be the ace of the Nationals in 2012?
Mets outfielder Angel Pagan had a breakout season in 2010 hitting .290-.340-.425 with 11 HRs, 69 RBIs, 80 runs and 37 SBs. All that at the age of 29. Last night, he had a huge game at the plate, going 4-6 with 3 runs, a SB and 4 RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .263-.346-.371 with 2 HRs, 24 RBIs and 13 SBs. The power and speed have dropped, but he could still steal 25-30 bases this year.
Coming into the season Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had seen his power numbers fall two years in a row, but he has put all that behind him as he has already hit 16 HRs this season, after hitting just 25 HRs last year. In addition, Braun is running more. A lot more. Last year he stole 14 bases after stealing 20 in 2009. This year, he has already swiped 19 bases and is on pace for a 30-30 season.
Rangers second baseman ian Kinsler went 2-4 with 2 HRs last night and is starting to heat up. He has hit in 8 of his last 10 games, and has homered 3 times in his last two games. For the season, he is hitting .243-.360-.435 with 11 HRs, 30 RBIs, 55 runs scored, and 15 SBs thus far in 2011. Kinsler is on pace for a 20-30 season.