Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard
Teams shutout: 4
Teams scoring 1 run: 7
Teams scoring 2 runs: 5
Teams scoring 3 runs: 0
Teams scoring > 3 runs: 14
I think I am going to stop posting the Fantasy Player of the Day articles, as they aren't getting much traffic, but will include it in the Roundup going forward.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had to be helped off the field last night after being hit in the knee with a Jon Lester pitch. X-rays performed on the knee came back negative, so he should be back in the lineup tonight.
The Athletics placed starter Brett Anderson on the DL on Tuesday with elbow soreness, and now they have 3 pitchers on the DL. Anderson has been hit around in his last few starts, but for the season, he is 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 61-25 K/BB rate. In his last two starts, he had given up 14 earned runs on 20 hits and 5 walks in 10+ innings. Late word last night has Anderson visiting Dr. James Andrews. Never a good thing for a pitcher.
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Padres first base prospect Anthony Rizzo had x-rays on his left hand on Tuesday and they came back negative. Word is he may be called up later this week, and the Padres are making accomodations for him as they are playing Brad Hawpe in right field now. Humbled Fan wrote an excellent article on Rizzo yesterday afternoon here. Rizzo should be picked up, if he isn't owned already, in all NL-only leagues, and in deeper mixed leagues if you need a corner or utility spot filled.
I was watching the Padres-Rockies game last night and Padres announcer Dick Enberg, who I never knew called baseball games, was interviewing Padres GM Jed Hoyer talking about the draft and Enberg's last question to Hoyer was about when Rizzo was going to get the call. Hoyer did not answer the question directly, but did say that Rizzo has made the adjustments asked of him in AAA this season, and that he would be up "real soon". Oh myyyyy.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco hurled 8.1 shutout innings last night, giving up just 3 hits, a walks and striking out 6. This was his best start of the season by far, and he lowered his ERA to 4.52 and his WHIP to 1.33. He doesn't strike out many, but induces plenty of ground ball and has induced 10+ ground ball outs in 5 of his last 6 starts.
Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo admitted a few days ago that he is pressing at the plate, and as a result he was moved down in the Indians lineup on Tuesday. He went 1-3 with a strikeout and is hitting just .241-.318-.352 with 5 HRs, 22 RBIs and 7 SBs after back to back 20-85+-20+-.300-.400 seasons.
Athletics second base prospect Jemile Weeks made his first major league start last night and was immediately placed in the leadoff spot. He went 0-4 with a strikeout and only saw 10 pitches in his 4 at bats, so he was a bit nervous I guess.
Dodgers shortstop prospect Dee Gordon went 3-5 with a run scored and a SB last night. He displayed his speed on the base paths with the SB and also scored from second base on an errant throw to first base by Phillies starter Roy Oswalt. He should get plenty of playing time as Rafael Furcal had an injection in his injured oblique and will be out for at least 4 weeks.
Gordon's teammate Rubby De La Rosa was wild in his first major league start on Tuesday, but gave up just one run in 5 innings of work. He gave up just 4 hits in his 5 innings, but also walked 5 and struck out 4. He must have been nervous making his first start in a sold out Citizens Bank Park, but he settled down after the second inning.
I was listening to the MLB station on XM Radio on my drive home last night, and they were talking about how Mets outfielder Jason Bay has resorted to seeing a psychiatrist to help him at the plate. I was surprised to see that, and my first thought was, he is just another free agent bust for the Mets. This season, Bay is hitting .212-.308-.285 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs. Ugh.
The Rockies placed disappointing outfielder Dexter Fowler on the DL yesterday and called up outfielder Charlie Blackmon from AAA Colorado Springs. Blackmon was hitting .337-.393-.572 with 10 HRs, 49 RBIs and 12 SBs and a 34-19 K/BB rate. Blackmon will be playing left field everyday, so he is a must add in NL-only leagues. I would hold off adding him in deep mixed leagues, unless you had to replace a DL'd player.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is officially hot. He went yard again last night, going 1-4 with his 14th HR and is now hitting .278-.352-.481 with 14 HRs and 39 RBIs. In his last 8 games, he is 13-31 with 6 HRs and 13 RBIs. He has homered 5 times in his last 4 games.
Gotta get into work early today, so I had to cut this one short.