April 27, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) during the second inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
There were plenty of home runs hit in yesterday's game, especially the two afternoon games in New York and Arizona. In those two games alone, there were 17 home runs hit. I wonder if MLB is trying to counter the 3rd straight year of pitcher dominance by using baseballs used back in 1998.
Yesterday we received the news that Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will miss the next two months recovering from surgery on his groin, and wreaking havoc on fantasy rosters across the internet. Marco Scutaro moved over to shortstop last night, with Chris Nelson starting at second base. Nelson is a decent option in deep NL-only leagues, and a guy to monitor in mixed leagues.
Braves starter Brandon Beachy got the bad news yesterday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season, and most of 2013. He is droppable in all leagues, with the only exception being dynasty/keeper leagues where contracts don't come into play.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had a down 2011 season, struggling with a shoulder injury and swing issues. This season, he appears to be back on track at the plate. He went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBI yesterday and is now hitting .262-.340-.480 with 10 HRs, 34 runs, 34 RBI and 10 stolen bases thus far. Barring more injuries, Heyward is on pace to put up a 20-20 season, with a shot at a 25-25 season. Should he accomplish that, he would be a 2nd-3rd round pick in 2013.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
I am starting to think that Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is the best starter in the National League, and right now, he would be my choice for first pitcher drafted in NL-only leagues in 2013. Yes, ahead of Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, R.A. Dickey and Roy Halladay. Strasburg held the Rays to 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts in 7 innings last night. He induced 5 ground ball outs and 21 swinging strikes and is now 9-1 with a 2.46 ERA, 2.26 FIP and 2.39 xFIP , a 1.04 WHIP and an excellent 110-22 strikeout to walk ratio in 84 innings this season. How soon before we start hearing about the Nationals shutting him down this season? I think that if they are really going to shut him down, do it around the All Star break and let him miss 2-3 starts, as you can't take him out of the rotation in September leading into the playoffs.
Angels starter Jered Weaver looked like he didn't miss any time to the DL last night, as he shut out the Giants on 2 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. He lowered his ERA to 2.40 and his WHIP to 0.91 to win his 7th game of the season. Weaver owner's have to be worried that his back injury could flare up at any time.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is quietly putting up another MVP type season even though, as Kevin wrote about on Tuesday, some baseball writers will leave him off their ballots in October. Braun went 3-4 with a HR, 2 RBI and a stolen base yesterday and is now hitting .321-.400-.627 with 20 HRs, 51 RBI and 12 stolen bases thus far, and is on pace for 47 HRs, 110 runs, 120 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Yep.
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is struggling with the whiff rate this season as he is striking out in almost 24% of his at bats this season, a career high. But the good news is he is walking in just over 12% of his at bats, also a career high. He went 3-4 with a HR, 3 runs and 4 RBI yesterday afternoon. After hitting just 2 home runs through May 31st, he now has 6 HRs, 30 runs, 38 RBI and has his triple slash line up to .265-.366-.415 and is on pace to exceed his 86 RBIs in 2011.