SP David Price, Tampa Bay Rays: What a let down! Without finishing the 4th inning, Price existed with four hits and five walks. Six Ks or no, it was a crappy start, and one that has to cause pause whether to activate him for Saturday's start against Minnesota.
C Gregg Zaun, Baltimore Orioles: The man keeping Matt Wieters seat warm went 1-2 with a walk. On the season, the seat warmer is hitting .215. According to John Perrotto of Baseball prospectus, the O's are going to recall Wieters by mid-June.
2B Jerry Hairston, Jr. Cincinnati Reds: Filling-in for 2B Brandon Phillips, Hairston went 2-4 and drove-in his 12th run. If Phillips hits the D.L. with a fractured finger tip, Hairston would be a great fill-in. His 5 HRs and 4 SBs at the quarter pole project to be a Phillips lite anyhow.
SP Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins: Joe Mauer's 11th HR should be the Twins' note, but I can't help noting Liriano now has 6.42 ERA after ten starts. With just 47 ks in 54.2 innings and a 1.55 WHIP, he shouldn't be starting for any team.
SP Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals: Eight shutout innings of two-hit/ten strikeout ball wasn't enoughfor Carpneter to get a Win. For the season, Carp's 23 innings of work contain 23 Ks and just 10 hits. If he hadn't broken down after the 2006 season...
SP Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: Seven more shutout innings has Verlander's May at 1.02 ERA and 51 Ks over 35.1 innings to go with a 4-0 record. That is Pitcher of the Month stuff. As interesting, Verlander has struck out more batters than innings pitched in every one of his starts.
DH Vladimir Guerrero, Los Angeles Angels: With the return of Guerrero as a DH-only, the question is who is going to lose ABs from the DH. Mike Napoli led the team with 9 starts there. Guerrero had 8 before getting hurt. 3rd was Macier Izturis with six starts as a DH.
My guess is who is losing ABs because Mike Scioscia needs to get some ABs for Macier Izturis. SS Erick Aybar is the obvious choice. Not that anyone would notice given Aybar has a HR and a SB two months into the season.
RP Jason Isringhausen, Tampa Bay Rays: In his first chance as the Tampa Bay closer, Izzy failed to record an out while walking three and allowing a hit. Next.
1B Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies: Quietly, Howard has 12 HRs. I expect him to be the leader by season's end. Maybe someone will take Raul Ibanez for him?
8th Inning Set-up: Danys Baez BAL (4), Carlos Fisher CIN (1), Hideki Okajima BOS (7), Clay Zavada AZ (2), Leo Nunez FLA (8), J.J. Putz NYM (9), John Grabow (6) and Matt Capps PIT (1)
Saves: George Sherrill BAL (10), Francisco Cordero CIN (12), Jonathan Papelbon BOS (12), Heath Bell SD (13), Kevin Cameron OAK (1), Matt Lindstrom FLA (9), Francisco Rodriguez NYM (13), Sean Burnett PIT (1)
Blown Saves: Chad Qualls AZ (2), Jason isringhausen TB (1)