Phillies starter Roy Halladay made up for his worst start of the year by throwing a perfect game on Saturday night vs the Marlins. Halladay struck out 11 Marlins and threw first pitch strikes to 14 of the 27 batters he faced. Halladay out-dueled Marlins starter Josh Johnson. Had it not been for a 3 base error by Cameron Maybin, this game could have gone extra innings. Maybin misjudged a flyball to center and just missed catching the ball.
Here are the rest of my thoughts after reviewing Saturday's boxscores:
Giants catching prospect Buster Posey went 3-4 with 3 RBI in his major league debut, thus making GM Brian Sabean look bad for waiting so long to promote him. I guess his .344 BA in AAA DOES translate to the major leagues.
Angels first baseman Kendry Morales hit the game winning grand slam off of Mariners reliever Brandon League in the 10th inning, his 11th HR of the season. But, while celebrating he broke his ankle and will have surgery on Sunday. Morales was having a great season as he was hitting .290-.347-.496 with 11 HRs and 39 RBI.
The Yankees ran out to a 10-4 lead but their bullpen blew up in the 7th inning. Joba Chamberlain was the main culprit as he got just one out and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits, as his ERA now sits at 5.82. Does he need a scenery change? The Yankees bullpen gave up 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. Ouch.
If Roy Halladay had not thrown a perfect game, Cubs starter Carlos Silva's performance on Saturday may have been the biggest news of the day. Silva shutout the Cardinals on 2 hits in 7 innings and struck out 11. Silva is now 7-0 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP with a 42/11 K/BB ratio. He's available in the UBA keeper league and I am wondering if I should pick him up.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout and is now hitting just .299-.409-.516 on the season. He is just 7-36 with a HR and 7 RBI in his last 10 games.
More thoughts on David Wright, Mat Latos and Jay Bruce after the jump:
A's starter Brett Anderson returned from the DL and pitched 5+ innings of shutout ball on Saturday giving up just 3 hits and striking out 4. Anderson threw first pitch strikes to 14 of the 20 batters he faced. I wonder if Josh Byrnes would like to reverse the trade for Dan Haren now.
The Reds are hot and they are scoring runs in bunches. They scored 12 runs on Saturday after scoring 15 on Friday. They were lead by outfielder Jay Bruce who went 3-5 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. He is now hitting .281-.380-.491 on the season and appears to be putting it all together.
Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez went 4-4 with his first two HRs of the season, drove in 3 and scored 2 in the rout of the Astros. Hernandez is now hitting .316-.412-.449 in 98 at bats. He will get more at bats now that Ryan Hanigan hit the DL on Saturday. There are certainly worse catching options out there.
Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and his 7th SB of the season. Fantasy owners expected alot more than 7 SBs from Borbon at this point.
Brewers reliever John Axford got the save opportunity on Saturday night and earned his 2nd save of the season. I wish i didn't waste a move on Carlos Villaneuva in my big money NL-only league.
Brewers outfielder Corey Hart is having a huge bounceback season this year. He went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs on Saturday and is now hitting .267-.333.-582 with 12 HRs and 31 RBIs.
David Wright went 0-4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts and is now hitting .244-.351-.460 with 8 HRs, 33 RBIs and 8 SBs. He has now struck out 65 times this season. Are Mark Reynolds and David Wright related? They are very similar hitters at this point.
Padres starter Mat Latos has to be upset that May is ending after he won his 5th game of the season on Saturday night. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks and struck out 8. In 41 innings pitched in May, Latos struck out 37 and walked 9, and gave up just 7 earned runs. He now has a 3.09 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.