Saturday's MLB action is highlighted by the Rockies finally moving first baseman Todd Helton down in their lineup. Helton is struggling this year, hitting .248-.369-.321with just 1 HR and 10 RBIs. Rockies fans over at Purple Row have been requesting this for some time now.
Here the rest of my thoughts after reviewing Saturday's boxscores:
Rockies closer Huston Street had a successful first rehab outing on Friday night pitching a 1-2-3 first inning. He will be asked to throw on back to back days in the very near future. After Manny Corpas blew the save on Friday night, Rockies fans welcome Street's return.
Today is June 5th and Mark Teixeira is still not hitting. He may have reached bottom on Saturday going 0-6 with 5 strikeouts in the Yankees extra inning loss to the Blue Jays. Tex is hitting just .215-.328-.370 for the season. I thought for sure he would be hitting better by now. Maybe the Yankees should move him down in their lineup for a few games.
Another hitter not performing up to expectations is Blue Jays outfielder Adam Lind. After his 2009 breakout season, Lind is hitting just .212-.275-.373 with 8 HRs and 30 RBIs. Lind went 0-6 with 4 strikeouts on Saturday.
Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez is on pace to go 23-83-23 this season. Is he still a Top 5 pick?
Mets rookie first baseman Ike Davis went 4-4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI on Saturday. He is hitting .268-.364-.463 with 6 HRs and 18 RBIs in 149 at bats with a 41/22 K/BB ratio.
Mets third baseman David Wright went 2-3 with a HR, scored 2 runs and knocked in 3 more on Saturday. He now has 10 HRs and 39 RBIs for the season. Even with all the strikeouts, Wright is on pace to go 29-114-29 this season.
Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus went 3-4 with 3 RBI and his 7th SB on Saturday, including the game winning RBI in the 11th inning. Rasmus is on pace to go 27-84-21 this season.
Angels starter Ervin Santana won his 6th game of the season going six strong innings, giving up one run on 7 hits and 3 walks.
Reds rookie starter Mike Leake has pitched nothing short of exceptional this season, and Saturday night was no different. Leake held the Nationals to one unearned run in 7 innings of work. He allowed 7 hits and struck out 5 in winning his 5th game of the season, and lowering his ERA to 2.22. He has held opponents to one run or less in 6 of his last 8 starts.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is having a great season so far. On Saturday, he hit his 17th HR of the season and now has 52 RBIs. He is hitting .358-.429-.691 with a 32/25 K/BB ratio, which is his best of his career.
Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young is having a bounce back season, as he is hitting .272-.335-.460 with 9 HRs and 40 RBI. On Saturday night, Young stole 3 bases to give him 7 for the season. He is on pace for a 26-117-20 season.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has not performed up to expectations this season as he is hitting just .236-.308-.335 with just 4 HRs and 16 RBIs. He is just 4-33 in his last 10 games.