Orioles rookie pitching prospect Zach Britton shut out the Rangers for 7 2/3rd innings giving up 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out just two. Not so impressive. What was impressive was the 16 groundball outs he induced. Britton, as you can tell, is an extreme groundball pitcher and struck out around 7 batters per nine in AAA last year, so he has the tools to be a very successful starting pitcher. I would add him in AL-only and mixed leagues, and I did just that in the Blog Wars league. I just hope I wasn't one day too late.
Yankees catcher Russell Martin went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs on Saturday, and now has 3 HRs and 8 RBIs hitting 9th in the Yankees lineup. I would trade Martin if the right offer came my way.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is picking up where he left off last year, as he is hitting .324-.343-.618 after going 3-5 with a HR, 2 runs scored and an RBI on Saturday. He is easily the #1 second baseman with the injury to Chase Utley.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz only lasted 3 2/3rds innings on Saturday after giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits, 3 walks and just 2 strikeouts. He gave up another homerun, his 5th in two starts this season.
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So much for the Phillies lineup struggling to score runs without Chase Utley and Jayson Werth this year. The scored 10 runs vs the Braves on Saturday. Outfielder Shane Victorino went 4-5 with a HR and a SB and is hitting .375-.394-.500 so far this season.
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz went 2-2 with a grand slam and 5 RBIs on Saturday. His grand slam was a pinch hit grand slam and broke the game open for the Phillies.
Yesterday morning White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen stated that he was not going to make a change at closer after Matt Thornton blew two saves in a row. Well, Chris Sale got the save opportunity on Saturday and earned the save, but did give up a run on two hits. The run came on a Felipe Lopez HR in the 9th.
Royals DH Billy Butler went 2-3 with a run scored and is now hitting. 414-.528-.690 on the young season. He will probably be the Royals long term DH once Eric Hosmer gets called up. He has increased his walk rate the last two years, and lowered his K rate last year. Does the power show up this year?
Brewers starter Chris Narveson shutout the Cubs for 7 innings, giving up just 6 hits and a walk and striking out 9. I picked up Narveson in the UBA league last week and may have to consider keeping him when Ubaldo Jimenez returns from the DL next weekend. Narveson has a solid 14-4 K/BB rate in 13 innings pitched.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will return from his appendectomy on Sunday and bat cleanup behind Albert Pujols. The Cardinals need Holliday's bat in the lineup bad, but I am wondering if he is rushing back because the Cardinals are playing so poorly.
Prince Fielder went 3-4 with 4 RBIs on Saturday, and now has 9 RBIs on the season. He is well on his way to another big year in his walk year. Does an NL team invest 5-6 years in him or does he end up in the AL so he can eventually DH?
A's starter Gio Gonzalez shutout the Twins for 6 innings, giving up just 4 hits, 2 walks and striking out 4. Gonzalez is now 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA. Jeremy and I won the bidding on him in the BBA Blogzkrieg league and he is paying off for us already.
Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata went 1-3 on Saturday night, with his 2nd HR in as many nights, and apparently it went to straight away centerfield. Tabata added some muscle this offseason and it appears his power has increased. He had the game winning hit in Friday night's game, a flyball off the right field fence that he appeared to "fist". Tabata also stole his 4th base of the season.
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran went 2-4 with 2 HRs, 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Nationals. If Beltran stays healthy this season, he could get a 2-3 year deal next offseason.
Mets first baseman Ike Davis went 2-3 with 2 RBIs in the Mets win and is now hitting .345-.412-.621 on the young season. To think I traded his for the chance to draft Bryce Harper this year in the UBA league. Ugh.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 3-5 with a HR, 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Beltre is now hitting just .182-.206-.394, but has 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. I see him approaching his 2010 performance this year.
Nelson Cruz went 1-3 with a HR and 4 RBIs on Saturday, and is now hitting .360-.452-1.000 with 5 HRs and 10 RBIs. He appears well on his way to a 30-100 season as long as he can stay healthy.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison held the Orioles to one run in 7 innings, giving up just 3 baserunners and striking out 3. I never heard of this guy, but he is now 2-0 on the season. The Rangers just seem to come up with another decent starting pitcher the last few years.
Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton earned his 4th save of the season in the suspended game from Friday night, but not without giving up two more baserunners and not striking out a batter. On the young season, he has struck out 1 batter in 4 innings. Put another way, he has struck out just 1 of the 17 batters he has faced.