Monday night was highlighted by the Dodgers calling up outfield prospect Jerry Sands to play left field everyday, and first base against lefties. Sands was hitting .400-.422-.875 with 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 12 runs scored and a 3-3 K/BB rate in just 40 at bats in AAA Albuquerque. Sands doubled in his first at bat off of Braves starter Tim Hudson, and drove in a run via a sacrifice fly in his second at bat. He finished the game going 1-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
On Monday we also learned that the Giants may send prospect Brandon Belt down to AAA today when Cody Ross is activated from the DL. If your league allows bench spots or spots for minors, start checking the waiver wire. I guess taking Belt in the 9th round of an NL-only draft wasn't such a great idea, Ray.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy experienced discomfort after throwing just 15 pitches on Monday night, this after giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. Tough luck for the former ace.
Rays starter David Price threw 8 shutout innings on Monday night, allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 in winning his second game of the season. He threw first pitch strikes to just 13 of 30 batters he faced, and got 11 swinging strikes. Price lowered his ERA to 2.83.
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Rays outfielder Sam Fuld went 4-4 with a run scored, and is now hitting .395-.431-.604 with a HR, 5 RBI, 8 runs scored, and 7 SBs in 10 attempts. Fuld's success this year is allowing the Rays to delay the service time on outfield prospect Desmond Jennings. I'm a little late in saying this, but Fuld is definitely rosterable as long as he is playing everyday.
White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is having a cold start to the 2011 season after hitting .284-.334-.457 with 21 HRs, 88 RBIs, 89 runs scored and 34 SBs in 2010. This year, Rios is barely above the Mendoza line, hitting .203-.292.266 with 0 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 SBs and a solid 12-8 K/BB rate. His BABIP is 66 points lower than his career average and he has increased his walk rate so Rios should turn things around soon.
Red Sox inconsistent starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was unusually dominant on Monday afternoon, limiting the Blue Jays to just one hit and one walk in 7 shutouts innings. Dice K struck out 3 and threw first pitch strikes to 16 of the 23 batters he faced and got 10 swinging strikes in the process.
Kevin Youkilis went 2-5 with a HR, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs on Monday. Youkilis is now hitting just .213-.422-.447 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. I have a feeling the Red Sox are breaking out of their losing streak and scoring drought.
Twins starter Francisco Liriano won his first game of the year, but was wild in doing so. Liriano gave up just 2 runs in 6+ innings, but gave up 5 hits and 5 walks, 2 of the hits were HRs, and he struck out only 2 batters. He has given up 4 HRs with a 14-14 K/BB rate in 20 innings pitched this season, so he definitely hasn't been as dominant as he was in 2010. On the positive side, he did induce 13 ground ball outs.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 1-4 with his 2nd HR of the season, but is still barely hitting .200. He is hitting .207-.277-.395 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. The PECOTA projection of 30+ HRs a few years ago are a distant memory.
Pirates starter Kevin Correia threw a complete game on Monday, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned runs, on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 Reds. He lowered his ERA to 2.48 and had 12 swinging strikes. Is he rosterable in mixed leagues?
Rangers starter CJ Wilson scattered 10 baserunners in 7 innings on Monday, but gave up just one run while striking out 9 to win his 2nd game of the year. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the 30 batters he faced and had 26 called strikes.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is heating up, as he homered for the second straight game, going 2-4 with his 5th HR and 2 RBIs. Beltre has his average up to .266-.288-.563 after a slow start.
Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano dominated the Padres, shutting them out for 8 innings, giving up just 3 hits, a walk and striking out 10. Never known to be a big strikeout pitcher, Big Z has 23 Ks in 25 innings pitched this season.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum won his second game of the season, going 7+ innings, as he gave up just one run on 3 hits, a walk and 10 Ks. Lincecum lowered his ERA to 1.67 and he got 16 swinging strikes and induced 11 ground ball outs. Pretty dominating.
Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton entered 9th inning with a 4-0 lead and got hit around for 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 strikeouts. He has allowed runs in back to back games now, and in 4 of his last 8 outings. Is it time to worry about Broxton? I think so. But manager Don Mattingley may give him a long leash for now. But, he has shown he will make changes where needed, as evidenced by his decision to bring up Jerry Sands on Monday. This bears watching for fantasy owners. Kenley Jansen and Matt Guerrier are the two guys I would target right now with Hong-Chih Kuo on the DL.