Yankees starter Phil Hughes had a setback on Monday according to manager Joe Girardi. Hughes was sent back to visit with team doctors to see what the next step is. There is some question as to why the Yankees decided not to have Hughes get an MRI a few weeks back. Why wouldn't they? Or maybe they did?
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett must have giddy knowing he had the chance to start against the woeful White Sox on Monday. Burnett had his best start of the season, going 8 strong innings, giving up just one run on 3 hits, 2 walks and only 2 strikeouts. What happened to the strikeouts this year? In 5 starts, Burnett is 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 24-12 K/BB rate in 30+ innings pitched.
Dodgers reliever Vicente Padilla pitched the 8th inning of last night's game with the Dodgers leading 4-2. Is Padilla the new setup man in LA? We will find out once Hong Chih-Kuo comes back. It's worth noting that Kenley Jansen was also warming up in the 8th inning with Padilla on the mound.
Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton blew a save last night, but it wasn't his fault, as even though he walked one and gave up a hit, it was a Jamey Carroll error with two out that tied the game for the Marlins. Carroll allowed a slow roller to go under his glove which tied the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.
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White Sox starter Philip Humber pitched a gem on Monday night, shutting out the Yankees on one hit in 7 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 5 to lower his ERA to 3.20 with a 1.07 WHIP. Humber is a former #1 pick b the Mets back in 2004, but he really has never reached the potential that #1 picks are assumed to have.
Sergio Santos earned his first save of the season on Monday night. I wrote about him last night here.
Pirates infielder Brandon Wood went 1-4 with 2 RBIs in his first start for the Pirates. Wood started at third base against left-hander John Lannan on Monday night. I imagine he will play some shortstop as well, especially when that shortstop is Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno has started the season hitting .88-.225-.234.
Dodgers outfielder Jerry Sands had a good night at the plate going 3-4 with an RBI and a SB, but he misplayed a line drive in the bottom of the 9th inning that lead to the Marlins 5-4 win on Monday night. Sands had a second stolen base but the SB did not count, as hitter Rod Barajas struck out and landed in home plate, obstructing catcher John Buck's throw to second base. Buck got the throw off, and I am not sure if it would have mattered.
A little over a week ago, Jack wrote an article waxing negative on Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. He ran through his reasoning for not drafting Cargo or buying low on him. Jack is looking good with that advice a Cargo is hitting just .217-.272-.289 this year with just one HR, 14 RBIs and 3 SBs. I wouldn't be surprised to see manager Jim Tracy move him down in the order soon.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier went 1-3 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. He is now hitting .380-.452-.533 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs for the season. Ethier is a streaky power hitter, so his HRs come in bunches. I dropped Ethier is one of my NL-only keeper leagues this season, and am regretting it ever since. With that said, if I had kept him, I would not have won the bidding on Matt Kemp on draft day.
Rookie pitching prospect Kyle Drabek win his second game of the season, holding the Rangers to 3runs in 6 innings. He gave up 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out 2. HIs ERA of 3.30 is excellent, but his WHIP of 1.37 is not desirable, nor is his 21-17 K/BB rate. If I owned him in a redraft league, I would look to deal him.
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is making plenty of experts look bad, after he hit his 8th HR of the season on Monday night. He went 1-2 with 2 walks, and now has a fantastic 15-21 K/BB rate. Is it a foregone conclusion that he hits 40 HRs this season?
Reds outfielder went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 SBs on Monday night, and is now hitting .276-.357-.460 with 4 HRs, 11 RBIs and 8 SBs in 87 at bats. His K/BB rate is not awful at 23-11, but he appears to be settling in as the Reds leadoff hitter.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips responded well to being moved to the cleanup spot in the Reds lineup on Monday as he went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Phillips replaces Scott Rolen in the 4-hole.
Angels starter Jered Weaver threw a complete game shutout on Monday vs the A's. He gave up 7 hits and a walk and struck out 10, in lowered in ERA to 0.99, and is now 6-0 on the season with a 49-10 K/BB rate. Weaver is the Ubaldo Jimenez of 2011.
Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy threw a complete game shutout of the Phillies on Monday, giving up just 3 hits and striking out 10. Kennedy is now 3-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP and a 26-8 K/BB rate.