Mariners ace Felix Hernandez won his third game of the season beating the Tigers by going 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, on 4 hits, 2 walks and just 4 strikeouts. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of 25 batters he faced, and induced 10 ground ball outs. He currently has a solid 35-12 K/BB rate this season.
Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak went 1-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs on Tuesday night, and is now hitting .288-.394-.525 with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs. THIS is the hitter Seattle traded Cliff Lee for last summer.
Marlins starter Chris Volstadt pitched 7 solid innings in winning his second game of the year. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits, a walk and 5 strikeouts. The Dodgers might make plenty of starters like Volstadt look like Roy Oswalt this year.
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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw struggled after his 8 2/3rd inning start last Thursday, going 5+ innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He currently has a 41-15 K/BB rate in 38+ innings and I think it is safe to say he has better command this year. As a comparison, in April 2010, Kershaw had a 33-22 K/BB rate in 29+ innings, and in 2009 he had a 26-11 K/BB rate in 21 innings pitched.
Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton went 2-4 with 2 RBIs and is now hitting .263-.373-.491 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs in 57 at bats so far this season. His power will start to show real soon.
Orioles rookie starter Zach Britton held the juggernaut Red Sox to one run in 6 innings on Tuesday night. He gave up 7 base runners and struck out just 2, but induced 10 ground ball outs to win his 4th game of the season. Oriole fans definitely have someone to root for in Britton. He has been impressive so far.
Indians starter Justin Masterson won his fifth game of the season, holding the Royals to 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. The three earned runs raised his ERA to 2.18 and he currently owns a 22-11 K/BB rate and an excellent WHIP of 1.12. Didn't Theo Epstein trade Masterson? Another great move by the all mighty one.
Grady Sizemore is increasing his trade value by the day. He went 3-4 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs on Tuesday night. He is now hitting .406-.457-.875 with 3 HRs, 7 RBIs and 5 runs scored in 32 at bats.
Sizemore's teammate Shin-Soo Choo went 2-4 with a HR, 4 RBIs and a SB. Fantasy owners are hoping this game breaks Choo out of his season long slump, as he is hitting .221-.274-.349 with 3 HRs, 14 RBIs and 5 SBs. His power/speed numbers are fine, as it is just his BA/OBP that is hurting his fantasy value so far.
Carlos Santana owners have to be frustrated as the Indians scored 9 runs last night, and Santana went 0-4 and is now hitting just .189-.315-.297. I would try to pry Santana from a frustrated owner as Santana has been unlucky this season with his BABIP sitting at .214, but he has a K rate of 19% and a BB rate of 17%, so the hits will start to fall soon.
Sergio Santos earned his second save in as many nights, as he got the last two outs of the game. If he is still available in your league, it is time to pick him up.
White Sox starter Gavin Floyd held the Yankees to 2 runs on 4 hits, a walk and 10 strikeouts in 8 innings of work to win his 3rd game of the season. He owns a 3.60 ERA, an excellent 1.09 WHIP and a 33-8 K/BB rate. Floyd is have a very good start to the 2011 season.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is really struggling to start the season, as he is hitting just .145-.197-.306 after going 1-3 on Tuesday night. There were reports that the Yankees are very concerned with him. I think the Yankees need to be concerned with their rotation right now. It's also apparent Derek Jeter isn't the captain he is made out to be.
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 3-4 with two solo HRs, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored last night. He raised his triple slash line to .378-.440-.578 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs so far this season. Is he or Derek Norris the Nationals catcher of the future?
Mets first baseman Ike Davis is having a great start to the 2011 season, and it's making me sick. I say that because I traded him for the chance to draft Bryce Harper in the UBA NL-Only keeper league. He went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, and is hitting .338-.421-.600 with 4 HRs and 18 RBis so far this season.
Rockies utility man Ty Wigginton went 3-4 with a HR, run scored, RBI and a SB on Tuesday night. Wiggy has started the season slow, and is hitting .233-.309-.383 with 2 HRs and 10 RBIs. He will be playing almost everyday until Ian Stewart comes back. Stewart homered in his AAA game last night.
When was the last time Todd Helton hit 2 HRs in one game? I don't know, but that's exactly what he did last night in Chicago. He is now hitting .317-.371-.540 with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs this season The big question with Helton is if he can stay healthy, and we have already heard about his early season back issue which could come back at any time.