Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard: 15 games
Teams Shutout: 3
Teams w/1 run scored: 5
Teams w/2 runs scored: 5
Teams w/ 3 runs scored: 5
Teams w/ > 3 runs scored: 12
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went 5-5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs on Sunday and was Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day.
Had Asdrubal Cabrera not gone 5-5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs, the Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day would have been either Mariners ace Felix Hernandez or Rays emerging ace James Shields. Felix held the Padres to just one run on 6 hits and 13 strikeouts. He threw first pitch strikes to 22 of the 28 hitters he faced and induced 16 swinging strikes.
Rays starter James Shields was more dominant the Hernandez was yesterday as he tossed a complete game 3 hit shutout against the Marlins. He struck out 13 and walked one and is now 5-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with a 73-15 K/BB rate. He has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of his 10 starts this year, and is the best starter in the AL right now.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Reds starter Edinson Volquez is one tough pitcher to figure out. On Sunday, he gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits, 4 walks and just 3 strikeouts in 2 2/3rd innings, raising his ERA to 6.35. I finally benched him in my 30-man roster NL-only league, activating Braves starter Mike Minor for him
Speaking of Minor, the Braves will call him up to start on Wednesday, taking Tim Hudson's place in the rotation for what is believed to be a spot start. With Julio Teheran already taking Brandon Beachy's spot in the rotation, the Braves could have their two best pitching prospects in their rotation before June, although they are very inexperienced.
Curtis Granderson hit his 16th HR of the season yesterday and is on pace to hit 58 HRs and drive in 122. Granderson's HR/FB rate 23.1% is well above his career high of 14.5% set last year. He is hitting more fly balls this year, but I am of the belief that he is a sell high candidate.
Astros outfielder Hunter Pence, the subject of trade speculation, went 2-5 with a HR and 2 RBIs on Sunday, and is having the best year of his career. He is hitting .295-.341-.466 with 6 HRs, 35 RBIs and just 2 SBs this season. He is on pace for a career high in RBIs.
Blue Jays third base prospect Brett Lawrie is really putting the pressure on the Jay's front office to call him up as he went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs on Sunday. For the season, he is hitting .346-.403-.633 with 11 HRs, 37 RBIs and 9 SBs. Lawrie is a must add in AL-only leagues, and in mixed leagues.
Speaking of call-ups, Padres first base prospect Anthony Rizzo just continues to rake AAA pitching. He went 1-3 with a HR, 3 runs, 2 walks and 2 RBIs on Sunday. He is hitting .377-.451-.742 with 14 HRs, 56 RBIs and 5 SBs. Padres GM Jed Hoyer keeps saying he needs to work on things in AAA, but from the looks of it, he has already mastered AAA. I am not sure how much the hitting environment in the Pacific Coast League has benefitted his numbers this year, but he is tied for first in HRs in the PCL, leads all minor leagues in RBIs, is 3rd in BA in the PCL and 4th in OBP.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison threw his best start of the season on Sunday, shutting out the Phillies in Philadelphia, for 8 1/3rd innings. He gave up just 5 hits, and walked 3 and struck out 3, and is now 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was pulled out of the game on Sunday after re-injuring his quad muscle. I wonder if the Cardinals will play it safe with him and place him on the DL, now that they have build a 2.5 game lead on the Reds and 3.5 game lead on the Brewers.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello shutout the Pirates on one hit for 8 innings, striking out 3 and walking 2. He is now 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. After his first two starts of the season, which saw him give up 5 runs in each, he has given up 2 runs or less in his last 6 starts. If he is available in your league, it is time to pick him up.
Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez went 8 innings for the first time this season, giving up 2 earned runs on just 2 hits, but he walked 5 and struck out 4. Jimenez has walked 4 or more batters in 5 of his 8 starts this season, and needs to work on his control going forward. He is not the same pitcher he was in the first half of the 2010 season.
Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson held the Twins to 2 runs on 8 hits and 6 strikeouts in his 8 innings pitched on Sunday, and is now 5-5 with a 3.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He has given up 12 runs in his last 42 innings, covering his last 6 starts.