Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard: 16 games
Teams Shutout: 1
Teams w/1 run scored: 3
Teams w/2 runs scored: 4
Teams w/ 3 runs scored: 3
Teams w/ > 3 runs scored: 21
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa was pulled in the 3rd inning of his start yesterday afternoon and will have Tommy John Surgery. He ulnar collateral ligament was completely torn, so he will be out for at least 12-18 months. He can be dropped in all leagues except leagues where you can keep him forever without penalty.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez wet 2-4 with 2 HRs, 3 runs and 4 RBIs in the first game of the double header with the Diamondbacks. He is starting to get hot, as he has hit in 8 of his last 10 games, going 11-33 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. He is hitting .252-.333-.455 with 8 HRs and 33 RBIs.
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton went 2-3 with 2 runs, a walk and 2 SBs in the first game of the doubleheader with the Rockies. He has disappointed at the plate this year, hitting .247-.327-.467, but does have 9 HRs, 23 RBIs and 7 SBs.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Orioles starter Zach Britton gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings on Tuesday, but did not figure in the decision. For the season, he is 5-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He doesn't strike out many, but induces a ton of ground balls, as he is averaging 11 ground ball outs per start thus far.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon went 2-5 with a HR, 2 runs and an RBI. He has been leading off of late, and is now hitting .283-.345-.476 with 5 HRs and 26 RBIs.
Teammate Jeff Francoeur batted cleanup and went 2-5 with a run, RBI and his 6th SB of the season. Francoeur is hitting .285-.338-.520 with 9 HRs, 29 RBIs and 6 SBs. Does anyone believe he will keep this up?
Royals closer Joakim Soria blew his 3rd save of the season, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, including a HR to Adam Jones. Soria hasn't been right for most of the year as he now has a 5.12 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a terrible 13-10 K/BB rate. I wonder if he is hurt.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett held the Indians to one run on 5 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. He is now 4-1 with an excellent 1.69 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Yeah, you can say he is back to being an ace. The question is whether he can stay healthy this season.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs on Tuesday against the Rays. He was not a highly ranked catcher before the season, but he is having a very good year to date. He is hitting .292-.358-.562 with 8 HRs and 27 RBIs. His 8 HRs are a career high and he is on pace for a 27-91 season.
Dodgers rookie outfielder Jerry Sands went 1-4 with his first career grand slam, a shot to deep center field. After whispers that he could be sent back to AAA, Sands is starting to hit, as he is 7 for his last 17 with 2 HRs, 6 RBIs and a 4-5 K/BB rate. He has raised his triple slash line to .239-.343-.413 with an excellent K/BB rate of 22-15 in 92 at bats.
The Dodgers called up their 2010 minor league pitcher of the year Rubby De La Rosa yesterday, and manager Don Mattingley wasted no time in using him. Mattingley brought him in to pitch the 8th innings, and RDLR responded with 2 strikeouts. Baseball America has stated that he could be a future closer, and I wonder if Mattingley will use him to close.
With Kenley Jansen and Matt Guerrier presumably not available, Mattingley went with youngster Javy Guerra to close out a 5-4 game last night. Guerra struck out one in his inning of work. He has closed in the minors and has a career K rate around 9.00. But his K rate increased from around 8.00 to the mid 9's since he was moved to the bullpen. It remains to be seen where Mattingley will use him going forward, or who will close, for that matter.
Braves starter Jair Jurrjens shutout the Pirates for 7+ innings last night, holding them to just 6 hits and a walk while striking out 4. He is now 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Who saw this coming?
Phillies closer Ryan Madson was due to blow a save, and he did so last night. Madson gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk on the same night that the Phillies activated Jose Contreras from the DL.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster seems to be back on track, as he held the Mets to just one run in 7 innings last night. He gave up 7 hits, a walk and struck out 5. He has given up 2 runs or less in 4 of his last 5 starts. lowering his ERA from 9.58 to 6.29. Not great, but a good sign that he is over the string of bad outing he had to open the season.
White Sox outfileder Carlos Quentin went 3-5 with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs last night and now is hitting .265-.351-.571 with 12 HRs and 31 RBIs. I liked Quentin coming into the season and he on his way to a nice bounce back season.