Kenny, aka Humbled Fan, posted late Tuesday night the difficulties Jonathon Broxton experienced in the 9th inning, where he walked two batters on 8 pitches, after getting one out. HIs velocity was well off what it was on Monday night, so the Dodgers have decided to shut him down and scheduled an MRI to check out his elbow. Vicente Padilla appears to be the favorite for saves in the short term, and once Hong-Chih Kuo regains his form, he could get some save opps as well. Both Kuo and Padilla pitched in the game yesterday, with both throwing scoreless innings, and striking out two.
Astros closer Brandon Lyon was called upon to close out a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning yesterday vs the Reds, and he left with his 4th blown save and 2nd loss of the season. He gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk and his ERA now sits at 7.15. I think Wilton Lopez and Mark Melancon could be the next in line to close should a change be made by manager Brad Mills, but for some reason, Jeff Fulchino pitched the 8th inning yesterday. No change is imminent.
Braves left fielder Martin Prado went 3-5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored in the first game of the double header with the Brewers yesterday. Prado has been a bit disappointing in the BA category, but has hit in 7 straight games, going 11-32 with 6 RBIs.
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Braves starter Tommy Hanson won the first game of the double header yesterday, going 6 innings. giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. He is now 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a 41-11 K/BB rate in 41 innings. I am not high on Hanson, but he has pitched well this year, giving up 3 runs or less in all of his starts, and 2 runs or less in 4 of his last 5 starts.
Pirates starter Kevin Correia is pitching like an ace this season, as he held the Padres to 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and 3 Ks in 6 innings of work. He is now 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He induced 12 ground ball outs yesterday.
Who thought second baseman Neil Walker would be the Pirates best hitter this year? Who thought he would be batting cleanup this year? I answered not me to both. Walker went 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, a SB and 2 RBIs yesterday, and is hitting .286-.356-.420 with 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 3 SBs and 20 runs scored in 119 at bats.
Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is on fire. He went 4-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs last night, and has raised his triple slash line to .316-.349-.513 with 6 HRs and 25 RBIs. Lind was not ranked too highly in my first base rankings in pre-season, but he has moved up those rankings so far this season.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer dominated the Yankees for 8 innings on Wednesday night, shutting them out on 4 hits, 2 walks and 9 Ks. He is now 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 46-20 K/BB rate. He is back to his dominant ways. He has had at least 6 Ks in 6 of his 7 starts this year.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was pulled from the game in the 8th inning last night with a sore hip, and is considered day to day. Jeter is really struggling this season, as he is hitting .250-.308-.269. This from Buster Olney's blog yesterday: