Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard:
Teams shutout: 2
Teams scoring 1 run: 1
Teams scoring 2 runs: 4
Teams scoring 3 runs: 6
Teams scoring > 3 runs: 17
Before I get to the Roundup, I want to let everyone know that I may not get to Tuesday's Roundup tonight as I am going to the Phils-Dodgers game.
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson shutout the Indians on 3 hits over 7 2/3rd innings to win his 6th game of the season. He walked 2 and struck out 7. Wilson lowered his ERA to an excellent 3.03 and WHIP to 1.17, and now owns a solid 82-30 K/BB rate. I have to admit, I was wrong on Wilson in spring training. I didn't think he could duplicate his 2010 season, yet he is actually pitching better than he did last year.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ranked pretty high in some pre-season second base rankings, and I think I had him lower than most due to his injury risk. This year he has played in 58 games but is only hitting .220-.342-.390 with 7 HRs, 21 RBIs and 11 SBs. He has been solid in every category but batting average, but looking at his BABIP of .225, and his excellent K rate-12.1% and BB rate-13.6%, I have to think he will turn things around at the plate in the near future.
More Roto Roundup after the jump, including updates on Matt Kemp, Chase Utley, Carlos Beltran, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman among others:
Nationals prospect Bryce Harper was hit in the knee in his first at bat and left the game, but apparently should be fine. As Jeremy wrote yesterday, Harper is hitting well at Low A Hagerstown and will probably be promoted real soon. The question is where. Jeremy projects him to be promoted to AA and I agree with him. Some teams, like the Dodgers, have the thought that a promotion from Low A to High A is not a promotion. It will be curious to see when and where he will be promoted in the next few weeks.
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks went 2-5 with a HR, 2 runs and 3 RBIs on Sunday and is proving that his 2010 breakout was no fluke. In the pre-season, some felt his 2010 season was a fluke and he couldn't duplicate it this year, but Weeks is hitting .287-.357-.498 with 11 HRs, 26 RBIs and 7 SBs. He is on pace for a 30 HR-19 SB season.
Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind went 4-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs and was Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day.
Remember last year when Red Sox DH David Ortiz was struggling so much at the plate? Well, he apparently made some adjustments and is having great start to the 2011 season. He went 3-4 on Sunday and is now hitting .325-.392-.594 with 13 HRs and 30 RBIs this season. With Adrian Gonzalez dominating at the plate, Carl Crawford heating up and guys like Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, I am not sure how the AL teams can outscore this team.
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley had his best game at the plate since returning from the DL as he went 3-5 with a run scored and his 3rd SB. He is hitting .239-.340-.326, but I expect him to hit better than that as the season goes on.
Twins starter Brian Duensing shutout the Royals for 8 innings on Sunday, holding them to 7 base runners and striking out 4. Duensing is 3-5 on the season with a 4.73 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. Were the Royals asleep at the plate on Sunday?
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran hit a foul ball off his shin and had to leave the game on Sunday night. X-rays during the game came back negative, however. Beltran has been fragile for several years, so Beltran owners should pick up Jaspn Pridie just in case Beltran lands on the DL.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols went 2-4 with another walk-off HR on Sunday. He started the season performing under expectations, but in his last 10 games, he is 14-38 with 5 HRs and 12 RBIs. I wonder if this hot streak will be the turning point for his season.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went 3-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs on Sunday and is hitting .258-.365-.549 with 18 HRs and 41 RBIs this far in 2011. He is hitting a few more fly balls this season, but more of them are flying out of the ball park, as his HR/FB rate has increased from 15% in 2010 to 20% this year.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2-2 with a walk, 2 runs, 2B, 3B and an RBI in his first rehab game with Low A Hagerstown on Sunday. Here are some quotes from Zimmerman from Dave Nichols at Nationals News Network after the game:
How soon will he return to the Nats: "I think the biggest thing is to not come back too early. I think an extra week is better than getting hurt again. So I want to make sure I'm 100 percent so that I don't need to go back up there and play two games, take a day off. When I go back up there it's game on and it's ready to go. That's not fair to those guys, to come up there and kinda be babied. So whenever I'm ready and feel like I'm 100 percent then I'll go."
Will he play in Hagerstown again?: "I don't know. I'm definitely going to play another minor league game. I don't how many, but we'll get a few more."
I am not sure how to take that, but I imagine he will be back by next weekend at the earliest if the Nationals are playing it safe with him.
Rockies starter Jason Hammel had his best outing of the season, yet came away with bupkus because his teammates scored just one run for him. Hammel had a no hitter going for 5.2 innings, but gave up a few hits and a run in the 6th. Hammel went 7 innings, giving up one run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.66 and WHIP to 1.27.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is turning into an MVP candidate in my eyes. Sure, I wear Dodger Blue colored glasses, but you have to give him credit for the numbers he is putting up considering the lineup that surrounds him. He went 2-3 with 3 walks....3 walks, a HR, 2 runs and 2 RBIs on Sunday. He is now hitting .323-.406-.591 with 16 HRs, 48 RBIs and 14 SBs.