Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard
Teams shutout: 1
Teams scoring 1 run: 3
Teams scoring 2 runs: 5
Teams scoring 3 runs: 7
Teams scoring > 3 runs: 14
I turned on the MLB channel last night and caught them talking about Red Sox second baseman who is scheduled to get his right knee examined today and could be out up to a month. SB Nations Red Sox site, Over the Monster, had this quote from Pete Abe from the Boston Globe:
"Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will return to Boston tomorrow to have his right knee examined and is facing the possibility of surgery that would sideline him for at least a month." - Pete Abe, Boston Globe
Pedroia is having a down year hitting .247-.361-.338 with 4 HRs and 22 RBIs thus far.
Twins outfielder Ben Revere went 3-5 with a run scored, 2 RBI and a SB. He has been leading off for the Twins since being called up and is hitting .302-.323-.317 with 7 runs, 4 RBIs and 4 SBs in 63 at bats. He has no power, but has value due to his speed. He stole 154 bases in 4+ seasons in the minors, with 45 being his high in 2009. He doesn't strike out much, and has a career minor league OBP of .385.
Indians starter Justin Masterson held the Twins to 2 runs in 8 innings last night, giving up 9 hits, and striking out 3. He bounced back after two terrible starts that saw him give up 10 runs and 24 base runners in his last two starts.
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Cole Hamels is making a solid case for NL Cy Young this year as he is now 8-2 with a 2.58 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and a 91-18 K/BB rate in 90+ innings. He is one of 5 starters with 8 wins after shutting out the Dodgers for 8 innings, giving up just 6 hits and striking out 9. He is also 6th in all of baseball in strikeouts and owns a 5.00 K/BB ratio, good for 5th best in baseball.
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton went 4-4 with a HR, 3 runs scored and an RBI yesterday and is having a bit of a surprising season in my opinion. I considered Helton washed up and on the downside of his career in the pre-season, but he is hitting well this year. His triple slash line is .316-.384-.534 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs thus far. In a year where many hitters are underperforming expectations, Helton is outperforming expectations.
Giants starter Matt Cain threw a complete game 5 hitter, giving up just one run and striking out 11 Nationals. Cain is now 5-4 with a 3.36 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a 74-25 K/BB rate. it was Cain's first complete game of the season and first double digit strikeout game.
Speaking of the Giants, there is a chance that Miguel Tejada could be waived next week when third baseman Pablo Sandoval is activated off the DL. Sandoval will probably be activated next Tuesday.
Carl Crawford is back to being Carl Crawford, as he went 2-5 with a HR and 2 runs scored last night against the Yankees, and is now hitting .247-.283-.396 with 6 HRs, 31 runs, 30 RBIs and 8 SBs in 12 attempts. After hitting .304-.328-.482 in May, Crawford is hitting .346-.393-.654 thus far in June.
What the heck happened to Red Sox DH David Ortiz this year? Who expected him to hit like this? Not me. Oritz went 1-4 with a HR, no bat flip this time, with 2 runs and 2 RBIs last night vs the Yankees. For the season, he is hitting .323-.390-.609 with 15 HRs and 34 RBIs. He is one of only 3 Red Sox hitting over .300 right now, which is surprising considering how many runs they have been scoring lately,
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is turning into a star this season. In the off-season, I predicted a 20 HR, 40 SB season from him, and now that may prove to be conservative. McCutchen hit a game winning HR last night and went 3-5 with a HR , 2 runs and 2 RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .282-.376-.489, and has raised his BA about 25 points in the last 10 games. He is on pace to go 27-92-30 this season.
Rangers starter Alexi Ogando won his 7th game of the season last night, holding the Tigers to one run in 7 + innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out 7. Ogando is exceeding expectations at this point, as he has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of his 10 starts this season, and now owns an ERA of 2.10 and a WHIP of 0.90. He has benefitted from an extremely high strand rate of 86% and low BABIP of .208. Looks like tougher times ahead for Ogando, but you have to ride him while he is pitching well.
Astros starter Bud Norris had a no-hit bid broken up by a Lance Berkman solo HR last night. He held the Cardinals to one run in 8 innings, giving up just one hit, walking 5 and striking out just two batters. Not a dominated start by Norris, but fantasy owners will take it. He is now 4-4 with a 3.67 ERA 1.28 WHIP and a 81-32 K/BB rate in 81 IP.