Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy tossed another 4 scoreless and hitless innings last night as it took him only 44 pitches to get through 4 innings. He struck out 6 and now has strikeouts in 21 of the 39 outs in his 13 innings of work this season. It won't be long before he gets promoted to High A.
Mets starter Johan Santana had his best outing of the year, giving up just one run on 3 hits, 2 walks and striking out 11 Marlins in 6.2 innings. I guess my projection of less than 20 starts for Santana looks very, very, very stupid right now. He now owns a 24-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 18 innings so far this season, with a 3.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Reds starter Mat Latos shutout the Giants on 4 hits, 2 walks and struck out 3 in 7 innings last night. His 14-10 strikeout to walk ratio in 22.1 innings is a bit concerning, but Latos has always had a tough time of it in April as his ERA is 6.28 in April for his career. His career ERA in every other month? 2.41 in May, 3.55 in June, 2.54 in July, 3.35 in August, and 3.86 in September. No need to panic.
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A day after leaving 11 men on base, Mets manager Terry Collins pinch hit for first baseman Ike Davis in the 7th inning, after Davis had gone 0-2 to leave his triple slash line at .131-.185-.279 with 3 HRs and 7 RBI. With Davis not hitting, and Jason Bay hitting the DL, the Mets are going to be hard pressed to score runs going forward. Make sure you roster your starters when the Mets are on their schedule.
Albert Pujols' triple slash line update: .232-.284-.333, and still no home runs. Sam Miller from Baseball Prospectus wrote a piece yesterday highlighting how Pujols isn't walking as much as he used to and is swinging at almost 50% of the pitches he's seen since the first half of 2011.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish had his best outing of his short major league career on Tuesday night, shutting out the Yankees for 8.1 innings. He gave up just 7 hits, walked 2 and struck out 10. He lowered his ERA to 2.45 in earning his third major league win.
Indians starter Derek Lowe likes the infield defense in Cleveland, as he held the Royals to just one run in 6 innings last night to win his third game of the season. He gave up 8 hits, walked one, struck out 5 and induced 10 ground ball outs. He lowered his ERA to 3.00, but his 1.67 WHIP is a killer to fantasy owners at this point in the season.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright had his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery, limiting the Cubs to one run on 6 hits, a walk and 7 strikeouts in 6 innings of work, his longest outing of the year. Wainwright will have some good game mixed with bad ones for awhile, I think, but he should be back to his old self come midseason.
Mariners third baseman Alex Liddi went 3-5 with a HR and a stolen base and is hitting .368-.429-.579 with a HR and 3 RBI in just 19 at bats this season.
Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has struggled at the plate to start the season. He went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts last night and is hitting .237-.375-.322 with no home runs and 9 RBI in 59 at bats with a 16-10 strikeout to walk ratio. Even while slumping at the plate, Choo still knows how to take a walk. He should break out soon.
A night after throwing 31 pitches and blowing a save, Cardinals closer Jason Motte sat in the bullpen to watch Mark Rzepczynski gave up a game-tying homer to Cubs first baseman Bryan Lahair. Fernando Salas came on to preserve the tie in the 9th. I don't have a lot of confidence in Motte keeping the job all season, and I assume Salas is the back up in St. Louis.
Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles went 4-5 with a HR, 2 doubles, 3 runs and 2 RBI last night and is hitting .333-.365-.567 with 3 HRs and 10 RBI on the season. I had a few readers asking me about Aviles over on Twitter the past few days, and I don't think he keeps this up.
Diamondback fans will once again start beating the drum for Trevor Bauer to get the call to replace starter Josh Collmenter, as he gave up 6 runs on 9 hits, no walks, 6 strikeouts and 2 home runs last night vs a Phillies team struggling to score runs. Collmenter now has an ERA just under 10.00 and a WHIP of 1.64. Bauer is certainly an improvement over him in the DBacks rotation.
I was listening to the morning show on MLB Radio this morning, and Jim Memolo and Jeff Nelson, and they were discussing the Reds use of Aroldis Chapman. Nelson was saying that the Reds should give Chapman the closers job as they think he can be a very dominant closer, especially with his improved control this season. I wonder if he will be put back into the rotation this season. Should the Reds try him in the rotation or let him close?