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I didin't get to the Roundup last night, so this one will be short and quick.
Dee Gordon makes an impression in first game
The Dodgers finally called up Dee Gordon from AAA, but it took another injury to Hanley Ramirez for the decision to be made. And after the way he hit last night, the Dodgers look silly for not calling him up sooner. Gordon went 2-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBI, a walk and 2 stolen bases in the Dodgers 10-9 loss to the Giants. He was on base three times last night, displaying the improved plate discipline that he showed in AAA this season. He will be playing shortstop while Ramirez is out, and I hope the Dodgers make the right call and move Ramirez to third when he does return.
Jose Fernandez: Showing some future ace potential
Many believe that the Marlins called up pitching prospect Jose Fernandez too soon, and I agree, as he has struggled in half of his six starts thus far. But, last night, he showed us why the Marlins felt he was ready for the big leagues at the tender age of 20, as he dominated the Phillies. Fernandez shut out the Phillies for 7 innings, giving up just one hit, a walk and striking out 7 to win his first game of the season. He is now 1-2 with a respectable 3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a 32-12 strikeout to walk rate in 31 innings. He will have his ups and downs this season, but after his performance last night, the Marlins can get very excited about the future of their young ace.
Miguel Cabrera drives in 6 runs
If Albert Pujols is the King, or The Machine, what should we call Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera? Miggy is just short for his first name. Whatever nickname we can come up with, he is the best hitter in the game. Cabrera went 4-4 with 2 HRs and 6 RBI yesterday, and is on pace for over 200 RBI. If anyone can reach even 150 RBI, it is Cabrera. He is now hitting .390-.467-.627 with 6 HRs, 26 runs and 36 RBI on the season. Could he win another Triple Crown this season? Now that would be amazing.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes was dominant yesterday, shutting out the A's for 8 innings, giving up just 4 hits, 2 walks and striking out 9. I own Hughes in the Tout Wars mixed league, but due to the weekly transactions rule, did not have him active for yesterday's start. Hughes is now 1-2 on the season, with a 3.60 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and a stellar 34-7 strikeout to walk rate in 35 innings. He has gone six or more innings in each of his last four starts, giving up 2 runs or less in each of those starts.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was limited due to injury early this season, but is now starting to help his fantasy owners. His batting average is below league average, but he is showing some pop and speed again this season. He went 3-4 with a HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI and a stolen base on Saturday, and is now hitting .229-.293-.386 with 2 HRs, 9 runs, 10 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 21 games this season. Can he put up a 15-20 home run season with 20 stolen bases?
Dodgers closer Brandon League was called upon to pitch the 9th inning of a tie game last night, and proceeded to load the bases, before inducing Giants catcher Buster Posey to ground into an inning-ending double play. He came back out for the 10th inning and served up the game-winning home run to a catcher most of us has never heard of, Guillermo Quiroz. A few more performances like this, could result in League losing the closer responsibility in the Dodgers bullpen.
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