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Fake Teams Podcast, Episode 7: Biogenesis fallout and more
In Episode 7 of the Fake Teams Podcast, Andrew and Zack talked about the fantasy fallout of the Biogenesis news this week, along with their thoughts on Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez and others. Make sure you check out the podcast and rate them on ITunes.
For only the second time in baseball history, we saw two games go 18 innings or more on the same day. The Mets and Marlins battled for 20 innings, and the Blue Jays and Rangers played 18 innings on Saturday afternoon. Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez both pitched very well, with Harvey going 7 innings, giving up one run on 6 hits and striking out 6, while Fernandez gave up just one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 7. It was a classic pitchers duel between two of the best young starters in baseball. Another pitchers duel ensued in the later innings, between veterans Kevin Slowey and Shaun Marcum. Slowey tossed 7 shutout innings, giving up just 8 hits and striking out 8, while Marcum took the loss. Marcum pitched very well, going 8 innings, giving up one run on just 5 hits and striking out 7 In the Rangers-Blue Jays game, Yu Darvish did battle with Mark Buerhle, with Buerhle outpitching Darvish. Darvish gave up 2 earned runs, on 5 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts in 7 innings, while Buerhle gave up just one run on 4 hits, 2 walks and striking out 3.
A.J. Burnett: Underrated Starter
For me, A.J. Burnett doesn't get the love that he deserves. Yesterday, he limited the Cubs to two runs on 4 hits, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in the Pirates 6-2 win. Burnett is now 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 99-35 strikeout to walk rate in 89.1 innings. Burnett has given up 3 runs or less in 13 of his 14 starts, and two runs or less in 9 of his 14 starts, this season. He bounced back from a rough start in Atlanta earlier in the week, where he gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings of work to win his fourth game of the season.
Wil Myers to be called up in next two weeks
It was reported yesterday that Wil Myers will be called up within the next 10 days, so make sure you go out and grab him if you have the roster spot for him. The Rays made sure he did not meet the Super 2 status before calling him up. In 222 at bats in AAA, Myers is hitting .279-.354-.486 with 10 HRs, 36 runs, 49 RBI and 5 stolen bases. In roughly 610 AAA at bats over the last two years, Myers has hit 34 HRs, scored 102 runs, driven in 128 and stolen 7 bases. His strikeout rate is up this season, while he has maintained his 10% walk rate. I don't expect him to set the world on fire in Tampa, but he should be an improvement over Matt Joyce in right field.
Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled once again yesterday, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks and striking out 6 in 4.1 innings vs the Rays. Gausman was lit up for 4 runs in the fifth inning, and his ERA now sits at just under 9.00. I wonder if the Orioles will look to send him down to AAA, or just ride it out with him.
Zack Wheeler pitched what was thought to be his last AAA start on Friday night, but he gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, but Andy Martino from the New York Daiy News sent out the following tweet on Saturday morning:
One more minor league start for Wheeler very possible, I'm told.Now have a nice Saturday.— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) June 8, 2013
So, we may have to wait another week for Wheeler to be called up. Make sure you hold off on activating him if you play in weekly leagues.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could be activated from the DL sometime this week, per manager Mike Redmond. Stanton has played in just two minor league games as of this writing due to rainouts and is considered behind in his rehab as a result.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez twisted his knee in an at bat on Friday night and was removed from the game. This from Patrick Saunders from the Denver Post:
CarGo said after the game that he plans to be on the field Saturday, but he was limping badly when he left the field Friday night.
Saunders mentioned that Tyler Colvin or Charlie Blackmon could be called up to replace Gonzalez should he need a DL stint. Jonathan Herrera replaced Gonzalez on Friday night because Michael Cuddyer is dealing with a rib injury, and could have reinjured the oblque that caused him to miss the last two months of the 2012 season.
Mike Trout was moved to the leadoff spot yesterday by manager Mike Scioscia and I say it is about time. Trout responded by going 3-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, an RBI and a stolen base in the Angels 9-5 win over the Red Sox in the first game of the double header yesterday. Trout went 1-4 and an RBI in the nightcap, and is now hitting .299-.371-.538 with 10 HRs, 44 runs, 40 RBI and 14 stolen bases on the season, and is on pace for 26 HRs and 37 stolen bases.