Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 26, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIApril 26, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 26, 2011 Edition

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    Ian Kennedy
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    April 25, 2011 was a good day in baseball, as there were a couple of walk-offs, a couple of complete game-shutouts and a near no-hitter.

    Road team standouts are listed first, followed by the home team.

White Sox 2, Yankees 0

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Phil Humber #41 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 25, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    W: Philip Humber (2-2)

    L: A.J. Burnett (3-1)

    S: Sergio Santos (1)



    White Sox Standouts

    Philip Humber: 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K

    Adam Dunn: 1-for-2, BB, RBI, R



    Yankees Standouts

    A.J. Burnett: 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 SO

    Curtis Granderson: 1-for-3, BB, SB



    Recap

    Philip Humber retired the first 10 batters he faced and rode a no-hitter into the seventh.  A.J. Burnett had a respectable outing on his own, going eight innings and allowing only one run.  Given that both of the pitchers were on top of their games, offense was rare. 

    The only extra-base hit came in the fourth by Carlos Quentin, his 12th double of the year (he would later score on an Adam Dunn groundout, which ended the White Sox's 23-inning scoreless streak).



    Commentary

    Humber flirts with a no-no?  Against the Yankees?  The guy with a career ERA over five?  Seriously?  Man…  No one saw that coming.

Pirates 4, Nationals 2

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14:  Paul Maholm #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws a pitch before the start of their game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on April 14, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    W: Paul Maholm (1-3)

    L: John Lannan (2-2)

    S: Joel Hanrahan (6)



    Nationals Standouts

    Jayson Werth: 2-for-3, BB, 2B, R

    Adam LaRoche: 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI



    Pirates Standouts

    Brandon Wood: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

    Neil Walker: 2-for-4, R

    Paul Maholm: 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K



    Recap

    Washington scored two on an Adam LaRoche single in the first, but Pittsburgh rallied to score four in the fourth on two walks and three hits, including a two-run double by Brandon Wood.  Paul Maholm did the rest for the Pirates, notching his first win of the year.

     

    Commentary

    Good rebound for Maholm after a rough previous outing against the Marlins.

Marlins 5, Dodgers 4

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 25:  Chris Coghlan #8 of the Florida Marlins rounds second after hitting a solo HR during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Sun Life Stadium on April 25, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Image
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    W: Brian Sanches (3-0)

    L: Jonathan Broxton (1-1)

     

    Dodgers Standouts

    Jerry Sands: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Jamey Carroll: 2-for-4, R, RBI

    Ivan DeJesus: 2-for-4, R



    Marlins Standouts

    Chris Coghlan: 3-for-4, 2 HR, BB, 2 RBI, 3 R

    Emilio Bonifacio: 1-for-3, R, BB



    Recap

    The Dodgers were on the receiving end of a walk-off this time around, as Omar Infante singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins their sixth win in seven games. 

    Craig Coghlan had two solo blasts.  Jon Garland started for the Dodgers and pitched seven innings while giving up two runs—Coghlan's two home runs—on four hits.  Ricky Nolasco started for the Marlins and allowed three runs over six-plus.



    Commentary

    Other than Coghlan, the Marlins didn't show a lot of offense on the day, but it turned out to be enough.  Good confidence-building win for the Marlins.

Rockies 5, Cubs 3

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 18:  Starting pitcher Esmil Rogers #48 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on April 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Rogers collected the loss as the Giants defeated the Rockies 8-1.  (Photo by
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    W: Esmil Rogers (3-1)

    L: Matt Garza (0-3)

    S: Huston Street (8)



    Rockies Standouts

    Dexter Fowler: 1-for-3, 3B, BB, R

    Seth Smith: 1-for-4, R



    Cubs Standouts

    Kosuke Fukudome: 5-for-5, R

    Darwin Barney: 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R

    Jeff Baker: 3-for-4, BB, 2B, R



    Recap

    Matt Garza stymied the Rockies potent offense for most of the day (6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H), but three errors by Starlin Castro—all in the second inning—allowed three runs to cross the plate and helped give Colorado the victory. 

    Esmil Rogers pitched five-plus for the Rockies to get the W.  Darwin Barney had a two-run shot and Kosuke Fukudome went a perfect 5-for-5 (all singles) for the Cubs in the loss.

     

    Commentary

    You'd think three errors in an inning is some kind of a record, but I doubt it's even a record for the Cubs.

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 4

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    SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 13:  Corey Patterson #16 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    W: Kyle Drabek (2-0)

    L: Colby Lewis (1-3)

    S: Jon Rauch (4)



    Blue Jays Standouts

    Corey Patterson: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

    Juan Rivera: 1-for 3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

    Jose Bautista: 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB



    Rangers Standouts

    Michael Young: 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

    Nelson Cruz: 1-for-3, HR, BB

    Yorvit Torrealba: 2-for-4, HR

    Ian Kinsler: 1-for-3, BB, RBI



    Recap

    The Blue Jays and Rangers did what they seem to do best—hit home runs.  Nelson Cruz and Yorvit Torrealba went yard for the Rangers, as did Corey Patterson, Juan Rivera and Jose Bautista (his league-leading eighth of the year) for the Jays. 

    Colby Lewis had a rough start, lasting only five innings and giving up six runs.  Meanwhile, Kyle Drabek went six innings and allowed three in the win.



    Commentary

    Expect more of the same—lots of four-baggers—over the next three games of this series.

Reds 9, Brewers 5

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 23: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts to striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 23, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    W: Bronson Arroyo (3-2)

    L: Chris Narveson (1-1)



    Reds Standouts

    Drew Stubbs: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 SB

    Jay Bruce: 1-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R,SB

    Brandon Phillips: 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

    Ryan Hanigan: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI



    Brewers Standouts

    Ryan Braun: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB

    Rickie Weeks: 2-for-5, 2B, R

    Jon Lucroy: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Casey McGehee: 2-for-5, 2B, R



    Recap

    The Reds amassed eight hits in a six-run third inning to put this game out of reach quickly.  The Brewers fought back for four runs over the last three innings—including a two-run homer by Ryan Braun—but it was too little, too late as the Reds cruised to a 9-5 victory.  Bronson Arroyo allowed only one earned run in six strong innings for Cincinnati to get the win.

     

    Commentary

    Every Reds starter had a hit except for shortstop Paul Janish, meaning the domination was across the board on this one.  Rough outing for Narveson.

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 0

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 08:  Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Cincinnati Reds  during the Major League Baseball home opening game at Chase Field on April 8, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated th
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    W: Ian Kennedy (3-1)

    L: Cliff Lee (2-2)



    Phillies Standouts

    Placido Polanco: 2-for-3, 2B



    Diamondbacks Standouts

    Ian Kennedy: 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K

    Chris Young: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

    Gerardo Parra: 1-for-3, HR

    Justin Upton: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R



    Recap

    Ian Kennedy had the second most surprising outing of the night (Humber's six no-hit innings claims the gold) with a complete-game shutout of the Phillies.  It was the first complete game of the right-hander's career and most impressively only allowed three hits and no walks. 

    Chris Young nailed a two-run blast in the third, and the Diamondbacks tacked on two more to take the first of this three-game set.  Cliff Lee struck out 12 in the loss.



    Commentary

    Other than his shutout against the Nats earlier in the month, Cliff Lee hasn't quite looked like himself yet.  He seems to be striking out more batters (this was his third outing with at least 10 Ks), and his WHIP and BAA are down to where they should be, but his ERA is at 4.18.  It can't stay this way forever, but Lee's struggles are a bit curious.

Padres 5, Braves 3, F/13

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06:  Ryan Ludwick #47 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Oakland Athletics during the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    W: Cory Luebke (1-1)

    L: Cristhian Martinez (0-2)



    Braves Standouts

    Alex Gonzalez: 2-for-5, RBI, R

    Jason Heyward: 1-for-5, HR

    Freddie Freeman: 1-for-5, 2B, R



    Padres Standouts

    Ryan Ludwick: 2-for-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI

    Nick Hundley: 1-for-5, 2B, BB, RBI, R

    Brad Hawpe: 2-for-5, 2B



    Recap

    Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run walkoff home run—his second HR of the day—to end the Padres' 13-inning affair with the Braves.  Dustin Moseley started for the Padres, went six and allowed three runs—the most runs he's allowed so far this year.  He allowed only a solo shot to Jason Heyward in the first and two more in the fifth. 

    Lowe pitched six innings for the Braves and only gave up a run in the second and a long-ball to Ryan Ludwick's first home run in the third.  The Padres rallied to tie in the seventh off of a Nick Hundley double.



    Commentary

    It would be nice for San Diego if Ryan Ludwick could once again find his 2008 form, but I'm not holding my breath.

Angels 5, Athletics 0

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10:  Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 10, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 3-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    W: Jered Weaver (6-0)

    L: Gio Gonzalez (2-2)



    Athletics Standouts

    Coco Crisp: 3-for-4

    Hideki Matsui: 2-for-4, 2B



    Angels Standouts

    Jered Weaver: 9 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 10 K

    Howie Kendrick: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R



    Recap

    Jered Weaver continued his dominant April with a complete-game shutout over their divisional rivals.  Howie Kendrick had two hits and two RBIs, as the Angels made this one look easy.  Gio Gonzalez allowed five runs—four earned—through five innings in the loss.



    Commentary

    Along with being the first pitcher in the majors to reach six wins—no one else even has five yet, four players have four— Jered Weaver has 49 K, a 0.79 WHIP, a .163 BAA and a ridiculous 0.99 ERA.  If you project that for the year, Weaver should pitch 317 innings and go 42-0.  I know it sounds silly, but at this point, I'm hesitant to rule it out.