Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 27, 2011 Edition
Time once again for the morning dose of fantasy standouts and recaps.
Road team standouts are listed first, followed by the home team.
Orioles 4, Red Sox 1
W: Zach Britton(4-1)
L: Clay Buchholz(1-3)
S: Kevin Gregg(3)
Red Sox Standouts
Dustin Pedroia, 1-for-3, BB, R
Matt Wieters, 2-for-4, RBI
Adam Jones, 0-for-1, 2 SF, BB, 2 RBI
Vladimir Guerrero, 3-for-4, R
Derrek Lee, 2-for-5, 2 R
Mark Reynolds, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
Zach Britton held the Red Sox to one run over six innings and the bullpen did the rest. Clay Buchholz had a rough outing for Boston, allowing four runs off of 12 hits by Baltimore. Adam Jones had two sac flys and Vlad Guerrero had three hits as the Orioles took the first of their three-game set with the BoSox.
Britton has four quality starts this year, all against teams that should be in the playoff hunt towards the end of the season(Boston, Texas, Tampa, Minnesota). There's no guarantee he'll be able to maintain such a grueling pace, but he's definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future.
Indians 9, Royals 4
W: Justin Masterson(5-0)
L: Luke Hochevar(2-3)
Melky Cabrera, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Alex Gordon, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Jack Hannahan, 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Shin-Soo Choo, 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, SB
Grady Sizemore, 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Asdrubal Cabrera, 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
Matt LaPorta, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 R
The Indians broke out the bats against the Royals on Tuesday, blasting five home runs and clubbing their division rivals 9-4. Shin-Soo Choo had a three-run shot in the seventh and Jack Hannahan added two solo blasts of his own. Justin Masterson pitched over six strong innings and allowed only three runs in the victory, while Luke Hochevar lasted six-plus innings and allowed 11 hits in the loss.
Grady Sizemore is playing like a bat out of hell this season and currently has an .875 SLG and already has three home runs despite only playing in eight games.
Mariners 7, Tigers 3
W: Felix Hernandez(3-2)
L: Phil Coke(1-4)
Justin Smoak, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Miguel Olivo, 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R
Chone Figgins, 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Jack Wilson, 2-for-4, 2B, R
Ichiro Suzuki, 1-for-5, RBI, R
Brandon Inge, 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Brennan Boesch, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Detroit fans were treated to a rare glimpse of offense by Seattle as the Mariners walked away with a 7-3 win over the Tigers. Justin Smoak and Chone Figgins each had two RBI, and Felix Hernandez went six innings and allowed two runs. For the Tigers, Phil Coke went only four-plus innings and allowed seven runs—all earned.
It must've been strange for King Felix. His team usually doesn't score when he pitches.
White Sox 3, Yankees 2
W: Gavin Floyd(3-1)
L: Rafael Soriano(1-1)
S: Sergio Santos(2)
White Sox Standouts
Paul Konerko, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
Gordon Beckham, 1-for-3, BB, RBI
Floyd: 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB 10 K
Alex Rios, 1-for-4, R, SB
Robinson Cano, 1-for-4, HR
Brett Gardner, 1-for-3, HR
Ivan Nova had a nice outing for the Yankees(1 ER in 6 IP), but Rafael Soriano gave up a two-run blast to Paul Konerko as the White Sox took their second straight from New York. Gavin Floyd kept the Yankees bats at bay, allowing only two runs off of four hits through eight innings. The only runs for the Yanks came off of home runs by Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner.
Soriano's ERA is just below eight for the year—not good when you're touted as a prime offseason acquisition.
Mets 6, Nationals 4
W: Ryota Igarashi(1-0)
L: Jordan Zimmerman(1-4)
S: Francisco Rodriguez(5)
Ike Davis, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R
Daniel Murphy, 2-for-4, 2B, R
Josh Thole, 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Jason Bay, 2-for-4, 2 R
Carlos Beltran, 1-for-5, 3B, RBI
Wilson Ramos, 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Jayson Werth, 1-for-4, HR
Rick Ankiel, 1-for-4, R, SB
Josh Thole had three runs batted in as the Mets won their fifth straight game against division rival Washington. Ike Davis had three hits and Carlos Beltran added an RBI-triple in the third. For the Nats, Wilson Ramos had two home runs and Jayson Werth added a solo shot of his own. Chris Young started for the Mets, pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 3 ER. Jordan Zimmerman lasted 5.1 and gave up five runs while taking the loss.
Ramos is looking more and more like a prize pickup for the Nationals. His big day Tuesday brought his average for the season up to .378.
Giants 3, Pirates 2, F/10
W: Sergio Romo(1-0)
L: Joel Hanrahan(0-1)
S: Brian Wilson(6)
Aaron Rowand, 2-for-4, 2B, R
Freddy Sanchez, 2-for-5, RBI
Aubrey Huff, 0-for-3, SF, BB, RBI
Buster Posey, 0-for-2, SF, BB, RBI
Garrett Jones, 1-for-3, HR
Matt Diaz, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Darren Ford scored on a Freddy Sanchez groundout in the tenth inning as the Giants stole one from the Pirates in the extra frame. Matt Cain and Charlie Morton started the day for their respective teams, and each went six innings—Cain allowed two runs, Morton one. Garrett Jones had a solo shot for Pittsburgh in the second.
Brian Wilson's beard got the save after his last outing ended in a loss.
Marlins 4, Dodgers 2
W: Chris Volstad(2-1)
L: Clayton Kershaw(2-3)
S: Leo Nunez(7)
Andre Ethier, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
James Loney, 4-for-4
Mike Stanton, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Gaby Sanchez, 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR
Hanley Ramirez, 2-for-4, 2 R
Chris Volstad pitched seven tough innings and Mike Stanton singled in the go-ahead runs in the sixth as the Marlins took control of first place in the NL East. Clayton Kershaw pitched only five innings and gave up four runs. Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a double in the first inning.
Kershaw is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA over his last three starts. More likely than not, it's merely a few rough outings, but it might be something to keep watch over.
Blue Jays 10, Rangers 3
W: Jesse Litsch(2-1)
L: Matt Harrison(3-2)
Blue Jays Standouts
Adam Lind, 3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
Corey Patterson, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R
Jose Bautista, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, 2 R
Juan rivera, 2-for-4, BB, RBI, R
J.P. Arencibia, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
Yorvit Torrealba 3-for-3, RBI, R
Julio Borbon, 2-for-4, 2 RBI
Chris Davis, 2-for-4, 2 2B, R
Toronto took their second straight game against the Rangers, as Adam Lind drove in five, including two home runs. Jesse Litsch went six innings for the Jays, allowing three runs on seven hits. His counterpart, Matt Harrison, lasted only three innings and was tagged for seven runs.
Lind only had one home run to this point in the season, and this is the output the Jays are going to need from Lind if they're going to remain competitive.
Rockies 4, Cubs 3
W: Jorge De La Rosa(4-0)
L: James Russell(1-3)
S: Huston Street(9)
Todd Helton, 2-for-5, 2 HR
Ty Wigginton, 3-for-4, HR
Troy Tulowitzki, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Darwin Barney, 2-for-4, R
Alfonso Soriano, 1-for-4, HR
Jeff Baker, 2-for-4, RBI
Starlin Castro, 1-for-5, R, SB
Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings to gain his fourth win of the year, and Todd Helton provided two solo home runs as the Rockies took another game from the Cubs. James Russell started for Chicago, but gave up four runs in as many innings.
Between Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies don't really need any more offensive production, but just in case, there's always Helton.
Astros 6, Cardinals 5
W: Brandon Lyon(2-1)
L: Mitchell Boggs(0-1)
Daniel Decalso, 3-for-3, BB, 3B, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Matt Holliday, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, R
Lance Berkman, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
Yadier Molina, 2-for-4, 2 R, SB
Nick Punto, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Hunter Pence, 3-for-5, HR
Angel Sanchez, 2-for-4, R
Brett Wallace, 3-for-4, RBI
Bill Hall, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, R
Chris Johnson, 2-for-4, 2 RBI
The Cardinals went ahead 5-4 in the top of the ninth, but the Astros rallied in the bottom of the frame and ended the game on a Bill Hall walk-off single. Jaime Garcia went just over five innings for the Cards, allowing three runs. On the other side, Bud Norris gave up three runs, but none of them were earned. This was also Lance Berkman's return to Houston and he belted out two hits including an RBI double.
Exciting back-and-forth game. Nice reception for Berkman in his first game back in Houston.
Brewers 3, Reds 2
W: Kameron Loe(2-1)
L: Logan Ondrusek(2-2)
S: Jon Axford(5)
Brandon Phillips, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Joey Votto, 0-for-2, 2 BB, R
Rickie Weeks, 2-for-4, HR, 3B
Ryan Braun, 1-for-4, HR
Prince Fielder, 1-for-4, HR
The Brewers only needed three solo home runs—one by Rickie Weeks, one by Ryan Braun, and one by Prince Fielder—to get by the Reds on Tuesday, as Marco Estrada pitched seven innings and gave up only two runs on two hits. Mike Leake was equally strong for the Reds, giving up only two over seven in the no decision.
Fielder and Braun are currently numbers one and two in the league for most runs batted in. I wouldn't be surprised if it looks that way at the end of the season, too.
Rays V. Twins Postponed
The Rays-Twins game was postponed due to weather. It will be made up on April 28th as part of a doubleheader.
Diamondbacks 7, Phillies 5
W: Daniel Hudson(1-4)
L: Roy Oswalt(3-1)
Ben Francisco, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ryan Howard, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Shane Victorino, 2-for-5, 3B, R
Placido Polanco, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
Ryan Roberts, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Kelly Johnson, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 SB
Gerardo Parra, 2-for-3, RBI, R
Stephen Drew, 1-for-3, BB, RBI, R
Daniel Hudson pitched six innings and notched his first win of the season as the Diamondbacks outclubbed the Phillies 7-5. Roy Oswalt started for Philly, but lasted only three innings, giving up five runs along the way. Ben Francisco brought the Phils to within two in the ninth with a two-run blast, but David Hernandez retired Raul Ibanez to end the game.
Good bounce back by the D-Backs so far after being swept by the Mets.
Angels 8, Athletics 3
L: Brandon McCarthy(1-2)
Conor Jackson, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
David DeJesus, 0-for-3, BB, RBI, R
Howie Kendrick, 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R
Peter Bourjos, 3-for-4, 2 3B, RBI, 2 R
Alexi Amarista, 1-for-3, SF, 2B, 3 RBI
Hank Conger, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Torii Hunter, 3-for-5, 2B, R
Erick Aybar, 2-for-5, SB
The Angels bats were on fire Tuesday, amassing 16 hits in the 8-3 win over Oakland. Peter Bourjos had two triples and Howie Kendrick added two doubles. Torii Hunter, Erick Aybar, and Hank Conger added multi-hit games of their own. Tyler Chatwood was decent enough for the win, allowing three runs in just over five innings pitched. For the A's, Brian McCarthy gave up seven runs over five-plus innings in the loss.
14 hits allowed by McCarthy. Ouch.
Braves 8, Padres 2
W: Jair Jurrjens(2-0)
L: Aaron Harang(4-1)
David Ross, 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
Chipper Jones, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Alex Gonzalez, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Jason Heyward, 1-for-4, BB, R
Jair Jurrjens, 9 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Ryan Ludwick, 2-for-4, 2 2B
Brad Hawpe, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Orlando Hudson, 1-for-3, 3B, RBI
Jorge Cantu, 2-for-4, R
Jair Jurrjens pitched a complete game as the Braves handed the Padres their seventh loss in nine games. Aaron Harang started for San Diego and had his roughest outing of the season to date, allowing eight runs in six innings. David Ross belted two four-baggers for the Braves and Chipper Jones added on of his own in the route.
Jurrjens complete game wasn't exactly pretty(9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB), but it got the job done.