Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 28, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIApril 28, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 28, 2011 Edition

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 27:  Nick Punto #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides into home in the seventh inning on a single by Albert Pujols against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 27, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Another day, another column.

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

Dodgers 5, Marlins 4, F/10

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 25:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers his a single during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on April 25, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    W: Matt Guerrier (2-1)
    L: Brian Sanches (3-1)
    S: Vicente Padilla (1)

    Dodgers Standouts

    Andre Ethier, 2-for-5, HR, 2 R
    Rod Barajas, 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI
    Juan Uribe, 1-for-1, 2B, RBI

    Marlins Standouts

    Craig Coghlan, 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
    Brett Hayes, 1-for-3, RBI, R
    Greg Dobbs, 2-for-2, 2 BB, R

    Recap

    Andre Ethier extended his hit-streak to 24 games in grand fashion, hitting a single in the fourth and tacking on the go-ahead home run in the 10th, as the Dodgers took the last of their three-game set with The Marlins. 

    Florida had tagged Chad Billingsley for four runs in the fourth, but the Dodgers came back with three of their own in the fourth on a Rod Barajas home run and tied the game on a Juan Uribe double.  Anibal Sanchez started for the Marlins and allowed three runs off of four hits.

    Commentary

    The Dodgers certainly have a knack for hitting in crunch time and are currently 3-0 in extra frames.  Ethier-Kemp is quickly turning into one of the best 3-4 punches in the league.

Reds 7, Brewers 6, F/10

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 24: Reliever Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 24, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    W: Aroldis Chapman (2-0)
    L: Sergio Mitre (0-1)
    S: Francisco Cordero (4)

    Reds Standouts

    Joey Votto, 2-for-4, 2 BB, HR, 4 RBI
    Drew Stubbs, 2-for-5, BB, HR, 3 R
    Paul Janish, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Jay Bruce, 3-for-5, R

    Brewers Standouts

    Rickie Weeks, 2-for-3, SF, 2B, RBI, 2 R
    Jon Lucroy, 2-for-4, BB, RBI, R
    Carlos Gomez, 1-for-4, 2 RBI
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 2-for-5, 2B, R

    Recap

    Drew Stubbs homered in the 10th inning to give the Reds their second win in three days over the Brewers.  Sam LeCure started for Cincinnati and gave up three earned runs over four-plus innings.  Yovani Gallardo got the start for the Brewers and had a rough outing, allowing six runs and 10 hits over five.  Joey Votto had another big day with four RBI off of two hits, including a home run.

    Commentary

    If you look at the standings in the National League Central this year, you should get an idea of what the entire season is probably going to look like.  Three to five teams within three to five games of first place.  Free-for-alls make for good baseball.

Rockies vs. Cubs Postponed

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 22: A rainbow appears over Wrigley Field following a short rain delay before the Chicago Cubs take on the Chicago White Sox on June 22, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    The Rockies-Cubs game was rained out and will be made up on June 27th at 1:20 pm EST.

Braves 7, Padres 0

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    W: Tommy Hanson (3-3)
    L: Mat Latos (0-4)

    Braves Standouts

    Tommy Hanson, 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K
    Miguel Prado, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R
    Nate McLouth, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Jason Heyward, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
    Chipper Jones, 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI
    Brian McCann, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, R

    Padres Standouts

    Will Venable, 1-for-3, 2 SB

    Recap

    Tommy Hanson struck out 10 in seven innings and the Braves rolled to their second straight victory over the Padres.  Chipper Jones had three RBI including a two-run triple in the second.  Mat Latos went five innings and allowed six runs, but only one earned.

    Commentary

    Jones took sole possession of second place All-Time for RBI by a switch hitter (Eddie Murray holds the record).  Jones is also in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.

Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 4

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 27:  Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases past infielder Melvin Mora #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks after Rollins hit a two run home run during the fifth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Fiel
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    W: Cole Hamels (3-1)
    L: Joe Saunders (0-3)

    Phillies Standouts

    Shane Victorino, 2-for-5, HR, 2 R
    Placido Polanco, 4-for-5, 2B, 3 R
    Jimmy Rollins, 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
    Ryan Howard, 1-for-4, BB, HR
    Ben Francisco, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
    John Mayberry Jr, 1-for-3, 2 BB

    Diamondbacks Standouts

    Chris Young, 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
    Melvin Mora, 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
    Stephen Drew, 0-for-2, 2 BB, R

    Recap

    The Phillies took the last of their three-game set against the Diamondbacks with Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins leading the way.  Joe Saunders was hit early and often, giving up 10 hits and six runs over five and two-thirds innings.  Cole Hamels got the win for Philadelphia, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs—all off of home runs by Chris Young.

    Commentary

    This game was another unpleasant reminder to the rest of the league that when Philly gets going, they really get going, as there's just not many weak spots in the lineup.  Opposing pitchers beware once Chase Utley returns.  They're currently just a half-game behind Colorado for MLB's best record.

Athletics 2, Angels 1, F/10

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 19: Daric Barton #10 of the Oakland Athletics hits a single to score Cliff Pennington #2 of the Oakland Athletics in the eighth innning of their game against the Boston Red Sox at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 19, 2011 in Oa
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    W: Brian Fuentes (1-2)
    L: Jordan Walden (0-1)
    S: Brad Ziegler (1)

    Athletics Standouts

    Daric Barton, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, SF
    Cliff Pennington, 1-for-4, 3B, R

    Angels Standouts

    Bobby Abreu, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI

    Recap

    A pitcher's duel between Tyler Ross and Dan Haren ended with neither pitcher getting a decision, as Bobby Abreu doubled in the tying run in the ninth to push the game to extras. 

    Cliff Pennington tripled in the 10th and scored on a Conor Jackson groundout.  Ross pitched seven shutout innings for the A's and  Dan Haren pitched seven innings as well for the Angels—the only run he allowed was unearned.

    Commentary

    Because the only run he allowed was unearned, Dan Haren's ERA dropped to 1.23 on the year.  He's also sporting a 0.75 WHIP and a .165 BAA.  There's probably not a better 1-2 duo than Weaver-Haren right now.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27:  Jeremy Guthrie #46 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 27, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    W: Koji Uehara (1-0)
    L: Daniel Bard (0-3)
    S: Kevin Gregg (4)

    Red Sox Standouts

    Kevin Youkilis, 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
    Adrian Gonzalez, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Jacoby Ellsbury, 3-for-5, 2B, R

    Orioles Standouts

    Derrek Lee, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Luke Scott, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Adam Jones, 2-for-4, HR, 2B

    Recap

    Jeremy Guthrie pitched six shutout innings for the O's, but the bullpen nearly gave the game away in the eighth, allowing Boston to post four runs—including a three-run shot by Kevin Youkilis. 

    Vladimir Guerrero singled home Derrek Lee in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach.  Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season.  Josh Beckett started the day for the BoSox and gave up four runs over six innings.

    Commentary

    Lee finally looks like he's getting out of his sluggish start, going 7-for-18 over his last four games.

Indians 7, Royals 2

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 21:  Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians in action during the game against the Kansas City Royals on April 21, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    W: Josh Tomlin (4-0)
    L: Jeff Francis (0-3)

    Royals Standouts

    Jeff Francoeur, 2-for-4, HR, 2B
    Mike Aviles, 1-for-4, HR

    Indians Standouts

    Shin-Soo Choo, 2-for-2, BB, 2B SB
    Shelley Duncan, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Orlando Cabrera, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 3 RBI
    Travis Hafner, 1-for-4, RBI, R
    Grady Sizemore, 1-for-5, 2B, R

    Recap

    Orlando Cabrera hit a three-run double in the first and the Indians never looked back, taking their second straight from the Royals.  Josh Tomlin allowed only two runs in six innings to get his fourth win of the season.  Jeff Francis faced 21 batters over three innings and gave up five runs.  Every Indians starter had a hit in the game.

    Commentary

    Sizemore has had an extra-base hit in seven of the nine games he's played in this year and is currently working a .811 slugging percentage.

Mariners 10, Tigers 1

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    DETROIT - APRIL 26:  Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 26, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    W: Erik Bedard (1-4)
    L: Justin Verlander (2-3)

    Mariners Standouts

    Justin Smoak, 2-for-4, BB, HR, 5 RBI
    Ichiro Suzuki, 2-for-5, RBI, 2 R
    Miguel Olivo, 3-for-4, RBI, 2 R
    Chone Figgins, 2-for-4, BB,  SB
    Milton Bradley, 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R

    Tigers Standouts

    Ryan Raburn, 1-for-4, 2B, R

    Recap

    The Mariners continued their hit parade in Detroit, clubbing the Tigers with 10 runs on 11 hits. 

    Justin Smoak led the way with five RBI and his fourth home run of the season. 

    Erik Bedard gave up only one run in seven innings, giving him his first win since 2009. 

    Justin Verlander went six innings and gave up three earned runs in the loss while striking out eight.

    Commentary

    Not sure why the Tigers are bringing out the best in the Mariners bats, but good for Seattle.  Justin Smoak has three home runs in his last three games—all against Detroit.

Yankees 3, White Sox 1

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    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 20:  Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 20, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    W: Bartolo Colon (2-1)
    L: Mark Buehrle (1-3)
    S: Mariano Rivera (8)

    White Sox Standouts

    Carlos Quentin, 3-for-3, 2B, R
    Adam Dunn, 2-for-4, RBI

    Yankees Standouts

    Robinson Cano, 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
    Bartolo Colon, 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 6 K
    Derek Jeter, 1-for-3, BB, R

    Recap

    The Yankees stopped their two-game slide against the visiting White Sox thanks in large part to a fine outing by Bartolo Colon, who lasted eight innings and gave up only one run. 

    New York's offense had been stymied the last couple days against Chicago, and Wednesday was no different, as the only runs scored came on a three-run blast by Robinson Cano.  Mark Buehrle was otherwise impressive, not allowing any other runs and going seven innings.

    Commentary

    Aside from Buehrle's hiccup in the first, both pitchers were very strong.  The only extra-base hits in the game were Cano's home run and Carlos Quentin's league-leading 13th double in the first.

Mets 6, Nationals 3

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with Ike Davis #29 after scoring in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 26, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    W: Pedro Beato (1-0)
    L: Sean Burnett (0-1)
    S: Francisco Rodriguez (6)

    Mets Standouts

    Daniel Murphy, 2-for-2, HR, 2B, 3 RBI
    Jose Reyes, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R
    Jason Bay, 2-for-4, R
    Ike Davis, 2-for-4, R

    Nationals Standouts

    Jayson Werth, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Wilson Ramos, 1-for-3, RBI, SF
    Rick Ankiel, 2B, RBI

    Recap

    The Mets rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Nationals and win their sixth straight game. 

    Chin-lung Hu hit a sac fly that brought in Jason Bay, then Ike Davis scored on a Josh Thole groundout.  Daniel Murphy followed and doubled in two insurance runs to put the game out of reach. 

    R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and allowed two earned runs over six and two-thirds.  Tom Gorzelanny started for the Nats and pitched just over six and gave up only one run.

    Commentary

    Tough break for Gorzelanny—his best start so far this season and the bullpen ruins it for him.

Pirates 2, Giants 0

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 21:  James McDonald #53  of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on April 21, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    W: James McDonald (1-2)
    L: Madison Bumgarner (0-4)
    S: Joel Hanrahan (7)

    Giants Standouts

    Cody Ross, 2-for-3, BB

    Pirates Standouts

    Neil Walker, 2-for-4, R
    Steve Pearce, 2-for-3, 2B

    Recap

    James McDonald pitched six shutout innings as the Pirates took home a win against the defending world champions. 

    Madison Bumgarner had an impressive outing himself, allowing just one run through six innings and striking out seven. 

    Chris Snyder singled in a run in the second and Pittsburgh added another in the seventh. This proved to be enough offense as McDonald and the bullpen held the Giants to just six hits on the day.

    Commentary

    Given that both starters had an ERA above seven coming into this game, I doubt many people were expecting a pitchers duel.  Baseball is weird that way sometimes.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers bats against the Cincinnati Reds during the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    W: Cody Eppley (1-0)
    L: Octavio Dotel (1-1)
    S: Darren Oliver (2)

    Blue Jays Standouts

    Mike McCoy, 2-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 R
    Jose Bautista, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI
    Juan Rivera, 3-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI
    Corey Patterson, 2-for-3, BB, 2 R
    Adam Lind, 2-for-4, RBI

    Rangers Standouts

    Michael Young, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI
    Nelson Cruz, 2-for-4, RBI, R
    Mitch Moreland, 1-for-3, HR

    Recap

    Round three of Toronto-Texas ended with the Rangers squeeking out a victory against the Blue Jays. 

    Jo-Jo Reyes lasted only two and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs (although none earned). 

    Derek Holland lasted five innings for the Rangers and allowed five runs off of 11 hits. 

    The Blue Jays rallied from four down to tie the game in the seventh, but a Mitch Moreland home run in the bottom half of the inning put the Rangers ahead for good.

    Commentary

    The reason why none of the runs Jo-Jo Reyes allowed were earned were because of an "error" by Edwin Encarnacion.  I use parentheses because he made a great stop on a hard-hit ball, but Adam Lind couldn't scoop the throw Encarnacion made from third. 

    The Rangers commentators agreed, calling it a "tough" error, and that they would have ruled it a base-hit because of the difficulty of the play.  High class.

Cardinals 6, Astros 5

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 27:  Pitcher Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 27, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    W: Kyle Lohse (4-1)
    L: J.A. Happ (1-4)
    S: Eduardo Sanchez (1)

    Cardinals Standouts

    Matt Holliday, 3-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI


    Nick Punto, 2-for-5, RBI, R, SB
    David Freese, 2-for-4, R
    Albert Pujols, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
    Tyler Greene, 2-for-4, HR
    Jon Jay, 2-for-3, BB, R

    Astros Standouts

    Angel Sanchez, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
    Brett Wallace, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Jason Inglett, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Jason Bourgeois, 2-for-2, 3B, RBI, 2 R

    Recap

    Kyle Lohse went seven shutout innings for the Cards as St. Louis escaped with a victory against the Astros. 

    The Cards scored four runs on four singles in the seventh to get their total to six, and they needed every one of them. 

    The bullpen made it interesting—allowing five runs in the last two frames—but Brian Sanchez closed the game out, stranding the tying run on second.  J.A. Happ went five innings for the 'Stros, giving up two runs.

    Commentary

    After a rough first start against Pittsburgh to start the season, Lohse has been lights out, allowing only three runs over his last four starts.

Rays 8, Twins 2

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 15:  Pitcher Wade Davis #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the game at Tropicana Field on April 15, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    W: Wade Davis (3-2)
    L: Francisco Liriano (1-4)

    Rays Standouts

    Sean Rodriguez, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R, SB
    Sam Fuld, 1-for-2, 3 BB, 2B, 2 R
    Johnny Damon, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
    Ben Zobrist, 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R
    B.J. Upton, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R

    Twins Standouts

    Jason Kubel, 2-for-4, RBI
    Luke Hughes, 3-for-4, R

    Recap

    Snow didn't stop Tampa Bay's hot bats Wednesday night, as the Rays got to Francisco Liriano in a hurry. 

    The Minnesota left-hander continued to struggle, giving up seven runs in just three innings—including four in the first off of singles by Johnny Damon and Sean Rodriguez and a two-run triple by Ben Zobrist. 

    Wade Davis went six and two-thirds and gave up only two runs.  The Rays have now won 11 of their last 14.

    Commentary

    Liriano's ERA is 9.13 and has been struggling with control issues all season.  For a Minnesota team with injury and offensive problems, questions with the starting rotation is the last thing they need and Liriano certainly isn't helping.