Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 3, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIMay 3, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 3, 2011 Edition

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    DETROIT, MI - MAY 02:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees scores a run past Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on May 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    One of the better days for offensive stats—finally—as we saw a couple of grand slams, a couple multi-home run performances and even a couple of decent pitching performances around the league

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

Athletics 5, Rangers 4, F/10

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    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 02:  Hideki Matsui #55 of the Oakland Athletics waves to the crowd after he hit a walk off home run to win the game in the tenth inning against the Texas Rangers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 2, 2011 in Oakland, California.
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    W: Grant Balfour (2-1)
    L: Darren Oliver (1-3)

    Rangers Standouts
    Michael Young, 1-for-3, BB, SF, 2B, 3 RBI
    Julio Borbon, 2-for-2, SF, 2B, 2 R
    Adrian Beltre, 0-for-3, BB, SF, RBI

    Athletics Standouts
    Josh Willingham, 2-for-4, BB, HR, 2B
    Kurt Suzuki, 2-for-4, HR
    Hideki Matsui, 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

    Recap
    Hideki Matsui blasted a shot over the right field wall in the 10th as Oakland walked-off to beat the Rangers.  Brandon McCarthy pitched six innings for the A's and gave up four runs.  Derek Holland got the start for Texas, pitched seven and allowed three.  Holland left the game with a 4-3 lead, but in the eighth, Arthur Rhodes surrendered a home run to Josh Willingham to tie the game.  Kurt Suzuki also added a solo shot for the A's in the fourth.

    Commentary
    The A's won three of the four game set from the Rangers but were still outscored 18-17.  That's the story of the teams: Oakland has some of the best pitching in the league and Texas has arguably the most potent offense.

Yankees 5, Tigers 3

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    DETROIT, MI - MAY 02: Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees congratulates Eduardo Nunez after driving in a run in the second inning while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on May 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. New York won the game 5-3.
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    W: Joba Chamberlain (2-0)
    L: Jose Valverde (2-1)
    S: Mariano Rivera (11)

    Yankees Standouts
    Eduardo Nunez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB
    Jorge Posada, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
    Brett Gardner, 1-for-1, 2 BB, R

    Tigers Standouts
    Ramon Santiago, 3-for-4, 2B, R
    Alex Avila, 2-for-4, 2 HR
    Miguel Cabrera, 3-for-4, RBI

    Recap
    The Yankees posted two runs in the ninth off a single by Nick Swisher and a passed ball by Alex Avila to beat the Tigers Monday night.  Bartolo Colon pitched seven innings in the no-decision, allowing three runs.  Justin Verlander also surrendered three runs, but through six innings.  Avila was the main source of Detroit's offense, knocking two balls out of the park.  Mariano Rivera closed out the game to earn his league-leading 11th save of the season.

    Commentary
    The Tigers are proud owners of a seven-game losing streak.  The good news: their division also contains the struggling White Sox and Twins, meaning despite their recent bad fortune, they remain in third place in the AL Central.

Nationals 2, Giants 0

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  Tom Gorzelanny #32 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on May 2, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    W: Tom Gorzelanny (1-2)
    L: Madison Bumgarner (0-5)
    S: Drew Storen (6)

    Giants Standouts
    Aaron Rowand, 2-for-4, 2B

    Nationals Standouts
    Tom Gorzelanny, 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K

    Recap
    Tom Gorzelanny was lights out on Monday, pitching eight shutout innings on only three hits and no walks, as the Nationals took their third of four from the Giants.  Madison Bumgarner took the loss for Frisco, going seven innings and allowing two runs and striking out seven.

    Commentary
    While this was one of Bumgarner's better outings, he has still struggled throughout the year, with a .294 BAA and a 1.55 WHIP.  He's striking out less and walking more—which would be great if he were a batter.  Last year, his K/BB rate was 3.31; this year, it stands at a dismal 1.46.

Red Sox 9, Angels 5

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 02:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate David Ortiz #34 after Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a hit by Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels on May 2, 2011 at Fenway
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    W: Clay Buchholz (2-3)
    L: Jered Weaver (6-1)

    Angels Standouts
    Maicer Izturis, 3-for-4, BB, 2 2B, RBI, R
    Vernon wells, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Bobby Abreu, 2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

    Red Sox Standouts
    Dustin Pedroia, 1-for-4, 2 RBI, R
    Jacoby Ellsbury, 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 SB
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
    David Ortiz, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Kevin Youkilis, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

    Recap
    Red Sox beat up Jered Weaver and dismantled the Angels' bullpen, taking the first of their four-game set.  In the mere two innings Anaheim's relief had the mound, they allowed six runs off of five hits.  Clay Buchholz started the Angels, pitched six and two-thirds, surrendering two runs.

    Commentary
    Someone finally got to Weaver.  It was the first start he's had this season that didn't end in a win.  One of the major factors in that was pitch count—118 over just six innings.  Given that pitchers are usually shooting between 12-15 per inning, an average of 20 is a bit high.

Astros V. Reds: Postponed

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    CINCINNATI - MARCH 31:  Fans sit through a steady rain before the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 31, 2008 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Game was called off due to rain, was rescheduled for Thursday May 5th at 12:35 EST.

Braves 6, Brewers 2

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21:  Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    W: Jair Jurrjens (3-0)
    L: Yovani Gallardo (2-2)

    Brewers Standouts
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI

    Braves Standouts
    Alex Gonzalez, 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R
    Chipper Jones, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, R
    David Ross, 2-for-4, HR
    Dan Uggla, 2-for-3, BB, R

    The Braves tagged Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers for four runs in the fourth as Atlanta cruised passed Milwaukee.  Jair Jurrjens started for the Braves, going seven and two-thirds and conceding just two runs.  Gallardo had his fifth consecutive subpar outing, allowing five runs in as many innings.

    Commentary
    Not sure what's going on with Gallardo.  He's giving up the same number of walks, but his strikeout total is down from last year.  And while his ERA is bad enough (6.10), the very frightening stat is his BAA: .324.

White Sox 6, Orioles 2

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox prepares to swing against the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on May 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    W: Mark Buehrle (2-3)
    L: Jeremy Guthrie (1-4)
    S: Sergio Santos (3)

    Orioles Standouts
    Derrek Lee, 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Adam Jones, 3-for-5, 2B

    White Sox Standouts
    Paul Konerko, 2-for-3, SF, 2 HR, 4 RBI
    Alex Rios, 2-for-4, HR, 2 R


    Recap
    Mark Buehrle pitched six and two-third shutout innings as the White Sox posted their first win in six games.  Jeremy Guthrie got the start for the Orioles, allowing four runs in seven innings.  Paul Konerko led the way for the Chicago offense, knocking two home runs and four RBI.

    Commentary
    The young Chris Sale gave up Baltimore's only two runs in the ninth.  While the runs may have been inconsequential, given the White Sox six-run lead, he's quickly becoming a hindrance to the Chicago bullpen.  He's allowing a lot more baserunners this year, as opposing batters are hitting .289 against him with a .349 OBP and a whopping .533 slugging percentage.  What's truly frightening is his 7.15 puts him smack in the middle of the Chicago relief pitchers.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 5

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 26:  Gaby Sanchez #15 of the Florida Marlins is congratulated by Mike Stanton #27 after hitting a HR during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Sun Life Stadium on April 26, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike E
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    W: Edward Mujica (3-1)
    L: Mitchell Boggs (0-2)
    S: Leo Nunez (10)

    Marlins Standouts
    Mike Stanton, 3-for-5, HR, 3B, 2 R
    Gaby Sanchez, 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

    Cardinals Standouts
    Lance Berkman, 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI
    Yadier Molina, 1-for-3, BB, RBI

    Recap
    Gaby Sanchez hit a grand slam as the Marlins snuck a win out of St. Louis.  Both starting pitchers gave up five runs—Chris Volstad over five innings and Kyle Lohse over six.  Mike Stanton had three hits and was a double short of the cycle.  Lance Berkman had his 14th multi-hit game(out of 26 played) including a three-run blast in the third.  The Marlins scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a sac fly by Greg Dobbs, scoring Stanton.

    Commentary
    Berkman's ultra-hot streak continued.  He is now second in the NL in RBI  (27, just behind Ryan Howard with 28) and batting average (.406, just behind teammate Matt Holliday's .410).

Pirates 4, Padres 3

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 01:  Xavier Paul #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a two RBI triple off of starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead in the second inning at Coors Field on May 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (P
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    W: James McDonald(2-2)
    L: Aaron Harang (4-2)
    S: Joel Hanrahan (9)

    Pirates Standouts
    Garrett Jones, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI
    Chris Snyder, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI
    Xavier Paul, 2-for-4, R, SB

    Padres Standouts
    Jorge Cantu, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

    Recap
    The Pirates inched to within a half game of .500 by besting the Padres last night.  James McDonald started for Pittsburgh, going six innings and giving up two.  Aaron Harang got the nod for San Diego, went five innings and allowed four.   The Padres had the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth, but Joel Hanrahan got Will Venable to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game and notch his ninth save.

    Commentary
    The Padres offense has remained anemic, at best.  They're last in the National League with 87 runs scored and last in the majors with a team .213 BA.

Dodgers 5, Cubs 2

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    LOS ANGELES - MAY 2: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs  on May 2, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    W: Clayton Kershaw (3-3)
    L: James Russell (1-4)
    S: Jonathan Broxton (7)

    Cubs Standouts
    Alfonso Soriano, 2-for-4, HR
    Geovany Soto, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Dodgers Standouts
    Juan Uribe, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Jerry Sands, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

    Recap
    Alfonso Soriano's league-leading 11th home run wasn't enough offense for the Cubs as Chicago dropped the first of a three-game set with Los Angeles.  Clayton Kershaw started for the Dodgers, going seven innings and giving up two runs.  James Russell had a much rougher day, allowing five runs in less than five innings.  This was the Cubs' eighth loss in eleven games.

    Commentary
    And of course, the mandatory "Andre Ethier extended his hit streak to __ games" part of the column.  Ethier poached an infield single in the fifth to make it 28 games in a row.