Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 3, 2011 Edition
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
W: Grant Balfour (2-1)
L: Darren Oliver (1-3)
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
Josh Willingham, 2-for-4, BB, HR, 2B
Kurt Suzuki, 2-for-4, HR
Hideki Matsui, 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
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.
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
W: Joba Chamberlain (2-0)
L: Jose Valverde (2-1)
S: Mariano Rivera (11)
Eduardo Nunez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB
Jorge Posada, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Brett Gardner, 1-for-1, 2 BB, R
Ramon Santiago, 3-for-4, 2B, R
Alex Avila, 2-for-4, 2 HR
Miguel Cabrera, 3-for-4, RBI
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.
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
W: Tom Gorzelanny (1-2)
L: Madison Bumgarner (0-5)
S: Drew Storen (6)
Aaron Rowand, 2-for-4, 2B
Tom Gorzelanny, 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K
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.
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
W: Clay Buchholz (2-3)
L: Jered Weaver (6-1)
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
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.
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
Game was called off due to rain, was rescheduled for Thursday May 5th at 12:35 EST.
Braves 6, Brewers 2
W: Jair Jurrjens (3-0)
L: Yovani Gallardo (2-2)
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI
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.
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
W: Mark Buehrle (2-3)
L: Jeremy Guthrie (1-4)
S: Sergio Santos (3)
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
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.
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
W: Edward Mujica (3-1)
L: Mitchell Boggs (0-2)
S: Leo Nunez (10)
Mike Stanton, 3-for-5, HR, 3B, 2 R
Gaby Sanchez, 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI
Lance Berkman, 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI
Yadier Molina, 1-for-3, BB, RBI
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.
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
W: James McDonald(2-2)
L: Aaron Harang (4-2)
S: Joel Hanrahan (9)
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
Jorge Cantu, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
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.
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
W: Clayton Kershaw (3-3)
L: James Russell (1-4)
S: Jonathan Broxton (7)
Alfonso Soriano, 2-for-4, HR
Geovany Soto, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Juan Uribe, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Jerry Sands, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
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.
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.