Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 5, 2011 Edition
And a very happy Cinco De Mayo to all of you, and welcome to Recaps. Yesterday was dominated by strong pitching performances across the board, including a couple of complete games and a few pitchers getting their fifth wins.
In fact, the more and more I looked through the batting lines, the only really impressive one was by Ryan Doumit—and that was only due to the grand slam he hit (and maybe Martin Prado, but barely).
Enough jabber. Road team standouts listed first, followed by home teams.
Reds 3, Astros 2
W: Francisco Cordero (2-0)
L: Brandon Lyon (3-2)
J.R. Towles, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Joey Votto, 1-for-4, RBI, R
Brandon Phillips, 1-for-3, BB, RBI
Jay Bruce, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
The Reds stunned the Astros, rallying from two down in the ninth to score three runs in the ninth off Houston closer Brandon Lyon. Nothing seemed to go right for Lyon in the ninth, walking the leadoff man, throwing a wild pitch and then allowing four consecutive hits to end the game.
Travis Wood started on the mound for Cincy, going six innings and allowing two. Anuery Rodriguez got the call for Houston and went five shutout innings, giving up just one hit.
Sidebar to Astros fans: If it seems like I'm piling it on right now, that's strictly because it's unavoidable. Brandon Lyon now has as many blown saves as he has...well, saves (four apiece).
Making matters all the worse for Houston is no one seems equipped to step in and take over the role from the struggling Lyon, as its bullpen consists mostly of young players with little to no closing experience. All the 'Stros can do at this point is hope Lyon's stats (7.15 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, .389 BAA) fall from the dizzying heights where they currently stand.
One last thing to make Houston fans cringe: Lyon leads the team in wins with three.
Twins 3, White Sox 2
W: Nick Blackburn (2-4)
L: John Danks (0-5)
S: Matt Capps (5)
Jason Kubel, 1-for-3, SF, 2 RBI
Denard Span, 2-for-3, BB, 2 R
Matt Tolbert, 1-for-2, BB, R
White Sox Standouts
Alex Rios, 3-for-4, HR
Paul Konerko, 0-for-1, SF, 2 BB, RBI
The Twins swept their two-game trip to Chicago, as Nick Blackburn pitched six-and-two-thirds innings and yielded just one run. John Danks went eight innings and allowed just three runs but still has yet to find the win column yet this year.
If the Twins have anything near a winning record when their key players (Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Tsuyoshi Nishioka) return, it's going to be because of Jason Kubel (.350 BA, three HR, 13 RBI).
Cubs 5, Dodgers 1
W: Carlos Zambrano (4-1)
L: Ted Lilly (2-3)
Geovany Soto, 1-for-3, BB, HR
Marlon Byrd, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI
Carlos Pena, 1-for-4, HR
Tony Gwynn, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Carlos Zambrano pitched eight gutsy innings, allowing one run on five hits, as the Cubs took their second straight from the Dodgers. Zambrano's outing was backed by home runs—Carlos Pena, Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto all went yard. Ted Lilly worked six innings for L.A., allowing five runs along the way.
No Andre Ethier today meant no talk needed about his hit streak living or dying. Instead, we'll focus on Geovany Soto. Over the last four games, Soto has gone 5-for-13 with four doubles, a home run and six RBI, which has raised his batting average 22 points. This should come in handy as the defending division champion Reds visit Wrigley this weekend.
Braves 8, Brewers 3, Game 1
W: Tommy Hanson (4-3)
L: Marco Estrada (1-1)
Rickie Weeks, 1-for-3, BB, 3B, R, SB
Prince Fielder, 1-for-4, HR
Casey McGehee, 1-for-3, BB, R
Martin Prado, 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R
Nate McLouth, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R
Brian McCann, 1-for-3, BB, SF, 2 RBI
Jason Heyward, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Freddie Freeman, 2-for-4, BB, R
Chipper Jones, 1-for-5, 2 RBI
Atlanta's bats were in full swing as the Braves took the first game of the doubleheader from the Brewers. Tommy Hanson kept the Brewers' lumber relatively quiet, going six innings and giving up just two runs. Meanwhile, Marco Estrada was roughed up on the Milwaukee side, allowing six runs in five-and-a-third.
Nyjer Morgan was back in the lineup after missing a few weeks and went 0-for-4 with an RBI. It's still this writer's opinion that he should be hitting second in the order as opposed to Carlos Gomez.
Pirates 7, Padres 4
W: Kevin Correia (5-2)
L: Clayton Richard (1-3)
Ryan Doumit, 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI
Neil Walker, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
Matt Diaz, 2-for-5, 2B, R
Brad Hawpe, 2-for-3, BB, HR, 2B, 2 RBI
Will Venable, 1-for-4, BB, 3B, RBI, SB
Eric Patterson, 1-for-3, BB, HR
Ryan Doumit's grand slam boosted the Pirates over the Padres on Wednesday and left Pittsburgh just a game back of the .500 mark. Kevin Correia picked up his fifth win of the season, going six innings and conceding two runs. Clayton Richard started for San Diego, went five and allowed seven (although only one was earned due to errors by Nick Hundley and Chase Headley).
Correia has been quietly surprising for the Pirates this year and is currently sporting a 2.91 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 2
W: Brandon Morrow (1-1)
L: Jeff Niemann (1-4)
S: Frank Francisco (1)
Blue Jays Standouts
Adam Lind, 4-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Rajai Davis, 1-for-4, R, SB
Don Cooper, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Evan Longoria, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B
Casey Kotchman, 0-for-2, 2 BB, R, SB
Matt Joyce, 1-for-3, SF, RBI
The Rays nearly rallied again in the ninth, putting the tying run on third with two outs in the ninth before Ben Zobrist grounded out to end the game. Brandon Morrow got the W for the Blue Jays, lasting six-and-a-third while giving up just one run. Jeff Niemann started for the Rays but left after four innings due to tightness in his back. Up until that point, he gave up three runs.
I still haven't decided whose ejection was more amusing—Joe Maddon's or B.J. Upton's. Maddon got in umpire Joe West's face pretty bad, but Upton was downright screaming at home plate ump Chad Fairchild.
Tigers 4, Yankees 0
W: Max Scherzer (5-0)
L: Freddy Garcia (1-2)
Magglio Ordonez, 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
Miguel Cabrera, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Alex Avila, 2-for-4, 2B, SB
Max Scherzer, 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K
Max Scherzer dominated the Yankees on Wednesday, posting eight innings of shutout ball and striking out nine. Freddy Garcia started for the Yanks, going seven innings and allowing four.
Alex Avila is 9-for-28 with two HR and seven RBI in his last eight games. Not bad for a career .248 hitter.
Phillies 7, Nationals 4
W: Vance Worley (2-0)
L: Jason Marquis (3-1)
Danny Espinosa, 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Adam LaRoche, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
Raul Ibanez, 3-for-4, HR, 2 R
Shane Victorino, 1-for-4, 2 RBI
Wilson Valdez, 1-for-4, RBI, 2 R
Vance Worley had another impressive outing while subbing for the injured Joe Blanton as the Phillies beat the Nationals for the second straight day. Worley pitched six innings and surrendered only one run. Jason Marquis started the day for the Nationals and was knocked around, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits.
Marquis had a decent start going into the fifth inning, but the wheels seemed to come off right after Raul Ibanez's home run. He had allowed only three hits to that point, but between the fifth and the sixth, Philly tacked on seven more.
Angels 5, Red Sox 3, F/13
W: Trevor Bell (1-0)
L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3)
Vernon Wells, 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI
Erick Aybar, 1-for-4, SF, 2 BB, 2B, RBI
Howie Kendrick, 2-for-6,
Bobby Abreu, 1-for-7, 2 RBI
Red Sox Standouts
Jed Lowrie, 2-for-5, BB, R
Jacoby Ellsbury, 1-for-6, 2B, RBI, SB
Bobby Abreu hit a two-run single in the top of the 13th to give the Angels the victory over the Red Sox. The game took an extra long time to finish due to a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay that caused both of the starting pitchers to end their days early. This was a shame because neither Josh Beckett nor Ervin Santana had allowed a run up until that point, with Santana not allowing a hit.
The BoSox had to rally from two down in the ninth just to make it to extras, tying the game on a Jacoby Ellsbury single.
Between the rain delay, the extra innings and my always perfect assessment of time and space, I can safely state this game was at least 47 hours long.
Giants 2, Mets 0
W: Tim Lincecum (3-3)
L: Chris Capuano (2-3)
S: Brian Wilson (10)
Tim Lincecum, 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 12 K
Mike Fontenot, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, R
Aubrey Huff, 3-for-4, 2B
Carlos Beltran, 2-for-3, BB, 2B
Tim Lincecum struck out 12 batters as the Giants took their second in a row from the Mets. Chris Capuano started for the Mets and pitched six-and-a-third while giving up two in the loss.
This was the third time already this season that Lincecum had at least 10 K's. While this is standard for Lincecum, he's probably going to have to step up his game even more so until Pablo Sandoval returns from the DL, as the Giants have mustered a mere four runs of support in his previous three outings.
Braves 8, Brewers 0, Game 2
W: Tim Hudson (4-2)
L: Zack Greinke (0-1)
Tim Hudson, 9 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K
Dan Uggla, 3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Nate McLouth, 2-for-2, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Eric Hinske, 1-for-3, SF, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Alex Gonzalez, 2-for-5, 2 R
Zack Greinke's 2011 debut was overshadowed by an absolutely dominant performance by Tim Hudson. Hudson threw a one-hit shutout, going the distance for a complete game and striking out six. Greinke's debut was much rockier, as he went only four innings while giving up five.
Hudson is normally a ground-ball pitcher, and his dominance was proven by the 15-7 split of ground balls to fly balls the Brewers batters hit. Hudson's ERA dropped to 2.86, and he currently has a WHIP below one.
Orioles 3, Royals 2
W: Jake Arrieta (4-1)
L: Kyle Davies (1-4)
S: Kevin Gregg (6)
Nick Markakis, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
Derrek Lee, 0-for-2, BB, SF, RBI
Mark Reynolds, 3-for-3, BB, R
Jeff Francoeur, 1-for-3, BB, HR
Jake Arrieta accumulated his fourth win Wednesday as the Orioles topped the Royals. Nick Markakis drove in two runs and has now hit safely in nine of his past 11 games. Kyle Davies started the day for K.C. and despite a quality start (6.1 IP, three ER) was credited with the loss.
Aside from a rough outing against the Rangers earlier in the season, Arrieta has been consistently performing above expectations, allowing no more than three runs in his past five starts. Even more impressive is that he hasn't allowed more than five hits in any of those starts as well.
Marlins 8, Cardinals 7
W: Mike Dunn (2-1)
L: Eduardo Sanchez (1-1)
S: Leo Nunez (11)
Hanley Ramirez, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 3 R, SB
Emilio Bonifacio, 3-for-5, 3B, R
Gaby Sanchez, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Mike Stanton, 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Albert Pujols, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R
John Jay, 1-for-1, HR
Allen Craig, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Daniel Descalso, 1-for-4, RBI, R
Matt Holliday, 2-for-4, RBI, R
A shootout in St. Louis ended with Leo Nunez getting Matt Holliday to ground into a double play to end the game, as the Marlins defeated the Cardinals. For the Cards, Chris Carpenter had the same number of innings as runs allowed (six). For Florida, Javier Vazquez was equally unimpressive, going five-and-two-thirds and giving up six of his own.
Nunez earned his 11th save in as many opportunities, tying him for Huston Street and Mariano Rivera for the most in the majors. Nunez's previous career high is 30, and he's already well on his way to breaking that mark.
Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4
W: Jhoulys Chacin (4-2)
L: Barry Enright (1-3)
S: Huston Street (11)
Todd Helton, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ian Stewart, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Chris Iannetta, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Kelly Johnson, 1-for-4, HR
Barry Enright, 1-for-1, HR
Juan Miranda, 1-for-3, BB, HR
The Rockies drove Barry Enright from the game after five innings with six runs to declare victory over the Diamondbacks. Jhoulys Chacin started for Colorado, going seven innings and giving up two runs on just three hits. Enright may have been roughed up on the mound, but he did tag his first career home run off Chacin in the third.
Chacin has kept his ERA relatively low this season (2.85), but over his last three starts, he's allowed six home runs. Wednesday he was lucky, as both were solo shots, but the bases aren't always going to be empty, and next time he might not be so lucky.
Athletics 3, Indians 1
W: Trevor Cahill (5-0)
L: Josh Tomlin (4-1)
S: Grant Balfour (1)
Travis Hafner, 2-for-4, RBI
David DeJesus, 2-for-3, 2 HR
Trevor Cahill v. Josh Tomlin turned out to be the pitching duel most expected it would be, with Cahill turning in the slightly better outing to help the Athletics defeat the Indians. Cahill earned his fifth win by pitching seven innings and giving up just one run. Tomlin pitched seven-and-two-thirds, allowing three runs on three hits. David DeJesus provided all of the offense the A's needed, knocking two solo shots.
Once again, we're all left staring at Cahill's ridiculous numbers: 1.79 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .211 BAA, 2.53 K/BB and only two home runs allowed so far. Last season, he took home 18 wins, and it's more than possible for him to add to that total this year if these performances continue.
Rangers 5, Mariners 2
W: C.J. Wilson (4-1)
L: Michael Pineda (4-2)
C.J. Wilson, 9 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 12 K
Adrian Beltre, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Mitch Moreland, 1-for-3, BB, HR
Chris Davis, 1-for-4, HR
Ian Kinsler, 0-for-3, BB, R, SB
Chone Figgins, 2-for-4, 2 R
Miguel Olivo, 0-for-2, 2 SF, 2 RBI
C.J. Wilson pitched a complete game and struck out 12 as the Rangers rolled to a win over the Mariners. Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis each provided home runs for Texas, and Adrian Beltre provided an RBI double to give Wilson the sufficient offense needed for the victory. Michael Pineda started for Seattle and went seven innings, allowing four runs while striking out nine.
This was Wilson's first really dominant start of the year. It's highly doubtful it will be his last.