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Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 6, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIMay 6, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 6, 2011 Edition

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 05:  Howard Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels sends the ball to first for the out in the against the Boston Red Sox on May 5, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    Elsa/Getty Images

    Welcome again to Recaps, giving you all the noise on who had the best performances around the diamond. Yesterday featured a few beatdowns, a few decent pitching performances, and even a couple of extra-inning affairs for those willing to stay up late.

    As usual, road team standouts are listed first, followed by home team standouts.

Reds 10, Astros 4

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    CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 3: Ryan Hanigan #29 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates as he rounds the bases after the first of two home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on April 3, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 12-3. (Photo
    Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    W: Homer Bailey (1-0)
    L: Brett Myers (1-2)

    Astros Standouts
    Hunter Pence, 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, SB
    Jason Bourgeois, 1-for-2, BB, RBI, R, 2 SB

    Reds Standouts
    Jay Bruce, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 R
    Ryan Hanigan, 3-for-4, 3 RBI, R
    Fred Lewis, 1-for-1, HR
    Edgar Renteria, 2-for-5, 2 RBI
    Chris Heisey, 1-for-3, BB, SF, RBI, R, SB
    Jonny Gomes, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, R
    Paul Janish, 1-for-3, SF, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Reds repayed the 10-4 shellacking they received at the hands of the Astros Tuesday night, to finish their set winning two out of three. Homer Bailey got the nod for Cincy, going six innings and allowing just one run. Brett Myers was the victim of the Reds' rage, lasting five and two-thirds while giving up six.

    Commentary
    Joey Votto has now reached base safely in 47 consecutive starts dating back to last season. He's gotta be coming up on some kinda record soon, right?

Tigers 6, Yankees 3

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    DETROIT, MI - MAY 05: Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers throws a fifth inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on May 5, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 6-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    W: Rick Porcello (2-2)
    L: A.J. Burnett (4-2)

    Yankees Standouts
    Eric Chavez, 1-for-2, 3B, RBI
    Alex Rodriguez, 2-for-2, 2 R

    Tigers Standouts
    Brandon Boesch, 2-for-3, SF, HR, 3 RBI

    Recap
    Three errors by the Yankees allowed the Tigers to take their second of three from New York. The errors led to three unearned runs and A.J. Burnett's second loss of the season. Burnett went seven innings, with only two of the three runs allowed being earned, and giving up only three hits—none of those hits coming before the sixth inning. Rick Porcello started for Detroit, pitched seven and gave up two.

    Commentary
    Eric Chavez broke a bone in his foot and had to leave the game. He'll be out for at least 15 days, as he was placed on the disabled list almost immediately after the game.

Mets 5, Giants 2

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on May 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    W: Mike Pelfrey (2-3)
    L:: Jonathan Sanchez (2-2)
    S: Francisco Rodriguez (7)

    Giants Standouts
    Mike Fontenot, 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR

    Mets Standouts
    Carlos Beltran, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Jason Bay, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
    Jose Reyes, 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
    David Wright, 1-for-3, BB, R, SB

    Recap
    The Mets salvaged the final game of their set against the Giants. Mike Pelfrey didn't allow a hit until Mike Fontenot's home run, and ended the day after seven and two-thirds, giving up two (although only the home run was earned). Jonathan Sanchez had a day of fives, pitching five innings, allowing five runs on five hits, and driving in a run on a single in the fifth.

    Commentary
    The Giants offense has struggled so far this season and have the numbers to prove it. They're 27th in the league in runs scored (110), 25th in batting average (.236), and 24th in slugging percentage (.362). This will likely continue as their leading home run hitter—the injured Pablo Sandoval won't be back in the lineup for four to six weeks.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 1

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    ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 09:  Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 9, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    W: David Price (4-3)
    L: Kyle Drabek (2-2)

    Blue Jays Standouts
    None

    Rays Standouts
    David Price, 8.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 R, 4 H, 10 K
    John Jaso, 1-for-2, BB, 2B, RBI, R
    Johnny Damon, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Matt Joyce, 1-for-3, SF, RBI

    Recap
    David Price fell just short of a complete game, totally dominating the Blue Jays as the Rays took their second of three games against Toronto. Kyle Drabek got the start for the Jays, went five and two-thirds and allowed three runs. Toronto's only run came in the ninth because of a Sean Rodriguez error that put John McDonald on second base in the ninth; McDonald scored two batters later on a groundout.

    Commentary
    David Price has been a consistent source of hope for the Rays, despite the fact that the season didn't start off the way it was supposed to (Manny Ramirez's positive steroid test that led to his retirement;  Evan Longoria's injury). While Price has had a couple of shaky starts, he remains the team's ace and I fully expect his ERA to drop from the already acceptable 3.26 which it currently stands.

Angels 11, Red Sox 0

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 05:  Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels cekebrates with teammate Torii Hunter #48 after they both scored in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 5, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Im
    Elsa/Getty Images

    W: Joel Pineiro (1-0)
    L: John Lackey (2-4)

    Angels Standouts
    Erick Aybar, 4-for-6, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
    Howie Kendrick, 3-for-6, 2 RBI, R, SB
    Bobby Abreu, 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI
    Mark Trumbo, 1-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI
    Alberto Callaspo, 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
    Peter Bourjos, 3-for-4, 2B, 4 R
    Torii Hunter, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, R

    Red Sox Standouts
    David Ortiz, 3-for-3, BB

    Recap
    Joel Pineiro and the Angels' bullpen worked a shutout of the Red Sox on Thursday, earning a split in their four-game set. John Lackey was roughed up, pitching just four innings but surrendering eight runs. Pineiro worked five and two-thirds without giving up a run before turning it over to the 'pen to finish it off.

    Commentary
    Two things: first, I've been struggling with whether to call the Angels "Anaheim" or "Los Angeles" or "Southern California" or "that @#$@#@$ team that blacks out games for no apparent reason," because I'm not sure what title places them correctly. Obviously, the decision to call the team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is one of the most underrated stupid decisions in the history of sports, but that's a discussion for another time and another place. Therefore, from this point forward, I will be calling them the 714s, for the equally stupid area code in which their stadium is located (seriously, what a dumb-looking number).

    Second, the 714s took sole possession of the AL West and are now 18-14 on the year. This has occurred because the Angels are sporting a 12-7 road record and lots of contributions across the board. While mainstays like Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu are having below average starts, they're still creating offense at opportune times and seem to have a different guy step up every game (well, everyone except Vernon Wells, but I'm certain even the 714 fans already realize what a big mistake that was).

    And to think, if they had just picked up Carl Crawford like they were supposed to, the 714s would probably have the best record in baseball.

Cardinals 6, Marlins 3

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 5: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning three-run home run against the Florida Marlins at Busch Stadium on May 5, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Ima
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    W: Jason Motte (1-0)
    L: Josh Johnson (3-1)
    S: Eduardo Sanchez (3)

    Marlins Standouts
    John Buck, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Omar Infante, 2-for-3, 2 RBI

    Cardinals Standouts
    Colby Rasmus, 2-for-3, BB, 3 R
    Matt Holliday, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R
    Lance Berkman, 1-for-2, BB, SF, HR, 3 RBI
    Albert Pujols, 3-for-3, BB, R

    Recap
    The heart of the Cardinals order carried them to a victory, earning a split with the Marlins in the finale of their four-game series. The Cards tagged Josh Johnson for five runs over seven and a third innings.  Jake Westbrook got the start for St. Louis, went six and a third and gave up three runs while striking out eight.

    Commentary
    Good series for both teams. All four games were close and competitive, with the winning run in each game being scored no earlier than the bottom of the seventh. The Marlins have the better record, but still have to prove that their current second-place record in the NL East isn't a fluke. The Cardinals have star players, but have both a starting rotation and an infield I'm not completely sold on. But both are highly talented teams. Walking away with a split should satisfy both sides of the notion they're heading in the right direction.

Royals 9, Orioles 1

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 03:  Melky Cabrera #53 of the Kansas City Royals breaks his bat during the game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 3, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    W: Bruce Chen (4-1)
    L: Chris Tillman (1-3)

    Orioles Standouts
    Nick Markakis, 2-for-4, R

    Royals Standouts
    Melky Cabrera, 3-for-4, BB, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R
    Chris Getz, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB
    Wilson Betemit, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Alcides Escobar, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Alex Gordon, 1-for-5, RBI, R
    Mike Aviles, 2-for-3, RBI, SB

    Recap
    Melky Cabrera was one triple short of his second career cycle while driving in four in the Royals clubbing of the Orioles. Bruce Chen continued his inexplicably impressive start to the season, going seven innings and allowing just one run. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman lasted all of three and two-thirds innings after being hit for eight runs.

    Commentary
    Bruce Chen has a 3.59 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, a .261 BAA and is 4-1. Clayton Richard—Padres' starter—has a 3.55 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a .243 BAA…  And is 1-3. Life is funny sometimes.

Indians 4, Athletics 3, F/12

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04:  Ryan Sweeney #21 of the Oakland Athletics in action against the Minnesota Twins during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 4, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    W: Chad Durbin (2-1)
    L: Craig Breslow (0-2)
    S: Chris Perez (9)

    Indians Standouts
    Lou Marson, 3-for-5, 3B, RBI, R
    Asdrubal Cabrera, 2-for-5, 2 RBI
    Jack Hannahan, 1-for-5, RBI, R

    Athletics Standouts
    Ryan Sweeney, 5-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI
    Conor Jackson, 3-for-5, BB, 2B
    Daric Barton, 1-for-5, BB, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Indians scored two runs off three hits and a walk in the 12th to put the game out of reach and defeat the Athletics. The A's nearly came back, scoring one of their own in the bottom half of the frame, but stranded the tying run on third as Hideki Matsui popped out to end the game. On most nights, this would've been considered a complete game for Brett Anderson, as he pitched nine innings, allowing two runs. Cleveland countered with Jeanmar Gomez, who pitched five and a third, giving up one.

    Commentary
    Chris Perez is steadily becoming one of baseball's more reliable closers, working out of trouble in last night's game and going nine for 10 in save opportunities this season. He had 23 saves for the Tribe last year, and should easily break that mark if he stays consistent.

Phillies 7, Nationals 3

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 16:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylv
    Pool/Getty Images

    W: Roy Halladay (5-1)
    L: John Lannan (2-4)

    Nationals Standouts
    Jayson Werth, 1-for-3, SF, RBI, R
    Adam LaRoche, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Danny Espinosa, 1-for-4, 2B, R

    Phillies Standouts
    Raul Ibanez, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
    Shane Victorino, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI, SB
    John Mayberry Jr, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Jimmy Rollins, 2-for-5, R, SB
    Placido Polanco, 2-for-5, R

    Recap
    Raul Ibanez once again led the way for Philadelphia, hitting a home run and driving in three as the Phillies swept the Nationals in almost effortless fashion. Roy Halladay pitched seven innings and gave up two runs to earn his fifth win. John Lannan got as many outs as he allowed runs—six. The Nationals never led during this three-game series.

    Commentary
    Raul Ibanez has gone a ridiculous 8 for 12 over his last three games with three doubles, two home runs, and five runs batted in. Before this recent hot streak, he was batting .154 for the season. Ibanez is a lifetime .282 hitter—expect this to be the beginning of his push to bring his numbers back to where they're supposed to be.

Braves 2, Brewers 1

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    ATLANTA - MAY 14:  Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves hits a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Braves a 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field on May 14, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    W: Jonny Venters (2-0)
    L: Kameron Loe (2-3)
    S: Craig Kimbrel (7)

    Brewers Standouts
    Jon Lucroy, 1-for-2, SF, RBI

    Braves Standouts
    Eric Hinske, 2-for-4, HR
    Chipper Jones, 2-for-4, 2 2B
    Martin Prado, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Recap
    With the game knotted at one apiece in the bottom of the eighth, Martin Prado belted a solo shot over the left field wall to give the Braves a four-game sweep over the Brewers. Brandon Beachy started the day for Atlanta and allowed just one unearned run through six innings. Shaun Marcum pitched seven innings for the Milwaukee, giving up one run and striking out eight.

    Commentary
    The Brewers' six-game slide has a very simple explanation: lack of runs. During the losing streak, the Brewers have scored exactly seven times while allowing 31. To the shock of absolutely no one, this coincides with Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun's respective averages dropping 40 and 34 points. The fatal flaw of Milwaukee is too heavy a reliance on their 3-4 hitters and, during their dual slumps, it's started to show.

Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 2, F/11

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 05:  Chris Young #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates as he scores the game winning run against the Colorado Rockies in 11th inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondba
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    W: David Hernandez (2-0)
    L: Matt Belisle (2-2)

    Rockies Standouts
    Dexter Fowler, 3-for-4, 3B
    Seth Smith, 1-for-5, BB, 2B
    Jose Morales, 1-for-3, SF, 2 RBI
    Todd Helton, 1-for-5, 2B, R

    Diamondbacks Standouts
    Chris Young, 3-for-6, HR, 2 2B, 2 R
    Gerald Parra, 2-for-5, HR
    Justin Upton, 1-for-5, BB, RBI

    Recap
    Justin Upton hit a walk-off single in the 11th to score Chris Young and give the Diamondbacks their second win against Colorado in three nights. Huston Street had his first blown save of the year, giving up two home runs in the ninth to Gerald Parra and Chris Young. This ruined the start of Jason Hammel, who pitched an impressive seven innings of shutout ball. Ian Kennedy started the day for Arizona, going six innings and giving up two. 

    Commentary
    Troy Tulowitzki has cooled off big time recently, with exactly one hit in his last 27 at-bats. This has dropped his batting average over 50 points as well as his on-base percentage. His slugging percentage has taken the biggest hit, dropping over 100 points over the five-game slide. Obviously, this isn't going to last forever. I only bring it up because it means he's due and Mount Tulo' should be expected to erupt within the next few games.

Mariners 3, Rangers 1

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    SEATTLE - MAY 04:  Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on May 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    W: Jason Vargas (2-2)
    L: Colby Lewis (2-4)
    S: Brandon League (9)

    Rangers Standouts
    Ian Kinsler, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Mariners Standouts
    Justin Smoak, 3-for-4, HR, 2B
    Ichiro Suzuki, 2-for-4, RBI
    Luis Rodriguez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Brendan Ryan, 1-for-3, 2B, R

    Recap
    The Mariners finished off their series with the Rangers by taking two from the reigning American League champs. Jason Vargas pitched seven and two-thirds innings, conceding just one run. Colby Lewis got the start for Texas, pitched eight innings and gave up three while striking out a season-high 11.

    Commentary
    Justin Smoak has hit safely in 20 of the 26 games he's played this season and is currently sporting a .315 BA, 5 HR, 20 RBI and a .983 OPS. The Mariners weren't supposed to be competitive this year but, on the backs of Smoak and Ichiro, they've won seven of their last nine and are just three games behind the first place Angels.

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