Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 9, 2011, Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIMay 9, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 9, 2011, Edition

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during the first full team workout of Spring Training on February 20, 2011 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    Sorry for the late start, folks.  I'd say I was out doing something important, but let's not kid ourselves—I overslept.  This being said, we had another couple of no-hitter chases on Sunday, a couple of beatdowns and a certain Yankees captain finally nab his first home run of the season—which must've felt so good, he decided to add a second.

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

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 2

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17:  Brad Penny #31 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics  at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    W: Brad Penny (3-3)
    L: Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3)
    S: Jose Valverde (7)

    Tigers Standouts
    Austin Jackson, 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
    Jhonny Peralta, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Victor Martinez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Blue Jays Standouts
    Jose Bautista, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

    Recap
    Brad Penny turned in another strong start, as the Tigers took their second in a row from the Blue Jays.  Penny went seven and two-thirds, allowing just two runs.  The only runs he allowed were on Jose Bautista's 10th home run of the year.  Jo-Jo Reyes began the day for Toronto, giving up five runs over eight innings.

    Commentary
    Jose Bautista may have the league lead in batting average (.352) and have second place in home runs (10), but surprisingly the Blue Jay with the most RBIs—and a tie for the American League lead in the category—is the resurgent Adam Lind.  Additionally, Lind has garnered seven long-balls and currently holds a a .313 average.

Dodgers 4, Mets 2

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 05:  Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Kershaw collected the loss as the Rockies defeated the Dodgers 3-0.  (Photo
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    W: Clayton Kershaw (4-3)
    L: R.A. Dickey (1-4)
    S: Vicente Padilla (2)

    Dodgers Standouts
    Jamey Carroll, 3-for-5, R
    Andre Ethier, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Aaron Miles, 2-for-4, RBI

    Mets Standouts
    Justin Turner, 1-for-3, BB, R
    Jose Reyes, 2-for-5, 3B, RBI

    Recap
    Clayton Kershaw picked up his fourth win, as the Dodgers took the last of their three-game set with the Mets.  Kershaw pitched six and two-thirds, giving up just one run.  R.A. Dickey had a tough start for New York, pitching seven innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits.

    Commentary
    Andre Ethier extended his hit streak to…Oh.  Oops.  Sorry.  Old habits die hard.

Marlins 8, Nationals 0

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    HOUSTON,TX- APRIL 10 : Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Florida Marlins against the Houston Astros in a MLB  baseball game on April 10, 2011 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images)
    Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

    W: Anibal Sanchez (2-1)
    L: Livan Hernandez (3-4)

    Nationals Standouts
    None

    Marlins Standouts
    Anibal Sanchez, 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 11 K
    Gaby Sanchez, 4-for-4, BB, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI,
    Greg Dobbs, 3-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI
    Craig Coghlan, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, 2B, 2 R
    Hanley Ramirez, 1-for-5, RBI, R

    Recap
    Anibal Sanchez flirted with what would've been the third no-hitter in less than a week, salvaging the last of the Marlins' three-game series with the Nationals.  Sanchez didn't allow a hit until Adam LaRoche led off the seventh with a single.  Sanchez ended up posting seven strong innings, giving up two hits and striking out 11.  Livan Hernandez started for Washington, and surrendered six runs through five innings.

    Commentary
    You got the impression Sanchez's no-hitter bid wasn't meant to be if you were keeping track of his pitch count.  Nonetheless, very impressive outing by Anibal.

Pirates 5, Astros 4

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 08:  Joel Hanrahan #52 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammate Ryan Doumit #41 after their win against the Houston Astros during the game on May 8, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    W: Daniel McCutchen (1-0)
    L: Fernando Abad (1-3)
    S: Joel Hanrahan (10)

    Astros Standouts
    Chris Johnson, 1-for-4, HR
    Humberto Quintero, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Carlos Lee, 2-for-4, 2B, R

    Pirates Standouts
    Ryan Doumit, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI
    Neil Walker, 2-for-3, BB, 2 R
    Steve Pearce, 1-for-2, BB, SF, RBI, R

    Recap
    Down two runs in the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Doumit blasted a three-run shot to lead the Pirates past the Astros.  James McDonald started the day for Pittsburgh, and didn't give up a run through his six innings.  But in the seventh, Houston's offense got going, putting up three runs on three straight hits, including a solo shot by Chris Johnson.  J.A. Happ got the start for the 'Stros, throwing six innings and allowing two.

    Commentary
    Hanrahan is turning into a reliable closer, nabbing 10 saves (a career high) in as many attempts so far this season.  He has a 14:5 BB/K ration, a decent 1.33 WHIP and a very respectable 1.50 ERA.

Red Sox 9, Twins 5

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 08:  Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates the win with teammates after the game against the Minnesota Twins on May 8, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 9-5.  (Phot
    Elsa/Getty Images

    W: Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3)
    L: Carl Pavano (2-4)

    Twins Standouts
    Danny Valencia, 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB
    Jason Kubel, 3-for-4, 2 RBI, R
    Trevor Plouffe, 1-for-3, BB, 2 R

    Red Sox Standouts
    Jacoby Ellsbury, 3-for-5, 2B, R, SB
    Kevin Youkilis, 2-for-4, RBI, 4 R
    Adrian Gonzalez, 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Jed Lowrie, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
    J.D. Drew, 1-for-4, 2 RBI

    Recap
    The Red Sox amassed 14 hits in their second straight victory over the Twins.  Carl Pavano was the recipient of the offensive outburst, going five innings and surrendering seven runs.  Daisuke Matsuzuka went six innings and allowed four for the BoSox.  Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, and extended his hit streak to 17 games.

    Commentary
    In what should come as a shock to absolutely no one, the Twins are currently last in run differential for the season (-63).  That's not the gruesome part.  The gruesome part is that the team in 29th—the Astros—are a full 28 runs ahead (-35).

Rays 5, Orioles 3

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 28: B.J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the Minnesota Twins during in the seventh inning of their game on April 28, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rays defeated the Twins 15-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien
    Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    W: Wade Davis (4-2)
    L: Brad Bergesen (0-4)
    S: Kyle Farnsworth (7)

    Rays Standouts
    Evan Longoria, 1-for-3, BB, HR
    B.J. Upton, 2-for-4, 4 RBI
    Matt Joyce, 2-for-4, 2 2B 2 R

    Orioles Standouts
    Derrek Lee, 1-for-5, HR
    Luke Scott, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
    Matt Wieters, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

    Recap
    B.J. Upton continued his hot streak, helping the Rays complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles.  Upton socked two singles and drove in four runs.  Brad Bergesen was on the receiving end of that offense, going four and two-thirds innings, and giving up five runs.  Wade Davis started the day on the hill for Tampa, and allowed three runs over five innings.

    Commentary
    Man, Upton wasn't kidding when he said that he liked hitting in Camden Yards.  His numbers for the series: 7-for-14, three 2B, HR, two R and eight RBI.  During the series, he raised his batting average a total of 31 points (.229 to .260).

Yankees 12, Rangers 5

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 07:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a double against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    W: C.C. Sabathia (3-2)
    L: Arthur Rhodes (1-2)

    Yankees Standouts
    Derek Jeter, 4-for-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI
    Curtis Granderson, 3-for-4, BB, HR,
    Mark Teixeira, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Francisco Cervelli, 1-for-5, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
    Brett Gardner, 3-for-5, 2 R

    Rangers Standouts
    Elvis Andrus, 3-for-5, RBI, R, SB
    Adrian Beltre, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
    Mike Napoli, 1-for-5, 2 RBI
    Chris Gentry, 1-for-3, BB, R, SB
    Ian Kinsler, 0-for-4, BB, R, SB

    Recap
    It wasn't pretty, but the four errors the Yankees incurred on themselves didn't stop their bats from amassing 12 runs in their blowout of the Rangers.  Derek Jeter led the way with four hits—including two home runs—and Francisco Cervelli added a grand slam.  C.C. Sabathia notched the win, pitching six innings and allowing five runs (three earned).  Dave Bush started the day for Texas and lasted four innings, giving up three (two earned).

    Commentary
    For those interested in how far off Jeter is from 3K hits, the countdown currently stands at 40.  At the current rate, he should theoretically break into the elite club sometime in mid-June.  My prediction is he goes on a hot streak and tallies it on…We'll say June 3rd.

Athletics 5, Royals 2

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17:  Conor Jackson #28 of the Oakland Athletics in action against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    W: Tyler Ross (2-2)
    L: Jeff Francis (0-4)
    S: Brian Fuentes (9)

    Athletics Standouts
    Conor Jackson, 3-for-5, RBI
    Kevin Kouzmanoff, 2-for-4, HR
    Kurt Suzuki, 1-for-4, BB, HR
    Daric Barton, 2-for-5, 2B, R
    Coco Crisp, 1-for-5, RBI, R

    Royals Standouts
    Eric Hosmer, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Mitch Maier, 1-for-2, BB, RBI

    Recap
    Kevin Kuzmanoff and Kurt Suzuki each had solo home runs to help the Athletics take their second of three from the Royals.  Tyler Ross picked up the win for Oakland, going six innings and allowing two runs.  Jeff Francis was tagged with the loss, pitched six and one-third, and allowed three runs (two earned).

    Commentary
    As expected, the A's pitching staff has been dominant, tied with Cleveland for the least runs allowed in the AL (117).

Cardinals 3, Brewers 1

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 8: Starter Kyle McClellan #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on May 8, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    W: Kyle McClellan (5-0)
    L: Chris Narveson (1-3)
    S: Fernando Sala (3)

    Brewers Standouts
    Prince Fielder, 1-for-3, BB, R
    Carlos Gomez, 1-for-2, 2 BB

    Cardinals Standouts
    Colby Rasmus, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
    Nick Punto, 1-for-3, SF, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Cardinals took their second of three from the Brewers, led by a strong outing by Kyle McClellan.  McClellan earned his fifth win, going eight innings and allowing just one run off of four hits.  Chris Narveson started for Milwaukee, and pitched a reasonable six innings, giving up two earned runs—three total.  Colby Rasmus provided the necessary offense, hitting a two-run double in the fifth.

    Commentary
    The Brewers have to be happy to head home after a dismal 2-8 road trip.  Their next six games provide a good opportunity to get back into the swing of things, as this week's schedule consists of six games against the Padres and the Pirates.

Reds 2, Cubs 0

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 08: Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 8, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    W: Johnny Cueto (1-0)
    L: Ryan Dempster (1-4)
    S: Francisco Cordero (6)

    Reds Standouts
    Drew Stubbs, 2-for-4, HR, 2B
    Jay Bruce, 2-for-3, BB, R

    Cubs Standouts
    None

    Recap
    Johnny Cueto finally began his season on Sunday, and made up for lost time by tossing six shutout innings in route to a Reds victory over the Cubs.  Drew Stubbs provided the offense, nabbing a double and home run.  Ryan Dempster started the day for Chicago, and had a respectable outing, going seven innings and giving up only two.

    Commentary
    Johnny Cueto was actually slated to have one last rehab start before coming back to the Reds, but he obviously proved he didn't need it.  The Reds could use the help, as their starting rotation has been lacking consistency.

Angels 6, Indians 5

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 08:  Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two RBI double in the eighth inning to give the Angels the win over the Cleveland Indians on May 8, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 6-5.  (Photo
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    W: Fernando Rodney (2-1)
    L: Joe Smith (1-1)
    S: Jordan Walden (6)

    Indians Standouts
    Grady Sizemore, 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R
    Asdrubal Cabrera, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
    Carlos Santana, 1-for-4, BB, 2 R

    Angels Standouts
    Erick Aybar, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
    Peter Bourjos, 2-for-3, BB, RBI, R
    Alberto Callaspo, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

    Recap
    The Angels outlasted the Indians in a back-and-forth affair that ended with Cleveland stranding the tying run on second base to end the game.  With the game knotted at four in the bottom of the eighth, Erick Aybar hit a two-run double, plating Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos.  Cleveland tried to mount a rally in the ninth, coming within one with consecutive doubles by Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera.  But Jordan Walden struck out the last two batters to end the game, giving the 714's their second win in three games over the Tribe.  Dan Haren began the day on the mound for the Angels, pitching six and two-thirds and allowing two runs.  Fausto Carmona got the start for the Indians, and gave up three unearned runs over seven innings.

    Commentary
    The Indians shouldn't be too down about losing this series—if nothing else, it should feel vindicative of what they've accomplished thus far.  The Angels are in first place in a good division.  Going to Anaheim and losing twice the way they did—Friday in 11 innings and today, with the tying run in scoring position—is nothing to be ashamed of when you're on the road against a highly competitive team.  It's still early in the season, but the more series Cleveland puts together like this one, the more difficult it is to write them off as a fluke.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 5:  Starting Pitcher Aaron Harang #41 of the San Diego Padres throws from the mound against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB Game at Petco Park on April 5, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images
    Donald Miralle/Getty Images

    W: Aaron Harang (5-2)
    L: Joe Saunders (0-4)
    S: Heath Bell (8)

    Diamondbacks Standouts
    Josh Wilson, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, R

    Padres Standouts
    Jorge Cantu, 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
    Chris Denorfia, 2-for-4, R, SB
    Jason Bartlett, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Padres put up four runs in the first and never looked back, taking the last of their set with the Diamondbacks.  Joe Saunders took the loss for Arizona, pitching six innings and giving up four.  Aaron Harang started for San Diego, surrendering two over seven.

    Commentary
    Jorge Cantu has started off the season slower than usual, batting a mere .184 coming into this game.  Those are not numbers you want your first baseman to be putting up at any point in the year.

Giants 3, Rockies 0

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 8: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against Colorado Rockies during a MLB baseball game at AT&T Park May 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won the game 3-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty
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    W: Ryan Vogelsong (2-0)
    L: Jorge De La Rosa (4-1)
    S: Brian Wilson (11)

    Rockies Standouts
    Chris Ianetta, 2-for-3

    Giants Standouts
    Cody Ross, 2-for-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI

    Recap
    The Giants completed their first sweep of the season, taking three straight from the first place Rockies.  Ryan Vogelsong pitched five perfect innings, going a total of six and a third shutout innings and allowing just one hit.  Jorge De La Rosa got the call for Colorado, and pitched six innings, surrendering three runs in the loss.

    Commentary
    And just like that, San Francisco is within a game of first place.  That seems like it happened kinda fast, didn't it?

White Sox 5, Mariners 2, F/10

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox hits the ball 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)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    W: Sergio Santos (1-0)
    L: Brandon League (0-1)

    White Sox Standouts
    Paul Konerko, 5-for-5, 2B, R
    Alexei Ramirez, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, RBI
    Adam Dunn, 1-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
    Alex Rios, 2-for-5, RBI, R

    Mariners Standouts
    Jack Cust, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R

    Recap
    Paul Konerko was a perfect five-for-five, helping the White Sox take their second in a row from the Mariners.  With the game in the 10th, Chicago scored three runs on five hits, putting the game out of reach.  Mark Buehrle started the day for the Sox, pitching eight innings and giving up two runs.  Erik Bedard went five innings for Seattle, also conceding two.

    Commentary
    This was the first series win the White Sox had since they took three of four from Tampa about a month ago.  Hopefully it gave them something to build on.

Braves 5, Phillies 2

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    SAN DIEGO - APRIL 12:  Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres on April 12, 2010 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  The Padres won 17-2.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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