Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 10, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIMay 10, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 10, 2011 Edition

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 29: Josh Willingham #16 of the Oakland Athletics doubles home a run in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers during a MLB baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum April 29, 2011 in Oakland, California. (P
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    Good morning/afternoon/evening, fellow baseball fans.  Here we are once again to go through yesterday's games and see who was on, who was off and who got kicked off their team in a move almost everyone considered long overdue (his name rhymes with Nilton Dradley).

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

    Sidebar before getting started: If this is the first you're hearing about Milton Bradley's dismissal and were crazy enough to have him on your fantasy team, then A.)Where have you been?  B.)What were you thinking?  C.)...Ok, there isn't actually a C, instead I'll just refer you back to points A & B.

Pirates 4, Dodgers 1

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 09:  Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammate Ryan Doumit #41 after scoring in the 8th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jar
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    W: Jose Veras (1-1)
    L: Chad Billingsley (2-2)
    S: Joel Hanrahan (11)

    Dodgers Standouts
    Juan Uribe, 1-for-3, BB, RBI

    Pirates Standouts
    Garrett Jones, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
    Lyle Overbay, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Neil Walker, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Ryan Doumit, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Recap
    The Pirates took down the Dodgers Monday night after a one-all tie was broken with three runs in the eighth.  Los Angeles' pitching gave up a walk and three straight doubles in the eighth, allowing Pittsburgh to pull away.  Chad Billingsley was tagged for three of the four runs, pitching seven innings.  Jeff Karstens got the call for the Pirates, and went five and two-thirds, holding L.A. to one run.

    Commentary
    Ryan Doumit's last three games: 6-for-10, two HR, eight RBI.  In case you're wondering who Ryan Doumit is, I was thinking the same thing a couple days ago.  I'm fairly certain he's a catcher...Fairly certain.

Tigers 10, Blue Jays 5

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    TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 9: Victor Martinez #41 and Don Kelly #32 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a home run in front of Jose Molina #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at the Rogers Centre May 9, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelima
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    W: Max Schrezer (6-0)
    L: Brandon Morrow (1-2)

    Tigers Standouts
    Victor Martinez, 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
    Austin Jackson, 1-for-6, 2B, 4 RBI
    Don Kelly, 2-for-3, RBI, R, SB
    Alex Avila, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
    Brandon Boesch, 0-for-4, BB, 2 R

    Blue Jays Standouts
    Yunel Escobar, 2-for-3, 2 BB, HR,
    Jose Bautista, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Corey Patterson, 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R

    Recap
    The Tigers put up six runs in the fourth inning on route to their third straight win over the Blue Jays.  Max Schrezer took the mound for Detroit, and gave up two runs over five innings.  Brandon Morrow started for the Jays and allowed five runs through just three and one-third.

    Commentary
    This should be a main concern for teams playing the Tigers—never forget that at any time, Victor Martinez might show up and make your day go south in a hurry.  Martinez, by the way, is currently riding a nine-game hit streak.

Red Sox 2, Twins 1, F/11

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 4:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on May 4, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    W: Hideki Okajima (1-0)
    L: Jim Hoey (0-1)

    Twins Standouts
    Denard Span, 2-for-3, BB, R

    Red Sox Standouts
    Jason Varitek, 2-for-4, 2B, R

    Recap
    Carl Crawford hit a walk-off double to lead the Red Sox to an extra-inning victory over the Twins.  Most of the day consisted of a pitcher's duel between Nick Blackburn and Josh Beckett.  Nick Blackburn allowed just one run through six and a third, while Beckett got the better end, tossing seven shutout innings.  Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the year, giving up an RBI single to Jason Kubel.  Hideki Okajima pitched two shutout innings for the win.

    Commentary
    Josh Beckett has had a couple of rough outings, but for the most part he's returned to ace-like status.  His ERA is 1.99, his WHIP is .88 and he has a BAA of .174.  Can't ask for much more than that.

Phillies 6, Marlins 4

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 27:  Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 8-4.  (Photo
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    W: Joe Blanton (1-1)
    L: Javier Vazquez (2-3)
    S: Ryan Madsen (4)

    Phillies Standouts
    Jimmy Rollins, 2-for-5, HR, 2 R
    Shane Victorino, 1-for-4, BB, 3B, R, SB
    Placido Polanco, 1-for-4, SF, RBI, R
    Ryan Howard, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R
    Ross Gload, 2-for-3, 2 RBI

    Marlins Standouts
    Gaby Sanchez, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI
    Craig Coghlan, 3-for-3, BB, RBI, R, SB

    Recap
    In a battle of NL East contenders, the first place Phillies took the first of their three-game set with the second place Marlins.  Joe Blanton got the start for Philadelphia, going five innings and giving up three.  Javier Vazquez had a bit rougher time for Florida, lasting only four and one-third and giving up six.

    Commentary
    I'm still not entirely sold on the Marlins' hot start to begin the season.  This series should provide a decent indication of how long they're going to stick in the race.

Reds 6, Astros 1

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    HOUSTON - MAY 09:  Pitcher Travis Wood #30 of the Cincinnati Reds throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    W: Travis Wood (2-3)
    L: Aneury Rodriguez (0-1)

    Reds Standouts
    Travis Wood, 6.2 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K; 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
    Chris Valaika, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
    Ryan Hanigan, 3-for-4, R
    Ramon Hernandez, 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

    Astros Standouts
    Hunter Pence, 2-for-4, HR, 3B

    Recap
    Travis Wood did all the work himself on Monday's victory over the Astros.  Wood pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings and also hit a three-run homer in the third.  Aneury Rodriguez started for Houston and surrendered five runs over as many innings.

    Commentary
    All you can really say about this game is that Travis Wood was on.  You can make the argument that the shutout innings could be accounted for by a weak Astros offense, but that myth is debunked by the fact that they're currently ranked sixth in the league in BA (.264) and fourth in hits (310).  Wood just had himself a good day.  And pitchers hitting home runs is always a good time.

Athletics 7, Rangers 2

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 10: Third base coach Mike Gallegro #3 of the Oakland Athletics congratulates Josh Willingham #16 as he rounds the bases following a solo home run off of Scott Baker #30 of the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of their game
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    W: Trevor Cahill (6-0)
    L: C.J. Wilson (4-2)

    Athletics Standouts
    Josh Willingham, 2-for-4, HR, 5 RBI
    Daric Barton, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R
    Conor Jackson, 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R

    Rangers Standouts
    Mitch Moreland, 2-for-4, HR

    Recap
    Josh Willingham hit a three-run blast in the third, which was all the offense the Athletics needed to defeat the Rangers.  Trevor Cahill posted another quality start, going seven innings and allowing just one, and was rewarded with his sixth win of the season.  C.J. Wilson started for Texas, pitching seven innings and giving up five.

    Commentary
    Partnered with an Angels' loss, the A's are now a mere game out of first in the AL West.  The Rangers have been hit or miss since Josh Hamilton's injury, so it should be intriguing to see how the rest of this series turns out.

Brewers 4, Padres 3

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04:  Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    W: Zach Greinke (1-1)
    L: Mat Latos (0-5)
    S: Jon Axford (6)

    Padres Standouts
    Jason Bartlett, 2-for-4, RBI, R
    Will Venable, 2-for-4, 3B, R
    Chase Headley, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Brewers Standouts
    Rickie Weeks, 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
    Carlos Gomez, 1-for-4, 3B, R
    Jon Lucroy, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, R

    Recap
    Zach Greinke got his first win as a Brewer as Milwaukee sneaked by the Padres.  Greinke allowed two runs over six innings, striking out nine.  Mat Latos got the start for San Diego, pitching five and two-thirds and giving up four.

    Commentary
    Greinke's start was far more consistent than his first outing of the year.  He threw about the same percentage of strikes but was making batters miss more frequently.  The Brewers could use the help, as this was just their third win in 11 games.

Rockies 2, Mets 1

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 09:  Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the New York Mets at Coors Field on May 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    W: Matt Belisle (3-2)
    L: Chris Capuano (2-4)
    S: Huston Street (12)

    Mets Standouts
    Carlos Beltran, 0-for-2, 2 BB, R

    Rockies Standouts
    Dexter Fowler, 1-for-1, 2 BB, RBI
    Chris Ianetta, 2-for-3, HR, 2B, R

    Recap
    A pitching duel in Colorado led to a Rockies victory against the Mets.  Jhoulys Chacin began the game on the mound for Colorado, and pitched six innings, giving up just one unearned run.  Chris Capuano's day involved two runs—both Chris Ianetta's—through six and two-thirds.  This was the Rockies second victory in the past eight games.

    Commentary
    Ianetta is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, raising his average 72 points during a 9-for-20 ride with two home runs.

White Sox 8, Angels 0

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09:  Carlos Quentin #20 and Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate Quentin's three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 9, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
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    W: Edwin Jackson (3-4)
    L: Ervin Santana (1-4)

    White Sox Standouts
    Aramis Ramirez, 2-for-4, HR, 2 R
    Gordon Beckham, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
    Carlos Quentin, 3-for-4, HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI
    Adam Dunn, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R

    Angels Standouts
    None

    Recap
    Edwin Jackson pitched seven shutout innings to lead the White Sox past the Angels.  His opposition, Ervin Santana, lasted six innings and gave up five.  Carlos Quentin provided more than enough offense for Chicago, driving in five runs.
     
    Commentary
    Chicago has now one three of four and are hoping their poor start is at an end.  This game provided proof for why so many had them as contenders for the AL Central title, receiving production from the bats of Quentin, Adam Dunn, Alexi Ramirez and Gordon Beckham.