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Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 13, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIMay 13, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 13, 2011 Edition

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets rounds the bases on his third home run of the game off of Matt Lindstrom of the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Beltran had three homeru
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    There were only seven games yesterday, but that didn't stop a depth of great performances around the league.

    Two nine-inning shutouts(in the same game, no less), a brief flirtation with a perfect game, a three home-run day and a couple of extra-inning walk-offs combined to make an efficiently noteworthy day.

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

Rays 7, Indians 4

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    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 06:  James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 6, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    W: James Shields (4-1)
    L: Justin Masterson (5-1)

    Rays Standouts
    Reid Brignac, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Evan Longoria, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI
    Ben Zobrist, 2-for-4, BB, R
    Elliot Johnson, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
    Casey Kotchman, 2-for-4, BB, R
    Matt Joyce, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R

    Indians Standouts
    Asdrubal Cabrera, 2-for-3, BB, HR, 3B, 2 R
    Orlando Cabrera, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Shin-Soo Choo, 1-for-4, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Rays once again brought out the bats to take their second consecutive game from the Indians.  Tampa compiled 11 hits and every Rays batter reached base safely in the game.  Jame Shields helped their cause by pitching seven innings and surrendering only two runs while striking out seven.  Justin Masterson got the nod for Cleveland but was ousted after five and two-thirds, allowing five runs, eight hits and four walks.

    Commentary
    It's possible the only team in the league hotter than the Indians are the Rays.  Ever since their dismal 1-8 start, the Rays have rattled off 21 wins in 28 games, including six of their last seven.  The most important aspect of this has seemed to be their offense, as the Rays have averaged 5.4 runs per game over their last 15 outings.

Cardinals 9, Cubs 1

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 12: Starting pitcher Jamie Garcia #54 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs on his way to a 5-0 record at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 9-1. (Photo by
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    W: Jaime Garcia (5-0)
    L: Casey Coleman (1-3)

    Cardinals Standouts
    Matt Holliday, 2-for-4, BB, HR
    Yadier Molina, 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
    Jon Jay, 3-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI
    Colby Rasmus, 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R
    Tyler Greene, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, RBI, R
    Allen Craig, 1-for-2, BB, SF, RBI

    Cubs Standouts
    Jeff Baker, 3-for-4, RBI

    Recap
    The Cardinals rocked the Cubs for 16 hits, taking their second win in the three-game set.  A five-run fifth inning was more than enough run support for Jaime Garcia, who pitched seven innings and allowed only one run.  Casey Coleman was the unfortunate recipient of St. Louis' strong day at the plate, lasting only four and one-third and giving up six.  Garcia has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight outings.

    Commentary
    Players like Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman have been getting most of the credit this year, but players like Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina have played parts as well, hitting .313 and .294, respectively.  Overall, the Cardinals are leading the league in runs(193), batting average(.286) and on-base percentage(.358).

Mets 9, Rockies 5

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets watches his third home run of the game off of Matt Lindstrom of the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Beltran had three homeruns and six R
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    W: Jonathon Niese (2-4)
    L: Ubaldo Jiminez (0-3)

    Mets Standouts
    Carlos Beltran, 3-for-5, 3 HR, 6 RBI
    Willie Harris, 1-for-2, 3 BB, 3 R
    Jason Bay, 1-for-4, BB, R, 2 SB
    Jose Reyes, 1-for-5, 2 RBI

    Rockies Standouts
    Jonathan Herrera, 2-for-5, HR
    Todd Helton, 1-for-3, BB, HR
    Seth Smith, 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

    Recap
    Carlos Beltran had three two-run blasts, giving him a career high and giving the Mets a victory over the Rockies.  Jonathon Niese had the start for New York, pitching six and one-third adequate innings and giving up five runs.  Ubaldo Jiminez didn't last close to that, going only three and two-thirds and allowing five of his own.

    Commentary
    Ubaldo Jiminez still hasn't gotten a win yet this season and today's outing was one of the more abysmal attempts to overcome that streak.  While Jiminez only allowed three hits, he gave up six walks.  To this point, he has only one quality start and hasn't lasted more than six inning in a start.

Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 12: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a MLB baseball game at AT&T Park May 12, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    W: Matt Cain (3-2)
    L: Daniel Hudson (3-5)

    Diamondbacks Standouts
    Stephen Drew, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Justin Upton, 2-for-4, 2B, SB

    Giants Standouts
    Eli Whitehead, 2-for-4, 2 2B, R
    Nick Schierholtz, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB
    Aubrey Huff, 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI
    Andres Torres, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Giants survived a late rally by the Diamondbacks to complete the three-game sweep.  The D-Backs had runners on the corners with two outs, but Javier Lopez struck out Gerard Parra to end the game.  Matt Cain pitched seven and two-thirds innings in the victory, giving up two runs and striking out seven.  Daniel Hudson threw six and two-thirds for Arizona.

    Commentary
    Frisco is finally looking like a defending World Series champion, winning their last six and eight of nine overall.

Dodgers @ Pirates: POSTPONED

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 12:  Lightning strikes near PNC Park after a rain delay was issued in the third inning between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 12, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Im
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    This game went a little over two innings before the rain washed it away.  As of yet, no makeup date has been announced.

Royals 11, Yankees 5

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 21:  Starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan #37 of the Kansas City Royals in action during the game against the Cleveland Indians on April 21, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    W: Sean O'Sullivan (2-2)
    L: Ivan Nova (3-3)

    Royals Standouts
    Melky Cabrera, 2-for-5, BB, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Eric Hosmer, 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI
    Billy Butler, 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Alex Gordon, 1-for-5, BB, 2B, 2 R
    Wilson Betemit, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R
    Alcides Escobar, 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

    Yankees Standouts
    Robinson Cano, 1-for-4, HR
    Alex Rodriguez, 1-for-4, HR
    Francisco Cervelli, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI

    Recap
    Led by an onslaught of offense, the Royals took their second straight from the Yankees.  Sean O'Sullivan retired the first 13 batters he faced until giving way to a New York four-run fourth inning.  He totaled six and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs.  Ivan Nova was rocked for 10 hits over a mere three innings, giving up eight runs.  Every Kansas City batter had a hit, amassing a total of 16 for the night.

    Commentary
    I literally did a spit-take when I heard Sean O'Sullivan was working on a perfect game against the Yankees. Of course, the second I change the channel over, Robinson Cano belts one into right field to end that.  Oh well…  funny while it lasted.

Orioles 2, Mariners 1, F/12

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    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 12: Starting pitcher Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers to a Seattle Mariners batter during the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 12, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    Rob Carr/Getty Images

    W: Jim Johnson (2-1)
    L: Brandon League (0-3)

    Mariners Standouts
    Miguel Olivo, 1-for-4, RBI

    Orioles Standouts
    J.J. Hardy, 2-for-5, 2 RBI

    Recap
    Orioles and Mariners fans were treated to a remarkable pitcher's duel that was eventually won by Baltimore on a two-run single by J.J. Hardy.  Both starters pitched nine innings of shutout ball and neither one got a decision.  Zach Britton was the more impressive, giving up three hits and no walks.  Not to take anything away from Jason Vargas' outing, who allowed seven hits and only one walk.  The Mariners scored in the top of the 12th off of an RBI-single by Miguel Olivo.  In the bottom half of the frame, the Orioles loaded the bases against closer Brandon League, setting up Hardy's game-winning roller up the middle.

    Commentary
    J.J. Hardy didn't wait around to get back into the mix, as he's gone 7-for-13 with a home run and three RBIs in his first three games back.  Obviously Hardy's numbers won't be this consistent throughout the season (he's a career .263 hitter), but he should put up decent numbers and is definitely one of the better shortstops in the league.

Nationals 6, Braves 5, F/10

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    W: Craig Kimbrel (1-1)
    L: Doug Slaten (0-1)

    Standouts
    Danny Espinosa, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
    Adam LaRoche, 1-for-3, BB, RBI, 2 R
    Ivan Rodriguez, 1-for-4, HR
    Laynce Nix, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R

    Standouts
    Martin Prado, 2-for-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
    Chipper Jones, 1-for-4, BB, HR

    Recap
    The Braves rallied from four runs down to defeat the Nationals in extra innings.  Down 5-1 in he seventh, Martin Prado launched a grand slam to tie the game.  Then in the tenth, Brian McCann singled to score Prado and bring the game to a close.  Derek Lowe started the game for Atlanta, going six innings and allowing five runs.  Jordan Zimmermann got the call for Washington, and pitched six and one-third, surrendering three and striking out 11.

    Commentary
    Martin Prado has been quietly outstanding for the past couple weeks, hitting safely in 14 of the past 15 games—eight were multi-hit outings—with three home runs, 14 RBI, and a .343 BA, raising his overall average 43 points in the process(now .281).

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