Around the Diamond

Andrew GodfreyCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

Roy Halladay shown in his new Phillies uniform last offseason became the first four game winner in the majors after defeating the Braves in a pitcher's battle with Tim Hudson by recording a 2-0 win as he lowered his ERA to 0.82.

Zack Greinke failed to win again to win his first game of the season when Josh Rupe allowed the Blue Jays to tie the score at 3-3 in the 4-3 win by the Royals. Greinke had allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out eight.

Last season Greinke was 4-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA after his first four starts in 29 innings. This season he is 0-2 with a 3.28 ERA. This season he has given up nine runs in 24 innings.

Padres won their sixth consecutive game and swept a three game series over the second place Giants in the NL West race to take a one game lead over the Giants.

David Ortiz continues to slump this season and is hitting .146 with no homers and two RBI’s after having a 4-27 stretch since April 9.

The Nationals moved into a third place tie with the Marlins in the NL East and are only a half game behind the second place Braves and a game and a half  behind the NL East leading Phillies.

Francisco Liriano’s record improved to 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA after the Twins shutout the Indians 6-0. Liriano is rebounding from a 5-13 season in 2009.

Yovani Gallardo won his first game of the season after the Brewers shutout the Pirates 8-0. Gallardo gave up nine runs in 12 innings in his first two starts but has allowed only two runs in 11 innings in his last two starts.

The Brewers have scored 27 runs in their last three wins. Prince Fielder has yet to homer in his first 53 at bats and has only four RBI’s compared to team leader Ryan Braun with 15. He is batting .226 and slugging at a anemic .283 mark. He has a .642 OPS.

The White Sox moved into last place in the AL Central and have the second worst winning percentage in the majors with a 5-10 and .333 percentage while the Orioles are even worse with a 2-14 and .125 mark.

Mark Buehrle’s record fell to 2-2 with the 12-0 loss to the Rays. He was 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA after his first two starts but his ERA rose to 4.56 after his first two losses. The White Sox haven’t had a winning record since Buehrle’s opening day win.

Carlos Silva 2-0, 0.95 has to be an early favorite to win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award after taking a 9-3 win over the Mets yesterday. Silva has pitched so well that the ace of the staff Carlos Zambrano has been moved to the bullpen so there will be room for Ted Lilly in the starting rotation when he returns.

Alfonso Soriano continued his torrid hitting yesterday with a 3-4 game which included his second homer of the season. He was hitting .143 on April 11 but is now hitting .327 and has hit .406 in his last ten games.

Matt Kemp of the Dodgers has been red hot in his last ten games. He has hit seven homers and driven in 15 runs in that span while having 20 RBI’s to lead the majors and his seven homers leads the NL. The Dodgers defeated the Reds 14-6 yesterday and scored in every inning except the fourth.

Phil Hughes seems to be ready to fulfill the promise the Yankees expected by improving his record to 2-0 after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the A’s.  Ben Sheets pitched well enough to win most games but the A’s could only manage three singles in the 3-1 loss.

Roy Halladay showing why the Phillies signed him became the first pitcher to win four games without a loss and lowered his ERA to 0.82 in the Phillies 2-0 win over the Braves.

Halladay leads the majors in wins and strikeouts and is second in the NL in ERA.

Rookie Brian Matusz is the only Orioles pitcher to record  a win this season with a 2-0 record while the team is 2-14.