The Balls. 5/9/11

After going over the two-start pitchers for this week, I posted a sleeper/bust article over at Travis Wood was my two-start sleeper for the week.

On Monday night, Travis Wood was the balls (and, yes, I realize how bad that sounds)

The matchup was good and Wood pitched great, going 6.2 scoreless innings while striking out six and walking only one. He was hitting the outside corners with the frequency we saw last season. This makes back-to-back solid outings for Wood (both against Houston) who has a 13/5 K/BB rate over that time. His next outing will tell us a lot, as he faces the Cardinals in Cincinnati. If he’s still available in your league, it might be a good idea to pounce now. You can sit him against STL and reassess from there. Remember, Wood posted an impressive 3.31 K/BB rate in 102.2 innings last season and his .365 BABIP going into last night’s game is bound to fall.

Zack Greinke did his best to earn “The Balls” for last night, but I didn’t just write an article about him, so…

Greinke was impressive in his six innings of work, allowing two earned runs while striking out nine and walking none. He now has a 15/1 K/BB rate in his first two starts of 2011. He’s only going to get better as the season progresses folks.

Chris Iannetta hit a laser beam for his fifth home run of the season. It was also his third in eight games. Over that time Iannetta has raised his AVG from .182 to .247 and his OBP stands at an impressive .414. Can you still buy low?