It finally happened. After 111 AB’s, Pujols finally went yard. I don’t have any experience as a big league hitter, but I can imagine this is a sizable burden that has been lifted off him. Hopefully with that out of the way he can relax and get back on his game. He still has the 10th worst OBP and 20th worst AVG in baseball among regulars, but as outlined last week, he is a prime buy low candidate and despite the slow start still projects for close to 30 HR’s.
- The Orioles and Red Sox played a 17 inning marathon that ended with an Adam Jones 3 run bomb. JJ Hardy went 5-for-8 with two solo HR’s.Chris Davis and Adrian Gonzalez each went 0-for-8.
- Jayson Werth broke his left wrist and will probably be out 6-8 weeks, though he is looking for a 2nd opinion today on that time frame. In any case, he is DL bound and will need to be replaced. Players that might be available in your leagues are Jordan Schaefer (still only 59% owned in Yahoo! leagues), Cody Ross (53%), Gerardo Para (34%) Jon Jay (44%), Josh Reddick (17%) or Angel Pagan (35%). In a very deep league (15 team, 27 man roster) I replaced him with Andres Torres (2%).
- Austin Jackson had a solo HR to lead off the game and went 2-for-4. Batting .311 on the year, he is 2nd in the majors in WAR at 2.0.
- Yu Darvish got tagged with his first loss on the year. He struck out 11 batters. One of the three earned run he gave up was courtesy of a Jason Kipnis HR, his 5th of the year. Kipnis is now batting .300 on the year with 18 RBI, 19 Runs and 6 steals. He is currently the top ranked 2nd baseman in Yahoo! and the 15th ranked player overall. He is well on his way to a 20/20 season.
- Adam Wainwright had his best game of the year so far going 7 innings, striking out 7, walking 1 and giving up 1 earned. After a very rocky start, he is now 2-0 in his last two with a 13:2 K:BB in 14 innings. He is throwing his curve more in his last few starts, which means he has more confidence in his arm. Better numbers are on the way. Hopefully you were patient if you were an owner.
Pitching Match Ups
Humber @ McAllister / Stults @ Tomlin
Niese @ Halladay
Harrison @ Matsuz
Hanson @ Smardzija - Smardzija has been lights out at home.
Zambrano @ Rodriguez – Zambrano has been inconsistent with his walks, but he has had 4 straight quality starts.
Weaver @ Liriano
Doubront @ Sanchez – Doubront has good K upside against a struggling offense.
Arroyo @ Gallardo
Lynn @ Saunders- Lynn is in the circle of trust and should be universally owned with the way he has pitched this year.
Pomeranz @ Volquez – despite being 0-2, Volquez hasn’t been bad, though the Padres offense has been.
Fister @ Beaven
Zito @ Lilly