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Daily Rundown – Day 25 – April 25th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/25/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

72.5

Runs

T-2

126

2

 X-Men

64.5

HR

3

32

3

 Goodfellas

60.5

RBI

1

128

T-4

 Misogynistic Padres

58

Steals

T-4

17

T-4

 Shoeless Jews

58

Average

4

.2555

6

 The Pi Train

56.5

Wins

8

11

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

54.5

Saves

 T-1

11

8

 Get Off Kong!

52

ERA

2

3.14

9

 Grab Some Stamps

51

WHIP

4

1.173

10

 Cover Zero

22.5

Strikeouts

7

156

 

                   BOX SCORE FOR 04.25
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .264 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .195 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  1   .253 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    5  1  1   1 |  0  0   .195 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .259 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  1   0 |  0  1   .309 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   1 |  1  0   .228 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .243 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        27  4  4   2 |  2  2   .148 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: JPierre 1(2), RBrantly 1(8)
GIDP: ZCozart 1(4)
SB: JPierre 2(5)
ERRORS: DSolano 1(3)
HBP: RBrantly 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Cliff Lee                        7.0 10  3  3  1   0  7 33   3.86 1.57
Kenley Jansen     W(1-0)         1.0  1  0  0  1   0  2  5   0.00 2.00
Kevin Slowey                     6.0  5  3  3  0   0  6 25   4.50 0.83
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          14.0 16  6  6  2   0 15 63   3.86 1.29
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .323 
Mike McKenry         Pit  C    4  0  1   1 |  1  1   .316 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         5  0  1   1 |  1  1   .200 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: MMcKenry 1(5)

 

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart went 0-for-4 in Thursday’s loss, leaving him with a .195 average and a .220 OBP in 87 at-bats this season. Cozart’s only qualification for batting second in Cincinnati’s order is that he’s a middle infielder. And middle infielders should be able to hit second. It’s a rule or something. Cozart isn’t truly a bad player. He’s a fine defender, and he’s got some real pop in his bat. It’s just that he belongs in the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup and not in between Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee was good early but struggled late Thursday, giving up three runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings in a loss to the Pirates. Lee was able to dodge a few bullets in the first five innings, but things got hairy in the sixth and seventh, when he gave up five hits, a walk and all three of his runs. Lee threw 122 pitches Thursday, which is four shy of his career high. After a great first three starts, the lefty hasn’t been extra sharp the last two times out. He’ll bring a 3.03 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into Cleveland next week. (Rotoworld)
  • Juan Pierre went 1-for-5 at the plate Thursday, but knocked in a run, scored a run and stole two bases. Pierre is hitting just .195 on the early season, but has provided owners with the steals they were looking for when they drafted him, as he now has five. (Rotowire)
  • Kevin Slowey was strong in a no-decision Thursday, allowing three runs over six innings of work against the Cubs. He allowed only five hits and walked none while striking out six. Despite a 2.43 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, he is still looking for his first win with the offense-starved Marlins. Despite a solid 2.43 ERA, Slowey is 0-2 as the Marlins have scored just six runs in his five starts. He has 21 strikeouts and just six walks in 29 2/3 innings. Slowely is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Mets. (Rotowire, CBS Sports)
  • Travis Snider, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored Thursday, is batting .309 (17-for-62). Snider’s contact rates are up across the board, including a 91.6 rate for pitches thrown in the strike zone. Most importantly, Snider’s plate discipline (7:12 BB:K) is the best it’s been at the major-league level. He’ll continue to platoon in right field, seeing better than a 50-50 playing-time split against right-handed pitching. (Rotowire)
  • Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went hitless for the third straight time Thursday, going 0 for 3 against the Nationals in his team’s 8-1 loss. Phillips is 0 for 10 in his last three games and 1 for 16 in his last four, dropping his season average to .264. (CBS Sports)
  • Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen picked up his first win of the season Thursday. Jansen pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving up one hit and one walk. Jansen struck out two during the outing. Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe hit run-scoring singles in the ninth, giving Jansen the win. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 24 – April 24th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/24/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

Runs

T-2

122

2

 X-Men

66

HR

3

32

3

 Misogynistic Padres

60.5

RBI

1

126

4

 Shoeless Jews

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

59

Average

4

.2586

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

54

Wins

8

10

T-6

 Get Off Kong!

54

Saves

 T-1

11

8

 Grab Some Stamps

52

ERA

2

3.07

9

 Goodfellas

49.5

WHIP

3

1.164

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

8

141

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.24
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    5  1  1   1 |  0  1   .321 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .273 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .205 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    2  1  1   1 |  1  0   .263 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .274 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  1   0 |  1  2   .276 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .259 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  0  1   1 |  0  1   .308 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .226 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .323 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        37  3  7   4 |  3  7   .189 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: FFreeman 1(8), TFrazier 1(18), JWerth 1(9), TSnider 1(5)
2B: FFreeman 1(2)
HR: TFrazier 1(6), JWerth 1(4)
GIDP: ZCozart 1(3)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams        L(1-2)BS(1)    0.0  2  2  2  2   0  0  4   0.00 0.00
Mark Melancon     Ho(8)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(6)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 1.00
Edward Mujica     S(4)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           3.0  4  2  2  2   0  1 14   6.00 2.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    0  0  0   1 |  0  0   .333 
Mike McKenry         Pit  C    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         1  0  0   1 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: JTurner 1(4)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Ted Lilly                        5.0  6  1  1  2   0  7 23   1.80 1.60
Brad Ziegler                     1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           6.0  6  1  1  2   0  8 26   1.50 1.33
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Russell Martin is not in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Phillies. Martin has started the last nine games for the Pirates, but he will get a day off after seeing his eight-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday. Michael McKenry will get the start behind the plate in Martin’s place. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly allowed one run over five innings Wednesday, but the Dodgers lost to the Mets in extra innings. Lilly was making his first start of the season following September shoulder surgery, and the start had to be a relief to the newly pitching-deficient Dodgers. Lilly did allow six hits but kept the Mets at bay by registering seven strikeouts. His next start will come Monday against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. (Rotoworld)
  • When asked Wednesday what it would take for John Axford to get his closer job back, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke replied, “probably not much.” Axford has allowed two hits, walked none and struck out six in 5 1/3 scoreless innings over his last six appearances. Interim closer Jim Henderson has also pitched well, and Roenicke isn’t ready to make a move just yet, but he could soon if Axford’s turnaround continues. “I think right now, we’re not going to flip ‘Ax’ back in the closer’s role,” said Roenicke. “I think Henderson is doing a nice job. But ‘Ax,’ the way he threw (Tuesday), he could win every ball game he went in if he throws that way. I was really impressed with him.” (Rotoworld)
  • Todd Frazier homered off Jeff Samardzija for the only run of Wednesday’s game against the Cubs. Frazier’s strikeout rate is up this year, but he’s managed six homers and 18 RBI in 21 games anyway. Time will tell if he’ll be able to maintain a .260+ average, but the power numbers are pretty legit. (Rotoworld)
  • Edward Mujica picked up his third save in three days Wednesday against the Nationals. Mujica retired all eight batters he faced in recording those saves. Of course, it helped that the eight batters he faced were Anthony Rendon x2, Danny Espinosa x2, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Desmond, Chad Tracy and Jonathan Solano. Mujica is now 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season. (Rotoworld)

Daily Rundown – Day 23 – April 23rd, 2013

 Note from OnRoto: 

At around 2:00 AM last night, we had a hardware error on the server which houses the messages and trades databases. We have recovered all the data, will be restoring the MESSAGE SYSTEM and the TRADE SYSTEM later this evening.

Thanks for your patience, and our apologies about the incovenience.

VERY IMPORTANT!! If you can see this note, then you were on the affected server. We have moved your league to a new server and had restored your data from a backup generated at 4:00 AM on 4/23. WE HAVE NOW RECOVERED ALL MOVES made after 4:00 AM yesterday, and WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING THEM. If you did not make any moves today, them this will go quickly. If you have made changes, we’ll have to work with you on making sure we get all old and all new moves in properly. We’ll start on this shortly, and expect to have everyone restored later this evening. Thanks for your patience — we are working as quickly as we can on this.
The upshot?  Some of these statistics may be suspect, or may not include roster moves affecting lineups. We’ll see.

Standings and Statistics for 4/23/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

73

Runs

T-2

117

2

 X-Men

65.5

HR

3

30

3

 Shoeless Jews

61

RBI

1

122

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

56.5

Average

4

.2610

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

11

7

 Grab Some Stamps

54

Saves

 T-1

10

8

 Get Off Kong!

52

ERA

3

3.01

9

 Goodfellas

50

WHIP

3

1.160

10

 Cover Zero

23

Strikeouts

7

140

 

Active Hitters
Name Tm Pos AB R H BI BB SO AVG
CJohnson Atl 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 .250
BPhillips Cin 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 .000
ZCozart Cin SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TFrazier Cin 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000
RBraun Mil OF 4 0 0 1 1 0 .000
JPierre Mia OF 4 1 1 0 0 1 .250
HPence SF OF 5 1 3 0 0 1 .600
JWerth Was OF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000
TSnider Pit OF 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
RBrantly Mia C 5 0 3 4 0 0 .600
MMcKenry Pit C 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
CDenorfia SD UT 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250
JTurner NYM CM 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000
DSolano Mia MI 6 1 2 0 1 1 .333
Totals 52 4 11 5 4 7 .212
2B: JPierre 1(3), HPence 1(3), RBrantly 2(6)
3B:None
HR:None
SB:None
CS:None
Errors: ZCozart 1(2)
HBP:None
Active Pitchers
Name Tm IP H R ER BB SO BF ERA WHIP
MMinor Atl 6.0 5 3 3 2 5 25 4.50 1.167
KMedlen Atl 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
MAdams Phi 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
CLee Phi 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
DHaren Was 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
MMelancon Pit 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 5 0.00 2.000
KJansen LAD 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
EMujica StL 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000
JHenderson Mil 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0.00 1.000
BZiegler Ari 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 5 0.00 3.000
Totals 9.7 9 3 3 4 8 41 2.78 1.340
Wins: MMinor 1(3), BZiegler 1(1)
Losses:None
Saves: EMujica 1(3), JHenderson 1(5)
Blown Saves:None
Holds: MMelancon 1(7)

 

Notes:

  • Jim Henderson recorded his fifth save with a hitless ninth Tuesday against the Padres. It’s going to be interesting to see what the Brewers do here with John Axford turning in his sixth straight scoreless appearance tonight. Henderson has allowed just one run in 10 innings this season, so there’s no reason to make a change right now. Still, the Brewers may go back to Axford if he keeps it up for another week or two. (Rotoworld)
  • Rob Brantly went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in the Marlins’ win over the Twins on Tuesday. Brantly and Miguel Olivo have been sharing time at catcher for the Marlins this year, but Brantly made a strong case for more playing time on Tuesday. Brantly doubled twice off Twins starter Mike Pelfrey and now has six doubles on the season. The 23-year-old is the closest thing the Marlins have to a “catcher of the future” at this point. (Rotoworld)
  • Edward Mujica tallied his third save of the season Saturday in the Cardinals’ win over the Nationals. Mujica entered a 2-0 game with Bryce Harper standing on second base. He got Ian Desmond to pop out to shallow right field and Chad Tracy to fly out to deep right. “Chief” has taken over the Cardinals’ ninth-inning gig and is now building job security. He needs to be owned in all mixed fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Mike Minor yielded three runs in six innings to pick up the win as the Braves topped the Rockies 4-3 in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Minor was both unlucky and lucky in the third. Dexter Fowler’s leadoff triple would have been a single in any park other than Coors with its huge gaps, and it was followed by a little tapper to second from Josh Rutledge that went for an RBI single. He caught a break right after that, though, as Carlos Gonzalez’s bid for a double down the right-field line landed just foul. The three runs Minor allowed today were his most since Aug. 31, a span of nine starts. He’s now 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA. (Rotoworld)
  • Michael Wacha continued his domination of Triple-A hitters Tuesday, going seven innings, striking out six, and giving up one run on three hits and two walks. Wacha now has a 1.96 ERA across 23 innings for Memphis. However, the Cardinals’ major-league staff is so deep that we’re unlikely to see him until September, barring injuries or a trade. (Rotowire)
  • Russell Martin extended his hit streak to eight games with an eighth-inning single off Cole Hamels during the Pirates’ 2-0 win over the Phillies on Tuesday. Of course, he was just 1-for-4 on the night and left five men on base, but that’s par for the course with Martin these days. While the streak has been nice and he’s got four multi-hit games in his last six, he still batting just .241 on the season. (Rotowire)
  • Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 3 for 5 with a run scored Tuesday against Arizona. The outfielder doubled for the third time and is now hitting .277/.318/.458. Concerns about his power playing at home in San Francisco seem a bit overblown in the early going: He has three doubles and two home runs in 11 home games with a .500 slugging percentage. (CBS Sports)
  • Brewers starting pitcher Hiram Burgos will make his second career start Friday night at Los Angeles, MLB.com reports. Manager Ron Roenicke could have opted to skip Burgos’ turn in the rotation this time through with the Brewers having an off-day Thursday, but with Kyle Loshe being considered questionable to make his next start due to a pinkie injury, Roenicke decided to stick with the 25-year-old. Burgos (1-0) tossed five innings in his first career start against the Cubs last Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits. He also registered one strikeout, while becoming the first Brewers pitcher to win his major-league debut since Yovani Gallardo in 2007. (CBS Sports)
  • Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has earned the trust of his new coaching staff, as manager Fredi Gonzalez has hinted that Johnson could be an every-day player moving forward, even when the team gets healthy. A .397 batting average through his first 17 games certainly makes that decision easier. Johnson established himself as the type of hitter who can consistently sustain high batting averages on balls in play, but should we expect a regression soon? Johnson has flashed some decent power so far, with six extra-base hits in 63 at bats, but his real value is coming from that batting average, which is being propped up by a .460 BABIP. Even with a skill set that has produced an excellent .353 mark for his career, Johnson is a bit over his head right now. Johnson proved himself to be a decent Fantasy option a year ago, slugging 15 home runs and 76 RBI with a .281 batting average, so this is not to say he cannot be that again. Just expect the batting average-related boost in his production to come down soon. (CBS Sports)
    Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) has yet to throw a bullpen session. Fujikawa was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a sprained right forearm and is currently throwing on flat ground from a distance of 135 feet. It’s not clear when he’ll be ready for a minor league rehab assignment. Cubs manager Dale Sveum plans to play the matchups with save chances for now. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – Week 4 – April 23rd, 2013

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SP Hiram Burgos, Brewers ($6 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • 1B Freddie Freeman
  • C Russell Martin
  • SP Kevin Slowey

Move:

  • CM Chris Johnson (from 1B)

Down:

  • SP Dan Haren
  • RP Brad Ziegler
  • C Michael McKenry
  • CM Justin Turner

Cut:

  • RP Wilton Lopez

Notes:

  • Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was activated from the 15-Day Disabled List in time for Tuesday’s doubleheader at Colorado. He would have played last night, but the game was snowed out.
  • Dodgers SP Ted Lilly is expected to be activated from the 15-Day DL (shoulder) ahead of Wendesday’s start at the Mets. Lilly has been out all season thus far as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. The former abundance of starting pitching the Dodgers had has dried up, as Zack Greinke will be out until late June with a broken collarbone (suffered in the Carlos Quentin brawl), Aaron Harang has been traded, Chris Capuano is on the DL with a strained calf (also suffered in the Greinke/Quentin fight), and yesterday it was announced that Chad Billingsley would undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. Yikes.
  • Bidding for Brewers SP Hiram Burgos was competitive: Atomic RoadRunners won him at $6, while The Pi Train bid $2 and Misogynistic Padres bid $0.

 

Daily Rundown – Day 22 – April 22nd, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/22/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

74.5

Runs

T-2

113

2

 X-Men

71

HR

T-2

30

3

 The Pi Train

61.5

RBI

1

117

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

T-4

15

5

 Shoeless Jews

59

Average

4

.2641

6

 Goodfellas

53.5

Wins

 T-6

9

7

 Grab Some Stamps

53

Saves

 T-1

8

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50

ERA

2

3.02

9

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

WHIP

3

1.148

10

 Cover Zero

21.5

Strikeouts

7

132

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.22
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    6  1  1   0 |  0  0   .296 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  0   0 |  1  1   .213 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    6  0  0   0 |  0  2   .268 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  2   3 |  0  2   .296 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .256 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  2   .274 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .326 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .339 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        36  3  5   3 |  1 11   .139 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RBraun 3(19)
2B: BPhillips 1(6)
HR: RBraun 1(6)
GIDP: BPhillips 1(2)
ERRORS: ZCozart 1(1), TFrazier 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams        Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Dan Haren         L(1-3)         5.0  6  3  3  3   0  3 24   5.40 1.80
Edward Mujica     S(2)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Brad Ziegler      Ho(4)          0.3  0  0  0  0   0  0  1   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.3  6  3  3  3   0  5 31   3.70 1.23
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  2   1 |  0  0   .241 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  1  2   1 |  0  0   .667 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RMartin 1(4)
HR: RMartin 1(2)
GIDP: RMartin 1(3)

 

Notes:

  • Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was back in the lineup Monday against the Cubs after coming off the bench the day before. He went 0 for 4 with a walk in a 5-4 win. Cozart, who was hit on the fingers during a bunt attempt Saturday, is batting .213 with four homers and 10 RBI through 18 games. (CBS Sports)
  • Mike Minor‘s scheduled Monday start will be pushed back to Tuesday thanks to the postponement of Monday’s contest due to weather. Minor was set to go Monday night, but he will now start Game 1 of a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday. Minor will go against the same starter he was scheduled to face Monday, Jeff Francis. (Rotowire)
  • Braves activated 1B Freddie Freeman from the 15-day disabled list. Freeman will bat cleanup in his return Tuesday afternoon against the Rockies. The 23-year-old hit .412 (7-for-17) with one homer, one double and seven RBI over his first five games this season prior to going on the disabled list with a strained oblique. He has the potential for a breakout season. He went 7-for-17 in five games earlier this season and will pick up the everyday first base duties moving forward, so don’t hesitate to get him back in your lineup right away. (Rotowire)
  • Russell Martin stayed hot Monday, going 2-for-3 with a homer against the Phillies. Martin has hit in seven straight after a 2-for-31 start, upping his average from .065 to .241. Don’t expect it to get a whole lot higher. (Rotoworld)
  • Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth for a save in a 3-2 game against the Nationals on Monday. Mujica had the easier assignment tonight after Trevor Rosenthal faced the top of the order in a scoreless eighth; Mujica got the six-through-eight hitters and retired them all for his second save. Until he starts giving up homers again, Mujica should be the guy for saves in St. Louis. (Rotoworld)
  • Dan Haren lost to the Cardinals after allowing three runs in five innings on Monday night. Haren has yet to deliver a quality start in four trips to the mound. At least in his first three starts, he had a 12/1 K/BB ratio. Tonight, he struck out three, walked three and hit a batter. A quick turnaround hardly appears likely. (Rotoworld)
  • Hiram Burgos will remain in the Brewers’ rotation for at least another start, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers were debating whether to keep Burgos in the rotation or send him back to Triple-A, but the finger injury Kyle Lohse suffered Monday led to the decision to keep him around for at least one more outing. Due to off days, Burgos could still head back to Triple-A after his next start, but if he pitches well, and/or Lohse needs more time to recover than initially expected, he could stick around longer. Burgos will take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles in his next start Friday. (Rotowire)
  • Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Monday’s 7-1 win over the Padres. The home run was Braun’s fourth in his past five games and he already has 19 RBI in 54 at-bats. Fantasy owners do not need to worry about the neck spasms that kept Braun out of three games towards the beginning of the season.
  • Pirates outfielder Travis Snider hasn’t received a lot of coverage thus far, but he’s off to a strong start. While some of Snider’s gaudy .326/.415/.478 line has been fueled by a .429 BABIP, he’s flashing some skills that he was known for as a prospect. Snider currently boasts the highest walk rate of his major-league career. He’s taking free passes 13.2 percent of the time this year. On top of that, he’s also managed to cut down on his strikeouts. Over his career, Snider has struck out in 26.5 percent of his plate appearances, but that’s down to 20.8 this year. Strikeout rate is one of the first stats to stabilize, so it could mean he’s finally figuring things out in the majors. His other numbers seem to indicate that he’s improved as well. Snider is making slightly more contact than he has in past seasons. Snider’s contact rate has steadily increased over his career, and now sits at 81.7 percent. It’s the first time in Snider’s major-league career that he’s made contact with over 80 percent of his swings. The biggest red flag so far seems to be Snider’s lack of home runs. Snider has hit seven doubles already, which is the reason for his solid .478 slugging percentage. Looking at his hit charts, Snider has come dangerously close to hitting two balls out of the park, so it seems like the power will come eventually. (CBS Sports)
  • Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia continues to thrive with regular playing time. Denorfia has started eight of the last 10 games for San Diego and is batting .339 (19 for 56) through 17 games this season. Denorfia enters play Tuesday vs. Milwaukee batting .320 (8 for 25) with one home run, two RBI and three doubles in his last six games. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 21 – April 21st, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/21/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

70

Runs

3

110

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

69.5

HR

3

29

3

 Shoeless Jews

62.5

RBI

1

114

4

 Misogynistic Padres

61

Steals

T-4

15

5

 Goodfellas

55

Average

4

.2698

T-6

 The Pi Train

54.5

Wins

 T-6

9

T-6

 Grab Some Stamps

54.5

Saves

 T-3

7

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52.5

ERA

2

2.99

9

 Get Off Kong!

48.5

WHIP

4

1.144

10

 Cover Zero

22

Strikeouts

7

127

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.21
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .407 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  1  1   1 |  2  0   .307 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    2  1  1   3 |  0  1   .292 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  1   3 |  0  3   .280 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .270 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .275 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  2   0 |  1  1   .357 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    3  2  2   0 |  1  1   .200 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .346 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    5  1  1   0 |  0  2   .231 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        35  8 11   7 |  5 11   .314 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(21), TFrazier 3(17), RBraun 3(16)
2B: TFrazier 1(4), TSnider 1(7), RBrantly 1(4), DSolano 1(2)
HR: RBraun 1(5)
GIDP: JWerth 1(4)
ERRORS: ChJohnson 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Kris Medlen       L(1-2)         6.0  7  3  3  1   0  6 27   4.50 1.33
Mike Adams        W(1-1)         1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(5)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 1.00
Jim Henderson     S(4)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           9.0  8  3  3  1   0  9 37   3.00 1.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  1  2   1 |  0  0   .216 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         4  1  2   1 |  0  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RMartin 1(3)
2B: RMartin 1(4)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Wilton Lopez      L(0-1)BS(2)    1.0  3  2  2  0   0  0  6  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           1.0  3  2  2  0   0  0  6  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Ryan Braun was ejected in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cubs. Braun got thrown out for a bat flip after he argued a called third strike. He finished 1-for-4 with a home run before being tossed. Logan Schafer replaced him in left field. (Rotoworld)
  • Rob Brantly scored twice while going 2-for-3 with a walk during Sunday’s loss to the Reds. Brantly is hitting just .200 with zero home runs and three RBI in 50 at-bats, and Sunday’s pair of runs were his first two of the season. The Marlins still figure to give him the bulk of the playing time behind the dish as they evaluate the rookie’s long-term prospects, but backup Miguel Olivo – who homered Sunday as a pinch hitter – could begin to eat into Brantly’s at-bats if the youngster does not pick things up offensively. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson is expected to assume everyday duty at third base when Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Though the Braves broke camp with Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco in hard platoon, Johnson has separated himself in the competition with multi-hit games in seven of his past 11 starts. Both Johnson had played primarily first base while Freeman was out, allowing Francisco to play everyday as well at third base. Francisco’s regular starts should come to an end quickly. (Rotowire)
  • Braves pitcher Kris Medlen (1-2) surrendered season highs in runs (three) and hits (seven) over six innings during a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh Sunday. The three runs allowed matched the season total Medlen allowed in his previous three starts as his ERA jumped to 2.16. The right-hander failed to preserve a 2-0 lead in the second inning and permitted another run in the sixth inning while taking his second loss. Last season, he finished with only one defeat in 50 appearances (12 starts). Medlen also struck out a season-high six batters and walked just one, giving him just one walk over his past two starts (13 innings). He earns the nod again Friday at Detroit, a team he held to one run in 6 2/3 innings during his only start against it in 2010.(CBS Sports)
  • Brewers reliever Jim Henderson picked up his fourth save with a clean inning Sunday against the Cubs. Henderson remains perfect in save opportunities and has an even 1.00 ERA in nine innings. He added two more strikeouts for 12 on the season. John Axford has been sharp lately, with five straight scoreless outings. Henderson’s job may be in jeopardy if he hits a rough patch, but he should remain the Brewers closer for the near future. (CBS Sports)
  • Wilton Lopez took the loss after surrendering two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Called upon to fill in at closer for Rafael Betancourt, who had pitched the last two days, Lopez failed to preserve a 4-3 Rockies lead. For a team that has gotten solid performances across its lineup and pitching staff, Lopez stands as one of the few exceptions, as he now has a 9.00 ERA and 2.25 WHIP through nine outings. His struggles could lead Walt Weiss to plug in Matt Belisle or Rex Brothers as the top setup man to Betancourt, bumping Lopez down to sixth or seventh-inning duty. (Rotowire)

Daily Roundup – Day 20 – April 20th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/20/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

69

Runs

4

102

2

 Shoeless Jews

67

HR

3

28

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

66

RBI

1

107

4

 Misogynistic Padres

64

Steals

4

15

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2677

6

 The Pi Train

56

Wins

 T-6

8

7

 Goodfellas

54.5

Saves

 T-6

6

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

48

ERA

2

2.99

9

 Get Off Kong!

41

WHIP

4

1.154

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

T-7

118

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.20
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .418 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  1   1 |  1  2   .306 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    6  0  0   0 |  0  1   .225 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  0  0   0 |  1  3   .286 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  1   .283 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    6  0  0   0 |  0  3   .191 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .268 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    3  2  1   0 |  1  1   .277 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .170 
Mike McKenry         Pit  C    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .357 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    5  0  1   2 |  0  1   .385 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .233 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        46  4  9   3 |  5 14   .196 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(20), JTurner 2(3)
2B: ChJohnson 1(4), JWerth 1(2), MMcKenry 1(2)
SB: HPence 1(4)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Cliff Lee         L(2-1)         5.0  7  5  5  3   0  5 24   9.00 2.00
Mark Melancon     Ho(6)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen                    1.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.3  8  5  5  3   0  6 32   6.16 1.51
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .191 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------

 

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart (fingers) will sit Sunday but is available to pinch-run or pinch-hit in a jam. Cozart injured his fingers on a bunt attempt in Saturday’s game. It sounds like nothing more than a couple of bruises, though, as X-rays came back negative. He’ll likely return to the lineup in the coming days. (Rotoworld)
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) will rejoin the Braves in Colorado on Monday if he continues to progress in his rehab assignment. The first baseman struggled in his first rehab game at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he rounded into form on Saturday, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Freeman played first base in the game as well, and he’ll play the field again on Sunday. Assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback, he should be inserted into fantasy lineups first thing Monday. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee surrendered five earned runs over five innings Saturday as the Phillies lost to the Cardinals. Lee looked a little off all night and even walked three batters in the same inning at one point — a rarity for the steady left-hander. He wound up with five strikeouts but allowed seven hits, including a solo home run to Carlos Beltran. Lee will carry a 2-1 record, 2.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP into his next outing against the Pirates. (Rotoworld)
  • Jayson Werth went 1-for-3 Saturday with a double, a walk and two runs scored. He’s putting up very solid numbers so far this season, with a .277/.329/.446 slash line, three home runs, two steals, eight RBI and 13 runs scored in 17 games. As long as he remains healthy and hitting second in the potent Nats’ batting order, Werth should have plenty of value. (Rotowire)
  • Todd Frazier is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. Consider this nothing more than day off for Frazier following a day in which he struck out three times in four at-bats. Jack Hannahan will get a rare start Sunday. (Rotowire)
  • Juan Pierre is not in the lineup Sunday, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Pierre’s .191/.225/.221 line out of the leadoff spot is a major reason why the Marlins rank last in the league in runs scored, but it doesn’t appear manager Mike Redmond is ready to pull the plug on him yet. He’ll get what amounts to a day off Sunday, with Chris Coghlan filling in for him in left field. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double against the Pirates on Saturday. Johnson is now hitting a ridiculous .418 with two home runs on the season. He’s been playing first base in Freddie Freeman’s absence, but with Freeman’s return imminent he’ll likely return to third. Johnson is part of a platoon with Juan Francisco at the hot corner but when Johnson is hitting like this it’s hard to imagine he won’t get the bulk of the playing time. (Rotoworld)
  • Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 3-2 win over the Marlins in 13 innings on Saturday. Phillips drove in Shin-Soo Choo, who led off the inning with a ground rule double. The 31-year-old second baseman was originally expected to serve as the Reds’ No. 2 hitter this season, but he has thrived since taking over for Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) at cleanup. He’s currently tied with Chris Davis and John Buck for the major league lead with 20 RBI. With Choo and Joey Votto setting the table, a 100-RBI season can’t be ruled out for Phillips. (Rotoworld)

Daily Roundup – Day 19 – April 19th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/19/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

71.5

Runs

4

98

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

HR

T-2

28

3

 Misogynistic Padres

60

RBI

1

104

4

 Goodfellas

59

Steals

T-3

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

58.5

Average

4

.2723

6

 Shoeless Jews

57.5

Wins

 T-6

8

7

 The Pi Train

53

Saves

 T-3

6

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50.5

ERA

2

2.81

9

 Get Off Kong!

47

WHIP

4

1.135

10

 Cover Zero

23

Strikeouts

8

112

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.19
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .412 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .313 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .246 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    2  0  1   0 |  1  0   .305 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    3  1  1   3 |  1  0   .279 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  3   .210 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   1 |  1  0   .265 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    3  0  0   0 |  1  1   .274 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  1  2   0 |  1  0   .333 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .174 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    4  1  2   0 |  0  0   .375 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .429 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .228 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        41  3 10   4 |  6  7   .244 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RBraun 3(13), HPence 1(11)
2B: JPierre 1(2), HPence 1(2), TSnider 1(6), CDenorfia 2(6)
HR: RBraun 1(4)
GIDP: JWerth 1(3)
CS: TFrazier 1(1), RBraun 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Jim Henderson     S(3)           1.0  1  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 1.00
Brad Ziegler                     1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           3.0  1  0  0  0   0  4  9   0.00 0.33
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  2   0 |  1  0   .178 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  1  2   0 |  1  0   .667 
---------------------------------------------------------
2B: RMartin 1(3)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Wilton Lopez      Ho(3)          0.7  0  0  0  0   0  2  2   0.00 0.00
Kevin Slowey                     6.0  4  1  1  1   0  4 22   1.50 0.83
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           6.7  4  1  1  1   0  6 24   1.34 0.75
----------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Notes:

  • Jim Henderson notched his third save of the season in Friday’s win over the Cubs. Dioner Navarro reached with a two-out single in the top of the ninth, but Jonathan Lucroy was able to throw out pinch-runner Julio Borbon on a stolen base attempt at second base to finish off the one-run victory. Henderson has allowed just one run over eight innings this season to go along with a 10/1 K/BB ratio. While Axford has pitched much better recently in lower-leverage situations, Henderson is the pitcher to own in this bullpen at the moment. (Rotoworld)
  • Ryan Braun clubbed a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Cubs. It was the big blow in a four-run first inning off Jeff Samardzija. Braun has now homered in back-to-back games, so perhaps he’s busting out of his recent mini-slump. (Rotoworld)
  • Kevin Slowey pitched well in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over six strong innings. Slowey punched out four on the evening while walking one. He has been a very pleasant surprise in the Marlins rotation in the early going, posting a 1.90 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 15/6 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings. As well as he’s pitched, poor offensive support means he’ll head into Thursday’s start against the Cubs still in search of his first victory. He’s starting to be worth a look as a matchup play in deeper mixed leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list to start next Wednesday against the Mets. Lilly will take the place of Chris Capuano, who was placed on the disabled list this week with a calf strain. The 37-year-old southpaw had surgery on his shoulder last September and wasn’t overly impressive in his two rehab starts with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Lilly has finished with an ERA under 4.00 each of the last four seasons, so he could be of some use to those in deeper formats, but most fantasy owners can afford to wait and see for now. (Rotoworld)
  • Michael Wacha, RHP, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; fastball has been up to 95; curveball has taken steps forward as a professional with plus potential; plus changeup; proving that stuff can hold up as a starter; has taken steps forward since being drafted
  • Mike Adams said Friday that he wishes he “felt a little bit better.” Adams owns a 2.57 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings this season, but he has displayed diminished velocity. The veteran set-up man indicated that he might not be 100 percent following October to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome, so the situation is worth monitoring. He joined the Phillies this winter on a two-year, $12 million contract. (Rotoworld)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) played catch from a distance of 75 feet on Friday. It was his first time throwing since he was placed on the disabled list last week with a sprained right forearm. Fujikawa will likely require a brief minor league rehab assignment, but he should be ready to return right around when he’s first eligible. The Cubs are using a closer-by-committee right now, but Fujikawa should get the job back once he’s back to full health. (Rotoworld)
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in a rehab game Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett. It was Freeman’s first game action since being placed on the disabled list. He’ll continue his rehab assignment again Saturday before the Braves active him for their upcoming three-game series against the Rockies. Freeman was batting .412 (7-for-17) with one home run, one double and seven RBI prior to the injury. (Rotoworld)

Daily Rundown – Day 18 – April 18th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/18/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

95

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

HR

T-2

27

3

 Shoeless Jews

64

RBI

1

100

4

 Goodfellas

60.5

Steals

T-3

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2741

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52

Wins

 T-5

8

T-6

 The Pi Train

52

Saves

 T-5

5

8

 Misogynistic Padres

51

ERA

2

2.88

9

 Get Off Kong!

45

WHIP

4

1.153

10

 Cover Zero

20.5

Strikeouts

6

108

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.18
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  1  3   2 |  1  1   .437 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  1  1   0 |  0  3   .333 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  2   2 |  1  1   .246 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  3  2   2 |  1  1   .298 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  1   2 |  0  0   .275 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  3   .262 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  2  2   0 |  1  1   .314 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .186 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .222 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        36  8 13   8 |  4 12   .361 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 2(7), ZCozart 2(10), TFrazier 2(14), RBraun 2(10)
2B: TSnider 2(5)
HR: ChJohnson 1(2), TFrazier 1(5), RBraun 1(3)
GIDP: RBrantly 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams        L(0-1)         1.0  2  1  1  1   0  2  6   9.00 3.00
Edward Mujica     S(1)           1.3  2  0  0  0   0  2  6   0.00 1.54
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.3  4  1  1  1   0  4 12   3.91 2.17
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  2   1 |  0  0   .143 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  1  2   1 |  0  0   .667 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RMartin 1(2)
HR: RMartin 1(1)
HBP: RMartin 1(1)

 

Notes:

  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett. Freeman was cleared for game action after making it through a workout Thursday. He’s scheduled to play rehab games on Friday and Saturday with an eye toward activation on Monday in Colorado. The 23-year-old was batting .412 (7-for-17) with one home run, one double and seven RBI prior to the injury. (Rotoworld)
  • Ryan Braun slugged his third home run of the season on Thursday as the Brewers defeated the Giants. The first-inning home run snapped a mini slump for Braun. He boasts a cool .275/.396/.575 batting line, three home runs and 10 RBI through 11 games this season. The 29-year-old should again challenge for the NL MVP. (Rotoworld)
  • Since moving into the second spot in the order six games ago, Zack Cozart has gone 10-for-26 (.385), the Reds’ official site reports. Usually the batting order doesn’t make the hitter, but rather the hitter has his usual set of hot and cold streaks. That’s likely the case here with Cozart. (Rotowire)
  • Travis Snider went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk Thursday, raising his batting average to .314 (11-for-35). Snider has five doubles thus far, two of which narrowly missed going out of the park. He looks comfortable at the plate. Last season was a struggle for Snider, who battled a hamstring ailment, but he appears healthy now and could prove to be a decent buy-low candidate. If nothing else, he’s off to a good start. (Rotowire)
  • Edward Mujica nailed down a four-out save in the Cardinals’ win over the Phillies Thursday. It wasn’t an easy one. Mujica entered with two runners on in the eighth and struck Laynce Nix out with three pitches. He then allowed consecutive singles to start the ninth, leaving runners at the corners with no outs. “Chief” escaped, though, getting a ground out, a strikeout and another ground out to convert his first save since May of 2012. Mujica is the Cardinals’ hottest reliever and is the guy to own for saves right now in St. Louis. (Rotoworld)
  • Russell Martin hit his first home run of the season Thursday against the Braves. Martin had just two hits over his first 31 at-bats this season, but he now has a modest three-game hitting streak going. Hey, we’ll take what we can get. It’s unlikely that Martin will match the power he showed in the Bronx, as PNC Park is a pretty tough venue for right-handed batters, but he should be owned in two-catcher mixed formats. (Rotoworld)
  • Todd Frazier had a big night Thursday against the Marlins, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored. He also drew a walk. Frazier went through a lull after a red-hot first week, but he’s now gone deep in consecutive games and has five longballs and 14 RBI for the season to go along with a .298 batting mark. He should continue to be a fine option at the hot corner for fantasy owners. (Rotoworld)  Also see the Deadspin article: Todd Frazier Homered at the Request of a Batboy with Down Syndrome

Daily Rundown – Day 17 – April 17th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/17/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75.5

Runs

4

87

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

71.5

HR

T-2

24

3

 Shoeless Jews

66

RBI

1

92

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

T-2

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

58

Average

4

.2692

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

8

7

 The Pi Train

52.5

Saves

 T-8

4

8

 Misogynistic Padres

50.5

ERA

2

2.86

9

 Get Off Kong!

40

WHIP

3

1.135

10

 Cover Zero

17

Strikeouts

6

104

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.17
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .409 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    2  0  2   3 |  1  0   .345 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    5  3  3   2 |  0  0   .228 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  1  1   1 |  0  1   .278 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    1  0  0   0 |  3  1   .278 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .207 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  1   2 |  0  0   .262 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  0   0 |  1  0   .288 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  0  1   1 |  0  3   .290 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    6  1  1   1 |  0  3   .364 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   1 |  0  1   .220 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        41  6 11  11 |  5  9   .268 
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RBI: BPhillips 3(19), ZCozart 2(8), TFrazier 1(12), HPence 2(10),
 TSnider 1(4), CDenorfia 1(5), DSolano 1(2)
2B: ChJohnson 1(3), ZCozart 1(3)
HR: ZCozart 1(4), TFrazier 1(4), CDenorfia 1(1)
GIDP: ChJohnson 1(2), TFrazier 1(2)
CS: RBraun 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Minor        L(2-1)         6.0  5  1  1  0   0  5 22   1.50 0.83
Mark Melancon     Ho(5)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Kenley Jansen                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 0.00
Jim Henderson     W(2-0)         1.0  0  0  0  1   0  1  4   0.00 1.00
Brad Ziegler                     0.3  0  0  0  0   0  0  1   0.00 0.00
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Totals                           9.3  5  1  1  1   0  8 34   0.97 0.65
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .103 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .250 
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Notes:

  • Mike Minor held the Royals to one run in six innings Wednesday, but he still took his first loss since last Aug. 19 with the Braves getting shut out. Minor had won seven straight since losing to the Dodgers last August. Just like today, Minor gave up one run and the Braves were shut out in that one. Minor hasn’t given up more than three runs and lost since way back on June 30. Unfortunately, he was outdueled by the Royals’ Wade Davis, who tossed seven shutout innings. Still, don’t take anything away from Minor, who remains hot out of the gate. He has allowed just two earned runs in 19 innings (0.95 ERA) and his five strikeouts Wednesday gives him 20 for the season. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. Freeman will have to make it through a workout on Thursday before being cleared for game action. Freeman is scheduled to take batting practice and infield Thursday, then travel to Charlotte to play for Gwinnett. “If everything goes well, I’ll fly to Denver on Monday,” Freeman said. “That’s the plan, barring no setbacks (with the oblique). But I feel great. Ramped it up even more today in the cage. Hopefully, tomorrow everything will go well on the field.”(Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Ryan Braun said his neck is no longer an issue. Braun entered Wednesday’s game with just one hit in his last 18 at-bats while striking out 10 times over that stretch. It prompted concerns about a neck injury that cropped up earlier in the month, but the outfielder insists his swing is just out of whack right now. “My neck is fine now,” he said. “It was [messed] up for a while. The first couple of games in St. Louis I’m sure it didn’t help, but it’s not an issue now. Nothing is physical. I’m fine. My swing just [stinks] sometimes.” (Rotoworld)
  • Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with his fourth home run of the year against the Phillies on Wednesday. Cozart nearly had a home run in his first at-bat — settling for a double instead — but he made sure there was no doubt about it in the fifth inning. Cozart is still hitting just .214, but batting ahead of Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will offer Cozart plenty of opportunities to score runs. (Rotoworld)
  • Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly will be activated off the disabled list to start next Wednesday against the Mets, MLB.com reports. The left-hander had been building up shoulder strength in the minors, where he went 0-3 with a 6.88 ERA in three starts. Los Angeles has a void in the rotation with both Chris Capuano (calf) and Zack Greinke (collarbone) on the disabled list. (CBS Sports)
  • Brandon Phillips went 2-for-2 with three RBI as the Reds defeated the Phillies on Wednesday. Phillips did all his damage in the first three innings, as he was later replaced by Cesar Izturis in the blowout. Phillips is now hitting .351 with a whopping 19 RBI for the year. As long as he continues to hit in the middle of the Reds order, there’s no reason to think he can’t continue to rack up the counting stats as well. (Rotoworld)
  • Asked Thursday morning about the Cardinals’ ninth-inning gig, general manager John Mozeliak noted that Edward Mujica is the “most senior guy” and “fearless.” Mitchell Boggs has been terrible at closer and Trevor Rosenthal hasn’t been much better in a setup role, so the Cardinals could look to Mujica for their next save opportunity. Mujica, 28, boasts a 1.15 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 26/4 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since moving from the Marlins to the Cardinals late last summer. He needs to be scooped up in all standard fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday that Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) is the “logical choice” to take over the closer’s role when he is activated from the disabled list, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Cubs are going with the committee approach in the ninth inning for the time being, but since no one has stepped up and thrown the ball well in Fujikawa’s absence, it appears he will get his job back when he is healthy. Fujikawa is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Apr. 28, so he could be back in the closer’s role before the end of the month. (Rotowire)