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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 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 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 
---------------------------------------------------------
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
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           9.3  5  1  1  1   0  8 34   0.97 0.65
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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 
--------------------------------------------------------- 

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)

Daily Rundown – Day 15 – April 15th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/15/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

79.5

Runs

4

75

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

66.5

HR

T-2

21

3

 Shoeless Jews

65.5

RBI

1

79

T-4

 Grab Some Stamps!

64

Steals

T-3

11

T-4

 Goodfellas

64

Average

4

.2669

6

 The Pi Train

52

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-9

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

45.5

ERA

2

2.90

9

 Misogynistic Padres

43.5

WHIP

3

1.143

10

 Cover Zero

20

Strikeouts

8

86


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.15
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  1  2   2 |  0  0   .340 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .167 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   1 |  0  2   .298 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .180 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    3  2  2   0 |  0  0   .294 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  1  1   0 |  1  1   .296 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .200 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .086 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    2  1  0   0 |  0  1   .238 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        32  8  9   5 |  1  5   .281 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 2(16), TFrazier 1(11), JPierre 1(1), RBrantly 1(3)
2B: BPhillips 1(5), ZCozart 1(2), JPierre 1(1), RMartin 1(2)
HBP: RMartin 1, DSolano 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       0.7  2  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 2.86
Cliff Lee                        7.0  5  2  2  1   0  4 26   2.57 0.86
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.7  7  2  2  1   0  5 30   2.34 1.04
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    1  0  1   1 |  1  0   .375 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         1  0  1   1 |  1  0   1.00 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: CDenorfia 1(4)

Notes:

  • Russell Martin made an appearance at third base after Michael McKenry entered Monday’s game against the Cardinals. That’s probably a better idea than playing him at shortstop, though it’s really only an option for however long Pedro Alvarez stays ice cold. Alvarez went 0-for-3 and then got removed from Monday’s game. For Martin, it was his 16th career appearance at third base. He started eight games there for the Dodgers in 2008. His fantasy value is even lower at third base than at catcher, but he now has a game under his belt at the hot corner. Pedro Alvarez started the game at third, but came out after the Cardinals built up a 10-1 lead. Martin went 1-for-4 with a run scored.(Rotoworld, Rotowire)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) will make his next rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Lilly originally refused to make another rehab start, as he feels he’s totally healthy and ready to be activated. He’s obviously changed his mind, though. It’s not clear whether he’ll make an additional rehab start after Tuesday or be activated. (Rotoworld)
  •  Edward Mujica was nearly brought in to save the Cardinals 10-6 win on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It looks like Mujica will get the first chance to close should Mitchell Boggs blow another save. Mujica was warming up in the bullpen when Monday’s game ended. Following the game manager Mike Matheny commented the Cardinals were “one hitter away from bringing in Mujica.” (Rotowire)
  • A day after belting two homers against the Reds, Michael McKenry came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI single Monday night against St. Louis. McKenry is the clear backup at catcher, with Russell Martin serving as the starter. Last season, he excelled in a supporting role behind Rod Barajas and struggled late in the season as a full-time player. He has the potential to go on a hot streak for a couple weeks or more, but Martin’s presence will likely keep him in a secondary role in the early going. (Rotowire)
  • Brandon Phillips continued to produce Monday, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Phillips is up to a blistering .340 this season and has 16 RBI in 12 games played. He should continue to provide plenty of offense for fantasy owners as long as he hits in the heart of the Reds’ powerful offense. (Rotowire)
  • Juan Pierre doubled, scored a run and drove in one in Monday’s 10-2 loss the the Nationals. The speedster is batting just .184 on the season with a pitiful .224 on-base percentage. Pierre has swiped just one base so far this season with five runs scored and one RBI. The veteran will continue to see regular at-bats until some of Miami’s younger talent is healthy and ready to join the big league roster, but his run scoring opportunities will be limited batting atop the league’s lowest scoring lineup. (Rotowire)
  • Cliff Lee got a no decision Monday, despite allowing just two runs in seven innings of work against the Reds. Lee is off to a great start in 2013, pitching to a 1.52 ERA with 18 strikeouts in three starts. He’ll try to continue his strong start against the Cardinals next weekend. (Rotowire)
  • Marlins catcher Rob Brantly entered Monday’s series opener against the Nationals having gone 0 for 11 in the previous four games. He went hitless in his first two at-bats before singling home a run in the seventh inning. Brantly finished 1 for 4 in a 10-3 loss. The 23-year-old has three RBI through 10 games and is batting .200 (7 for 35). (CBS Sports)
  • Nationals pitcher Dan Haren may be struggling to open the year, but his velocity has rebounded slightly. After averaging 89.9 mph with his fastball in 2012, the pitch is back up to 90.00 mph this year, according to BrooksBaseball.net. That’s still a decline from his career averages, but a decent upgrade over where he was last season. Haren has surrendered 19 hits in two starts this season, but has also continued to strike out batters at a decent clip. If Haren gets knocked around by the Marlins this week, it might be time for Fantasy owners to worry. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 13 – April 13th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/13/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Goodfellas

74

Runs

6

60

2

 X-Men

72.5

HR

3

19

3

 Grab Some Stamps

68

RBI

T-1

65

4

 Shoeless Jews

64.5

Steals

T-4

9

5

 Atomic Roadrunners

62

Average

4

.2611

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50.5

Wins

 T-4

7

7

 The Pi Train

50

Saves

 T-7

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

ERA

5

3.08

9

 Misogynistic Padres

41

WHIP

3

1.118

10

 Cover Zero

21

Strikeouts

8

76


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.13
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .344 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    5  1  3   1 |  0  0   .175 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  2  1   .308 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  3   .360 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .190 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .283 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  1   0 |  0  0   .263 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .207 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .065 
Xavier Paul          Cin OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .364 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    2  0  1   1 |  0  0   .278 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .256 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        44  3  9   2 |  2 12   .205 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ZCozart 1(6), ErChavez 1(1)
2B: ZCozart 1(1)
HR: ZCozart 1(3)
GIDP: TFrazier 1(1)
SB: DSolano 1(1)
ERRORS: HPence 1(1), DSolano 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(4)          1.0  3  2  2  0   0  2  6  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  3  2  2  0   0  4  9   9.00 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    5  0  1   0 |  0  2   .393 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    4  1  3   0 |  0  0   .467 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         9  1  4   0 |  0  2   .444 
---------------------------------------------------------
2B: JTurner 1(2)
GIDP: CDenorfia 1(2)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(4)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Brandon Phillips in not in Saturday’s lineup. Phillips has played in every game this season, so it’s just a scheduled off-day. Cesar Izturis will start at second base Saturday against the Pirates. (Rotoworld)
  • Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “aren’t going to trade outfield prospect Oscar Taveras to Texas” for Jurickson Profar. Swapping the top prospects would make some sense for each organization because the Cardinals need a shortstop and the Rangers could soon use a power-hitting outfielder. But there’s no momentum toward a deal at this time. We can’t say for certain whether the Rangers and Cardinals have even had a discussion about it. (Rotoworld)
  • Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in the Reds’ loss to the Pirates on Saturday. The double and home run accounted for one half of the Reds’ hits off opposing starter Jeff Locke. The three hits on the night were greater than his hit total from April 6 through April 12. Despite the cold streak, manager Dusty Baker had him hitting second Saturday with Brandon Phillips (personal) out. (Rotowire)
  • Cubs placed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right forearm. With Fujikawa sidelined, the Cubs will go with a closer by committee, with Carlos Marmol still not expected to be in the mix. James Russell and Shawn Camp should see the majority of save opportunities based on game situations. It’s not clear how long Fujikawa has been pitching through the injury, but he may have aggravated it after giving up a blown save in Friday’s win over the Giants. (Rotoworld)
  • Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said one of his chief goals during the past offseason was to gain speed in order to help his defense and effectiveness on the basepaths. To help accomplish his goal, Pence switched to lifting lighter weights among other exercises which has resulted in his ability to cover more ground in the outfield. “I worked on it, put the effort in and I feel like it’s paid off,” the 30-year-old told MLB.com. “Stuff I never did before. Instead of squatting 400 pounds.” Pence has also swiped two bases in his first 12 games after recording a combined five steals in 160 games between Philadelphia and San Francisco last year. (CBS Sports)
  • Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Ryan Braun‘s neck is “still bothering him some.” Braun has played the last four games after missing three contests with a neck ailment, but he’s gone 0-for-7 while striking out six times over the last two days against the Cardinals. “(Braun’s) neck is still bothering him some,” Roenicke said. “He’s not 100%. You can see some of his swings aren’t his usual self.” At this point, it doesn’t appear that the disabled list is under consideration for the outfielder, but things might be different if the Brewers weren’t already so undermanned. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly’s (shoulder) spot on the Dodgers is in question after the left-hander refused to make any more minor league rehab appearances, the Dodgers’ official site reports. Chris Capuano has been named the replacement for the injured Zack Greinke (collarbone) in the rotation. Lilly thinks he’s good to go while the Dodgers hope to stash him in Triple-A a little while longer. It seems likely that Lilly will return as a reliever until some other team offers a deal the Dodgers can accept. (Rotowire)

Daily Rundown – Day 12 – April 12th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/12/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Goodfellas

70.5

Runs

6

57

2

 Grab Some Stamps

70

HR

3

18

3

 X-Men

69

RBI

1

63

4

 Atomic RoadRunners

67

Steals

T-5

8

5

 Shoeless Jews

58

Average

4

.2670

6

 The Pi Train

56.5

Wins

 T-2

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

53.5

Saves

 T-7

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

ERA

 4

2.94

9

 Misogynistic Padres

42.5

WHIP

 2

1.109

10

 Cover Zero

16.5

Strikeouts

 6

72


                   BOX SCORE FOR 04.12
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    5  2  3   1 |  0  1   .357 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  2  2   3 |  0  2   .318 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  0   0 |  0  2   .114 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  3   .409 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    3  1  1   0 |  0  0   .211 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    5  0  1   1 |  0  2   .286 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    2  1  1   0 |  1  0   .250 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .231 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .074 
Xavier Paul          Cin OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .400 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .257 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        45  8 10   6 |  1 12   .222 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 1(2), BPhillips 3(11), JWerth 1(8), RMartin 1(1)
HR: ChJohnson 1(1), BPhillips 2(4)
GIDP: RMartin 1(2), DSolano 1(3)
SB: HPence 1(2), JWerth 1(2)
HBP: JPierre 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       1.0  1  0  0  1   0  0  4   0.00 2.00
Kyuji Fujikawa    W(1-0)BS(1)    1.0  3  3  3  0   0  0  7  27.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  4  3  3  1   0  0 11  13.50 2.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .435 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(3)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Wilton Lopez                     1.0  3  2  2  0   0  1  5  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  3  2  2  0   0  2  8   9.00 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------


Notes:

  • Brandon Phillips blasted a pair of home runs and drove home three in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday. Phillips finished the night 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. He tagged A.J. Burnett for a solo shot in the second inning, then added a two-run bomb off Tony Watson in the seventh that knotted the score at 5-5. He’s settled nicely into the cleanup role in the absence of Ryan Ludwick, hitting .318/.340/.682 with four homers and 11 RBI on the season. (Rotoworld)
  • Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com believes that Ted Lilly might be the leading candidate to assume Zack Greinke’s spot in the rotation. The other option is Chris Capuano, but Capuano isn’t as stretched out as Lilly is right now, and the Dodgers don’t believe Lilly would take to the bullpen very well. Lilly is on a rehab assignment, but he’s been healthy for a while and reached 90 pitches Wednesday in his most recent outing. Greinke’s next turn comes up on Tuesday. (Rotoworld)
  • Wilton Lopez holds a 10.80 ERA and has allowed 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings so far this season. Much of the damage came on Opening Day, when Lopez allowed three runs on four hits over an inning of work. Still, he’s given up a run an six hits since then while striking out just one batter. The reliever’s velocity has been down a tick so far, but so far there’s been no talk that last year’s elbow issue is a problem again. Lopez could get passed by Rex Brothers as the Rockies’ backup plan at closer if his struggles continue. (Rotoworld)
  • Russell Martin is batting just .043 (1-for-23) so far this season. Martin was hitless in his first six games to start the year before doubling in his first at-bats of Tuesday’s game. The veteran backstop’s batting average has been in a steady decline the last few seasons, sinking to a career-low .211 last year. He still has pop, though, and should help fantasy owners in that department. (Rotoworld)
  • Todd Frazier is not in Friday’s lineup against the Pirates. Frazier is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, so Reds manager Dusty Baker is just giving him a breather. Jack Hannahan will start in his place at the hot corner. (Rotoworld)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa suffered a blown save, only to end up with a win, after giving up three runs in the ninth Friday against the Giants. Things could have worked out differently: Pablo Sandoval’s bloop single to right may well have been caught if the Cubs hadn’t been playing a no-doubles defense and Hunter Pence would have hit into a game-ending double play if Starlin Castro hadn’t been slow to get it started. That said, Fujikawa wasn’t all that impressive today, especially on the splitter he left up to Brandon Belt for a game-tying double. The closer’s role is his for now, but he hasn’t built up much job security yet. (Rotoworld)

Daily Rundown – Day 8 – April 8th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/8/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

82

Runs

3

41

2

 Grab Some Bench

69

HR

2

14

3

 The Pi Train

64

RBI

1

48

4

 Atomic Roadrunners

61.5

Steals

8

3

5

 Misogynistic Padres

56

Average

3

.2833

6

 Goodfellas

55

Wins

 T-7

2

7

 Shoeless Jews

53.5

Saves

 T-9

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

48

ERA

 4

3.29

9

 Get Off Kong!

34

WHIP

 3

1.096

10

 Cover Zero

27

Strikeouts

 7

46

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.08
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  2  2   2 |  1  1   .344 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .111 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  1  0   1 |  1  3   .414 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  3   1 |  1  1   .500 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .222 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  1  1   3 |  0  1   .280 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  0  1   2 |  1  2   .100 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  1   0 |  0  3   .300 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  0   0 |  1  0   .000 
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .357 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .292 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        40  6 11   9 |  5 13   .275 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 2(7), TFrazier 1(10), RBraun 1(5), HPence 3(5),  TSnider 2(2)
2B: BPhillips 1(4), RBraun 2(3)
HR: BPhillips 1(2), HPence 1(3)
GIDP: RMartin 1(1)
SB: RMartin 1(1)
HBP: TFrazier 1, JPierre 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
Kevin Slowey      L(0-2)         7.0  6  2  2  0   0  3 27   2.57 0.86
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           8.0  6  2  2  0   0  5 30   2.25 0.75
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Josh Collmenter                  2.0  1  1  1  2   0  2  9   4.50 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  1  1  1  2   0  2  9   4.50 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) will make his next minor league rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. Lilly allowed five runs (including three home runs) in six innings in his first rehab outing last Friday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. While his shoulder is healthy, he dealt with the flu during spring training and is still in the process of building arm strength. He’ll likely make at least two more rehab starts before being activated. There’s no room for him in the rotation at the moment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has previously said that he is not suited to pitching in relief. Similar to Aaron Harang, the Dodgers may eventually be able to find a trade partner. (Rotoworld)
  • Hunter Pence belted a three-run homer in Monday’s win over the Rockies. It was Pence’s only hit of the night, but it was all the Giants needed in the 4-2 victory. Most are expecting a power drop-off from Pence this season as he plays in a pitcher-friendly park over a full season for the first time, but he has three homers in the first seven contests. (Rotoworld)
  • Kevin Slowey was a hard-luck loser after allowing two runs in seven innings Monday against the Braves. The Marlins will likely have a bunch of hard-luck losers this season. Slowey, for instance, has an 0-2 record to go along with his 2.19 ERA. With the way he’s throwing, he’s a viable play in NL-only leagues, particularly in his home starts. His flyball tendencies will lead to bad days in smaller parks. (Rotoworld)
  • Chris Johnson delivered three singles in four at-bats against the Marlins on Monday. The Braves have said they don’t plan to use Evan Gattis at first base, so the position will belong to Johnson for the two weeks that Freddie Freeman is out. It makes him a nice short-term choice in NL-only leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and RBI double in Monday’s win over the Cardinals. Phillips’ homer in the sixth cut the Cards’ lead to one at the time, and his bloop double in the ninth put them ahead before the floodgates opened up. Jay Bruce (four hits) and Shin-Soo Choo (two hits, three RBI) also had big days at the dish for the Reds. Phillips is batting .344 with two homers and seven RBI early on this season. (Rotoworld)
  • Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Monday’s win over the Cubs. After missing the last three games with a neck injury, Braun didn’t show any lingering effects in his return to the lineup. He absolutely crushed an Edwin Jackson fastball in the second inning for an RBI double and added another one late off Carlos Marmol. The Brewers need Braun to stay healthy this season. They’re a drastically different team without him. (Rotoworld)
  • Jim Henderson recorded his first save of the season in Monday’s 7-4 win over the Cubs. The Brewers had a four-run lead, but Henderson had to bail out Brandon Kintzler after he loaded the bases with three straight singles. It’s another sign that John Axford has officially been phased out at closer. Henderson allowed one unearned run before striking out Steve Clevenger and Dave Sappelt. He got Starlin Castro to fly out to right field to end the game. Go ahead and pick him up in all fantasy formats. (Rotoworld)
  • Kenley Jansen has yet to allow a run in three appearances (2.2 innings) this year as he continues to work as a setup man to Brandon League. League has yet to allow a run either, so this arrangement will continue for the foreseeable future. (Rotowire)
  • Mark Melancon notched his first hold of the year Monday, throwing a scoreless eighth inning against the Diamondbacks. He struck out two of the three batters he faced. Melancon is in line for a decent number of holds in 2013 and would be first in line to close if anything happens to Jason Grilli. (Rotowire)
  • Travis Snider went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in his second start of the season Monday. The outfielder will likely get another start Tuesday, with righty Brandon McCarthy on the mound for Arizona. (Rotowire)
  • Reds third baseman Todd Frazier watched his hitting streak to begin the season end at six games Monday, but he was still able to extend his stellar RBI run. Frazier finished 0 for 4 with a walk during Cincinnati’s 13-4 victory at St. Louis, however, he netted his 10th RBI of the season on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning. He has now driven in a run during each of his past six games while carrying a .414 bating average and .485 on-base percentage. (CBS Sports)
  • Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre entered Monday’s series opener against the Braves riding a modest three-game hitting streak. He went 4 for 13 (.308) with three runs scored during that stretch. But he could not extend it against Atlanta, going 0 for 3 in the 2-0 loss. Pierre is batting .222 (6 for 27) with no stolen bases. (CBS Sports)
  • Reds outfielder Xavier Paul continued to be productive off the bench Monday against the Cardinals. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning and drove in a run with a single. Paul is 4 for 9 (.444) through six games with a homer and six RBI. (CBS Sports)
  • Michael Wacha, 21, gave up two runs on five hits while walking four over four innings in his season debut at Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. The four walks Sunday matched Wacha’s total over his first 21 professional innings last season. It’s believed that he could be ready to contribute in the big leagues later this season should the need arise in St. Louis, but Wacha will need to fare well in the Pacific Coast League in order to force the issue. (Rotowire)
  • Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who has endured some travel delays, is expected to make his Triple-A debut Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Taveras, who has not appeared in a minor-league game this season, hit .321 with 23 homers and 94 RBI in 124 games at Double-A last season. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 3 – April 3rd, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/3/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

79.5

Runs

T-6

9

2

 The Pi Train

66.5

HR

 5

4

3

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

62.5

RBI

 2

15

3

 Grab Some Bench!

62.5

Steals

 T-7

0

5

 Shoeless Jews

59.5

Average

6

.2308

6

 Misogynistic Padres

53

Wins

 T-7

0

7

 Atomic Roadrunners

48.5

Saves

 T-3

1

7

 Goodfellas

48.5

ERA

 4

3.00

9

 Get Off Kong!

40

WHIP

 6

1.167

10

 Cover Zero

29.5

Strikeouts

 10

9

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.03
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    3  1  2   3 |  1  1   .714 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  1  1   3 |  1  1   .125 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  0  1   1 |  0  1   .222 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    2  1  2   1 |  2  0   .400 
Juan Pierre          Fla OF    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .286 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  1  1   1 |  0  1   .273 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    0  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Donovan Solano       Fla 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .167 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        34  4  9   9 |  4  8   .265 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: FFreeman 3(6), BPhillips 3(3), TFrazier 1(1), RBraun 1(4),
 HPence 1(1)
2B: FFreeman 1(1), RBraun 1(1)
HR: BPhillips 1(1), HPence 1(1)
GIDP: HPence 2(2)
CS: JPierre 1(1)
ERRORS: TFrazier 1(1), DSolano 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
Edward Mujica     Ho(2)          1.0  0  0  0  1   0  1  4   0.00 1.00
Kevin Slowey      L(0-1)         5.3  4  1  1  3   0  4 23   1.70 1.32
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.3  4  1  1  4   0  7 30   1.23 1.10
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Casey Kotchman       Fla 1B    2  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
GIDP: CKotchman 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Josh Collmenter   W(1-0)         5.0  4  1  1  2   1  5 21   1.80 1.20
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           5.0  4  1  1  2   1  5 21   1.80 1.20
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Kevin Slowey allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday but was the tough-luck loser as the Marlins lost to the Nationals. Slowey, 28, has to be encouraged with the start. He allowed just a solo home run to his counterpart, Gio Gonzalez, for the only scoring against him. After throwing only 59 1/3 innings for the Twins in 2012, Slowey is working to resurrect his career with the Marlins. (Rotoworld)
  • Casey Kotchman left Wednesday’s game with a left hamstring injury. Kotchman grabbed the hamstring and fell to the ground as he crossed first base after grounding into a double play. He was able to walk off the field on his own. After the game, Kotchman was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day. As we know with hamstrings, “day-to-day” has the potential to quickly turn into “week-to-week.” Greg Dobbs will handle first base while Kotchman is on the shelf. “He’s listed as day-to-day. We have to wait and see how he is tomorrow,” manager Mike Redmond told MLB.com. “I watched him going down that line, and he grabbed that thing right away, and then went down in a heap. Those things typically are pretty sore the next day.” (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Brandon Phillips will take over the cleanup spot for the Reds following Ryan Ludwick’s shoulder injury. Phillips batted second in Monday’s season opener, but Reds manager Dusty Baker already has to make some adjustments now that Ludwick is expected to be sidelined until July. It’s not clear who will replace him in the No. 2 spot, but Zack Cozart is the most likely candidate. While it’s probably a mistake to keep Cozart that high in the order, at least Phillips is in an excellent position to drive in runs behind Joey Votto. (Rotoworld)
  • Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman capitalized on his excellent career numbers against starter Roy Halladay to finish Wednesday’s 9-2 win with two hits, a walk, a run and three RBI. He’s 5-for-7 with one home run and six RBI in the team’s first two games. (CBS Sports)
  • Todd Frazier committed an error that led to the Angels tying the game in the eighth inning against the Reds on Wednesday night. Frazier had a hard time sticking at one spot in the field as a prospect, so this could be an ongoing concern. Don’t be surprised if at some point he starts getting replaced late in games for defensive purposes by Jack Hannahan, a far superior defender at third base. (Rotowire)
  • Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Dodgers. This was Pence’s first homerun of the season. He will look to provide his usual power, hopefully, coupled with a better batting average (hit just .219 with the Giants last year) in 2013. (Rotowire)
  • Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen‘s rough spring was well publicized and has many Atlanta fans and Fantasy owners worried heading into Medlen’s first start of the season Thursday against the Phillies. However, Medlen remains confident his troubles are behind him after staying behind in Florida to pitch in a minor-league game and throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. “It was better,” Medlen said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Sure, I was facing some minor-league guys, but they were some Triple-A guys and I got crushed in Triple-A last year. So, for me, everything felt better. I made a couple little adjustments. I’m trying to stay back a little longer. (That) helped my location and I made more quality pitches.” Medlen allowed one run on four hits and no walks in four innings during the minor-league game. He struck out three. “Still trying to work on the curveball,” Medlen said. “I think I’m overthrowing it a little bit — casting it out, I think, and it’s getting a little flat. But I thought I made some progress (with) that last start.” (CBS Sports)
  • Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter tossed five strong innings to get the win in Arizona’s wild 16-inning game against the Cardinals. Collmenter gave up four hits, one run, and had five strikeouts in the game. He’s seen time as both a starter and reliever in his major-league career, but will pitch primarily out of the bullpen this season. As he showed Wednesday, Collmenter can go multiple innings, allowing other Diamondbacks pitchers to get some rest. The team already has plenty of candidates for the rotation, and other high-leverage relievers, so Collmenter isn’t expected to jump into a significant role this year.(CBS Sports)

Roster Moves – Protection Deadline

February 1st is the deadline for submitting Protected Rosters for the upcoming season.  Players not being protected will then be released back into the player pool:

Trade:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receive:
    • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25, 2 years)
  • Shoeless Jews receive:
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers ($27, 2 years)

Protect for 2011:

  • C Buster Posey, Giants ($1)
  • 1B Prince Fielder, Brewers ($29)
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($31)
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($35)
  • OF Hunter Pence, Astros ($26)
  • OF Drew Stubbs, Reds ($5)
  • OF Jose Tabata, Pirates ($5)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($5)
  • SP Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks ($2)
  • SP Edinson Volquez, Reds ($2)
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($5)
  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12)

Release:

  • 1B Adam LaRoche, $25 (Nationals)
  • 2B Brandon Phillips, $32 (Reds)
  • 3B Casey Blake, $5 (Dodgers)
  • OF Marlon Byrd, $9 (Cubs)
  • OF Roger Bernadina, $5 (Nationals)
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, $5 Minors (Dodgers)
  • RP Aroldis Chapman, $11 (Reds)
  • SP Randy Wells, $7 (Cubs)
  • SP Wade LeBlanc, $5 (Padres)
  • RP Tyler Clippard, $5 (Nationals)

Note:

  • Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain ($13) was traded to the Royals on December 19th, 2010 as a part of a multi-player trade that netted the Brewers SP Zach Greinke.
  • The protected list leaves the Roadrunners with $193 in protected salary, with $67 available for 9 players, for an average of $7.44 per player.

2010 NL Gold Gloves Announced – 3 RoadRunners

The 2010 National League Rawlings Gold Glove winners, as revealed on Wednesday:

Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First base: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Second base: Brandon Phillips, Reds
Third base: Scott Rolen, Reds
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
Outfield: Michael Bourn, Astros
Outfield: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Outfield: Shane Victorino, Phillies
Pitcher: Bronson Arroyo, Reds