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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 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 Rundown – Day 14 – April 14th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/14/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

77

Runs

T-4

67

2

 Grab Some Stamps

69

HR

T-2

21

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

66

RBI

1

74

4

 Goodfellas

65

Steals

T-2

11

5

 Shoeless Jews

61.5

Average

4

.2660

6

 The Pi Train

53.5

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-8

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46

ERA

3

2.95

9

 Misogynistic Padres

41.5

WHIP

3

1.151

10

 Cover Zero

21

Strikeouts

8

81


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.14
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    5  1  4   2 |  0  0   .405 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  2   3 |  0  0   .327 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  0   0 |  1  1   .159 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  1  2   0 |  0  1   .318 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    5  1  1   2 |  0  0   .333 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .174 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  2  3   1 |  1  1   .288 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .271 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  1  2   1 |  0  1   .304 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  1   .194 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .238 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .250 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        44  7 14   9 |  4  7   .318 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 2(4), BPhillips 3(14), RBraun 2(8), HPence 1(8),
 TSnider 1(3)
2B: TFrazier 1(3), TSnider 2(3)
HR: RBraun 1(2), HPence 1(4)
SB: TFrazier 1(2), HPence 1(3)
CS: TSnider 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Edward Mujica                    0.7  0  0  0  0   0  0  2   0.00 0.00
Kevin Slowey                     5.3  9  1  1  2   0  4 25   1.70 2.08
Jim Henderson                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.0  9  1  1  2   0  5 30   1.29 1.57
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .355 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
SB: CDenorfia 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon                    1.0  1  1  1  0   0  2  4   9.00 1.00
Wilton Lopez      Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  1  1  1  0   0  4  7   4.50 0.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that Edward Mujica might be tried at closer. Mitchell Boggs has been awful in place of the injured Jason Motte (elbow) and Trevor Rosenthal hasn’t been much better in a setup role. “Right now, Mujica’s making good pitches and getting the big outs when we need them,” Matheny told reporters on Sunday evening. The right-hander is worth adding right now in most fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) has refused to continue his minor league rehab assignment. Lilly made his second rehab start Wednesday and declared himself ready to pitch in the majors, so the Dodgers will now be forced to either active him, designate him for assignment or trade him. With Chris Capuano taking Zack Greinke’s spot in the starting rotation, Lilly would likely have accept a bullpen role if he isn’t released. “We laid out a plan and Teddy doesn’t want to be part of the plan. It’s out of my hands,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We didn’t feel he was ready to pitch at the major-league level. For me, it’s a baseball decision. It’s nothing personal in any way, shape or form. We’re giving him our baseball thoughts, what we think is best for him and the team.” (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Hunter Pence hit a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth Sunday in the Giants’ 10-7 win over the Cubs. After Pence tied it, the Giants scored three in the 10th to win it, with the go-ahead run coming on a balk. Pence finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk. The homer to center off Shawn Camp was his fourth of the season. (Rotoworld)
  • Travis Snider doubled twice Sunday against the Reds. After opening the season on the bench, Snider has started against right-handers this last week and gone 7-for-16 with three walks since April 8. He’s worth picking up in any NL-only leagues in which he was dropped. (Rotoworld)
  • Kevin Slowey held the Phillies to one run on nine hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday. He struck out four. The Phillies had no trouble getting baserunners against the right-hander, but Slowey was able to limit the damage. Slowey boasts a 2.04 ERA through his first three starts this season but is still looking for his first win. He’ll try again next weekend in Cincinnati. (Rotoworld)
  • Juan Pierre went 0-for-4 at the plate Sunday against the Phillies, dropping his batting average to .174.He also has just one stolen base over his first 12 contests, so he’s providing nothing for fantasy owners right now. The Marlins don’t have many options, though, so Pierre probably isn’t in danger of losing the left field job anytime soon. (Rotoworld)
  • Manager Walt Weiss said Wilton Lopez will remain one of his top late-inning relief options despite a rough start to the season, the Denver Post reports. “I don’t think he’s very far off from getting on a roll,” Weiss said. “Every time I bring him in, I think he’s going to be lights out. So we will play it by ear and use him in the best possible situations to be successful. But it’s still going to be meaningful innings.” Lopez has posted an ERA of 12.46 while allowing opposing batters to hit .520 against him over five appearances thus far, but his sterling work with the Astros last season affords him some security as one of the primary setup men to Rafael Betancourt. Expect Lopez to ultimately settle in with the Rockies with his excellent ground ball seemingly tailor-made for Coors Field. (Rotowire)
  • After 47 plate appearances to begin the season, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth finally registered his first walk. Werth has shown patience over his career, typically walking in 12 percent of his plate appearances. Werth is not concerned about his aggressive approach, saying “I’m aggressive when I feel good at the plate and when I’m not as aggressive I usually don’t feel as good. It just depends.” The 34-year-old has gotten off to an encouraging start to the season after missing time with a broken wrist last year. Werth told the Washington Times he feels confident in his ability to work the count, and has not changed his approach. He added that it was important to drive up pitch counts early in the game so the team can take advantage of tired starters, or bullpen pitchers, later. (CBS Sports)
  • Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who homered the previous night, continued to heat up as he recorded four hits during Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals. Johnson singled four times and drove in four runs. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 9-0 victory. Johnson has been shifting between first and third base, with Freddie Freeman on the disabled list. He finished 8 for 14 with four runs scored, a homer and three RBI during Atlanta’s three-game set against Washington. He is hitting .405 with a home run and four RBI in 37 at-bats. (CBS Sports)
  • Ryan Braun hit his second homer of the season for the Brewers Sunday against St. Louis. Braun broke out of an 0 for 10 slump with the home run, a two-run shot off reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Braun’s sore neck, which kept him out of three games last week, is still not be 100 percent, but he showed Sunday why even a banged-up Braun can be one of the best hitters in the league. Braun is hitting .333/.429/.633 on the season. (CBS Sports)

Roster Moves – Week 2 – April 9th, 2013

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Jim Henderson, Brewers ($39 bid, Add to Actives)
  • OF Xavier Paul, Reds ($1 bid, Add to Actives)
  • 3B Eric Chavez, Diamondbacks ($0 bid, Add to Actives at CM)

Move:

  • 1B Chris Johnson (from CM)

Down:

  • 1B Freddie Freeman
  • RP Mark Melancon
  • OF Chris Denorfia

Cut:

  • 1B Casey Kotchman
  • 2B Logan Forsythe
  • RP Josh Collmenter

Notes:

  • 1B Freddie Freeman was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a strained right oblique. Atlanta’s Chris Johnson will slide over from 3B to 1B during Freeman’s absence.
  • 1B Casey Kotchman was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a torn left hamstring. It is expected that Kotchman will miss the rest of April.
  • The FAAB bidding for Henderson, who has replaced John Axford as Brewers closer for the time being: $39 – Atomic Roadrunners, $26 The Pi Train, $16 Get Off Kong!, $5 X-Men, $0 Misogynistic Padres
  • The Atomic RoadRunners had bid on Marlins 1B Greg Dobbs, who is replacing Kotchman in the lineup. The bidding: $5 (The Pi Train), $2 (Goodfellas), and  $1 (Atomic RoadRunners).  Chavez was our contingency pick, with Reid Brignac of the Rockies the backup there ($5 to Fear of a Black Ballclub).

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 6 – April 6th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/6/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

76

Runs

3

33

2

 Grab Some Bench

68.5

HR

 2

12

3

 Goodfellas

62

RBI

 1

35

4

 The Pi Train

61.5

Steals

 7

2

5

 Atomic RoadRunners

60.5

Average

2

.2871

6

 Misogynistic Padres

57

Wins

 T-6

2

7

 Shoeless Jews

50.5

Saves

 T-8

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

46.5

ERA

 7

3.48

9

 Get Off Kong!

40.5

WHIP

 5

1.159

10

 Cover Zero

27

Strikeouts

 T-6

41

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.06
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    4  1  1   1 |  0  1   .412 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    6  2  2   1 |  0  0   .318 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .158 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  0  3   2 |  0  0   .500 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  2  2   0 |  1  0   .263 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  1  1   1 |  1  2   .294 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    5  2  3   1 |  0  0   .238 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .000 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    1  1  1   0 |  0  0   .375 
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .286 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .250 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        40  9 15   6 |  3  5   .375 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: FFreeman 1(7), BPhillips 1(4), TFrazier 2(8), HPence 1(2),
 JWerth 1(4)
2B: BPhillips 2(3), TFrazier 1(2), JWerth 1(1), CDenorfia 1(1)
HR: HPence 1(2), JWerth 1(2)
GIDP: BPhillips 1(1), DSolano 1(1)
SB: HPence 1(1)
CS: RMartin 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       1.0  1  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 1.00
Mark Melancon                    1.0  2  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 2.00
Kyuji Fujikawa                   1.0  4  3  3  1   0  1  7  27.00 5.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(2)          0.7  0  0  0  0   0  1  2   0.00 0.00
Edward Mujica     Ho(3)          1.0  2  1  1  0   0  1  5   9.00 2.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           4.7  9  4  4  1   0  4 22   7.66 2.13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer. It’s not surprising that Marmol has been replaced, but it’s a little surprising Fujikawa has been given the job outright after he was knocked around on Saturday. Still, it’s a move that needed to be made. Fujikawa should obviously be scooped up in leagues where he’s still available. (Rotoworld)
  • Braves placed 1B Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He’s dealt with the ailment for a week now and thinks he can play through it, but the Braves have opted to let the ailment heal. The club is hoping that Freeman will only need 2-3 weeks of down time. Chris Johnson will handle first base while Freeman is sidelined. (Rotoworld)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa allowed three earned runs in one inning of work Saturday in a loss to the Braves. Fujikawa walked a batter and gave up four hits in the eighth inning, then sat in the dugout as Carlos Marmol allowed two more runs in the ninth to finish off blowing a four-run lead. The Cubs can’t keep rolling with Marmol but Fujikawa has not proven capable. Chicago’s bullpen is a mess right now for fantasy purposes. (Rotoworld)
  • Hunter Pence hit a home run and stole a base, but the Giants lost to the Cardinals on Saturday. Pence’s home run was his second of the season, a solo shot off Cardinals starter Shelby Miller in the second inning. The 29-year-old hit 24 home runs in 2012 but batted just .219 after the trade that brought him to the Giants. In his first full season in San Francisco he’ll look to improve on those numbers. (Rotoworld)
  • According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, outfielder Ryan Braun (neck) “can’t move his head at all.” Braun was scratched Friday with neck spasms and wasn’t feeling any better on Saturday. The Brewers expect him to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but the 29-year-old slugger could be out for a few more days. (Rotoworld)
  • Russell Martin is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, the MLB.com’s Tom Singer reports. Martin will head to the bench for the day after going hitless through his first five starts. Michael McKenry will get the start at catcher but doesn’t seem to be much of a threat to see more starts going forward, unless Martin’s struggles persist. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson is starting at first base Sunday against the Cubs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. As expected, Johnson will fill in at first base after Freddie Freeman (strained oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday. He should see regular duty at first base while Freeman’s out, temporarily taking him out of a platoon at third base with Juan Francisco. (Rotowire)
  • Jayson Werth went 3-for-5 and hit his first home run of the season in Saturday’s 7-6 win over the Reds. Werth was 2-for-16 in the Nationals’ first four games, but he broke out of his slump in a big way Saturday afternoon. He hit second in the lineup and started in right field in each of the Nationals’ first five games. (Rotowire)

Roster Moves – Week 28 – October 2nd, 2012 – Final 3 Days!

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Hector Sanchez, Giants ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • CM Kevin Frandsen, Phillies ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • MI Pete Kozma, Cardinals ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • UT D.J. LeMahieu, Rockies ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • RP Jonny Venters, Braves ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • RP Josh Stinson, Brewers ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • SP Edinson Volquez
  • SP Jake Westbrook

Move: 

  • OF Donovan Solano (from MI)

Down: 

  • RP Jon Axford
  • SP Jhoulys Chacin
  • C Ryan Hanigan
  • CM Chris Johnson
  • MI Logan Forsythe

Cut:

  • OF Travis Snider
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki
  • OF Justin Maxwell
  • SP Wily Peralta
  • SP Zack Greinke
  • RP Luke Gregerson

Notes:

  • All of the pick-ups were made specifically with categories in mind. With only three full days remaining in the season, and the Atomic RoadRunners in first place over Misogynistic Padres by one point, we need all the assistance we can get.
  • Batting Average: Frandsen, LeMahieu, Kozma, and Sanchez are all hitting over .300. Hanigan, Johnson, Forsythe, Snider and Maxwell were dragging on the AVG.
  • ERA: Stinson and Venters were brought aboard to assist. Westbrook and Volquez have both pitched their last games in the regular season, as has Peralta and Greinke, so they can’t help. (Westbrook and Volquez can help by not pitching while on the active roster).
  • Tulowitzki isn’t coming back. He went on the DL back in May. Thanks a lot – you owe me $31.
  • Meanwhile, the Misogynistic Padres also made six pickups (we were the only two teams to make FAAB bids). His were for RBI, SB, AVG, and potentially Saves: OF Alex Presley, C Jason Castro, RP Santiago Casilla (former 2012 RoadRunner), RP Philippe Aumont, RP Jared Hughes, and RP Craig Stammen.

Roster Moves – Week 27 – September 25th, 2012

Up:

  • UT Donovan Solano
  • RP Drew Storen

Move: 

  • CM Chris Johnson (from UT)

Down: 

  • 3B Todd Frazier (from CM)
  • SP Wily Peralta

Notes:

  • Misogynistic Padres picked up RP Kenley Jansen, for a $2 bid, who we released three weeks ago. It was anticipated that Jansen would be out for the remainder of the year. He is being eased back, and the Dodgers have since acquired Brandon League from the Mariners to be closer.