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Roster Moves – Week 4 – April 23rd, 2013

FAAB Acquisition:

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

Up:

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

Move:

  • CM Chris Johnson (from 1B)

Down:

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

Cut:

  • RP Wilton Lopez

Notes:

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

 

Daily Rundown – Day 22 – April 22nd, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/22/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

74.5

Runs

T-2

113

2

 X-Men

71

HR

T-2

30

3

 The Pi Train

61.5

RBI

1

117

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

T-4

15

5

 Shoeless Jews

59

Average

4

.2641

6

 Goodfellas

53.5

Wins

 T-6

9

7

 Grab Some Stamps

53

Saves

 T-1

8

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50

ERA

2

3.02

9

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

WHIP

3

1.148

10

 Cover Zero

21.5

Strikeouts

7

132

 

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

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

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

 

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 16 – April 16th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/16/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

80

2

 Shoeless Jews

67.5

HR

3

21

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

67

RBI

2

81

4

 Goodfellas

61

Steals

T-2

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2685

6

 The Pi Train

55

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52.5

Saves

 T-8

4

8

 Misogynistic Padres

50

ERA

2

3.01

9

 Get Off Kong!

44.5

WHIP

4

1.174

10

 Cover Zero

18

Strikeouts

7

96


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.16
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  2   1 |  0  1   .415
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    2  0  0   0 |  1  1   .327 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .176 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .280 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    5  0  0   0 |  0  4   .286 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  2  3   0 |  0  0   .222 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  0  0   0 |  0  2   .263 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .309 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .205 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    6  2  3   0 |  0  0   .395 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    5  1  2   1 |  0  2   .450 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .217 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        49  5 14   2 |  1 11   .286 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 1(5), JTurner 1(1)
2B: ChJohnson 1(2), CDenorfia 1(4)
SB: JPierre 2(3), CDenorfia 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Kris Medlen                      7.0  6  2  1  0   0  5 29   1.29 0.86
Dan Haren         L(1-2)         4.3  7  7  3  1   0  2 22   6.28 1.86
Kenley Jansen                    1.0  1  0  0  0   0  2  4   0.00 1.00
Jim Henderson     S(2)           1.0  2  1  1  0   0  1  5   9.00 2.00
Brad Ziegler                     1.0  2  1  1  1   1  0  6   9.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          14.3 18 11  6  2   1 10 66   3.78 1.40
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Wilton Lopez      Ho(2)          1.0  2  0  0  0   0  0  5   0.00 2.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           1.0  2  0  0  0   0  0  5   0.00 2.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) said he “felt fine” while taking 30 swings on Tuesday. It’s the first time he’s swung a bat since being placed on the disabled list on April 7. “See if it’s sore tomorrow,” he said. “Go at it again tomorrow if it’s feeling all right.” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks the first baseman could be ready for activation when he’s first eligible on April 22. “It wouldn’t surprise me when if 15 days are up he’s ready to play, or shortly thereafter,” Gonzalez said. (Rotoworld)
  • Travis Snider is not in the Pirates’ lineup Tuesday against St. Louis. Jose Tabata will take over for Snider in right field, batting second in the order. Snider currently is on a streak of at least one hit in seven games, during which his slash line has risen to a respectable .296/.387/.407 with three RBI and five runs scored in 27 at-bats. Don’t expect Snider to remain on the bench for long. (Rotowire)
  • Rockies reliever Wilton Lopez entered Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Mets with a 10.13 ERA in six appearances. The right-hander threw a scoreless inning Sunday and told MLB.com that he expects to get better. Manager Walt Weiss added he believes Lopez has had some bad luck and should get on track sooner rather than later. “Every time I get in, I have confidence, like [Sunday],” said Lopez, who struck out two. “I thank God that things happened the way I was looking for them to happen. “I know everybody has confidence in me. I feel that. The only thing I want to do is do the job. I’m focused on what I need to work on. I’ve been watching video and seeing things, and I’m staying positive. It’s not a big deal, what happened the first few outings. It’s something that happens to everybody.” (CBS Sports)
  • The Marlins made a change atop their lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. Chris Coghlan moved into the leadoff spot, which was the first time in 14 games this season someone other than Juan Pierre hit leadoff. Pierre remained in the starting lineup, but he hit second.  Pierre stole two bases Tuesday in the Marlins’ defeat of the Nationals. Pierre went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. He got off to a slow start this year but should be a solid source of stolen bases the rest of the way. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Jim Henderson earned his second save of the season in the Brewers’ 10-8 victory over the Giants on Tuesday. It wasn’t quite smooth sailing for the big man, as Buster Posey greeted him with a double to lead off the inning. Posey would later score on a Brandon Belt single, but Henderson eventually got Andres Torres to fly out to end the game. With John Axford still flailing, the closer job should remain with Henderson as long as he remains relatively effective. (Rotoworld)
  • Ryan Braun went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the Brewers’ win over the Giants on Tuesday. Braun has just one hit in his last 18 at-bats and has struck out 10 times in those 18 appearances. It came out last week that Braun’s neck may still be affecting him, and that would go a long way toward explaining his recent struggles. Despite his slump, Braun should still be trusted in all leagues until further notice. (Rotoworld)
  • Dan Haren allowed seven runs — three earned — in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday as the Nationals fell to the Marlins. Haren didn’t get much help from his defense but also looked far too hittable. The 32-year-old right-hander is now sporting a hideous 8.13 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 12/1 K/BB ratio over his first 13 1/3 innings with the Nationals. Haren retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced but unraveled following a Ryan Zimmerman throwing error in the third inning. He struck out two and walked one on the night while watching his ERA actually dip down to 8.10 for the season. Haren has given up 26 hits through his first 13.1 innings pitched this season while failing to get past the fifth inning in any of his three starts. The veteran righty will look to bounce back against the Cardinals next week. Bench him for now in fantasy leagues. “I’m searching for answers,” Haren said after the game. “I gotta do better.” (Rotoworld, Rotowire, CBS Sports)
  • Kris Medlen allowed two runs — one earned — over seven innings as the Braves beat the Royals on Tuesday. Medlen’s first start of the year was a bit shaky, but he’s been on his game in the two starts following. Jeremy Guthrie matched him pitch-for-pitch, so Medlen didn’t get a win for his effort, but he’s now got a 1.42 ERA on the season. It looks like his 2012 was more fact than fiction. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings Tuesday in a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Lilly gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out five. There’s been some debate about his readiness following shoulder surgery, but the Dodgers may be forced to put him into the rotation as a result of Chris Capuano’s calf injury. (Rotoworld)
  • Chris Denorfia went 3-for-6 with a double, a steal and two runs scored versus the Dodgers on Tuesday. If Denorfia isn’t the game’s best fourth outfielder, he’s gotta be in the top three. Getting extra playing time now with Carlos Quentin sitting out, he’s 15-for-38 with a .465 OBP this year. Denorfia has started the season on the right foot, slashing .395/.465/.500 with four RBI, five runs, and two stolen bases in 38 at-bats. (Rotoworld, 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 11 – April 11th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/11/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

73

Runs

6

49

2

 Grab Some Bench

71

HR

3

15

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

RBI

1

57

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

T-5

6

5

 Shoeless Jews

62.5

Average

4

.2723

6

 The Pi Train

57.5

Wins

 T-3

6

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50

Saves

 T-5

3

8

 Misogynistic Padres

43

ERA

 2

2.69

9

 Get Off Kong!

42

WHIP

 2

1.076

10

 Cover Zero

17.5

Strikeouts

 6

72


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.11
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  1  1   0 |  0  1   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  2  2   0 |  0  1   .297 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         9  3  3   0 |  0  2   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------
SB: JWerth 1(1)
HBP: JWerth 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dan Haren         W(1-1)         5.0 10  3  3  0   0  5 26   5.40 2.00
Kenley Jansen     S(1)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           6.0 10  3  3  0   0  6 29   4.50 1.67
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    2  0  1   0 |  0  0   .450 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  1   0 |  0  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------


Notes:

  • With Brandon League unavailable, Kenley Jansen notched the save in Thursday’s win over the Padres. League threw 34 pitches to finish off a shaky save on Wednesday night, so Jansen got the call on Thursday. The hard-throwing right-hander delivered a perfect frame and has yet to allow a run in his first 4 2/3 innings of work this season. He’d be the obvious alternative for the closer role if League has a prolonged struggle, so it’s a good idea to keep him stashed away in most leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • The Dodgers will make a decision on what to do with Ted Lilly (shoulder) following his next bullpen session. Lilly made his second rehab start Wednesday, and it’s possible he might refuse to make another one. He’s not injured, but the Dodgers don’t have room for him in their rotation. Unless he’s traded, he’ll probably just replace Aaron Harang as a high-priced long reliever. (Rotoworld)
  • Dan Haren won Thursday despite allowing three runs and 10 hits in five innings against the White Sox. At least Haren didn’t give up any homers tonight. He got some help there from a nice breeze blowing in from center. He ended up striking out five and walking none. He’s not the Dan Haren of old, but given that he’s on such a good team and his tiny walk rate will result in a solid WHIP, no one should be thinking of dropping him in mixed leagues. “I think I took a few steps forward,” Haren said after the game. “I think I threw the ball better than maybe the line score would dictate. The conditions weren’t great out there. Most important thing is we won the game. Obviously, it went a little better than last time, but I still haven’t been at my best yet.” (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Pirates catcher Russell Martin has managed just one hit in 23 at-bats over eight games this season, adding four walks and one stolen base while striking out three times. The .043/.185/.087 start is somewhat of a repeat of Martin’s 2012 season, when he hit just .167/.338/.296 with two home runs in 68 plate appearances before May 1. Martin topped the low batting average and slugging percentage in each month over the remainder of the season, ending the year with a .211/.311/.403 line. (CBS Sports)
  • When Jason Motte suffered an elbow injury, the Cardinals turned to Mitchell Boggs as the closer. When Boggs imploded Monday against the Reds, most Fantasy players raced to grab Trevor Rosenthal, a 22-year-old who lost a spring training rotation battle and was sent to the bullpen. But Edward Mujica, a 28-year-old righty brought over from the Marlins last year at the trade deadline, may be the dark-horse contender for the Cardinals if Boggs falls apart again (although Boggs pitched a perfect inning Tuesday and looked far better). Mujica has a 2.97 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over the last three seasons, with a somewhat-unimpressive 7.9 K/9 in that span. He doesn’t have the big strikeout numbers of Rosenthal, but the Cardinals may want to take it easy with their uber-prospect, especially considering he’s eventually going to be in the rotation. Mujica shouldn’t be owned outside of deep NL-only Roto leagues — and even there, he doesn’t get enough strikeouts to use every day as a middle reliever — but keep an eye on his usage if Boggs falters again. Although everyone zigs to Rosenthal, you may do well making a zag for Mujica instead. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 10 – April 10th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/10/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

74.5

Runs

6

46

2

 Grab Some Bench

73.5

HR

3

15

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

66

RBI

1

57

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

6

5

5

 Shoeless Jews

60.5

Average

4

.2708

6

 The Pi Train

55.5

Wins

 T-4

5

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-8

2

8

 Misogynistic Padres

45

ERA

 2

2.55

9

 Get Off Kong!

42.5

WHIP

 1

1.030

10

 Cover Zero

19.5

Strikeouts

 7

66


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.10
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    5  0  2   1 |  0  0   .304 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .308 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .333 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .200 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  1  0   0 |  0  2   .257 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  2   .273 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .214 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  0   0 |  0  0   .043 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .290 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        33  2  5   1 |  0  4   .152 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 1(1)
GIDP: ChJohnson 1(1), JWerth 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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Mike Minor        W(2-0)         5.7  5  0  0  1   0  4 23   0.00 1.05
Mike Adams                       1.0  1  1  1  0   0  3  4   9.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(3)          1.0  2  0  0  0   0  1  5   0.00 2.00
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Totals                           7.7  8  1  1  1   0  8 32   1.17 1.17
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    5  0  2   1 |  0  1   .444 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .364 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         6  0  2   1 |  0  1   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: CDenorfia 1(3)
2B: CDenorfia 1(3)
GIDP: CDenorfia 1(1)
Notes:
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) allowed six runs over six innings Wednesday in a rehab start at Triple-A Albuquerque. Lilly made it to 90 pitches and racked up five strikeouts, but he also yielded eight hits and a walk. He missed time this spring because of the flu and lingering concerns about his throwing shoulder, and the Dodgers seem likely to ask him to make at least one more rehab start. Some better results would obviously be welcome. (Rotoworld)
  • Mike Minor held the Marlins scoreless over 5 2/3 innings in the Braves’ win on Wednesday. It was the second win on the season for the 25-year-old, and he’s allowed only one run in his 13 innings of work thus far. Minor didn’t go deep on Wednesday, failing to register a quality start despite blanking Marlins hitters. He now has a 0.69 ERA and 0.85 WHIP through two outings. His next start won’t come for another week, next Wednesday against the Royals. (Rotoworld)
  • Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Mark Melancon could have been used if a save situation arose Wednesday as Jason Grilli had pitched in three consecutive games, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. That statement proved to be a moot point Wednesday since the Pirates lost 10-2, but it essentially confirms that Melancon is next in line to close for Pittsburgh should anything happen to Grilli this season. Neither Melancon nor Grilli has allowed an earned run this season. (Rotowire)
  • Rob Brantly is not in the starting lineup Wednesday. The Marlins are facing a left-handed starter in Atlanta’s Mike Minor, but Brantly already has two starts against lefties this season, so we can safely assume that his absence is just for purposes of rest. Miguel Olivo will start at catcher in his place. (Rotowire)
  • Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia extended his hitting streak to five games with his second multi-hit performance Wednesday against the Dodgers. Denorfia, who has hit safely in six of seven games, is batting .444 (8 for 18) with three doubles and three RBI in seven games. Denorfia, who has made just four starts, hit third for the first time this season Wednesday. (CBS Sports)
  • Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren will return to the mound Thursday against the White Sox after getting hit hard in his season debut at Cincinnati Friday. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty believes he knows why Haren had a poor season debut. “One thing I knew going in — he had nine days off (since his previous start),” McCatty told MASNsports.com. “So he was going to be strong and command was going to struggle. He didn’t get balls to the place that he wanted to, and in that ballpark (that’s trouble). First time out, nine days off, you’re trying to do what the other (starters) did. He might’ve been pushing himself a little more to do more than he was capable of doing at that time.”” Haren will be pitching on five days’ rest heading into Thursday’s outing, but once he starts getting into a routine pitching on regular rest, McCatty feels Haren will settle into a groove. “I think he’s going to be fine,” McCatty said. “It’s just trusting himself. He’s a proven, veteran big league pitcher, so just getting out there and getting accustomed to the situation, not worried about doing more than he’s capable of doing — which is pretty good. And just kind of relax a little bit.” (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 5 – April 5th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/5/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

74.5

Runs

3

24

2

 Misogynistic Padres

72

HR

 T-1

10

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

68.5

RBI

 1

29

4

 Grab Some Bench

66.5

Steals

 6

1

5

 The Pi Train

61.5

Average

2

.2660

6

 Shoeless Jews

55.5

Wins

 T-4

2

7

 Goodfellas

52.5

Saves

 T-7

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

ERA

 5

2.97

9

 Get Off Kong!

25.5

WHIP

 4

1.042

10

 Cover Zero

24

Strikeouts

 T-4

37

BOX SCORE FOR 04.05
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    3  0  1   0 |  1  1   .462 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  2  2   0 |  0  1   .312 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  2  2   5 |  0  1   .133 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  3  4   4 |  0  1   .471 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .200 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .286 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .125 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  2   1 |  1  1   .364 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .000 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .286 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  1  0   0 |  1  0   .250 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        43  9 14  10 |  5  9   .326 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ZCozart 5(5), TFrazier 4(6), RBrantly 1(1)
2B: RBrantly 2(2)
HR: ZCozart 2(2), TFrazier 2(3)
SB: TFrazier 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Minor        W(1-0)         7.3  5  1  1  0   0  7 25   1.23 0.68
Dan Haren         L(0-1)         4.0  9  6  6  0   0  5 22  13.50 2.25
Kenley Jansen     Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  1   0  2  4   0.00 1.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          12.3 14  7  7  1   0 14 51   5.12 1.22
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .600 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Ryan Braun has been scratched from Friday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks due to neck spasms. Khris Davis will take his place in the Brewers’ starting lineup. The injury does not sound like it’s the type of thing that would require an extended absence from the lineup, but it’s certainly something to monitor over the weekend. (Rotoworld)
  • Travis Snider went hitless Friday in his first start of the season. Snider was expected to be the Pirates’ primary right fielder against right-handers, but the team went with Garrett Jones in right field and Gaby Sanchez at first base in their first couple of games against righties. Whether that alignment sticks is up to Snider. The Pirates are waiting to see some power from the 25-year-old, but it’s been rather absent since the start of the spring. Manager Clint Hurdle said Snider could occasionally start in left field against right-handed pitching when the team sits Starling Marte, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Hurdle said Snider would start in left while Garrett Jones would get the nod in right. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) was knocked around a bit in his rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, allowing five runs (three home runs) in six innings. It wasn’t all bad, as Lilly struck out four in the outing and didn’t have any issues with his injured shoulder. There’s still no clear path for him to immediately join the Dodgers’ rotation even when he is deemed ready, so there’s a chance he may have to work out of the bullpen initially if he isn’t traded. (Rotoworld)
  • Zack Cozart homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in a 15-0 win over the Nationals on Friday night. It was the most lopsided loss in Nationals’ history. Cozart had a solo shot in the bottom of the third second inning and a three-run blast in the third. He later hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The 27-year-old showed plenty of pop last season and he should get more RBI opportunities now that he won’t be counted on as the leadoff man. While he’s unlikely to hit for a high batting average, he’s worth owning in deeper mixed leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Dan Haren was smoked for six runs on four home runs over four innings in a loss to the Reds on Friday night. Haren’s spring training struggles have now crossed over to the regular season. While the veteran right-hander has always given up his fair share of fly balls — a poor fit in Great American Ball Park — he appeared way too hittable in this one. It’s going to be tough to trust him in standard mixed leagues until he proves that he’s healthy. (Rotoworld)
  • Todd Frazier went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in the Reds’ blowout win over the Nationals on Friday. Frazier smacked a solo homer in the second inning, a two-run homer in a seven-run seventh (which also included a grand slam from Xavier Paul) and an RBI single in the eighth. He also stole a base and scored three runs. Frazier launched 19 home runs in 128 games as a rookie last season and has the potential to emerge as a top-12 option at third base in fantasy leagues this year. (Rotoworld)
  • Mike Minor looked sharp in his season debut Friday, racking up seven strikeouts in a victory over the Cubs. Minor allowed just one run on five hits over his 7 1/3 innings. He also displayed pinpoint command throughout the evening and didn’t issue a walk. Save for one mistake pitch to Scott Hairston in the fifth inning, Minor looked incredibly sharp during his season debut. He had pinpoint command and got himself ahead in the count most of the time, leaving in the eighth having thrown just 84 pitches (60 for strikes).The supremely talented 25-year-old is off to a great start in his attempt to improve upon an impressive rookie campaign. He’ll look to keep rolling when he takes on the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday. (Rotoworld)
  • Russell Martin is hitless with two walks in his first 12 at-bats of the season. He’s batted second, fifth and seventh in the lineup through four games. Martin is averaging 3.71 pitches per plate appearance, but he averaged 4.00 pitches in 2012, when he hit .211. The Pirates have scored six runs in the season’s first four contests. (Rotowire)
  • Juan Pierre is starting in left field and leading off for the fifth straight game Saturday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. As expected, Pierre has seen a heavy workload for the Marlins after handling more of a fourth outfielder role with the Phillies last season. through four games, he’s 3-for-17 with a run scored while getting caught on his only stolen-base attempt thus far. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Denorfia is back atop the Padres’ lineup Friday against the Rockies, MLB.com reports. With the Padres facing lefty Jeff Francis, Will Venable will take a seat in favor of Denorfia. It’s Denorfia’s first start since the Padres faced Mets lefty Jonathon Niese on opening day. Denorfia hit .337/.390/.500 against left-handed pitching last season. (CBS Sports)
  • Cubs manager Dale Sveum says he’s sticking with Carlos Marmol as closer over Kyuji Fujikawa despite a shaky first series, the Chicago Tribune reports. Marmol barely held on for the save in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Pittsburgh, as he gave up two runs and left the tying run on third base. Marmol didn’t complete Tuesday’s save, as Fujikawa was called upon for the final out of the ninth inning to earn his first save of his career and the first of the season. Still, the job is Marmol’s for now. When asked how long he could stick with the wild Marmol, Sveum said, “I went with it three months last year and he got out of all. It wasn’t like he was pitch efficient last year when he was getting out of all of them.” Outside of a short stretch in early June after he returned from an injury, Marmol held the closer’s role as long when he was healthy in 2012. As the Cubs may be angling to trade Marmol — as they nearly did for Dan Haren this offseason before medicals derailed the deal — they could leave him in the closer’s role as long as possible in an attempt to prop up his trade value. Fujikawa is likely the next in line for the Cubs, but ascension to the closer’s role may not be as imminent as Marmol’s struggles in the first series of the season made it seem. (CBS Sports)