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Daily Rundown – Day 24 – April 24th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/24/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

Runs

T-2

122

2

 X-Men

66

HR

3

32

3

 Misogynistic Padres

60.5

RBI

1

126

4

 Shoeless Jews

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

59

Average

4

.2586

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

54

Wins

8

10

T-6

 Get Off Kong!

54

Saves

 T-1

11

8

 Grab Some Stamps

52

ERA

2

3.07

9

 Goodfellas

49.5

WHIP

3

1.164

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

8

141

 

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

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

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 23 – April 23rd, 2013

 Note from OnRoto: 

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

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

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

Standings and Statistics for 4/23/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

73

Runs

T-2

117

2

 X-Men

65.5

HR

3

30

3

 Shoeless Jews

61

RBI

1

122

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

56.5

Average

4

.2610

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

11

7

 Grab Some Stamps

54

Saves

 T-1

10

8

 Get Off Kong!

52

ERA

3

3.01

9

 Goodfellas

50

WHIP

3

1.160

10

 Cover Zero

23

Strikeouts

7

140

 

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

 

Notes:

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

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 18 – April 18th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/18/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

95

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

HR

T-2

27

3

 Shoeless Jews

64

RBI

1

100

4

 Goodfellas

60.5

Steals

T-3

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2741

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52

Wins

 T-5

8

T-6

 The Pi Train

52

Saves

 T-5

5

8

 Misogynistic Padres

51

ERA

2

2.88

9

 Get Off Kong!

45

WHIP

4

1.153

10

 Cover Zero

20.5

Strikeouts

6

108

 

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

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

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

 

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 17 – April 17th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/17/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75.5

Runs

4

87

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

71.5

HR

T-2

24

3

 Shoeless Jews

66

RBI

1

92

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

T-2

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

58

Average

4

.2692

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

8

7

 The Pi Train

52.5

Saves

 T-8

4

8

 Misogynistic Padres

50.5

ERA

2

2.86

9

 Get Off Kong!

40

WHIP

3

1.135

10

 Cover Zero

17

Strikeouts

6

104

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.17
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    3  0  1   0 |  0  0   .409 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    2  0  2   3 |  1  0   .345 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    5  3  3   2 |  0  0   .228 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  1  1   1 |  0  1   .278 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    1  0  0   0 |  3  1   .278 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .207 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  1   2 |  0  0   .262 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  0   0 |  1  0   .288 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  0  1   1 |  0  3   .290 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    6  1  1   1 |  0  3   .364 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   1 |  0  1   .220 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        41  6 11  11 |  5  9   .268 
---------------------------------------------------------
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 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)

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)

Roster Moves – Week Zero – March 31st, 2013

Up:
  • RP Edward Mujica
  • RP Wilton Lopez
Down:
  • SP Ted Lilly
  • SP Michael Wacha
Notes:
  • This is a one-day “Week Zero”, consisting of Opening Day games of Monday, April 1st.  Week 1 starts Tuesday, April 2nd.
  • SS Rafael Furcal was placed on the 15-Day DL with an elbow strain on March 24th. He has already undergone Tommy John surgery, and will miss all of the 2014 season.
  • 2B Logan Forsythe was placed on the 15-Day DL with a recurrence of plantar fasciitis on March 26th. Expected to fill in at 3B for the also-injured Chase Headley, Forsythe will instead be in a walking boot for three weeks, and then will be expected to miss an additional three weeks during rehab.
  • SP Ted Lilly was placed on the 15-Day DL with a shoulder injury. Lilly underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason, and is a few weeks behind the seven other starters on the Dodgers. The hope is that either Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang might be traded in the interim, and this is assuming Chad Billingsley’s elbow stays attached.