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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 Roundup – Day 20 – April 20th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/20/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

69

Runs

4

102

2

 Shoeless Jews

67

HR

3

28

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

66

RBI

1

107

4

 Misogynistic Padres

64

Steals

4

15

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2677

6

 The Pi Train

56

Wins

 T-6

8

7

 Goodfellas

54.5

Saves

 T-6

6

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

48

ERA

2

2.99

9

 Get Off Kong!

41

WHIP

4

1.154

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

T-7

118

 

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

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

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

 

Notes:

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

Daily Roundup – Day 19 – April 19th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/19/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

71.5

Runs

4

98

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

HR

T-2

28

3

 Misogynistic Padres

60

RBI

1

104

4

 Goodfellas

59

Steals

T-3

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

58.5

Average

4

.2723

6

 Shoeless Jews

57.5

Wins

 T-6

8

7

 The Pi Train

53

Saves

 T-3

6

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50.5

ERA

2

2.81

9

 Get Off Kong!

47

WHIP

4

1.135

10

 Cover Zero

23

Strikeouts

8

112

 

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

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

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

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

 

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 18 – April 18th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/18/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

95

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

HR

T-2

27

3

 Shoeless Jews

64

RBI

1

100

4

 Goodfellas

60.5

Steals

T-3

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2741

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52

Wins

 T-5

8

T-6

 The Pi Train

52

Saves

 T-5

5

8

 Misogynistic Padres

51

ERA

2

2.88

9

 Get Off Kong!

45

WHIP

4

1.153

10

 Cover Zero

20.5

Strikeouts

6

108

 

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

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

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

 

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 17 – April 17th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/17/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75.5

Runs

4

87

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

71.5

HR

T-2

24

3

 Shoeless Jews

66

RBI

1

92

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

T-2

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

58

Average

4

.2692

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

8

7

 The Pi Train

52.5

Saves

 T-8

4

8

 Misogynistic Padres

50.5

ERA

2

2.86

9

 Get Off Kong!

40

WHIP

3

1.135

10

 Cover Zero

17

Strikeouts

6

104

 

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

Roster Moves – Week 2 – April 9th, 2013

FAAB Acquisitions:

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

Move:

  • 1B Chris Johnson (from CM)

Down:

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

Cut:

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 6 – April 6th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/6/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

76

Runs

3

33

2

 Grab Some Bench

68.5

HR

 2

12

3

 Goodfellas

62

RBI

 1

35

4

 The Pi Train

61.5

Steals

 7

2

5

 Atomic RoadRunners

60.5

Average

2

.2871

6

 Misogynistic Padres

57

Wins

 T-6

2

7

 Shoeless Jews

50.5

Saves

 T-8

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

46.5

ERA

 7

3.48

9

 Get Off Kong!

40.5

WHIP

 5

1.159

10

 Cover Zero

27

Strikeouts

 T-6

41

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 3 – April 3rd, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/3/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

79.5

Runs

T-6

9

2

 The Pi Train

66.5

HR

 5

4

3

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

62.5

RBI

 2

15

3

 Grab Some Bench!

62.5

Steals

 T-7

0

5

 Shoeless Jews

59.5

Average

6

.2308

6

 Misogynistic Padres

53

Wins

 T-7

0

7

 Atomic Roadrunners

48.5

Saves

 T-3

1

7

 Goodfellas

48.5

ERA

 4

3.00

9

 Get Off Kong!

40

WHIP

 6

1.167

10

 Cover Zero

29.5

Strikeouts

 10

9

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

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

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

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

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