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Daily Rundown – Day 21 – April 21st, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/21/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

70

Runs

3

110

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

69.5

HR

3

29

3

 Shoeless Jews

62.5

RBI

1

114

4

 Misogynistic Padres

61

Steals

T-4

15

5

 Goodfellas

55

Average

4

.2698

T-6

 The Pi Train

54.5

Wins

 T-6

9

T-6

 Grab Some Stamps

54.5

Saves

 T-3

7

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52.5

ERA

2

2.99

9

 Get Off Kong!

48.5

WHIP

4

1.144

10

 Cover Zero

22

Strikeouts

7

127

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.21
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .407 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  1  1   1 |  2  0   .307 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    2  1  1   3 |  0  1   .292 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  1   3 |  0  3   .280 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .270 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .275 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  2   0 |  1  1   .357 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    3  2  2   0 |  1  1   .200 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .346 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    5  1  1   0 |  0  2   .231 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        35  8 11   7 |  5 11   .314 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(21), TFrazier 3(17), RBraun 3(16)
2B: TFrazier 1(4), TSnider 1(7), RBrantly 1(4), DSolano 1(2)
HR: RBraun 1(5)
GIDP: JWerth 1(4)
ERRORS: ChJohnson 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Kris Medlen       L(1-2)         6.0  7  3  3  1   0  6 27   4.50 1.33
Mike Adams        W(1-1)         1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(5)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 1.00
Jim Henderson     S(4)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           9.0  8  3  3  1   0  9 37   3.00 1.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  1  2   1 |  0  0   .216 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         4  1  2   1 |  0  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RMartin 1(3)
2B: RMartin 1(4)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Wilton Lopez      L(0-1)BS(2)    1.0  3  2  2  0   0  0  6  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           1.0  3  2  2  0   0  0  6  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Ryan Braun was ejected in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cubs. Braun got thrown out for a bat flip after he argued a called third strike. He finished 1-for-4 with a home run before being tossed. Logan Schafer replaced him in left field. (Rotoworld)
  • Rob Brantly scored twice while going 2-for-3 with a walk during Sunday’s loss to the Reds. Brantly is hitting just .200 with zero home runs and three RBI in 50 at-bats, and Sunday’s pair of runs were his first two of the season. The Marlins still figure to give him the bulk of the playing time behind the dish as they evaluate the rookie’s long-term prospects, but backup Miguel Olivo – who homered Sunday as a pinch hitter – could begin to eat into Brantly’s at-bats if the youngster does not pick things up offensively. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson is expected to assume everyday duty at third base when Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Though the Braves broke camp with Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco in hard platoon, Johnson has separated himself in the competition with multi-hit games in seven of his past 11 starts. Both Johnson had played primarily first base while Freeman was out, allowing Francisco to play everyday as well at third base. Francisco’s regular starts should come to an end quickly. (Rotowire)
  • Braves pitcher Kris Medlen (1-2) surrendered season highs in runs (three) and hits (seven) over six innings during a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh Sunday. The three runs allowed matched the season total Medlen allowed in his previous three starts as his ERA jumped to 2.16. The right-hander failed to preserve a 2-0 lead in the second inning and permitted another run in the sixth inning while taking his second loss. Last season, he finished with only one defeat in 50 appearances (12 starts). Medlen also struck out a season-high six batters and walked just one, giving him just one walk over his past two starts (13 innings). He earns the nod again Friday at Detroit, a team he held to one run in 6 2/3 innings during his only start against it in 2010.(CBS Sports)
  • Brewers reliever Jim Henderson picked up his fourth save with a clean inning Sunday against the Cubs. Henderson remains perfect in save opportunities and has an even 1.00 ERA in nine innings. He added two more strikeouts for 12 on the season. John Axford has been sharp lately, with five straight scoreless outings. Henderson’s job may be in jeopardy if he hits a rough patch, but he should remain the Brewers closer for the near future. (CBS Sports)
  • Wilton Lopez took the loss after surrendering two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Called upon to fill in at closer for Rafael Betancourt, who had pitched the last two days, Lopez failed to preserve a 4-3 Rockies lead. For a team that has gotten solid performances across its lineup and pitching staff, Lopez stands as one of the few exceptions, as he now has a 9.00 ERA and 2.25 WHIP through nine outings. His struggles could lead Walt Weiss to plug in Matt Belisle or Rex Brothers as the top setup man to Betancourt, bumping Lopez down to sixth or seventh-inning duty. (Rotowire)

Daily Rundown – Day 16 – April 16th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/16/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

80

2

 Shoeless Jews

67.5

HR

3

21

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

67

RBI

2

81

4

 Goodfellas

61

Steals

T-2

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2685

6

 The Pi Train

55

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52.5

Saves

 T-8

4

8

 Misogynistic Padres

50

ERA

2

3.01

9

 Get Off Kong!

44.5

WHIP

4

1.174

10

 Cover Zero

18

Strikeouts

7

96


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

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 9 – April 9th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/9/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

76.5

Runs

4

44

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

HR

T-2

15

3

 Grab Some Bench

69.5

RBI

1

56

4

 Goodfellas

60

Steals

6

5

4

 Shoeless Jews

60

Average

3

.2824

6

 The Pi Train

57.5

Wins

 T-4

4

7

 Misogynistic Padres

50.5

Saves

 T-8

2

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

47.5

ERA

 2

2.70

9

 Get Off Kong!

37.5

WHIP

 1

1.014

10

 Cover Zero

21.5

Strikeouts

 7

58

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.09
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  0   0 |  0  3   .278 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  0  0   1 |  0  1   .314 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .129 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .375 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  0  2   1 |  1  1   .500 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .226 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  0  2   2 |  0  1   .300 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  2   3 |  0  1   .276 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  2   0 |  1  0   .231 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   1 |  1  0   .273 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .048 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .250 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .296 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        47  3 13   8 |  4 11   .277 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(8), RBraun 1(6), HPence 2(7), JWerth 3(7),
 RBrantly 1(2)
2B: TSnider 1(1), RMartin 1(1)
HR: JWerth 1(3)
GIDP: ZCozart 1(1), ErChavez 1(1)
SB: RBraun 1(1), JPierre 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Kris Medlen       W(1-1)         7.0  3  1  0  2   0  1 26   0.00 0.71
Mike Adams                       0.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  1   0.00 0.00
Cliff Lee         W(2-0)         8.7  8  3  2  0   0  6 34   2.07 0.92
Kyuji Fujikawa    S(2)           1.0  1  0  0  0   0  2  5   0.00 1.00
Edward Mujica     Ho(4)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          18.0 12  4  2  2   0 12 69   1.00 0.78
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    1  1  1   1 |  0  0   .462 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .400 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         5  1  2   1 |  0  0   .400 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: CDenorfia 1(2)
GIDP: JTurner 1(1)
ERRORS: JTurner 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(2)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Wilton Lopez                     1.0  3  1  1  0   0  1  6   9.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  3  1  1  0   0  2  9   4.50 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s matinee against the Cardinals. It’s just a day off for Cozart, who is hitting just .129 (4-for-31) to begin the season. Cesar Izturis will start in his place at shortstop and bat eighth. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game Tuesday, holding the Mets to three runs — two earned — on eight hits and no walks in the 8-3 victory. Lee struck out six on the night. He gave up a two-out single to Justin Turner in the ninth, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decided to give him the hook. Lee had thrown 107 pitches, but it was a pretty stress-free outing for the veteran southpaw. He’ll bring a 1.08 ERA into Cincinnati next week. (Rotoworld)
  • Kris Medlen allowed one run in seven innings as the Braves beat the Marlins 3-2 on Tuesday. This is more like what we expected from the 27-year-old in his 2012 encore, even if it was against the lowly Marlins. Medlen allowed just three hits despite striking out only one. With a few off days built into the schedule, his next start will likely be against the Royals next Tuesday. (Rotoworld)
  • Justin Turner will start at first base for Ike Davis on Tuesday against Cliff Lee, ESPN New York reports. Spin: Davis is just 4-for-27 on the year overall and 1-for-11 lifetime against Lee, so he gets the night off with the righty-hitting Turner starting in his stead. (Rotowire)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa recorded his second save of the season and first since being named closer in the Cubs’ 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. It was a reassuring outing for Fujikawa, who entered with an 11.57 ERA. The 32-year-old struck out two and pitched around an error to close it down, going through the heart of the Brewers order in the process. If there was any hesitation to grab him based on his shaky outings in the early going, there should be none now. (Rotoworld)
  • Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Tuesday against the White Sox. Werth now has three home runs on the season and is 6-for-13 over his last three games, making him a must-start at this point. (Rotowire)
  • Pirates outfielder Travis Snider made his third start on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks and put together his best performance at the plate. He went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in a 6-5 win. Snider led off the second inning with a double before hitting a single in the eighth. He is batting .231 (3 for 13) through eight games with two RBI. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 4 – April 4th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/4/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

81

Runs

T-5

15

2

 Misogynistic Padres

65.5

HR

 T-2

6

3

 Grab Some Bench!

62

RBI

 2

19

4

 Atomic Roadrunners

61

Steals

 T-7

0

5

 The Pi Train

60

Average

4

.2460

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

58.5

Wins

 T-5

1

7

 Shoeless Jews

55.5

Saves

 T-5

1

8

 Goodfellas

52.5

ERA

 4

2.00

9

 Get Off Kong!

30.5

WHIP

 2

0.963

10

 Cover Zero

23.5

Strikeouts

 8

23

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.04
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    3  0  0   0 |  0  1   .500 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .250 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  2  2   1 |  0  0   .333 
Juan Pierre          Fla OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .182 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  2  2   3 |  0  1   .167 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Rob Brantly          Fla  C    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .286 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  0   0 |  1  1   .000 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    0  1  0   0 |  1  0   .333 
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .333 
Donovan Solano       Fla 2B    3  0  2   0 |  1  0   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        35  6 10   4 |  3  3   .286 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: TFrazier 1(2), JWerth 3(3)
2B: BPhillips 1(1), TFrazier 1(1)
HR: TFrazier 1(1), JWerth 1(1)
GIDP: FFreeman 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Kris Medlen       L(0-1)         5.0  6  2  2  4   0  3 25   3.60 2.00
Cliff Lee         W(1-0)         8.0  2  0  0  0   0  8 26   0.00 0.25
Mark Melancon                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
Kyuji Fujikawa    Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          15.0  8  2  2  4   0 12 57   1.20 0.80
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .750 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .750 
---------------------------------------------------------
2B: JTurner 1(1)

Notes:

  • Cliff Lee tossed eight dominant innings against a strong lineup in Thursday’s start at Atlanta, scattering a pair of hits with eight strikeouts en route to the win. It was a cold night in Atlanta, and Lee was aided by the wind on a couple of fly balls, but his performance was brilliant nonetheless. What a difference a year makes, as Lee did not pick up his first win in 2012 until July 4. It’s difficult to accurately predict how many games Lee might win this season, but he should continue to post great ratios and strikeout totals as one of the National League’s best starters. “They seemed really aggressive and were swinging the bat pretty good the first couple of games,” Lee said. “I just tried to allow them to see the fewest amount of pitches as possible and attack the zone in good locations. For me, the key is to limit the amount of pitches they can see by throwing strikes and allow the defense to make plays.” Lee will make his next start Tuesday at home against the Mets. He went 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts last season against the Mets.(Rotowire, CBS Sports)
  • Kris Medlen labored in Thursday’s start against Philadelphia, giving up two runs and six hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three, tossing 92 pitches. Medlen was fortunate to have just surrendered two runs and was shaky in general, not recording a 1-2-3 inning until the fifth frame. He was incredibly dominant after the All-Star break last year (0.94 ERA, 0.82 WHIP with a 95:14 K:BB ratio in 95.1 innings), and it’s unrealistic to expect similar numbers over the course of a full season. However, Medlen is certainly more talented and skilled than what he showed Thursday. “I made some adjustments. I felt like I was rushing a little bit in the very beginning,” Medlen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s something I felt the entire spring. I left some balls up. Obviously the walks stood out; I think I’ve been up here long enough that you know that I don’t walk people.” Medlen is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday at Miami. He went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in five appearances (three starts) against the Marlins last season. (Rotowire, CBS Sports)
  • Donovan Solano had two hits and a walk in four trips to the plate Wednesday as the Marlins fell to the Nationals 6-1. Solano’s performance qualifies him as an offensive standout in a sorry lineup that scored only a single run in its three-game set against Washington. Solano is looking to build off of a solid rookie season in which he posted a .296/.342/.375 slash line over 285 at-bats. He’s off to a nice start, going 3-for-9 with two walks and just one strikeout in the opening series. (Rotowire)
  • After going 0 for 3 in the opener Monday, Marlins catcher Rob Brantly got back on track as he enjoyed a solid performance Thursday against the Nationals. Brantly picked up his first multi-hit game of the season as he singled in the second and the sixth, finishing 2 for 4 in a 6-1 defeat. He is now hitting .286 through two games. (CBS Sports)
  • Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was one of three Cincinnati hitters to homer off Angels starter Joe Blanton during a 5-4 win Thursday. Frazier’s first home run of the season was a solo shot leading off the second inning. He finished 2 for 3 with two runs and one double, which came close to being his second home run of the game. Frazier’s fly ball went off the yellow padding atop the wall in the fourth inning, and he continued to third when center fielder Mike Trout bobbled the carom for an error. The umpires checked to make sure the ball didn’t clear the wall. Frazier scored on Ryan Hanigan’s sacrifice fly — Cincinnati’s only run that didn’t come off a homer. Frazier has hit safely in each of the first three games. He’s batting .333 (4 for 12) with two RBI in that span. (CBS Sports)
  • Mets infielder Justin Turner started at second base Thursday against the Padres in place of Daniel Murphy, and Turner got hits in his first three at-bats of the season. He finished 3 for 4 with a double. (CBS Sports)
  • Casey Kotchman (hamstring) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. Kotchman suffered a left hamstring strain in Wednesday night’s game against the Nationals. Greg Dobbs is filling in for him at first base on Thursday and could keep that starting gig for the next two or three weeks, as Kotchman is expected to be out until late April. (Rotoworld)

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 
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Totals                        34  4  9   9 |  4  8   .265 
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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
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Totals                           7.3  4  1  1  4   0  7 30   1.23 1.10
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Casey Kotchman       Fla 1B    2  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
GIDP: CKotchman 1(1)

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

Notes:

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

Roster Moves – Week 12 – June 19th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Jose Arredondo, Reds ($1, Add to Actives)
  • RP Josh Lindblom, Dodgers ($1, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • MI Elian Herrera
  • OF Jose Tabata (to UT)

Move:

  • SS Zack Cozart (from MI)
  • CM Todd Frazier (from UT)

Down:

  • SS Troy Tulowitzki
  • 3B Chris Johnson (from CM)
  • RP Shawn Camp

Cut:

  • RP Wilton Lopez
  • C Welington Castillo

Notes:

  • Cubs C Welington Castillo was activated from the 15-Day DL (knee) on Thursday, June 14th, and was optioned to Triple-A Iowa four days later (June 18th) with the activation of starting C Geovany Soto. Castillo still retains rookie eligibility.
  • Braves RP Kris Medlen was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, June 15th, but in a surprise move, Jair Jurrjens (picked up by Misogynistic Padres for $0) was named the interim starter for the Braves, while Medlen will stay in middle-relief.
  • Astros RP Wilton Lopez was placed on the 15-Day DL with a strained elbow on June 15th.
  • Former 2012 RoadRunner Cody Ransom was picked up by his 3rd WBRL team of the season, with Shoeless Jews snagging the now Brewer for a $1 bid. He was released May 29th by Cover Zero.

 

Roster Moves – Week 11 – June 12th, 2012

FAAB Acquisition:

  • RP Kris Medlen, Braves ($3 bid, reserve)

Up:

  • SS Troy Tulowitzki
  • SP Mike Minor
  • OF Tony Campana

Move:

  • MI Zack Cozart (from SS)

Down:

  • SP Brad Lincoln
  • MI Elian Herrera

Cut:

  • 2B Alex Castellanos

Notes:

  • Braves RP Kris Medlen was originally drafted by Get Off Kong! in the 2012 WBRL Minor League draft (first round, 4th overall), but was released last week (June 5th). He has been sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch out as a starter, and will return to the Braves rotation in a few weeks. He carries an $8 salary for the 2012 season.
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki is already on rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs, and should be activated when eligible this Friday, June 15th.
  • 2B/OF Alex Castellanos was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque yesterday, June 11th.
  • In FAAB action, I had bid $2 on Pirates OF Alex Presley, but Get Off Kong! bid $13 (Shoeless Jews bid $6, and Cover Zero bid $0).
  • My contingency for Presley was Padres Triple-A 2B prospect Jedd Gyorko, who may be on the verge of getting called up.  I bid $0, but Get Off Kong! bid $1.