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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 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)

Roster Moves – Week 3 – April 16th, 2013

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Michael McKenry, Pirates ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • RP Brad Ziegler, Diamondbacks ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • IF Justin Turner (to CM)
  • RP Mark Melancon
  • OF Chris Denorfia (to UT)

Down: 

  • RP Kyuji Fujikawa
  • C Russell Martin

Cut:

  • 3B Eric Chavez
  • OF Xavier Paul

Notes:

  • On Saturday (April 13th) RP Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a sprained right forearm.
  • New C Michael McKenry was one of four catchers the RoadRunners bid on this week. Get Off Kong acquired the Cubs Dioner Navarro for $1 (McKenry was his contingency). Contingency bids for the RoadRunners were the Rockies’ Yorvit Torrealba, the afore-mentioned Navarro, and Brewers backup C Martin Maldonado.
  • RP Brad Ziegler was our second contingency behind Lannan and Collmenter.
    • We were outbid for Phillies starter John Lannan. RoadRunners bid $0, but Shoeless Jews bid $1.
    • We were outbid in the chance to re-acquire Diamondbacks swingman Josh Collmenter. We bid $0, but Get Off Kong bid $0 also, so we lost him due to the tie-break (I was in 3rd yesterday, Tom was in 8th).

Daily Rundown – Day 13 – April 13th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/13/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Goodfellas

74

Runs

6

60

2

 X-Men

72.5

HR

3

19

3

 Grab Some Stamps

68

RBI

T-1

65

4

 Shoeless Jews

64.5

Steals

T-4

9

5

 Atomic Roadrunners

62

Average

4

.2611

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50.5

Wins

 T-4

7

7

 The Pi Train

50

Saves

 T-7

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

ERA

5

3.08

9

 Misogynistic Padres

41

WHIP

3

1.118

10

 Cover Zero

21

Strikeouts

8

76


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.13
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .344 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    5  1  3   1 |  0  0   .175 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  2  1   .308 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  3   .360 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .190 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .283 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  1   0 |  0  0   .263 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .207 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .065 
Xavier Paul          Cin OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .364 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    2  0  1   1 |  0  0   .278 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  1   .256 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        44  3  9   2 |  2 12   .205 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ZCozart 1(6), ErChavez 1(1)
2B: ZCozart 1(1)
HR: ZCozart 1(3)
GIDP: TFrazier 1(1)
SB: DSolano 1(1)
ERRORS: HPence 1(1), DSolano 1(2)

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
Kenley Jansen     Ho(4)          1.0  3  2  2  0   0  2  6  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  3  2  2  0   0  4  9   9.00 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    5  0  1   0 |  0  2   .393 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    4  1  3   0 |  0  0   .467 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         9  1  4   0 |  0  2   .444 
---------------------------------------------------------
2B: JTurner 1(2)
GIDP: CDenorfia 1(2)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(4)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  0  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Brandon Phillips in not in Saturday’s lineup. Phillips has played in every game this season, so it’s just a scheduled off-day. Cesar Izturis will start at second base Saturday against the Pirates. (Rotoworld)
  • Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “aren’t going to trade outfield prospect Oscar Taveras to Texas” for Jurickson Profar. Swapping the top prospects would make some sense for each organization because the Cardinals need a shortstop and the Rangers could soon use a power-hitting outfielder. But there’s no momentum toward a deal at this time. We can’t say for certain whether the Rangers and Cardinals have even had a discussion about it. (Rotoworld)
  • Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in the Reds’ loss to the Pirates on Saturday. The double and home run accounted for one half of the Reds’ hits off opposing starter Jeff Locke. The three hits on the night were greater than his hit total from April 6 through April 12. Despite the cold streak, manager Dusty Baker had him hitting second Saturday with Brandon Phillips (personal) out. (Rotowire)
  • Cubs placed RHP Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right forearm. With Fujikawa sidelined, the Cubs will go with a closer by committee, with Carlos Marmol still not expected to be in the mix. James Russell and Shawn Camp should see the majority of save opportunities based on game situations. It’s not clear how long Fujikawa has been pitching through the injury, but he may have aggravated it after giving up a blown save in Friday’s win over the Giants. (Rotoworld)
  • Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said one of his chief goals during the past offseason was to gain speed in order to help his defense and effectiveness on the basepaths. To help accomplish his goal, Pence switched to lifting lighter weights among other exercises which has resulted in his ability to cover more ground in the outfield. “I worked on it, put the effort in and I feel like it’s paid off,” the 30-year-old told MLB.com. “Stuff I never did before. Instead of squatting 400 pounds.” Pence has also swiped two bases in his first 12 games after recording a combined five steals in 160 games between Philadelphia and San Francisco last year. (CBS Sports)
  • Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Ryan Braun‘s neck is “still bothering him some.” Braun has played the last four games after missing three contests with a neck ailment, but he’s gone 0-for-7 while striking out six times over the last two days against the Cardinals. “(Braun’s) neck is still bothering him some,” Roenicke said. “He’s not 100%. You can see some of his swings aren’t his usual self.” At this point, it doesn’t appear that the disabled list is under consideration for the outfielder, but things might be different if the Brewers weren’t already so undermanned. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly’s (shoulder) spot on the Dodgers is in question after the left-hander refused to make any more minor league rehab appearances, the Dodgers’ official site reports. Chris Capuano has been named the replacement for the injured Zack Greinke (collarbone) in the rotation. Lilly thinks he’s good to go while the Dodgers hope to stash him in Triple-A a little while longer. It seems likely that Lilly will return as a reliever until some other team offers a deal the Dodgers can accept. (Rotowire)

Daily Rundown – Day 12 – April 12th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/12/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Goodfellas

70.5

Runs

6

57

2

 Grab Some Stamps

70

HR

3

18

3

 X-Men

69

RBI

1

63

4

 Atomic RoadRunners

67

Steals

T-5

8

5

 Shoeless Jews

58

Average

4

.2670

6

 The Pi Train

56.5

Wins

 T-2

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

53.5

Saves

 T-7

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

ERA

 4

2.94

9

 Misogynistic Padres

42.5

WHIP

 2

1.109

10

 Cover Zero

16.5

Strikeouts

 6

72


                   BOX SCORE FOR 04.12
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    5  2  3   1 |  0  1   .357 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  2  2   3 |  0  2   .318 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  0   0 |  0  2   .114 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  3   .409 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    3  1  1   0 |  0  0   .211 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    5  0  1   1 |  0  2   .286 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    2  1  1   0 |  1  0   .250 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .231 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .074 
Xavier Paul          Cin OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .400 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .257 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        45  8 10   6 |  1 12   .222 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 1(2), BPhillips 3(11), JWerth 1(8), RMartin 1(1)
HR: ChJohnson 1(1), BPhillips 2(4)
GIDP: RMartin 1(2), DSolano 1(3)
SB: HPence 1(2), JWerth 1(2)
HBP: JPierre 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       1.0  1  0  0  1   0  0  4   0.00 2.00
Kyuji Fujikawa    W(1-0)BS(1)    1.0  3  3  3  0   0  0  7  27.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  4  3  3  1   0  0 11  13.50 2.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .435 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(3)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Wilton Lopez                     1.0  3  2  2  0   0  1  5  18.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  3  2  2  0   0  2  8   9.00 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------


Notes:

  • Brandon Phillips blasted a pair of home runs and drove home three in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday. Phillips finished the night 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. He tagged A.J. Burnett for a solo shot in the second inning, then added a two-run bomb off Tony Watson in the seventh that knotted the score at 5-5. He’s settled nicely into the cleanup role in the absence of Ryan Ludwick, hitting .318/.340/.682 with four homers and 11 RBI on the season. (Rotoworld)
  • Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com believes that Ted Lilly might be the leading candidate to assume Zack Greinke’s spot in the rotation. The other option is Chris Capuano, but Capuano isn’t as stretched out as Lilly is right now, and the Dodgers don’t believe Lilly would take to the bullpen very well. Lilly is on a rehab assignment, but he’s been healthy for a while and reached 90 pitches Wednesday in his most recent outing. Greinke’s next turn comes up on Tuesday. (Rotoworld)
  • Wilton Lopez holds a 10.80 ERA and has allowed 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings so far this season. Much of the damage came on Opening Day, when Lopez allowed three runs on four hits over an inning of work. Still, he’s given up a run an six hits since then while striking out just one batter. The reliever’s velocity has been down a tick so far, but so far there’s been no talk that last year’s elbow issue is a problem again. Lopez could get passed by Rex Brothers as the Rockies’ backup plan at closer if his struggles continue. (Rotoworld)
  • Russell Martin is batting just .043 (1-for-23) so far this season. Martin was hitless in his first six games to start the year before doubling in his first at-bats of Tuesday’s game. The veteran backstop’s batting average has been in a steady decline the last few seasons, sinking to a career-low .211 last year. He still has pop, though, and should help fantasy owners in that department. (Rotoworld)
  • Todd Frazier is not in Friday’s lineup against the Pirates. Frazier is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, so Reds manager Dusty Baker is just giving him a breather. Jack Hannahan will start in his place at the hot corner. (Rotoworld)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa suffered a blown save, only to end up with a win, after giving up three runs in the ninth Friday against the Giants. Things could have worked out differently: Pablo Sandoval’s bloop single to right may well have been caught if the Cubs hadn’t been playing a no-doubles defense and Hunter Pence would have hit into a game-ending double play if Starlin Castro hadn’t been slow to get it started. That said, Fujikawa wasn’t all that impressive today, especially on the splitter he left up to Brandon Belt for a game-tying double. The closer’s role is his for now, but he hasn’t built up much job security yet. (Rotoworld)

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 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 5 – April 5th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/5/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

74.5

Runs

3

24

2

 Misogynistic Padres

72

HR

 T-1

10

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

68.5

RBI

 1

29

4

 Grab Some Bench

66.5

Steals

 6

1

5

 The Pi Train

61.5

Average

2

.2660

6

 Shoeless Jews

55.5

Wins

 T-4

2

7

 Goodfellas

52.5

Saves

 T-7

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

ERA

 5

2.97

9

 Get Off Kong!

25.5

WHIP

 4

1.042

10

 Cover Zero

24

Strikeouts

 T-4

37

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

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 1 – April 1st, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/1/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Grab Some Bench

84.5

Runs

T-6

4

2

 X-Men

75

HR

T-6

1

3

 The Pi Train

69.5

RBI

 T-4

4

4

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

65.5

Steals

 T-6

0

5

 Goodfellas

62.5

Average

8

.1837

6

 Shoeless Jews

52

Wins

 T-5

0

7

 Get Off Kong!

40

Saves

 T-1

1

8

 Atomic Roadrunners

38.5 

ERA

 9

11.57

9

 Cover Zero

32

WHIP

 9

1.714

10

 Misogynistic Padres

30.5

Strikeouts

 9

2

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.01
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    4  1  3   3 |  0  1   .750 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  0  1   0 |  0  2   .200 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  1   1 |  1  2   .250 
Juan Pierre          Fla OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .250 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
Rob Brantly          Fla  C    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .333 
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    3  1  2   0 |  1  1   .667 
Donovan Solano       Fla 2B    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        49  4  9   4 |  4  9   .184 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: FFreeman 3(3), RBraun 1(1)
2B: ChJohnson 1(1)
HR: FFreeman 1(1)
ERRORS: BPhillips 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  4   0.00 0.00
Kyuji Fujikawa    S(1)           0.3  0  0  0  0   0  0  1   0.00 0.00
Wilton Lopez      BS(1)          1.0  4  3  3  0   0  0  7  27.00 4.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.3  4  3  3  0   0  2 12  11.74 1.74
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Casey Kotchman       Fla 1B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Wilton Lopez was charged with a blown save after allowing three runs on four hits in the eighth inning of Monday’s loss to the Brewers. Lopez was on the hook for the loss until Dexter Fowler hit a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth, ultimately sending the game to extra innings. The right-hander’s team debut may have been a disappointing one, but he’ll still have some security as the primary setup man to closer Rafael Betancourt. (Rotowire)
  • Mark Melancon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning against the Cubs on Opening Day. He threw eight of nine pitches for strikes, striking out two batters on breaking balls. Melancon is second in line for saves, behind Pittsburgh’s newly-minted closer, 36-year-old Jason Grilli. (Rotowire)
  • Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI in the Braves’ 7-5 win over the Phillies on Monday. Freeman kicked off the scoring with a two-run homer off Cole Hamels in the first and later added an RBI single. He’s a sleeper candidate to lead the NL in RBI this year while hitting cleanup behind Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the Braves lineup. (Rotoworld)
  • After being considered questionable for the start of the season as late as last Wednesday, Mets second baseman Justin Turner was available off the bench during the team’s season opener against San Diego on Monday. Turner dealt with a calf injury at the end of spring training, but was able to avoid the disabled list and open the season on New York’s bench. (CBS Sports)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa may not be the Cubs’ closer just yet, but he was the first of their relievers to record a save this season, as he and James Russell bailed out Carlos Marmol to preserve a 3-1 win over the Pirates on opening day. Marmol followed up the strikeout of Garrett Jones with a hit by pitch, a single and a walk, and after 19 pitches, he was lifted for Russell. Fujikawa’s one-out save was a bonus for owners who drafted him in the hopes that he would soon be replacing Marmol in the closer’s role. It doesn’t signify an imminent role change, but Marmol’s quick ouster shows that the Cubs may not be patient with their incumbent closer. He is still available in close to two-thirds of the leagues on CBSSports.com, and now is the time to roster Fujikawa — before the Cubs make a move to change closers. Given their apparent impatience with Marmol, Fujikawa may be the most enticing closer-in-waiting on waivers right now. (CBS Sports)