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Daily Rundown – Day 23 – April 23rd, 2013

 Note from OnRoto: 

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

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

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

Standings and Statistics for 4/23/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

73

Runs

T-2

117

2

 X-Men

65.5

HR

3

30

3

 Shoeless Jews

61

RBI

1

122

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

56.5

Average

4

.2610

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

11

7

 Grab Some Stamps

54

Saves

 T-1

10

8

 Get Off Kong!

52

ERA

3

3.01

9

 Goodfellas

50

WHIP

3

1.160

10

 Cover Zero

23

Strikeouts

7

140

 

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

 

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 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 15 – April 15th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/15/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

79.5

Runs

4

75

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

66.5

HR

T-2

21

3

 Shoeless Jews

65.5

RBI

1

79

T-4

 Grab Some Stamps!

64

Steals

T-3

11

T-4

 Goodfellas

64

Average

4

.2669

6

 The Pi Train

52

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-9

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

45.5

ERA

2

2.90

9

 Misogynistic Padres

43.5

WHIP

3

1.143

10

 Cover Zero

20

Strikeouts

8

86


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.15
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    4  1  2   2 |  0  0   .340 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .167 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   1 |  0  2   .298 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  1  1   1 |  0  0   .180 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    3  2  2   0 |  0  0   .294 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  1  1   0 |  1  1   .296 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  1   1 |  0  0   .200 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  1  1   0 |  0  1   .086 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    2  1  0   0 |  0  1   .238 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        32  8  9   5 |  1  5   .281 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 2(16), TFrazier 1(11), JPierre 1(1), RBrantly 1(3)
2B: BPhillips 1(5), ZCozart 1(2), JPierre 1(1), RMartin 1(2)
HBP: RMartin 1, DSolano 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       0.7  2  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 2.86
Cliff Lee                        7.0  5  2  2  1   0  4 26   2.57 0.86
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.7  7  2  2  1   0  5 30   2.34 1.04
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    1  0  1   1 |  1  0   .375 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         1  0  1   1 |  1  0   1.00 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: CDenorfia 1(4)

Notes:

  • Russell Martin made an appearance at third base after Michael McKenry entered Monday’s game against the Cardinals. That’s probably a better idea than playing him at shortstop, though it’s really only an option for however long Pedro Alvarez stays ice cold. Alvarez went 0-for-3 and then got removed from Monday’s game. For Martin, it was his 16th career appearance at third base. He started eight games there for the Dodgers in 2008. His fantasy value is even lower at third base than at catcher, but he now has a game under his belt at the hot corner. Pedro Alvarez started the game at third, but came out after the Cardinals built up a 10-1 lead. Martin went 1-for-4 with a run scored.(Rotoworld, Rotowire)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) will make his next rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Lilly originally refused to make another rehab start, as he feels he’s totally healthy and ready to be activated. He’s obviously changed his mind, though. It’s not clear whether he’ll make an additional rehab start after Tuesday or be activated. (Rotoworld)
  •  Edward Mujica was nearly brought in to save the Cardinals 10-6 win on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It looks like Mujica will get the first chance to close should Mitchell Boggs blow another save. Mujica was warming up in the bullpen when Monday’s game ended. Following the game manager Mike Matheny commented the Cardinals were “one hitter away from bringing in Mujica.” (Rotowire)
  • A day after belting two homers against the Reds, Michael McKenry came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI single Monday night against St. Louis. McKenry is the clear backup at catcher, with Russell Martin serving as the starter. Last season, he excelled in a supporting role behind Rod Barajas and struggled late in the season as a full-time player. He has the potential to go on a hot streak for a couple weeks or more, but Martin’s presence will likely keep him in a secondary role in the early going. (Rotowire)
  • Brandon Phillips continued to produce Monday, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Phillips is up to a blistering .340 this season and has 16 RBI in 12 games played. He should continue to provide plenty of offense for fantasy owners as long as he hits in the heart of the Reds’ powerful offense. (Rotowire)
  • Juan Pierre doubled, scored a run and drove in one in Monday’s 10-2 loss the the Nationals. The speedster is batting just .184 on the season with a pitiful .224 on-base percentage. Pierre has swiped just one base so far this season with five runs scored and one RBI. The veteran will continue to see regular at-bats until some of Miami’s younger talent is healthy and ready to join the big league roster, but his run scoring opportunities will be limited batting atop the league’s lowest scoring lineup. (Rotowire)
  • Cliff Lee got a no decision Monday, despite allowing just two runs in seven innings of work against the Reds. Lee is off to a great start in 2013, pitching to a 1.52 ERA with 18 strikeouts in three starts. He’ll try to continue his strong start against the Cardinals next weekend. (Rotowire)
  • Marlins catcher Rob Brantly entered Monday’s series opener against the Nationals having gone 0 for 11 in the previous four games. He went hitless in his first two at-bats before singling home a run in the seventh inning. Brantly finished 1 for 4 in a 10-3 loss. The 23-year-old has three RBI through 10 games and is batting .200 (7 for 35). (CBS Sports)
  • Nationals pitcher Dan Haren may be struggling to open the year, but his velocity has rebounded slightly. After averaging 89.9 mph with his fastball in 2012, the pitch is back up to 90.00 mph this year, according to BrooksBaseball.net. That’s still a decline from his career averages, but a decent upgrade over where he was last season. Haren has surrendered 19 hits in two starts this season, but has also continued to strike out batters at a decent clip. If Haren gets knocked around by the Marlins this week, it might be time for Fantasy owners to worry. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 10 – April 10th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/10/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

74.5

Runs

6

46

2

 Grab Some Bench

73.5

HR

3

15

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

66

RBI

1

57

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

6

5

5

 Shoeless Jews

60.5

Average

4

.2708

6

 The Pi Train

55.5

Wins

 T-4

5

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-8

2

8

 Misogynistic Padres

45

ERA

 2

2.55

9

 Get Off Kong!

42.5

WHIP

 1

1.030

10

 Cover Zero

19.5

Strikeouts

 7

66


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

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Minor        W(2-0)         5.7  5  0  0  1   0  4 23   0.00 1.05
Mike Adams                       1.0  1  1  1  0   0  3  4   9.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(3)          1.0  2  0  0  0   0  1  5   0.00 2.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.7  8  1  1  1   0  8 32   1.17 1.17
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Daily Rundown – Day 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
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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 
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Totals                        35  6 10   4 |  3  3   .286 
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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
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Totals                          15.0  8  2  2  4   0 12 57   1.20 0.80
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .750 
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Totals                         4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .750 
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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)

Roster Moves – Week 25 – September 11th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Andrew Lerner, Padres ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • OF Adam Eaton, Diamondbacks ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • 2B Donovan Solano, Marlins ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • 3B Chris Johnson (to CM)

Down: 

  • 3B Todd Frazier (from CM)
  • SS Zack Cozart (from MI)
  • OF Travis Snider

Cut:

  • OF Jimmy Paredes
  • OF Jose Tabata
  • RP Santiago Casilla

Notes:

  • SS Zack Cozart has been out for several days with an oblique injury.
  • OF Travis Snider has missed several games with a hamstring injury.
  • Cutting C Rob Brantly was a mistake, but when the RoadRunners tried to acquire him, Get Off Kong added him with a $2 bid.
  • Misogynistic Padres tried to acquire both Adam Eaton and Donovan Solano with $0 bids, but since he is higher in the standings, RoadRunners win the tie-breaks.

Roster Moves – Week 24 – September 4th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Luke Gregerson, Padres ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • OF Chris Denorfia, Padres ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • C Kelly Shoppach, Mets ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • 2B Logan Forsythe (to UT)
  • RP Santiago Casilla
  • RP John Axford

Down: 

  • OF Jose Tabata
  • UT Jimmy Paredes
  • SP Jake Westbrook
  • SP Mark Rogers

Cut:

  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • OF Eric Young, Jr.
  • C Rob Brantly

Notes:

  • RP Kenley Jansen is out indefinitely with a heart-related condition (just like in 2011). He’s likely done for the season.
  • The Brewers announced that SP Mark Rogers is shut down for the year, following a career-high for innings pitched.

Roster Moves – Week 21 – August 14th, 2012

Trade 1:

  • Atomic RoadRunners Acquire:
    • SS Jose Reyes (Add to Actives)
    • RP Drew Storen (Add to Actives)
  • The Pi Train Acqiure:
    • SP Zach Wheeler (minor leaguer)
    • 2B Kolten Wong (minor leaguer)
    • AaRr’s 7th-Round Minor League draft pick in 2013

Trade 2:

  • Atomic RoadRunners Acquire:
    • 1B Freddie Freeman (Add to Actives)
    • RP Carlos Marmol (Add to Actives)
    • X-Men’s 7th-Round Minor League draft pick in 2013
  • X-Men Acqiure:
    • 1B Paul Goldschmidt
    • AaRr’s 3rd-Round Minor League draft pick in 2013

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Rob Brantly, Marlins ($4 bid, Add to Actives)
  • OF Eric Young, Jr., Rockies ($6 bid, Add to Actives)
  • SP Mark Rogers, Brewers ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Move:

  • MI Zack Cozart (from SS)

Down: 

  • RP Santiago Casilla
  • C Devin Mesoraco
  • MI Donovan Solano

Cut:

  • RP Brad Lincoln
  • OF J.D. Martinez
  • OF Scott Moore

Notes:

  • OF J.D. Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 9th
  • The RoadRunners attempted to pick up Padres reliever Dale Thayer with a $0 bid, but The Pi Train claimed him with a $51 bid. Get Off Kong also had bid $10. His salary was set at $15 from the buzz surrounding his only other save in June.
  • The RoadRunners attempted to pick up Brewers reliever Jim Henderson with a $0 bid, but Get Off Kong had bid $5, and Misogynistic Padres had bid $4.
  • The RoadRunners attempted to pick up Padres starter Eric Stults with a $0 bid, as did the Misogynistic Padres. Goodfellas won the bidding with a $10 bid, edging out The Pi Train’s $9 bid.
  • The RoadRunners attempted to pick up Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt with a $0 bid, but the Misogynistic Padres had bid $2.