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Daily Rundown – Day 24 – April 24th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/24/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

Runs

T-2

122

2

 X-Men

66

HR

3

32

3

 Misogynistic Padres

60.5

RBI

1

126

4

 Shoeless Jews

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

59

Average

4

.2586

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

54

Wins

8

10

T-6

 Get Off Kong!

54

Saves

 T-1

11

8

 Grab Some Stamps

52

ERA

2

3.07

9

 Goodfellas

49.5

WHIP

3

1.164

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

8

141

 

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

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

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 23 – April 23rd, 2013

 Note from OnRoto: 

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

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

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

Standings and Statistics for 4/23/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

73

Runs

T-2

117

2

 X-Men

65.5

HR

3

30

3

 Shoeless Jews

61

RBI

1

122

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

6

15

5

 The Pi Train

56.5

Average

4

.2610

6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

55.5

Wins

 T-4

11

7

 Grab Some Stamps

54

Saves

 T-1

10

8

 Get Off Kong!

52

ERA

3

3.01

9

 Goodfellas

50

WHIP

3

1.160

10

 Cover Zero

23

Strikeouts

7

140

 

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

 

Notes:

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

Roster Moves – Week 4 – April 23rd, 2013

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SP Hiram Burgos, Brewers ($6 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • 1B Freddie Freeman
  • C Russell Martin
  • SP Kevin Slowey

Move:

  • CM Chris Johnson (from 1B)

Down:

  • SP Dan Haren
  • RP Brad Ziegler
  • C Michael McKenry
  • CM Justin Turner

Cut:

  • RP Wilton Lopez

Notes:

  • Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was activated from the 15-Day Disabled List in time for Tuesday’s doubleheader at Colorado. He would have played last night, but the game was snowed out.
  • Dodgers SP Ted Lilly is expected to be activated from the 15-Day DL (shoulder) ahead of Wendesday’s start at the Mets. Lilly has been out all season thus far as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. The former abundance of starting pitching the Dodgers had has dried up, as Zack Greinke will be out until late June with a broken collarbone (suffered in the Carlos Quentin brawl), Aaron Harang has been traded, Chris Capuano is on the DL with a strained calf (also suffered in the Greinke/Quentin fight), and yesterday it was announced that Chad Billingsley would undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. Yikes.
  • Bidding for Brewers SP Hiram Burgos was competitive: Atomic RoadRunners won him at $6, while The Pi Train bid $2 and Misogynistic Padres bid $0.

 

Daily Rundown – Day 22 – April 22nd, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/22/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

74.5

Runs

T-2

113

2

 X-Men

71

HR

T-2

30

3

 The Pi Train

61.5

RBI

1

117

4

 Misogynistic Padres

59.5

Steals

T-4

15

5

 Shoeless Jews

59

Average

4

.2641

6

 Goodfellas

53.5

Wins

 T-6

9

7

 Grab Some Stamps

53

Saves

 T-1

8

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50

ERA

2

3.02

9

 Get Off Kong!

46.5

WHIP

3

1.148

10

 Cover Zero

21.5

Strikeouts

7

132

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.22
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    6  1  1   0 |  0  0   .296 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  0   0 |  1  1   .213 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    6  0  0   0 |  0  2   .268 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  2   3 |  0  2   .296 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  2   .256 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  2   .274 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .326 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .339 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        36  3  5   3 |  1 11   .139 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RBraun 3(19)
2B: BPhillips 1(6)
HR: RBraun 1(6)
GIDP: BPhillips 1(2)
ERRORS: ZCozart 1(1), TFrazier 1(2)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams        Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Dan Haren         L(1-3)         5.0  6  3  3  3   0  3 24   5.40 1.80
Edward Mujica     S(2)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Brad Ziegler      Ho(4)          0.3  0  0  0  0   0  0  1   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.3  6  3  3  3   0  5 31   3.70 1.23
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  2   1 |  0  0   .241 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  1  2   1 |  0  0   .667 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: RMartin 1(4)
HR: RMartin 1(2)
GIDP: RMartin 1(3)

 

Notes:

  • Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was back in the lineup Monday against the Cubs after coming off the bench the day before. He went 0 for 4 with a walk in a 5-4 win. Cozart, who was hit on the fingers during a bunt attempt Saturday, is batting .213 with four homers and 10 RBI through 18 games. (CBS Sports)
  • Mike Minor‘s scheduled Monday start will be pushed back to Tuesday thanks to the postponement of Monday’s contest due to weather. Minor was set to go Monday night, but he will now start Game 1 of a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday. Minor will go against the same starter he was scheduled to face Monday, Jeff Francis. (Rotowire)
  • Braves activated 1B Freddie Freeman from the 15-day disabled list. Freeman will bat cleanup in his return Tuesday afternoon against the Rockies. The 23-year-old hit .412 (7-for-17) with one homer, one double and seven RBI over his first five games this season prior to going on the disabled list with a strained oblique. He has the potential for a breakout season. He went 7-for-17 in five games earlier this season and will pick up the everyday first base duties moving forward, so don’t hesitate to get him back in your lineup right away. (Rotowire)
  • Russell Martin stayed hot Monday, going 2-for-3 with a homer against the Phillies. Martin has hit in seven straight after a 2-for-31 start, upping his average from .065 to .241. Don’t expect it to get a whole lot higher. (Rotoworld)
  • Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth for a save in a 3-2 game against the Nationals on Monday. Mujica had the easier assignment tonight after Trevor Rosenthal faced the top of the order in a scoreless eighth; Mujica got the six-through-eight hitters and retired them all for his second save. Until he starts giving up homers again, Mujica should be the guy for saves in St. Louis. (Rotoworld)
  • Dan Haren lost to the Cardinals after allowing three runs in five innings on Monday night. Haren has yet to deliver a quality start in four trips to the mound. At least in his first three starts, he had a 12/1 K/BB ratio. Tonight, he struck out three, walked three and hit a batter. A quick turnaround hardly appears likely. (Rotoworld)
  • Hiram Burgos will remain in the Brewers’ rotation for at least another start, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Brewers were debating whether to keep Burgos in the rotation or send him back to Triple-A, but the finger injury Kyle Lohse suffered Monday led to the decision to keep him around for at least one more outing. Due to off days, Burgos could still head back to Triple-A after his next start, but if he pitches well, and/or Lohse needs more time to recover than initially expected, he could stick around longer. Burgos will take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles in his next start Friday. (Rotowire)
  • Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Monday’s 7-1 win over the Padres. The home run was Braun’s fourth in his past five games and he already has 19 RBI in 54 at-bats. Fantasy owners do not need to worry about the neck spasms that kept Braun out of three games towards the beginning of the season.
  • Pirates outfielder Travis Snider hasn’t received a lot of coverage thus far, but he’s off to a strong start. While some of Snider’s gaudy .326/.415/.478 line has been fueled by a .429 BABIP, he’s flashing some skills that he was known for as a prospect. Snider currently boasts the highest walk rate of his major-league career. He’s taking free passes 13.2 percent of the time this year. On top of that, he’s also managed to cut down on his strikeouts. Over his career, Snider has struck out in 26.5 percent of his plate appearances, but that’s down to 20.8 this year. Strikeout rate is one of the first stats to stabilize, so it could mean he’s finally figuring things out in the majors. His other numbers seem to indicate that he’s improved as well. Snider is making slightly more contact than he has in past seasons. Snider’s contact rate has steadily increased over his career, and now sits at 81.7 percent. It’s the first time in Snider’s major-league career that he’s made contact with over 80 percent of his swings. The biggest red flag so far seems to be Snider’s lack of home runs. Snider has hit seven doubles already, which is the reason for his solid .478 slugging percentage. Looking at his hit charts, Snider has come dangerously close to hitting two balls out of the park, so it seems like the power will come eventually. (CBS Sports)
  • Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia continues to thrive with regular playing time. Denorfia has started eight of the last 10 games for San Diego and is batting .339 (19 for 56) through 17 games this season. Denorfia enters play Tuesday vs. Milwaukee batting .320 (8 for 25) with one home run, two RBI and three doubles in his last six games. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 18 – April 18th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/18/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

95

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70.5

HR

T-2

27

3

 Shoeless Jews

64

RBI

1

100

4

 Goodfellas

60.5

Steals

T-3

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2741

T-6

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52

Wins

 T-5

8

T-6

 The Pi Train

52

Saves

 T-5

5

8

 Misogynistic Padres

51

ERA

2

2.88

9

 Get Off Kong!

45

WHIP

4

1.153

10

 Cover Zero

20.5

Strikeouts

6

108

 

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

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

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

 

Notes:

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

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 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 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 11 – April 11th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/11/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

73

Runs

6

49

2

 Grab Some Bench

71

HR

3

15

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

RBI

1

57

4

 Goodfellas

63.5

Steals

T-5

6

5

 Shoeless Jews

62.5

Average

4

.2723

6

 The Pi Train

57.5

Wins

 T-3

6

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

50

Saves

 T-5

3

8

 Misogynistic Padres

43

ERA

 2

2.69

9

 Get Off Kong!

42

WHIP

 2

1.076

10

 Cover Zero

17.5

Strikeouts

 6

72


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.11
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  1  1   0 |  0  1   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  2  2   0 |  0  1   .297 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         9  3  3   0 |  0  2   .333 
---------------------------------------------------------
SB: JWerth 1(1)
HBP: JWerth 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dan Haren         W(1-1)         5.0 10  3  3  0   0  5 26   5.40 2.00
Kenley Jansen     S(1)           1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           6.0 10  3  3  0   0  6 29   4.50 1.67
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    2  0  1   0 |  0  0   .450 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  1   0 |  0  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------


Notes:

  • With Brandon League unavailable, Kenley Jansen notched the save in Thursday’s win over the Padres. League threw 34 pitches to finish off a shaky save on Wednesday night, so Jansen got the call on Thursday. The hard-throwing right-hander delivered a perfect frame and has yet to allow a run in his first 4 2/3 innings of work this season. He’d be the obvious alternative for the closer role if League has a prolonged struggle, so it’s a good idea to keep him stashed away in most leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • The Dodgers will make a decision on what to do with Ted Lilly (shoulder) following his next bullpen session. Lilly made his second rehab start Wednesday, and it’s possible he might refuse to make another one. He’s not injured, but the Dodgers don’t have room for him in their rotation. Unless he’s traded, he’ll probably just replace Aaron Harang as a high-priced long reliever. (Rotoworld)
  • Dan Haren won Thursday despite allowing three runs and 10 hits in five innings against the White Sox. At least Haren didn’t give up any homers tonight. He got some help there from a nice breeze blowing in from center. He ended up striking out five and walking none. He’s not the Dan Haren of old, but given that he’s on such a good team and his tiny walk rate will result in a solid WHIP, no one should be thinking of dropping him in mixed leagues. “I think I took a few steps forward,” Haren said after the game. “I think I threw the ball better than maybe the line score would dictate. The conditions weren’t great out there. Most important thing is we won the game. Obviously, it went a little better than last time, but I still haven’t been at my best yet.” (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Pirates catcher Russell Martin has managed just one hit in 23 at-bats over eight games this season, adding four walks and one stolen base while striking out three times. The .043/.185/.087 start is somewhat of a repeat of Martin’s 2012 season, when he hit just .167/.338/.296 with two home runs in 68 plate appearances before May 1. Martin topped the low batting average and slugging percentage in each month over the remainder of the season, ending the year with a .211/.311/.403 line. (CBS Sports)
  • When Jason Motte suffered an elbow injury, the Cardinals turned to Mitchell Boggs as the closer. When Boggs imploded Monday against the Reds, most Fantasy players raced to grab Trevor Rosenthal, a 22-year-old who lost a spring training rotation battle and was sent to the bullpen. But Edward Mujica, a 28-year-old righty brought over from the Marlins last year at the trade deadline, may be the dark-horse contender for the Cardinals if Boggs falls apart again (although Boggs pitched a perfect inning Tuesday and looked far better). Mujica has a 2.97 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over the last three seasons, with a somewhat-unimpressive 7.9 K/9 in that span. He doesn’t have the big strikeout numbers of Rosenthal, but the Cardinals may want to take it easy with their uber-prospect, especially considering he’s eventually going to be in the rotation. Mujica shouldn’t be owned outside of deep NL-only Roto leagues — and even there, he doesn’t get enough strikeouts to use every day as a middle reliever — but keep an eye on his usage if Boggs falters again. Although everyone zigs to Rosenthal, you may do well making a zag for Mujica instead. (CBS Sports)

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)