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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)

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 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)

Daily Rundown – Day 16 – April 16th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/16/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

75

Runs

4

80

2

 Shoeless Jews

67.5

HR

3

21

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

67

RBI

2

81

4

 Goodfellas

61

Steals

T-2

14

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2685

6

 The Pi Train

55

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

52.5

Saves

 T-8

4

8

 Misogynistic Padres

50

ERA

2

3.01

9

 Get Off Kong!

44.5

WHIP

4

1.174

10

 Cover Zero

18

Strikeouts

7

96


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

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 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 14 – April 14th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/14/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

77

Runs

T-4

67

2

 Grab Some Stamps

69

HR

T-2

21

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

66

RBI

1

74

4

 Goodfellas

65

Steals

T-2

11

5

 Shoeless Jews

61.5

Average

4

.2660

6

 The Pi Train

53.5

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-8

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46

ERA

3

2.95

9

 Misogynistic Padres

41.5

WHIP

3

1.151

10

 Cover Zero

21

Strikeouts

8

81


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.14
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    5  1  4   2 |  0  0   .405 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  2   3 |  0  0   .327 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  0   0 |  1  1   .159 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  1  2   0 |  0  1   .318 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    5  1  1   2 |  0  0   .333 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .174 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  2  3   1 |  1  1   .288 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .271 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  1  2   1 |  0  1   .304 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  1   .194 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .238 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .250 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        44  7 14   9 |  4  7   .318 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 2(4), BPhillips 3(14), RBraun 2(8), HPence 1(8),
 TSnider 1(3)
2B: TFrazier 1(3), TSnider 2(3)
HR: RBraun 1(2), HPence 1(4)
SB: TFrazier 1(2), HPence 1(3)
CS: TSnider 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Edward Mujica                    0.7  0  0  0  0   0  0  2   0.00 0.00
Kevin Slowey                     5.3  9  1  1  2   0  4 25   1.70 2.08
Jim Henderson                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.0  9  1  1  2   0  5 30   1.29 1.57
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .355 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
SB: CDenorfia 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon                    1.0  1  1  1  0   0  2  4   9.00 1.00
Wilton Lopez      Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  1  1  1  0   0  4  7   4.50 0.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that Edward Mujica might be tried at closer. Mitchell Boggs has been awful in place of the injured Jason Motte (elbow) and Trevor Rosenthal hasn’t been much better in a setup role. “Right now, Mujica’s making good pitches and getting the big outs when we need them,” Matheny told reporters on Sunday evening. The right-hander is worth adding right now in most fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) has refused to continue his minor league rehab assignment. Lilly made his second rehab start Wednesday and declared himself ready to pitch in the majors, so the Dodgers will now be forced to either active him, designate him for assignment or trade him. With Chris Capuano taking Zack Greinke’s spot in the starting rotation, Lilly would likely have accept a bullpen role if he isn’t released. “We laid out a plan and Teddy doesn’t want to be part of the plan. It’s out of my hands,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We didn’t feel he was ready to pitch at the major-league level. For me, it’s a baseball decision. It’s nothing personal in any way, shape or form. We’re giving him our baseball thoughts, what we think is best for him and the team.” (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Hunter Pence hit a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth Sunday in the Giants’ 10-7 win over the Cubs. After Pence tied it, the Giants scored three in the 10th to win it, with the go-ahead run coming on a balk. Pence finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk. The homer to center off Shawn Camp was his fourth of the season. (Rotoworld)
  • Travis Snider doubled twice Sunday against the Reds. After opening the season on the bench, Snider has started against right-handers this last week and gone 7-for-16 with three walks since April 8. He’s worth picking up in any NL-only leagues in which he was dropped. (Rotoworld)
  • Kevin Slowey held the Phillies to one run on nine hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday. He struck out four. The Phillies had no trouble getting baserunners against the right-hander, but Slowey was able to limit the damage. Slowey boasts a 2.04 ERA through his first three starts this season but is still looking for his first win. He’ll try again next weekend in Cincinnati. (Rotoworld)
  • Juan Pierre went 0-for-4 at the plate Sunday against the Phillies, dropping his batting average to .174.He also has just one stolen base over his first 12 contests, so he’s providing nothing for fantasy owners right now. The Marlins don’t have many options, though, so Pierre probably isn’t in danger of losing the left field job anytime soon. (Rotoworld)
  • Manager Walt Weiss said Wilton Lopez will remain one of his top late-inning relief options despite a rough start to the season, the Denver Post reports. “I don’t think he’s very far off from getting on a roll,” Weiss said. “Every time I bring him in, I think he’s going to be lights out. So we will play it by ear and use him in the best possible situations to be successful. But it’s still going to be meaningful innings.” Lopez has posted an ERA of 12.46 while allowing opposing batters to hit .520 against him over five appearances thus far, but his sterling work with the Astros last season affords him some security as one of the primary setup men to Rafael Betancourt. Expect Lopez to ultimately settle in with the Rockies with his excellent ground ball seemingly tailor-made for Coors Field. (Rotowire)
  • After 47 plate appearances to begin the season, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth finally registered his first walk. Werth has shown patience over his career, typically walking in 12 percent of his plate appearances. Werth is not concerned about his aggressive approach, saying “I’m aggressive when I feel good at the plate and when I’m not as aggressive I usually don’t feel as good. It just depends.” The 34-year-old has gotten off to an encouraging start to the season after missing time with a broken wrist last year. Werth told the Washington Times he feels confident in his ability to work the count, and has not changed his approach. He added that it was important to drive up pitch counts early in the game so the team can take advantage of tired starters, or bullpen pitchers, later. (CBS Sports)
  • Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who homered the previous night, continued to heat up as he recorded four hits during Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals. Johnson singled four times and drove in four runs. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 9-0 victory. Johnson has been shifting between first and third base, with Freddie Freeman on the disabled list. He finished 8 for 14 with four runs scored, a homer and three RBI during Atlanta’s three-game set against Washington. He is hitting .405 with a home run and four RBI in 37 at-bats. (CBS Sports)
  • Ryan Braun hit his second homer of the season for the Brewers Sunday against St. Louis. Braun broke out of an 0 for 10 slump with the home run, a two-run shot off reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Braun’s sore neck, which kept him out of three games last week, is still not be 100 percent, but he showed Sunday why even a banged-up Braun can be one of the best hitters in the league. Braun is hitting .333/.429/.633 on the season. (CBS Sports)

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
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Totals                           2.0  3  2  2  0   0  2  8   9.00 1.50
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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
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Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  1  1   0 |  0  1   .250 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  2  2   0 |  0  1   .297 
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Totals                         9  3  3   0 |  0  2   .333 
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SB: JWerth 1(1)
HBP: JWerth 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
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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
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Totals                           6.0 10  3  3  0   0  6 29   4.50 1.67
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RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
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Chris Denorfia        SD OF    2  0  1   0 |  0  0   .450 
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Totals                         2  0  1   0 |  0  0   .500 
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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)