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Daily Rundown – Day 25 – April 25th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/25/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 Atomic RoadRunners

72.5

Runs

T-2

126

2

 X-Men

64.5

HR

3

32

3

 Goodfellas

60.5

RBI

1

128

T-4

 Misogynistic Padres

58

Steals

T-4

17

T-4

 Shoeless Jews

58

Average

4

.2555

6

 The Pi Train

56.5

Wins

8

11

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

54.5

Saves

 T-1

11

8

 Get Off Kong!

52

ERA

2

3.14

9

 Grab Some Stamps

51

WHIP

4

1.173

10

 Cover Zero

22.5

Strikeouts

7

156

 

                   BOX SCORE FOR 04.25
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .264 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .195 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  1   .253 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    5  1  1   1 |  0  0   .195 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .259 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  1   0 |  0  1   .309 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   1 |  1  0   .228 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .243 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        27  4  4   2 |  2  2   .148 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: JPierre 1(2), RBrantly 1(8)
GIDP: ZCozart 1(4)
SB: JPierre 2(5)
ERRORS: DSolano 1(3)
HBP: RBrantly 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Cliff Lee                        7.0 10  3  3  1   0  7 33   3.86 1.57
Kenley Jansen     W(1-0)         1.0  1  0  0  1   0  2  5   0.00 2.00
Kevin Slowey                     6.0  5  3  3  0   0  6 25   4.50 0.83
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          14.0 16  6  6  2   0 15 63   3.86 1.29
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .323 
Mike McKenry         Pit  C    4  0  1   1 |  1  1   .316 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         5  0  1   1 |  1  1   .200 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: MMcKenry 1(5)

 

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart went 0-for-4 in Thursday’s loss, leaving him with a .195 average and a .220 OBP in 87 at-bats this season. Cozart’s only qualification for batting second in Cincinnati’s order is that he’s a middle infielder. And middle infielders should be able to hit second. It’s a rule or something. Cozart isn’t truly a bad player. He’s a fine defender, and he’s got some real pop in his bat. It’s just that he belongs in the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup and not in between Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee was good early but struggled late Thursday, giving up three runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings in a loss to the Pirates. Lee was able to dodge a few bullets in the first five innings, but things got hairy in the sixth and seventh, when he gave up five hits, a walk and all three of his runs. Lee threw 122 pitches Thursday, which is four shy of his career high. After a great first three starts, the lefty hasn’t been extra sharp the last two times out. He’ll bring a 3.03 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into Cleveland next week. (Rotoworld)
  • Juan Pierre went 1-for-5 at the plate Thursday, but knocked in a run, scored a run and stole two bases. Pierre is hitting just .195 on the early season, but has provided owners with the steals they were looking for when they drafted him, as he now has five. (Rotowire)
  • Kevin Slowey was strong in a no-decision Thursday, allowing three runs over six innings of work against the Cubs. He allowed only five hits and walked none while striking out six. Despite a 2.43 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, he is still looking for his first win with the offense-starved Marlins. Despite a solid 2.43 ERA, Slowey is 0-2 as the Marlins have scored just six runs in his five starts. He has 21 strikeouts and just six walks in 29 2/3 innings. Slowely is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Mets. (Rotowire, CBS Sports)
  • Travis Snider, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored Thursday, is batting .309 (17-for-62). Snider’s contact rates are up across the board, including a 91.6 rate for pitches thrown in the strike zone. Most importantly, Snider’s plate discipline (7:12 BB:K) is the best it’s been at the major-league level. He’ll continue to platoon in right field, seeing better than a 50-50 playing-time split against right-handed pitching. (Rotowire)
  • Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went hitless for the third straight time Thursday, going 0 for 3 against the Nationals in his team’s 8-1 loss. Phillips is 0 for 10 in his last three games and 1 for 16 in his last four, dropping his season average to .264. (CBS Sports)
  • Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen picked up his first win of the season Thursday. Jansen pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving up one hit and one walk. Jansen struck out two during the outing. Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe hit run-scoring singles in the ninth, giving Jansen the win. (CBS Sports)

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

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 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 9 – April 9th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/9/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

76.5

Runs

4

44

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

HR

T-2

15

3

 Grab Some Bench

69.5

RBI

1

56

4

 Goodfellas

60

Steals

6

5

4

 Shoeless Jews

60

Average

3

.2824

6

 The Pi Train

57.5

Wins

 T-4

4

7

 Misogynistic Padres

50.5

Saves

 T-8

2

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

47.5

ERA

 2

2.70

9

 Get Off Kong!

37.5

WHIP

 1

1.014

10

 Cover Zero

21.5

Strikeouts

 7

58

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

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

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

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

Notes:

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

Daily Rundown – Day 8 – April 8th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/8/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

82

Runs

3

41

2

 Grab Some Bench

69

HR

2

14

3

 The Pi Train

64

RBI

1

48

4

 Atomic Roadrunners

61.5

Steals

8

3

5

 Misogynistic Padres

56

Average

3

.2833

6

 Goodfellas

55

Wins

 T-7

2

7

 Shoeless Jews

53.5

Saves

 T-9

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

48

ERA

 4

3.29

9

 Get Off Kong!

34

WHIP

 3

1.096

10

 Cover Zero

27

Strikeouts

 7

46

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.08
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  2  2   2 |  1  1   .344 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .111 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  1  0   1 |  1  3   .414 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  1  3   1 |  1  1   .500 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .222 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  1  1   3 |  0  1   .280 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  0  1   2 |  1  2   .100 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    4  0  1   0 |  0  3   .300 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    3  1  0   0 |  1  0   .000 
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  3   0 |  0  0   .357 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  0  0   0 |  0  0   .292 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        40  6 11   9 |  5 13   .275 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 2(7), TFrazier 1(10), RBraun 1(5), HPence 3(5),  TSnider 2(2)
2B: BPhillips 1(4), RBraun 2(3)
HR: BPhillips 1(2), HPence 1(3)
GIDP: RMartin 1(1)
SB: RMartin 1(1)
HBP: TFrazier 1, JPierre 1

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
Kevin Slowey      L(0-2)         7.0  6  2  2  0   0  3 27   2.57 0.86
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           8.0  6  2  2  0   0  5 30   2.25 0.75
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         1  0  0   0 |  0  1   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Josh Collmenter                  2.0  1  1  1  2   0  2  9   4.50 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  1  1  1  2   0  2  9   4.50 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) will make his next minor league rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. Lilly allowed five runs (including three home runs) in six innings in his first rehab outing last Friday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. While his shoulder is healthy, he dealt with the flu during spring training and is still in the process of building arm strength. He’ll likely make at least two more rehab starts before being activated. There’s no room for him in the rotation at the moment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has previously said that he is not suited to pitching in relief. Similar to Aaron Harang, the Dodgers may eventually be able to find a trade partner. (Rotoworld)
  • Hunter Pence belted a three-run homer in Monday’s win over the Rockies. It was Pence’s only hit of the night, but it was all the Giants needed in the 4-2 victory. Most are expecting a power drop-off from Pence this season as he plays in a pitcher-friendly park over a full season for the first time, but he has three homers in the first seven contests. (Rotoworld)
  • Kevin Slowey was a hard-luck loser after allowing two runs in seven innings Monday against the Braves. The Marlins will likely have a bunch of hard-luck losers this season. Slowey, for instance, has an 0-2 record to go along with his 2.19 ERA. With the way he’s throwing, he’s a viable play in NL-only leagues, particularly in his home starts. His flyball tendencies will lead to bad days in smaller parks. (Rotoworld)
  • Chris Johnson delivered three singles in four at-bats against the Marlins on Monday. The Braves have said they don’t plan to use Evan Gattis at first base, so the position will belong to Johnson for the two weeks that Freddie Freeman is out. It makes him a nice short-term choice in NL-only leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and RBI double in Monday’s win over the Cardinals. Phillips’ homer in the sixth cut the Cards’ lead to one at the time, and his bloop double in the ninth put them ahead before the floodgates opened up. Jay Bruce (four hits) and Shin-Soo Choo (two hits, three RBI) also had big days at the dish for the Reds. Phillips is batting .344 with two homers and seven RBI early on this season. (Rotoworld)
  • Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Monday’s win over the Cubs. After missing the last three games with a neck injury, Braun didn’t show any lingering effects in his return to the lineup. He absolutely crushed an Edwin Jackson fastball in the second inning for an RBI double and added another one late off Carlos Marmol. The Brewers need Braun to stay healthy this season. They’re a drastically different team without him. (Rotoworld)
  • Jim Henderson recorded his first save of the season in Monday’s 7-4 win over the Cubs. The Brewers had a four-run lead, but Henderson had to bail out Brandon Kintzler after he loaded the bases with three straight singles. It’s another sign that John Axford has officially been phased out at closer. Henderson allowed one unearned run before striking out Steve Clevenger and Dave Sappelt. He got Starlin Castro to fly out to right field to end the game. Go ahead and pick him up in all fantasy formats. (Rotoworld)
  • Kenley Jansen has yet to allow a run in three appearances (2.2 innings) this year as he continues to work as a setup man to Brandon League. League has yet to allow a run either, so this arrangement will continue for the foreseeable future. (Rotowire)
  • Mark Melancon notched his first hold of the year Monday, throwing a scoreless eighth inning against the Diamondbacks. He struck out two of the three batters he faced. Melancon is in line for a decent number of holds in 2013 and would be first in line to close if anything happens to Jason Grilli. (Rotowire)
  • Travis Snider went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in his second start of the season Monday. The outfielder will likely get another start Tuesday, with righty Brandon McCarthy on the mound for Arizona. (Rotowire)
  • Reds third baseman Todd Frazier watched his hitting streak to begin the season end at six games Monday, but he was still able to extend his stellar RBI run. Frazier finished 0 for 4 with a walk during Cincinnati’s 13-4 victory at St. Louis, however, he netted his 10th RBI of the season on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning. He has now driven in a run during each of his past six games while carrying a .414 bating average and .485 on-base percentage. (CBS Sports)
  • Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre entered Monday’s series opener against the Braves riding a modest three-game hitting streak. He went 4 for 13 (.308) with three runs scored during that stretch. But he could not extend it against Atlanta, going 0 for 3 in the 2-0 loss. Pierre is batting .222 (6 for 27) with no stolen bases. (CBS Sports)
  • Reds outfielder Xavier Paul continued to be productive off the bench Monday against the Cardinals. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning and drove in a run with a single. Paul is 4 for 9 (.444) through six games with a homer and six RBI. (CBS Sports)
  • Michael Wacha, 21, gave up two runs on five hits while walking four over four innings in his season debut at Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. The four walks Sunday matched Wacha’s total over his first 21 professional innings last season. It’s believed that he could be ready to contribute in the big leagues later this season should the need arise in St. Louis, but Wacha will need to fare well in the Pacific Coast League in order to force the issue. (Rotowire)
  • Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who has endured some travel delays, is expected to make his Triple-A debut Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Taveras, who has not appeared in a minor-league game this season, hit .321 with 23 homers and 94 RBI in 124 games at Double-A last season. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 5 – April 5th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/5/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

74.5

Runs

3

24

2

 Misogynistic Padres

72

HR

 T-1

10

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

68.5

RBI

 1

29

4

 Grab Some Bench

66.5

Steals

 6

1

5

 The Pi Train

61.5

Average

2

.2660

6

 Shoeless Jews

55.5

Wins

 T-4

2

7

 Goodfellas

52.5

Saves

 T-7

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

ERA

 5

2.97

9

 Get Off Kong!

25.5

WHIP

 4

1.042

10

 Cover Zero

24

Strikeouts

 T-4

37

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

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

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

Notes:

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

Roster Moves – Week 28 – October 2nd, 2012 – Final 3 Days!

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • C Hector Sanchez, Giants ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • CM Kevin Frandsen, Phillies ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • MI Pete Kozma, Cardinals ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • UT D.J. LeMahieu, Rockies ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • RP Jonny Venters, Braves ($0 bid, Add to Actives)
  • RP Josh Stinson, Brewers ($0 bid, Add to Actives)

Up:

  • SP Edinson Volquez
  • SP Jake Westbrook

Move: 

  • OF Donovan Solano (from MI)

Down: 

  • RP Jon Axford
  • SP Jhoulys Chacin
  • C Ryan Hanigan
  • CM Chris Johnson
  • MI Logan Forsythe

Cut:

  • OF Travis Snider
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki
  • OF Justin Maxwell
  • SP Wily Peralta
  • SP Zack Greinke
  • RP Luke Gregerson

Notes:

  • All of the pick-ups were made specifically with categories in mind. With only three full days remaining in the season, and the Atomic RoadRunners in first place over Misogynistic Padres by one point, we need all the assistance we can get.
  • Batting Average: Frandsen, LeMahieu, Kozma, and Sanchez are all hitting over .300. Hanigan, Johnson, Forsythe, Snider and Maxwell were dragging on the AVG.
  • ERA: Stinson and Venters were brought aboard to assist. Westbrook and Volquez have both pitched their last games in the regular season, as has Peralta and Greinke, so they can’t help. (Westbrook and Volquez can help by not pitching while on the active roster).
  • Tulowitzki isn’t coming back. He went on the DL back in May. Thanks a lot – you owe me $31.
  • Meanwhile, the Misogynistic Padres also made six pickups (we were the only two teams to make FAAB bids). His were for RBI, SB, AVG, and potentially Saves: OF Alex Presley, C Jason Castro, RP Santiago Casilla (former 2012 RoadRunner), RP Philippe Aumont, RP Jared Hughes, and RP Craig Stammen.

Roster Moves – Week 25 – September 11th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

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

Up:

  • 3B Chris Johnson (to CM)

Down: 

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

Cut:

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

Notes:

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