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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 Roundup – Day 20 – April 20th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/20/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

69

Runs

4

102

2

 Shoeless Jews

67

HR

3

28

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

66

RBI

1

107

4

 Misogynistic Padres

64

Steals

4

15

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2677

6

 The Pi Train

56

Wins

 T-6

8

7

 Goodfellas

54.5

Saves

 T-6

6

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

48

ERA

2

2.99

9

 Get Off Kong!

41

WHIP

4

1.154

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

T-7

118

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.20
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .418 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  1   1 |  1  2   .306 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    6  0  0   0 |  0  1   .225 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  0  0   0 |  1  3   .286 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  1   .283 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    6  0  0   0 |  0  3   .191 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .268 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    3  2  1   0 |  1  1   .277 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .170 
Mike McKenry         Pit  C    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .357 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    5  0  1   2 |  0  1   .385 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .233 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        46  4  9   3 |  5 14   .196 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(20), JTurner 2(3)
2B: ChJohnson 1(4), JWerth 1(2), MMcKenry 1(2)
SB: HPence 1(4)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Cliff Lee         L(2-1)         5.0  7  5  5  3   0  5 24   9.00 2.00
Mark Melancon     Ho(6)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen                    1.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.3  8  5  5  3   0  6 32   6.16 1.51
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .191 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------

 

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart (fingers) will sit Sunday but is available to pinch-run or pinch-hit in a jam. Cozart injured his fingers on a bunt attempt in Saturday’s game. It sounds like nothing more than a couple of bruises, though, as X-rays came back negative. He’ll likely return to the lineup in the coming days. (Rotoworld)
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) will rejoin the Braves in Colorado on Monday if he continues to progress in his rehab assignment. The first baseman struggled in his first rehab game at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he rounded into form on Saturday, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Freeman played first base in the game as well, and he’ll play the field again on Sunday. Assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback, he should be inserted into fantasy lineups first thing Monday. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee surrendered five earned runs over five innings Saturday as the Phillies lost to the Cardinals. Lee looked a little off all night and even walked three batters in the same inning at one point — a rarity for the steady left-hander. He wound up with five strikeouts but allowed seven hits, including a solo home run to Carlos Beltran. Lee will carry a 2-1 record, 2.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP into his next outing against the Pirates. (Rotoworld)
  • Jayson Werth went 1-for-3 Saturday with a double, a walk and two runs scored. He’s putting up very solid numbers so far this season, with a .277/.329/.446 slash line, three home runs, two steals, eight RBI and 13 runs scored in 17 games. As long as he remains healthy and hitting second in the potent Nats’ batting order, Werth should have plenty of value. (Rotowire)
  • Todd Frazier is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. Consider this nothing more than day off for Frazier following a day in which he struck out three times in four at-bats. Jack Hannahan will get a rare start Sunday. (Rotowire)
  • Juan Pierre is not in the lineup Sunday, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Pierre’s .191/.225/.221 line out of the leadoff spot is a major reason why the Marlins rank last in the league in runs scored, but it doesn’t appear manager Mike Redmond is ready to pull the plug on him yet. He’ll get what amounts to a day off Sunday, with Chris Coghlan filling in for him in left field. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double against the Pirates on Saturday. Johnson is now hitting a ridiculous .418 with two home runs on the season. He’s been playing first base in Freddie Freeman’s absence, but with Freeman’s return imminent he’ll likely return to third. Johnson is part of a platoon with Juan Francisco at the hot corner but when Johnson is hitting like this it’s hard to imagine he won’t get the bulk of the playing time. (Rotoworld)
  • Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 3-2 win over the Marlins in 13 innings on Saturday. Phillips drove in Shin-Soo Choo, who led off the inning with a ground rule double. The 31-year-old second baseman was originally expected to serve as the Reds’ No. 2 hitter this season, but he has thrived since taking over for Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) at cleanup. He’s currently tied with Chris Davis and John Buck for the major league lead with 20 RBI. With Choo and Joey Votto setting the table, a 100-RBI season can’t be ruled out for Phillips. (Rotoworld)

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 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 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 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 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 25 – September 11th, 2012

FAAB Acquisitions:

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

Up:

  • 3B Chris Johnson (to CM)

Down: 

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

Cut:

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

Notes:

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

Roster Moves – Week 21 – August 14th, 2012

Trade 1:

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

Trade 2:

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

FAAB Acquisitions:

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

Move:

  • MI Zack Cozart (from SS)

Down: 

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

Cut:

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

Notes:

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