David Wright had 4 hits against the Phillies in a rout. Cole Hamels was lit up and I even got a message from Jesse during the game saying “Hamels is hurt, book it. He’ll be on the DL before the month is out.”
Chris Young, in his first start as a Metropolitan, struck out 7, walked 4, and allowed 5 hits and a run in 5.1 innings. Remember, his pitch counts get high real fast (1 CG in 135 career starts), so don’t count on him to go deep into games. Monitor and be ready to pounce. Really, really like him in Citi. If healthy, a great pick-up.
Another game, another home run for Mark Teixeira. That makes 4 in 5 games, same as Nelson Cruz. Did you know: The most home runs Teix has ever hit in April was 6? He’s done that once. Giddy up!
C.C. Sabathia pitched a gem, only to see Rafael Soriano blow it by giving up 4 runs. Sabathia threw 7, 2-hit innings, striking out 6 and walking 1 in a ND. Remember this game when Sabathia finishes a win shy of 20.
Jered Weaver was fantastic against the Rays, going 6.2 and striking out 6 while allowing just 6 baserunners and 1 run. Weaver now sports a 0.69 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through two starts. Tasty.
After being named the new Angels closer, Jordan Walden closed Weaver’s game out. As I mentioned on The 4th and Home Show last night, it’s time to grab Walden if he’s available.
I mentioned during Spring Training that Aaron Harang was worth monitoring pitching in PETCO. In his first start as a Padre in San Diego, he struck out 6 Giants in 6 innings, allowing just 8 baserunners and 1 run. Keep him on your watch list.
And…the Sawx fall to 0-4. You would’ve thought win #1 would’ve come against the Tribe, but Josh Beckett allowed 5 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs in 5 innings to take the L.
Carl Crawford went 0-4 with a K in the 2-hole. He is now 2-15 on the year.
After looking like garbage all Spring, Mike Leake turned in a very nice outing against the Astros. Over 6 innings he allowed just 5 baserunners and 2 runs while striking out 4. Not sure how long he’s going to be in the rotation, but he’s on my watch list.
Making their first MLB starts, Michael Pineda and Alexi Ogando turned in decent performances. Pineda allowed 6 baserunners and 3 runs over 6 innings. He struck out 4. I watched part of this game and he looked pretty darn good, especially if you remove the 2-run 6th. Ogando simply shut the M’s down. Pulled after just 90 pitches, he allowed just 4 baserunners and struck out 4. Monitor him. He was great out of the bullpen last year and can strike guys out.
Yovani Gallardo was brilliant against a good-hitting Braves team. He completely shut them down as the Braves could only muster 2 hits and 2 walks against him. He struck out just 2 and I have to wonder about Gallardo’s 6:5 ratio over 15 innings so far this year. Where da Ks? Guess you can’t complain too much when he’s sporting a 1.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.
Look out. Logan Morrison now has 2 bombs. Remember, I said if his HR/AB rate hit 3%, he could hit 20 HR. Small sample size alert: Right now he’s at 14%.
If you don’t remember the above, do you remember my sleeper alert about Kyle McClellan? McClellan shut the Pirates down, allowing 7 base runners and 2 runs over 6 innings while striking out 7. Season ERA = 3.00. Yeah, yeah…small smaple size.
Jhoulys Chacin beat Clayton Kershaw, Killboy, and Vegas on Tuesday night. He turned in a solid performance against the Dodgers, allowing just 5 hits, 2 walks and 0 runs in 7 innings. He struck out 4. I’m sure he was drafted in your league, but if he somehow slipped through the cracks, grab him now.