Owners of Ryan Zimmerman and Pablo Sandoval received some bad news on Saturday afternoon. It appears Zimmerman’s slow recovery has been slow because he needs abdominal surgery. He may be out until All-Star Break. Sandoval has a broken hamate bone (a Ryan Zimmerman specialty) and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. Tough break (hardy har) for Panda owners, but maybe Brian or Killboy will have some replacement suggestions for you at corner infield.
Anyway, here’s what else I saw:
Matt Joyce – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Keep an eye (or both) on Joyce as he is now the clean-up hitter for the Rays.
Michael Young – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…His first homer? Really?
Mike Napoli – 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, 3 BB…I am done petitioning Ron Washington. This guy just clobbers lefties. I benched him because I thought Brett Anderson would contain him. Wrong. Benched Napoli and started Anderson. Doh!
Carlos Santana – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…Has homered in three straight games and is closing in on .200!
Miguel Cabrera – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, 3 BB…Another night, another homer.
Alex Gordon – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Gordo and the revolution!
Alfonso Soriano – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Now with 10 home runs. 30 is a real possibility, but he’ll probably get hurt and p-ss everyone off.
Andrew McCutchen – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…McCutch heating up. See you in August, buddy!
Roy Halladay – CG, 7 H, ER, 8:1…Halladay was being outdueld by Jon Niese and then the Mets became the Mess. Halladay continues to deal and should be owned in 100% of leagues.
James Shields – 8+ IP, 6 H, ER, 12:1…The run scored thanks to Ben Zobrist not throwing out a runner at home in the 9th. You suck! says the Shields owner (me). Otherwise, it was another brilliant start by Big Game James who has just looked fantastic in his past three starts. Plug him in with confidence.
Joel Pineiro – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 3:1…Pineiro looked great in his first start of the year and should be monitored. Not for his K potential, but for his low ERA and WHIP potential. For me, he’s “meh.”
Brandon Beachy – 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5:1…Beachy continues to look like a solid mixed league option and if he’s somehow on your wire, you should stop reading this right now and pick him up.
Colby Lewis – 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6:1…Maybe he listened to me and was out to prove me wrong.
Brett Anderson – 5 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3:4…Ouchie.
Jonathan Sanchez – 5 IP, 2 H, 7:6…NL Gio doing his best with six walks. How can you not score when you walk 6 times in 5 innings? Oh, when you’re the Nats.
John Lannan – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3:3…So anyway…
Wandy Rodriguez – 8 IP, 7 H, 6:0…Brandon Lyon wrecked his night. Great start that owners were in desperate need of. Hey, he pitches for the ‘stros. This will happen.
Randy Wolf – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 4:2…Wolf continues to impress since his first 1-1/2 clunkers. He has now given up just 4 ER in his last 5 starts. Sporting a 2.39 ERA and 1.12 WHIP now.
Alex White – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4:4…In his major league debut, the 2009 first-rounder was not all that impressive. He’s a year removed from a bad AA year.
Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7:1…That makes three straight starts in which he’s given up 2 runs or less. Hard to believe he’s still just 22.
Edinson Volquez – 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 4:5…If he could locate his pitches, he could throw a no-no every night. I am a believer!
Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 5 H, 6:2…So could he. 0.88 ERA and 0.71 WHIP on the season now.
Brian Duensing – 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 6:2…Talked about him Tuesday night. Check him out. And the show too!
Sean O’Sullivan – 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 3:7…Sully went all Gio on the Twinkies!
Matt Garza – 8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 10:2…Man is he K-ing a lot of guys this year. Peripherals are so crazy, but tonight was very solid with great results. Buy low.
Ian Kennedy – 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6:1…Not a believer, but he keeps on pitching well.
Doug Fister – 5.2, 5 H, 4:5…Ah, the jokes that one could make. Anyway, Doug is pitching real well this year for the M’s the only caveat being WHIP. The only other one being he pitches for the M’s. And that he really isn’t this good. And that’s all.
John Lackey – 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3:4…Been great since his first two starts. Worth a look, but don’t expect SP1-6 numbers.
Phil Humber – 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5:1…Get ready for an implosion. That’s all I have to say about that.
Be sure to keep a look out for my April recaps of the “September Star” series.