05.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The big news of the day of course was Justin Verlander’s no hitter in Toronto.  He faced the minimum with his only blemish a walk to to J.P. Arencibia erased on a DP.  On the other side of the spectrum we saw the end of Andre Ethier’s hitting streak against last minute replacement starter Dillon Gee.  Lots of zeros, ones and twos on the scoreboards as the Arms beat the Bats today across the league.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Andre Ethier
– 0/4, BB… The Streak is over at 30.  One shy of the team record.  Andre must have heard he wasn’t getting paid anymore.

Matt Kemp – 1/4… Mr. April only hitting .250 in May which is historically his 2nd worst month.

Jose Reyes – 2/5, RBI… Picked off first base day dreaming of playing for another team.  Now hitting .329.

The Blue Jays – 0/26, BB, 4 K… wonder how many times a team has had fewer than 27 ABs in a game.

Jhonny Peralta – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, HR… The Tigers 9 run attack to back Verlander was pretty evenly distributed but Peralta did hit his 2nd HR and his average is up to .273.

Ryan Howard – 1/4, R, RBI, HR… Ryan reads this article and it inspired him to go deep for his 7th.  Now at 30 RBI.

Kosuke Fukudome – 3/4, RBI, BB… Not just any RBI – walk off style.  Raise your hand if you knew he was still batting .360 as he’s cooled off.  Still, the platoon suits him.

Carlos Pena – 3/4, R, RBI, HR… 3rd home in 4 games and nearing the Mendoza line.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, SB… Nice box score filling day for Ellsbury – his 9th SB and up to 17 ribbies out of the lead off spot.

Evan Longoria – 2/4, R, 4 RBI, HR… Longoria finally gets off the shnide hitting his first of the year and collecting his first 4 RBI after missing so much time on the DL.

Ben Zobrist – 4/5, 3 R… Zobrist collected 4 hits in a game the Rays score 8 runs but yet got no RBI – Rays 8,9,1 hitters went 0/13.  Zobrist should be hitting 5th where he has 16 RBI, come on Joe Maddon.

Pujols/Holliday/Berkman – 0/9, 2 BB… Mark it down, likely won’t happen too many more times.  Holliday dips below .400 for the first time since April 16th.

Casey McGehee – 3/4, R, RBI, 2 2B… Still waiting for the power numbers to come more steadily.

Lyle Overbay – 1/4, R, RBI, HR, 3 K… I seriously had no idea he was still active, hits his 2nd HR.  yawn.

Michael Young – 4/4, R, 2 RBI, HR… Young hit his 2nd HR and is now hitting a robust .348.

The Arms:

Justin Verlander – No Hitter, W, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4:1… Verlander pitched to contact and his defense backed him up, he himself helping himself on a hard hit ball right off his forearm.  It was meant to be for Justin, bravo to him.

Yovani Gallardo – W, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 6:4… On most nights Gallardo’s performance would be tops as he stiffled the red hot Cardinal bats.

Kyle Lohse – L, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3:2… Lohse was the hard luck loser as he turned in another excellent start.  ERA down to 2.24 and still has a sub 1 WHIP.  But the .200 BABIP and 3.62 tERA say the regression is gonna be a bitch when it comes.

Julio Teheran – L, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1:2, 1 HR… A mediocre debut for the Braves top prospect.  He learned the hard way that you can’t sneak 2-0 meatballs past MLB sluggers like Ryan Howard.

Jeremy Hellickson – W, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4:5… not pretty but as Fred McGriff used to say “results”.

Gavin Floyd – W, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6:2… Floyd owned the hapless Mariners lineup with an efficient 100 pitch 8 IP start, pretty surprised Ozzie didn’t let him finish it with the bullpen struggles they’ve had.

Jared Weaver – L, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0:2… Jed shows he’s human – it happens, move on.  Nothing to see here.

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Well it was fun covering for Mike for the weekend – he’ll be back tomorrow.

If you have any roster or trade questions, feel free to drop me an email at 4thandHome@gmail.com. I should be able to get back to you within 18 hours.

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