Around the Majors: August 6

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It was a big day around the majors last night.  Ryan Ludwick continued his scorching hot streak.  Tim Lincecum was dominant once again.  Jeff Karstens flirted with perfection.  Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from around the league.

Home Runs:

  • No one with more than 1 HR

RBI:

  • Mark DeRosa – Chicago Cubs – 5
  • Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – 4
  • Vladimir Guerrero – Los Angeles Angels – 4
  • Denard Span – Minnesota Twins – 4
  • Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Cubs – 3
  • Carlos Lee – Houston Astros – 3
  • Carlos Pena – Tampa Bay Rays – 3
  • Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds – 3
  • Jim Thome – Chicago White Sox – 3
  • Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles – 3
  • Aaron Rowand – San Francisco Giants – 3
  • Jacoby Ellsbury – Boston Red Sox – 3
  • Rod Barajas – Toronto Blue Jays – 3

Runs:

  • Mark Teixeira – Los Angeles Angels – 3
  • Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays – 3

Stolen Bases:

  • No one with more than 1 SB

Hits:

  • Jhonny Peralta – Cleveland Indians – 5
  • Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers – 4
  • Randy Winn – San Francisco Giants – 4
  • Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – 4
  • Jason Bartlett – Tampa Bay Rays – 3
  • Garrett Anderson – Los Angeles Angels – 3
  • Denard Span – Minnesota Twins – 3
  • Jacoby Ellsbury – Boston Red Sox – 3
  • Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals – 3
  • Mike Cameron – Milwaukee Brewers – 3
  • Ty Wigginton – Houston Astros – 3
  • Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves – 3
  • Daniel Murphy – New York Mets – 3
  • Casey Blake – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3
  • Ryan Ludwick – St. Louis Cardinals – 3

Wins:

  • Troy Percival – Tampa Bay Rays
  • Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels
  • Nick Blackburn – Minnesota Twins
  • Shaun Marcum – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Sydney Ponson – New York Yankees
  • Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox
  • John Danks – Chicago White Sox
  • Jeff Suppan – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jason Marquis – Chicago Cubs
  • Jeff Karstens – Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants
  • Kyle Kendrick – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Cha Seung Baek – San Diego Padres
  • Joel Pineiro – St. Louis Cardinals

Saves:

  • Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
  • Salomon Torres – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Brian Wilson – San Francisco Giants
  • Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres
  • Chris Perez – St. Louis Cardinals

Strikeouts:

  • Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants – 8
  • Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – 8
  • Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels – 7
  • Randy Johnson – Arizona Diamondbacks – 7
  • Shaun Marcum – Toronto Blue Jays – 7
  • John Danks – Chicago White Sox – 6
  • Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox – 6
  • Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners – 6

Notes:

  • Scott Kazmir certainly was not on his game yesterday, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4, over just 4.1 innings, but got bailed out and took a no decision.  We all know how good he is, so I wouldn’t let one bad start concern you too much.
  • Jeremy Sowers, on the other hand, pitched alright in a no decision.  He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2 over 6 innings.  He was actually in position to get the victory before the bullpen imploded, allowing 6 runs in the ninth, losing the game.  I’ve said it many times in the past, but Sowers is a pitcher that scares me and someone I would avoid in all formats.
  • Jhonny Peralta had a huge game for the Indians, going 5-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  He now has a 10-game hitting streak, going 16-42 over that span.  He’s also homered in back-to-back games.  I know he’s not one of the elite SS in the league, but if you miss out on those top few guys, he certainly provides plenty of power out of the position and should be used in all formats.
  • The Rays got good games from quite a few guys, including the middle of their order: Carlos Pena (1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R), Evan Longoria (2-4, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Dioner Navarro (1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R).  Gabe Gross also came up with a clutch HR in the 9th, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R).
  • Vladimir Guerrero had the biggest game for the Angels, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R, but you should not ignore Garret Anderson.  Anderson went 3-4 with 2 RBI and is just one of those unsung players who seems to produce.  Anderson now has a 13-game hitting streak going and should be used in all formats that require 5 OF’ers.
  • Ervin Santana was not overly impressive, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 0 walks, striking out 7, over 7 innings, but it was enough to improve to 13-5.  This is the second straight time he struggled against the Orioles (gave up 5 runs in 5 innings on 7/27), so that should concern you.  It would worry me that much more if he hadn’t thrown 8 shutout innings against the Yankees in between.  He’s next start comes against the Mariners, so he obviously still is a must use.
  • Nick Markakis went 1-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.  He is up to 16 HR and 64 RBI, hitting .299.  I know people wanted to see bigger numbers from him this year, but those are still solid and he should be used in all formats.
  • Talk about a player people didn’t expect much from, Denard Span just continues to impress since being put into the outfield and leadoff spot.  He went 3-5 with 4 RBI and 1 SB, putting him at .315 on the season.  I wouldn’t expect very many 4 RBI games, or much power, but the guy can find his way on base and he certainly can run.  He has multi-hit performances in 3 of his past 5 games and definitely should be owned in leagues that require 5 OF’ers, especially if you are in need of speed.  Hopefully the team continues to play him once Michael Cuddyer returns to the line-up.
  • Nick Blackburn improved to 9-6 with a 3.60 ERA after giving up 3 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, striking out 1.  You’d rather not see so many baserunners, but he got the job done and is a usable pitcher in deeper formats.
  • Things didn’t look so good for Gio Gonzalez at the start, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk in the first inning.  He certainly settled down after that, however, going 6+ innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4.  He did allow 1 HR, which was to Rod Barajas (1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R).  He has a ton of potential, and given the way he started, this has to be considered a solid start for the youngster.  His next start is scheduled against Tampa Bay, so you probably want to leave him on your bench, but he’s certainly worth owning in keeper leagues.
  • Shaun Marcum had a great start, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7, over 7 innings to grab the victory.  The one blemish was a HR to Bobby Crosby (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  Marcum is certainly worth owning in all formats.
  • Sydney Ponson was solid, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4, over 6.1 innings to improve to 7-2 with a 4.23 ERA.  Still, I just can’t trust him unless I’m in the deepest of formats.
  • Chris Davis went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  He is now 3-6 with 6 RBI over his past 2 games.  The kid can hit and has huge potential as a run producer over the next few seasons. 
  • Michael Young also chipped in, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.
  • No Yankee had a particularly huge game, but they got good days from Johnny Damon (2-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB), Derek Jeter (2-4, 2 RBI) and Jason Giambi (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).
  • I know we’ve talked about him over the past few weeks, but Billy Butler is simply on fire.  After 2 hitless games, he got himself back on the right foot going 3-4 with 1 R. 
  • Jacoby Ellsbury had been struggling, but he woke up last night going 3-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  He’s now 5-8 over his past 2 games with 4 RBI, 3 R and 2 SB.  Let’s hope that he can continue on this type of run.  When he’s hot, he’s usable in all formats due to his speed potential.
  • Tim Wakefield went 6 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 0 walks, striking out 6.  He’s now 7-8, but does have a 3.67 ERA.  With that type of ERA and pitching for the Red Sox, it’s amazing he’s only won 7 games.  Like his knuckleball, he is unpredictable, so I’d be careful when you slot him into your line-up, but he certainly has value.
  • I wanted to believe that Justin Verlander was going to have a huge second half, helping the Tigers recover from the hole they dug themselves and thrusting themselves into the playoff race.  It hasn’t happened, however.  He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8, over 7.2 innings.  The biggest blow against him was a HR by Jim Thome (1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R).  He’s given up 18 runs over his last 3 starts (17.1 innings), all of them loses.
  • John Danks was solid, going 6.2 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6.  He is now 9-4 with a 3.21 ERA.
  • At this point, Homer Bailey just does not belong in the Reds rotation.  In fact, it’s beginning to look like he is a bust, though it still is too early to declare him as one.  You just never know with pitcher’s, sometimes they just figure it out and put it together.  He went 5.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4, to fall to 0-6 with a 7.93 ERA.  What else is there to say about those types of numbers?
  • Jay Bruce went 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, putting him on a 10-game hitting streak.  While that is impressive, I think the fact that he has hit HR in 4 of his last 6 games is more important to owners.  He hit a cold stretch after being called up, but he certainly appears to be scorching hot once again.  He should be used in all formats at this point.
  • Rickie Weeks continues to battle for playing time at 2B, and days like yesterday are not going to hurt.  He went 4-5 with 2 RBI and 1 R, batting in the leadoff spot.  Mike Cameron also looked good, going 3-4 with 1 RBI, 2 R and 1 SB to help the Brewers to victory.
  • It was Alfonso Soriano and Mark DeRosa who led the way for the Cubs.  Soriano went 2-5 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, while DeRosa went 2-3 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and 1 R.  DeRosa is now 5-8 with 8 RBI over his past 2 games and is a great option in any format that requires a MI.  With the way he is hitting right now, he may be worth using in all formats, but keep in mind he generally doesn’t provide excessive power or speed.
  • Carlos Lee is the only Astro worth mentioning, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.  Well, I guess we can mention Brandon Backe, who gave up 11 runs on 9 hits and 6 walks, without striking out a batter, over 3.1 innings.  Ouch!
  • Many people thought that the Pirates didn’t get enough back when they dealt Xavier Nady & Damaso Marte to the Yankees, but Jeff Karstens is trying to prove the masses wrong.  He was tremendous yesterday, not allowing a hit until the 8th inning.  He ended with a complete game shutout, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4.  He is now 2-0 with the Pirates without having given up an earned run.  Obviously, he’s going to give up a run sooner or later, but right now he certainly has to be watched in all formats.
  • Randy Johnson took the loss, but he unfortunately was matched up with Karstens.  He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 0 walks, striking out 7, over 7.1 innings.  He’s been great over the past few weeks and is worth using in all formats right now.
  • Tim Lincecum was great again, improving to 12-3 with a 2.68 ERA.  He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 8, over 8 innings.
  • Aaron Rowand provided all of the offense for the Giants, going 2-2 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.  Randy Wynn also had a good game, going 4-4 with 2 R. Winn now has a 4-game hitting streak, going 10-16 over the streak.
  • Chuck James wasn’t terrible, but you certainly can’t call it a great outing either.  He lasted 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 0 walks, striking out 3.  He has the potential to have value, but thus far he hasn’t shown it.
  • Kyle Kendrick is a tricky pitcher, because he’ll have starts like last night, where he went 6 shutout innings giving up 4 hits and 5 walks, striking out 4.  Still, those walks have to worry you, and tells you that the potential is there to get shelled.  I know he’s 10-5 on the season, but he’s not a pitcher I would recommend.
  • Ryan Howard had the big day for the Phillies, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  He’s one of the best power hitters in the game, and there isn’t much more to say about him then that.
  • Anibal Sanchez was not quite as impressive as he was in his first start, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2, over 5 innings of work.  He’s still rounding into form, so I’d recommend having him on your bench, if you have the room, but certainly not in the starting line-up.
  • Jody Gerut homered for the second straight game, going 1-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  He’s not a great option, but in the deepest of formats, you certainly could do worse.  Others who homered for the Padres were Brian Giles (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) and Chase Headley (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  Headley certainly hasn’t lived up to the hype thus far.
  • Mets rookie Daniel Murphy went 3-5 with 1 RBI and 1 R.  He’s worth watching if he emerges as the everyday LF, though I’m not counting on that.
  • Cha Seung Baek outdueled Pedro Martinez, though Martinez showed signs of coming around.  He went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3.  Baek went 6.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5.
  • Ryan Ludwick went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  He’s now homered in 5 straight games, and has RBI in 7 straight games.  He’s certainly emerged as a top OF option in all formats.
  • Remember when people had concerns about Albert Pujols’ health?  Those look a little silly at this point, don’t they.  He went 4-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R and has been a monster all season long.  He’s hitting .352 with 23 HR and 73 RBI, certainly first round production.
  • Chris Perez went 1.2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 2, to pick up his first save.  Let the muddled closer’s situation continue in St. Louis.
  • Manny Ramirez continues to produce for the Dodgers, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  He’s hitting .600 since the deal, so they certainly have gotten their monies worth thus far.

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