Around the Majors: August 7

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The double header between the Rockies and Nationals saw some good performances, but those certainly were not the only games worth noting.  There were walk-off HR by David Wright & Raul Ibanez.  Good starts from rookie phenoms Clayton Kershaw & Chris Volstad.  Mike Mussina just continues to win.  Let’s look at this and all the rest from yesterday’s games.

Home Runs:

  • No one with more than 1 HR

RBI:

  • Lastings Milledge – Washington Nationals – 4
  • Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – 3
  • Garrett Atkins – Colorado Rockies – 3
  • Hunter Pence – Houston Astros – 3
  • Mark Reynolds – Arizona Diamondbacks – 3

Runs:

  • Carlos Guillen – Detroit Tigers – 3

Stolen Bases:

  • No one with more than 1 SB

Hits:

  • Lastings Milledge – Washington Nationals – 5
  • Emilio Bonifacio – Washington Nationals – 4
  • Brad Hawpe – Colorado Rockies – 4
  • Garrett Atkins – Colorado Rockies – 4
  • Derek Jeter – New York Yankees – 3
  • Robinson Cano – New York Yankees – 3
  • Marlon Byrd – Texas Rangers – 3
  • Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – 3
  • Paul Konerko – Chicago White Sox – 3
  • David Wright – New York Mets – 3
  • Carlos Beltran – New York Mets – 3
  • Jeff Kent – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3
  • Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – 3
  • Willie Harris – Washington Nationals – 3
  • Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies – 3
  • Miguel Tejada – Houston Astros – 3
  • Lance Berkman – Houston Astros – 3
  • Carlos Lee – Houston Astros – 3
  • Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds – 3

Wins:

  • A.J. Burnett – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Mike Mussina – New York Yankees
  • Zach Miner – Detroit Tigers
  • J.J. Putz – Seattle Mariners
  • Aaron Heilman – New York Mets
  • Chris Volstad – Florida Marlins
  • Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jason Bergmann – Washington Nationals
  • Odalis Perez – Washington Nationals
  • Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros
  • Charlie Morton – Atlanta Braves

Saves:

  • Joel Hanrahan – Washington Nationals – 2
  • B.J. Ryan – Toronto Blue Jays
  • Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
  • Kevin Gregg – Florida Marlins
  • Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers

Strikeouts:

  • Javier Vazquez – Chicago White Sox – 8
  • Johan Santana – New York Mets – 7
  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – 7
  • Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – 7
  • Jason Bergmann – Washington Nationals – 7
  • A.J. Burnett – Toronto Blue Jays – 6
  • Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros – 6
  • Mike Mussina – New York Yankees – 6
  • Justin Duchscherer – Oakland Athletics – 6
  • Yusmeiro Petit – Arizona Diamondbacks – 6

Notes:

  • A.J. Burnett certainly wasn’t at his best, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6, over 6 innings.  Two of the hits were HR: Ryan Sweeney (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) and Daric Barton (1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R).  Still, it was enough to get him the win and improve his record to 14-9.  The 4.62 ERA is not quite what people had hoped for, but he’s still a pitcher that you have to use.
  • Justin Duchscherer put up similar numbers, but took a no decision.  He went 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. 
  • After having gone hitless in his past 2 games, Scott Rolen had a good game with 1-3, 2 RBI and 2 R.  His average is just .250, with 7 HR.  He’s only worth using in the deepest of formats, and even then he should be on your bench and not much more at this point.
  • Mike Mussina outpitched Scott Feldman to improve to 15-7 with a 3.27 ERA.  Mussina threw 7 shutout innings, giving up 8 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6.  Feldman also went 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4.  I keep waiting for Mussina to stumble, yet he just keeps producing.  It truly is a surprising season from him and he should be used in all formats.
  • Derek Jeter went 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R to lead the Yankees to victory.  He’s hitting just .286, so it certainly isn’t prototypical production from him.  Still, he’s capable of getting hot and really helping your team, so don’t give up on him.
  • Paul Konerko has a modest 3-game hitting streak, as he tries to earn playing time in a crowded White Sox line-up.  He went 3-4 with 1 R yesterday and is 5-10 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R over that span.
  • The Tigers had good games from Curtis Granderson (2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R), Carlos Guillen (2-2, 1 RBI, 3 R) and Miguel Cabrera (3-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R).
  • Zach Miner outpitched Javier Vazquez, which just continues Vazquez’ struggles.  Miner went 6 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and 0 walks, striking out 3, and is worth looking at in deeper mixed leagues, as it appears he’s going to stick in the rotation..  Vazquez, meanwhile, went 7 innings gving up 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks, striking out 8.  He seems to be alternating good and bad starts, and with KC next on the schedule, it very well could continue.
  • Andy Sonnanstine pitched well for 7.1 innings, but took a no decision.  He allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 0 walks, striking out 4.  This was cetainly an extremely good start for him, though I still wouldn’t suggest him except for deeper formats.  He is extremely inconsistent, with his ERA still at 4.40.  He has proven he can win, however, but we all know that is an extremely erratic stat.
  • Felix Hernandez pitched well, but also took a no decision.  He went 8 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5.
  • Raul Ibanez extended his hitting streak to 6-games after going 1-4 with a walk-off solo HR.  He now has 3 HR in his past 4 games and is 12-25 over the hitting streak.  He is definitely worth owning in all formats.
  • Johan Santana pitched well again, yet the bullpen could not hold the lead.  He pitched 7+ innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7.  He did allow a HR to Chase Headley (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  After the bullpen managed to get out of a bases load jam in the 8th maintaining the lead, we saw Scott Schoenweis give up a HR to Jody Gerut (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) to tie the game.  With a 2.85 ERA, Santana should have significantly more wins then he does thus far.
  • David Wright had been struggling of late, going 1-19 in his 5 games prior to Thursday.  After going 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R (a walk-off shot), he is now 5-10 over his past 2 games.  He has the potential to get blazing hot, so I certainly would not recommend trading him if you were considering it.
  • Chris Volstad combined with 4 relievers to 4-hit the Phillies.  He went 6 shutout innings giving up 3 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3, to improve to 3-2.  He’s certainly worth owning in keeper formats, though like many rookie pitchers, he has the potential to be a little sporadic in his performances, so keep that in mind.  Still, this type of performance against the Phillies has got to make owners happy.
  • Cole Hamels was not bad, though he took the lose, dropping him to 9-8 with a 3.35 ERA on the season.  He went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7.
  • Jeremy Hermida is on a hot streak.  After going 2-4 with 1 R and 1 SB, he’s 5-11 over his past 3 games.  He has the potential to emerge as a must use in all formats, so keep an eye on him.  As it is, he should be used in all formats that require 5 OF’ers.
  • Manny Ramirez went 1-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  That gives him HR in back-to-back games, and 4 of his last 5.  He has hit safely in all 6 games since his trade to the Dodgers, with this actually being the first game he has not had multiple hits.  He’s certainly been impressive, to say the least.
  • With Russell Martin out of the line-up, the Dodgers put Jeff Kent in the #3 slot and he responded with a 3-4, 2 R game.
  • Clayton Kershaw improved to 2-3 with a 3.71 ERA, outpitching Kyle Lohse and picking up the victory.  Kershaw went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks, striking out 7.  Lohse also went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5.  You have to like Kershaw in all keeper leagues, as he’s shown the talent that we heard so much about.
  • Jeff Francis made his return to the mound and was solid for the first 4 innings, not giving up a run.  Things went down hill from there, however, as he finished with 5.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits and 0 walks, striking out 3.  He has more talent then he’s shown and hopefully he finally starts to put things back on track now that he’s back from the DL.
  • Lastings Milledge had a huge double header, going 5-9 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  I still am not his biggest fan, but he’s worth using in formats that require 5 OF’ers.
  • I endorsed Emilio Bonifacio, and so far he’s making me look smart.  He went 4-10 with 2 RBI, 1 R and 1 SB in the double header.  That gives him multi-hit games in 5 of his last 6 games.
  • Garrett Atkins had a nice double header, breaking out of his slump.  He went 4-8 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.
  • How often does a pitcher have 2 saves in one day?  Joel Hanrahan certainly helped his owners.
  • This was the type of start that makes me worry about Ubaldo Jimenez.  He went 5 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 6 walks, striking out 4.  I just don’t feel like I can trust him.
  • Roy Oswalt had a solid start, giving up 1 run on 9 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6, over 7 innings.  He has the potential to be an asset down the stretch, though he’s not there yet.  His next start comes against the Giants and Tim Lincecum in what could be a fun match-up.  He’s not the ace that people want him to be, but he coul be a solid #2 starter in all formats.
  • It was #2-5 in the Astros line-up that did the damage: Miguel Tejada (3-5, 2 R), Lance Berkman (3-5, 2 R), Carlos Lee (3-3, 2 RBI, 1 R), Hunter Pence (1-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R) and Ty Wigginton (1-3, 2 RBI).
  • Edwin Encarnacion went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  He has the potential for a huge second half, but been in a big-time slump of late, going 1-22 over his past 6 games before this one.
  • Those who have been visiting the site know that I am not a big fan of Charlie Morton, and this one start isn’t going to change that.  He did throw 7 shutout innings giving up 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4.  It is his 2nd strong start, but I’m just not ready to jump on the bandwagon, as his ERA is still at 5.70.  His next start is against the Cubs, and maybe that will help change my mind.  Still, I wouldn’t put him in your line-up for that start.
  • Yusmeiro Petit did not pitch badly in a no decision.  He went 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 0 walks, striking out 6.  He did allow a HR to Mark Kotsay (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  He threw just 86 pitches, so hopefully in his next start they stretch him out even further.

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