Around the Majors: September 15

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Taylor Teagarden’s big day led the way, but there were plenty of other stories to discuss as well.  How about the Astros nearly being no-hit for the second straight ?  And also Scott Lewis, Kyle Davies and Doug Davis all putting up big starts?  Let’s look at these and all the rest from yesterday.

Home Runs:

  • No one with more than 1 HR

RBI:

  • Taylor Teagarden – Texas Rangers – 5
  • David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox -4
  • Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres – 4
  • Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies – 4
  • Gary Sheffield – Detroit Tigers – 3
  • James Loney – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3
  • Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – 3
  • Elijah Dukes – Washington Nationals – 3
  • Travis Metcalf – Texas Rangers – 3

Runs:

  • Russell Martin – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3
  • Juan Pierre – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3

Stolen Bases:

  • No one with more than 1 SB

Hits:

  • Delmon Young – Minnesota Twins – 3
  • Bobby Abreu – New York Yankees – 3
  • Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – 3
  • Mark Teahen – Kansas City Royals – 3
  • Juan Pierre – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3
  • Manny Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers – 3
  • Lastings Milledge – Washington Nationals – 3
  • Brian Giles – San Diego Padres – 3
  • Adrian Gonzalez – San Diego Padres – 3

Wins:

  • Scott Lewis – Cleveland Indians
  • Phil Coke – New York Yankees
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Red Sox
  • Frank Francisco – Texas Rangers
  • Kyle Davies – Kansas City Royals
  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs
  • Hiroki Kuroda – Los Angeles Dodgers
  • John Lannan – Washington Nationals
  • Wade LeBlanc – San Diego Padres
  • Tony Pena – Arizona Diamondbacks

Saves:

  • Jensen Lewis – Cleveland Indians
  • Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
  • Joakim Soria – Kansas City Royals
  • Chad Qualls – Arizona Diamondbacks

Strikeouts:

  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs – 9
  • Kyle Davies – Kansas City Royals – 8
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Red Sox – 7
  • John Lannan – Washington Nationals – 7
  • Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox – 6
  • Kevin Slowey – Minnesota Twins – 6
  • Wade LeBlanc – San Diego Padres – 6

Notes:

  • Scott Lewis made his second start, and it was nearly as impressive as the first.  He went 6 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5.  That gives him 14 shutout innings to start his career, giving up just 6 hits and 2 walks.  Lewis was great in the minor leagues this season, but I don’t think anyone saw this type of start to his career coming.  I can’t say that it was an easy match-up, either, as he had the Twins, but we’ll get a much better idea of what he is capable of when he next takes the mound against the Tigers.
  • Shin-Shoo Choo went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R, putting him at .303 with 11 HR and 51 RBI on the season.  He really has been a nice surprise late this season, but I wouldn’t expect him to suddenly emerge as a must use option in fantasy leagues next season.
  • Xavier Nady went 1-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R, just continuing what has really been a breakout campaign for him.  He has 11 HR and 33 RBI since being acquired by the Yankees, and has been one of the bright spots for the team in the second half.  There hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer about in Yankee land, to say the least.
  • Alfredo Aceves was solid again in his second start, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3, over 6 innings.  He has proven to not be a strong strikeout option, but has been getting the job done.  Still, I don’t see him as a top option, by any stretch, and is a risky play moving forward, especially with your fantasy title on the line.
  • The Red Sox pummeled Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Rays last night.  Kazmir lasted just 3 innings giving up 9 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, striking out 2.  Four of the hits left the ballpark.
  • In total, Boston hit 6 HR in the game: David Ortiz (2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R), Kevin Youkilis (2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R), Mike Lowell (1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R), Jason Bay (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R), Jason Varitek (1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R).
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka improved to 17-2 with a 2.93 ERA after he went 5 strong innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7.  For all the negatives people have to say about him, all he has done is produced all year long.
  • Dontrelle Willis’ first start looked much like his usual lines.  He went 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks, striking out 4.  At this point there is no reason to believe that the control is going to come around, so don’t use him the rest of the way this season.  It’s possible he could be viewed as a sleeper heading into ’09, but he’s really going to have to show me something the rest of the way this year.
  • Taylor Teagarden went 2-4 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R.  He’s now hitting .361 with 6 HR and 17 RBI since being recalled.  Given the way he hit in the minors this season, this certainly is a little surprising, but Teagarden has shown potential before.  At Single A last season he hit .315 with 20 HR in 292 AB before being promoted to Double A.  While a .361 average is highly unlikely, he could produce 20+ HR with regular AB, just giving the Rangers another trading chip heading into the offseason.
  • Travis Metcalf will probably not see regular AB’s, but he’s doing all that he can to push his way into the picture.  He went 2-3 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R yesterday.  In his last game prior to being sent down (8/20) he went 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  While the games are nearly a month apart, in his last two games he’s been tremendous.  Still, don’t get too excited.
  • Kyle Davies has shown flashes of brilliance this season, and yesterday was one of those days.  He went 8 shutout innings, giving up just 4 hits and 0 walks, striking out 8 against the Seattle Mariners.  This was coming off a start where he yielded 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk over 5.2 innings against the Twins, however, so really has proven to be incredibly inconsistent this season.  That makes him a tough play, especially with the White Sox next up for him.  He’ll be an interesting player to look at in more detail in the off season with an eye towards 2009.
  • Mark Teahen went hitless on Sunday, breaking a 5-game hit streak in which 4 of the games were multi-hit affairs.  It didn’t take him long to get a new streak going, as he went 3-4 with 1 RBI.  Despite the 2 HR game a few days ago, he just doesn’t offer enough power potential to be used unless he’s incredibly hot.  The average doesn’t help either, as even with the hot streak he’s hitting just .254 on the season.
  • One day after they were no hit by Carlos Zambrano, the Astros were able to muster just one hit against Ted Lilly and the Cubs bullpen.  Lilly went 7 shutout innings giving up 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 9, en route to improving to 15-9 on the season.  This was coming off a start that he gave up 1 run on 5 hits over 8 innings against the Cardinals, so it is safe to say that Lilly is on one nice streak right now.  With the Cardinals again on the schedule for his next start, he is a must use in all formats.
  • Geovanny Soto certainly hasn’t been the same player in the second half, going just 3-14 with 1 R and 1 RBI in his 4 games prior to yesterday.  In addition, he hadn’t homered since 9/2.  He woke up a bit yesterday, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R and absolutely is a player that still should be used, despite his struggles.  He has a lot of potential to put up a good game on any given day.
  • Hiroki Kuroda really has been a fairly mixed bad this season, but he was certainly on yesterday.  He tossed 7 shutout innings giving up 3 hits and 1 walk, striking 2.  Since the calendar turned to August, he has allowed over 2 earned runs in a game just twice (2 games in which he gave up 4 runs).  His ERA, which was 4.40 on 7/28, is now sitting at 3.77.  I liked him heading into the season, and he has been good enough to warrant using, for sure.  With the Giants next up for him, he’s a definite play with the way he’s throwing.
  • Pedro Martinez was not good for the Mets, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3, over 6 innings of work.  Then, Duaner Sanchez made things worse, putting the game out of reach.  The rumors are that the Mets are going to try some new arms in the bullpen and I have to ask, why did it take so long?
  • Elijah Dukes went 1-3 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R, giving him 12 RBI in his last 8 games.  He certainly has been cashing in on some opportunities of late and is a great play at this point in leagues that require 5 OF’ers, especially if you need some RBI production.
  • Coming off a real stinker against the Mets (5 ER in 3 IP), Lannan was dominant this time around giving up 1 run on 1 hit and 3 walks, striking out 7, over 7 innings of work.  It was a good start, but I still just can’t trust him given some of the poor outings he’s had of late.
  • It has been an extremely disappointing season for Troy Tulowitzki.  He went 2-4 yesterday with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R, giving him just 4 HR since 8/15, a bright spot, but not enough to make up for his struggles and injuries.  He could be someone who slips in drafts next season, making him a great potential buy low candidate.
  • The Padres got good games from both Chase Headley (2-4, 2 RBI, 1 R) and Matt Antonelli (2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R).  Both players have not had the type of seasons expected from them, hurting their status, but do not forget about them heading into ’09.
  • Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 5-games after going 2-4.  Over the streak he’s 8-22 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 4 R.  In most formats he’s eligible at C, 1B and 3B and can help you out in all formats, especially leagues that require 2 catchers.
  • Doug Davis hasn’t given up more than 3 ER in a start since 8/8 after having a very strong start yesterday.  He went 7 innings giving up 1 run (0 earned) on 8 hits and 0 walks, striking out 2.  He has only struck out 9 batters over his last 23.1 innings (1 start), so keep that in mind before using him.

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