There were only four games on the schedule last night, but there were still plenty of story lines that need following. Let’s take a quick look around the league:
- Mike Morse clearly hasn’t gotten back to the level he showed in 2011. After going 1-4 with 1 RBI yesterday he is hitting .194 with 0 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R in his first 9 games. To make matters worse, he has already struck out 11 times (though 7 of them came in the three games against the Red Sox). It’s obviously a short sample size, but it’s important to note that he’s posted a 61.5% groundball rate vs. a 15.4% fly ball rate. It’s tough to hit home runs that way, though I would expect him to turn things around. Now may be a good time to fish around and see if you can buy low.
- Brandon Morrow faced one batter, allowing a hit, before being forced from the game. According to Mike Cormack (via Twitter), “Farrell on Morrow injury: ‘it’s probably substantial.’ No time frame given. Morrow was in ‘considerable pain.’” Fantasy owners need to plan accordingly.
- It was not a great homecoming for Josh Beckett against the Marlins, as he allowed 4 ER on 6 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 7.0 IP. It could’ve been worse, but it also could’ve been a whole lot better. However, we can walk away knowing he gave up all four runs in the first two innings and was able to settle down.
- The resurgence of Josh Johnson continued, allowing just 1 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 7.0 IP. He has now allowed 3 ER or less in each of his last seven starts and has 16 K over his last 14.2 IP.
- Without a DH the Red Sox definitely have a lineup crunch. Yesterday it was David Ortiz (0-4) at 1B, Kevin Youkilis (0-4) at 3B and Adrian Gonzalez (0-2, 1 RBI) in RF. As I said over the weekend, look for Ortiz, Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks to be in a rotation this week, meaning all three will lose value. If you are in a daily league you will have to check the pregame lineup daily.
- The Yankees win over the Braves was all about Ivan Nova who went 7.0 shutout innings allowing 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 6. He is sporting a 4.64 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, but the numbers are deceiving. If he can maintain his strikeout rate (8.00 K/9) and can keep the ball in the ballpark (1.51 HR/9), the numbers should come down. Thus far he’s suffered from a .336 BABIP. I’m not sure I buy the strikeouts, however. I’d proceed with caution.
- Dee Gordon went 2-4 with 1 R and 1 SB, giving him 3 SB and 4 R in his past three games. Don’t look now, but he may finally be putting things back together.
- Not to be outdone, Mike Trout just continues to rake. He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R and 2 SB. He’s now hitting an impressive .354 with 6 HR and 15 SB in ’12.
- It wasn’t the prettiest outing for Garrett Richards allowing 2 R (1 earned) on 5 H and 5 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 IP. He has plenty of upside, though his rotation spot will likely disappear once Jered Weaver is ready to return from the DL. If he wants to succeed while he’s in there he needs to throw strikes (only 56 of 102 pitches went for strikes). Considering control was a problem in the minor leagues (29 BB over 56.1 IP), it needs to be monitored closely.