It was a wild day of baseball, to say the least. We saw seven teams reach double-digits in home runs. We saw Chase Utley & Stephen Drew make their 2012 debuts. We saw Tim Lincecum look like, well, Tim Lincecum again. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Jarrod Parker – Oakland Athletics – Starting Pitcher - He was fantastic again yesterday against the Mariners as he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 4 BB, striking out 9, over 7.0 innings to improve to 4-3 with a 2.57 ERA. However, as I’ve said before, it just feels like he’s doing it with mirrors and magic wands. He entered the day with a 4.32 BB/9 and .255 BABIP. What makes the latter number even more concerning is the fact that opposing hitters are actually lighting him up to the tune of a 25.9% line drive rate. It’s nearly impossible to get hit that hard and maintain that type of BABIP. Sooner or later the bottom is likely to fallout, unless he can start to improve on his LD% (he entered the day with a 21.5% mark in June), so now is the perfect time to try and sell high.
- Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants – Starting Pitcher - Could he actually be turning the corner? He tossed 7.0 shutout innings against the Dodgers (granted, a Dodgers lineup that was without Matt Kemp and saw Andre Ethier leave in the first inning) allowing 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 8. Since allowing 3 ER in the first inning against the A’s on June 22, Lincecum has now thrown 12.0 consecutive shutout innings. In fact, he struck out the side to end that inning and maybe he’s figured it out. I would be cautiously optimistic as he heads into his next outing.
More Quick Thoughts:
- We had an actual Rickie Weeks sighting yesterday as he went 1-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. It’s his first home run since May 25. At this point we can just hope that this is the beginning of something, but I wouldn’t get too excited.
- Andy Pettitte was rolling yesterday allowing 2 R (1 earned ) on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 4.0 IP. Unfortunately a come-backer by Casey Kotchman caught him in the leg and reports have him out two months with a broken ankle. Boot a good day for the Yankees, who also lost CC Sabathia to the DL. Don’t be surprised if they quickly make a move.
- It was another struggle for Ubaldo Jimenez who allowed 4 ER on 4 H and 4 BB, striking out 7, over 6.0 innings of work. We will talk about him in much more detail later today, but the bottom line is that he is virtually unusable right now.
- Kevin Youkilis has hit in all three games since his trade to the White Sox, though yesterday was obviously the biggest. He went 3-4 with 2 RBI and 1 R and clearly has something to prove. A highly motivated Youkilis could hold significant value so scoop him up off the waiver wire if someone in your league gave up on him.
- Has Adrian Gonzalez finally gotten things going? He went 2-5 with 3 RBI and 1 R yesterday, extending his hitting streak to 8 games. Over that streak he’s gone 12-33 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 6 R. He has four multi-hit games in his past five and at least 1 RBI in five straight games. It’s nota lot, but at least he is finally headed in the right direction.
- The Rays had Desmond Jennings hitting seventh yesterday, where he went 3-4 with a stolen base. Obviously, he loses a lot of value in he’s not hitting atop the order, so hopefully he gets back there shortly.
- Jeff Samardzija took a beating at the hands of the Mets allowing 9 ER on 6 H and 4 BB, striking out 1, over 4.1 innings. it is his fifth straight lackluster outing, as he has struggled with his control and failed to go deep into games. His longest outing over this stretch is5.1 innings and he has now allowed 5 ER or more three times. with all the success he had early it is hard to just write him off, but it is easy to slide him to your bench.
- After failing to hit a home run since July 16, 2011, Daniel Murphy hit not one but two home runs yesterday going 3-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R. The wind was blowing out at Wrigley so I obviously wouldn’t get too excited. Murphy remains a low-end option as a middle infielder at this point.
- Stephen Drew made his return to the Diamondbacks lineup yesterday, hitting second and going 1-4. We have to give him a little bit of time to readjust, though with regular playing time he could have value in deeper formats. He’s worth stashing if you need middle infield help.
- It was a great overall day for Torii Hunter, who went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R and 1 SB. He’s far from the best outfield option, but you also could do a lot worse. Don’t overlook the veteran as an option in all formats.
- Just went we start to discuss Jason Hammel he lays an egg, allowing 8 ER on 8 H and 3 BB, striking out 2, over 3.1 IP against the Angels. It’s disappointing, but it is just one start. As I’ve said before, if he can maintain his strikeout rate there is reason to believe that he’ll continue to produce. Don’t let one poor start deter you.
- Welcome back Chase Utley, who was batting third for the Phillies and went 3-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R. He certainly is a welcome sight for both the Phillies and fantasy owners. It will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get fully back up to speed, but so far so good. He’s worth using in all formats.
- Roy Oswalt learned how nice it was to have one of the best offenses behind him as he got the W despite allowing 5 ER on 13 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 6.0 IP. It’s obviously a little eye opening that he’s now allowed 22 H in his first 12.2 IP, though I would expect him to get things straightened out before long.
- David Murphy went 4-5 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 3 R. In his previous 9 games he had 0 HR and 2 RBI, so this definitely was a welcome sight for fantasy owners.
- It was a gem from Lucas Harrell, who tossed a complete game shutout against the Padres allowing 6 H and 4 BB, striking out 7. He’s shown flashes (he’s now allowed 1 ER over his past 16.0 innings), but prior to this stretch he had allowed 5+ runs in three of his previous four starts. Does that sound like someone we want to trust? He has struggled with a 60.1% strand rate, but he also offers little in the way of strikeouts. I wouldn’t bother.
- Ryan Zimmerman went 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R. He’s now homered in back-to-back games, has a 4 game hitting streak and a 4 game RBI streak. Over the streak he’s gone 8-17 with 1 HR, 6 RBI and 4 R. He’s finally showing signs of life.