We all know that the main focus last night was on the Major League debut of Trevor Bauer and Andrew Cashner’s first start of 2012. However there were plenty of other impressive performances like Felix Hernandez & Madison Bumgarner tossing complete game victories. We also saw Peter Bourjos continue his recent hot streak, Edwin Jackson take one on the chin and much more. Let’s take a look at all of the important notes from yesterday’s games:
- Trevor Bauer – Arizona Diamondbacks – Starting Pitcher - Unsurprisingly he struggled with his control in his Major League debut, allowing 2 ER on 5 H and 3 BB, striking out 3, over 4.0 IP. He also hit a batter. Bauer threw 74 pitches with just 42 going for strikes. As we’ve talked about, walks have been a problem for Bauer throughout his minor league career, as he posted a 4.55 BB/9 over 23 starts. Yes, he has the strikeout ability to help overcome it but in the Major Leagues it is significantly more difficult. He has a ton of potential and is worth grabbing, but he needs to improve his control if he really wants to thrive.
- Andrew Cashner – San Diego Padres – Starting Pitcher - He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately allowed 2 H including a home run to Brian Bogusevic. Still, it’s hard to complain with the ultimate results as he allowed 2 ER on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 6.1 IP. The control is the biggest question but, as he did in the minor leagues, he is showing that he may have solved that issue. He has electric stuff, sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball and could be a major source of strikeouts for the rest of the season. If it’s not too late I would run to the waiver wire and scoop him up.
More Quick Thoughts:
- Casey McGehee went 1-3 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, his second straight game with a home run. Overall he has definitely been a disappointment, hitting .234 with 5 HR and 21 RBI. He entered the day with nearly identical metrics to 2011 (50.0% groundball rate, 32.4% fly ball rate, 17.6% line drive rate) and is striking out at a greater clip (19.5%). In other words, unfortunately, what we’ve seen may just be what we get. He may have value in deeper formats, but that’s about it.
- It was not a good outing for Edwin Jackson, to say the least. The Nationals starter was shelled for 8 ER on 10 H and 2 BB, striking out 5, over 3.0 innings at Coors Field. It almost felt like he was due for a poor outing, as he hadn’t allowed more than 3 ER in a start since May 2 (9 straight starts). He entered the day with a .228 BABIP, so this could just be the start. Keep that in mind.
- Mike Morse posted his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R. It’s definitely been a slow start for Morse since missing the start of the season, but you have to think it’s only a matter of time.
- Xavier Avery returned from Triple-A for the Orioles and was immediately inserted into the #2 spot of the lineup. He went 1-4 with 1 SB after posting 16 SB in 224 AB in the minors. He’s no lock to get regular playing time but if you are desperate for SB he’s worth watching.
- After Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada allowed the first two batters to reach to open the ninth inning the Yankees called upon David Robertson to close the door. He promptly allowed a 3-run home run to Dayan Viciedo (1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R) to cough up a two run lead. Rafael Soriano had pitched in back-to-back games and four of the previous five days, so don’t read anything into this.
- Peter Bourjos went 1-3 with 2 RBI and 1 R, giving him a four game hitting streak and a four game RBI streak. Over this stretch he’s gone 5-12 with 2 HR, 7 RBI and 4 R. If you go back to 6/19 he’s gone 6-15 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R and 1 SB. He has always brought an intriguing mix of power potential and speed, the question has always been if he will play enough. While he’s starting he’s a must use option.
- Adam Lind went 0-3 yesterday and is now 2-8 with 0 HR, 0 RBI and 0 R since returning from the minors. He’s bound to heat up sooner or later, right? If you’ve held out this long you might as well wait a little longer with him stashed on your bench.
- It was another unimpressive start for James Shields, as he allowed 4 ER on 14 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, against the Detroit Tigers. It’s the sixth time in his past nine starts where he has allowed at least 4 ER. He entered the day with a .314 BABIP and 68.0% strand rate, so there definitely is room for improvement. He obviously remains a viable option, but you have to hope that he turns things around before long.
- Derek Norris had another nice night, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R, putting him at .316 with 2 HR and 5 RBI since being recalled. He hasn’t shown off his potential speed yet, but rest assured that he has the ability to steal 6-10 bases a year as well. It’s just a matter of time before he takes over for Kurt Suzuki full-time (it may have to wait to see if the A’s find a deadline deal), so if he’s still available don’t hesitate to grab him off the waiver in all deeper formats. Once he’s playing every day he could easily hold value in shallower leagues as well.
- It was another implosion by Brett Myers, though his defense helped aid it this time around. In 0.2 IP he allowed 6 R (1 earned) on 4 H and 0 BB, striking out 1. Still, it’s his second blown save and his second blow up in his past five outings. He’s still in no jeopardy of losing his job, barring a trade, so don’t get too worried yet.
- Felix Hernandez was obviously the one and only story of the Mariners-Red Sox game. He tossed a complete game shutout allowing just 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 13, to earn the victory and improve to 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA. We all know how good he is, now if he can only get consistent run support.
- Last night was the fifth start of the season for Chris Young and the fifth time he allowed 3 ER or less. In 6.1 innings against the Dodgers he allowed 2 ER on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 6, to improve to 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA. The only thing that jumps out at you is his control (2.40 BB/9), but even a regression there shouldn’t sink him. The biggest question is always going to be his health but, when on the diamond, he’s going to be a usable option.
- Are the Giants ever going to give up another run? Last night it was Madison Bumgarner’s turn, as he tossed a complete game shutout allowing just 1 H and 2 BB, striking out 8. He had a slight bump in the road in his last outing (4 ER, 11 H, 1 BB in 6.0 IP against the A’s), but this more than makes up for it. It’s the team’s fourt consecutive shutout.