Around the Majors: July 6, 2013: The Struggles of Yoani Gallardo & R.A. Dickey Continue & More

Could R.A. Dickey or Yovani Gallardo convince us they’ve finally gotten things on track in 2013?  Unfortunately not, as both put up disappointing performances yet again (something that has become a normal storyline this season).  Let’s check out what they did and all the rest from yesterday’s games:

  • Eduardo Nunez came off the DL to go 2-3 with 2 RBI and 1 R while manning shortstop.  His injury came at an inopportune time, as he likely returned just a few weeks ahead of Derek Jeter and could quickly find himself back in a utility role.  Think of him as nothing more than a short-term option.
  • It was another big day for Chris Davis, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  He now has 33 HR and 85 RBI on the season, matching the career highs he set in 2012.  Will he be able to maintain the 33.0% HR/FB rate he entered the day with?  Not likely, but it’s clear that he has emerged as one of the premier sluggers in the game.
  • R.A. Dickey just can’t seem to get things on track, can he?  After tossing a gem his last time out he got touched up for 6 ER on 7 H and 2 BB, striking out 3, over 7.0 IP against the Twins.  Brian Dozier led the attack (2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R) and Dickey has now allowed 6 ER or more in five of his past nine starts.  He owns a 4.77 ERA and 1.29 WHIP and his strikeout (6.38 K/9) and walk (3.27 BB/9) haven’t translated to the AL.  It’s hard to recommend not using him based on the upside, but it’s become hard to depend on him.
  • It was great to see Alex Gordon back in the Royals lineup, hitting in the leadoff spot.  While he went 0-2 with 1 SB and 3 BB, it’s the fact that he was on the field that’s important.  Get him active in all formats.
  • Josh Donaldson just continues to roll along, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  He’s now hitting .317 with 15 HR and 57 RBI on the season.  He entered the day with a .347 BABIP (realistic given his 22.8% line drive rate) and a 16.1% HR/FB, nothing outrageous.  In other words, he doesn’t appear to be a sell high candidate.
  • Joe Kelly allowed 4 ER on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP against the Marlins and you have to wonder how long he’ll actually stick in the rotation.  He has pitched well in the rotation, but they have Carlos Martinez marinating at Triple-A.  Kelly certainly isn’t the best gamble, since he could fit into the bullpen long-term.
  • Logan Morrison went 1-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R, giving him home runs in back-to-back games and three in his past four games.  If healthy he certainly has the potential to produce, having hit as many as 23 HR in 2011.
  • In his first start off the DL Anibal Sanchez looked good, allowing 1 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 innings against the Indians.  He has pitched well all season long and can be slotted back into all fantasy lineups immediately.
  • It was another disaster for Carlos Carrasco, allowing 7 R (6 earned) on 10 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, over 3.1 IP.  He now owns a 9.10 ERA and has allowed 6 ER or more in four of his six starts this season.  It’s only a matter of time before he’s removed from the rotation, as he should be.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that Trevor Bauer (who could be his replacement) can be trusted either.
  • Alfonso Soriano had a big day, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  He now has 12 HR and 43 RBI on the season.  He entered the day with a reduced fly ball rate (42.4%) and HR/FB (10.0%), and there is the potential that he improves on both numbers.  That said, he’s a situational play if you need power, but keep in mind that he could ultimately be traded.
  • Anthony Rizzo, who had been moved down in the lineup, was back in the third spot and went 1-4 with 1 R.  While he continues to struggle after a hot start, it’s only a matter of time before he catches fire one again.
  • It has been slow going for Everth Cabrera since returning from the DL.  He went 0-5 yesterday and is now 0-10 in two games.  While he may not be able to maintain a .300+ average, he has tremendous speed and should continue to be able to buoy your team in that regard.  Stay patient and things will get better again quickly.
  • Jordan Zimmermann had a mediocre performance, allowing 3 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 5.1 IP.  In his last two starts he’s now allowed 7 ER over his past 11.1 IP.  He entered the day with a solid strikeout rate (6.34 K/9) and tremendous walk rate (1.27 BB/9), but he also owned an unsustainable .243 BABIP (21.9% line drive rate).  He’s one of the better pitchers in the game, but don’t be surprised his numbers do regress.
  • Aaron Harang got hammered by the Reds, surrendering 6 ER on 7 H and 5 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 IP.  He owns a 4.93 ERA and has allowed 10 ER over his past 8.1 IP.  Considering the slew of other options the team has, Harang likely isn’t going to stick in the rotation much longer.
  • It was a big day for Jay Bruce, going 2-4 with 3 RBI and 4 R.  He entered the day with a 25.9% line drive rate and has been showing ample power (18 HR, 19.4% HR/FB).  The strikeout rate is on the higher side (28.1%), but given the other numbers that’s easy to overlook.
  • Yovani Gallardo may have gotten the W, but that doesn’t mean he pitched well against the Mets.  Over 6.0 IP he allowed 4 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 6.  After throwing 21.0 straight innings without allowing an earned run, Gallardo has now yielded 15 ER over his last 13.0 IP (three starts).  There is some hope, as his line drive rate has come down of late (16.5% in June, 18.2% in July), but time will tell.
  • Hitting third for much of the season it’s a little bit surprising that Jason Castro entered the day with just 28 RBI.  He had a big day yesterday, though, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .271 with 12 HR, 31 RBI and 38 R on the season.  Part of the problem has been people on base in front of him, as he has hit .271 with RISP this season.  Arguably the most important number, though?  His 38 R puts him in a tie for second among catchers (behind only Joe Mauer).  There’s no reason to think that it won’t be able to continue, either, and there’s every chance that he starts driving in significantly more runs.  He continues to hit the ball hard (25.6% line drive rate) and holds value in all formats.
  • With Ryan Howard getting placed on the DL it was Lance Nix (0-3) got the start at 1B yesterday.  While he’s not likely to see the bulk of the playing time there, there is no obvious replacement to get regular playing time (both Darin Ruf & John Mayberry should see time).  We’ll take a closer look at the options in the next day or two.
  • Andrelton Simmons went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 3 R, giving him multi-hit games in four of his past five games.  Overall he is hitting .251 with 7 HR, 29 RBI, 46 R and 5 SB, but the average is a bit deceiving.  The owner of a .257 BABIP, you would think it will continue to rise with obvious 10/10 potential.
  • Yasiel Puig went 0-4 with 4 K…  He was bound to have a poor outing sooner or later, wasn’t he?!
  • It wasn’t a good outing for Stephen Fife, allowing 4 R (1 earned) on 7 H and 1 BB, striking out 0, over 4.1 IP.  The numbers have been good overall (2.76 ERA, 1.27 WHIP), but he also has benefitted from a 79.6% strand rate and is no guarantee to stick in the rotation with the acquisition of Ricky Nolasco.
  • Matt Moore (6.1 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K) outdueled Chris Sale (7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 K) to improve to 12-3 on the season.  Moore has now won four straight starts after his horrendous stretch, but he still has struggled with his control at times (14 BB over his last 25.2 IP).  That’s always going to be an issue, but he also has 30 K over that span and has proven that he can win games.  Just make sure you have good WHIP options and be prepared for a few bumps along the road.
  • Josh Hamilton played the hero for the Angels, going 2-6 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, with the HR being an 11th inning walkoff.  Hamilton now has HR in two of his past three games and owns an 11 game hitting streak (13-40 with 2 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R and 0 SB).  It’s about time, isn’t it?
  • The internal starting pitching options for the Rockies certainly haven’t gotten the job done.  Drew Pomeranz got torched for 5 ER on 5 H and 5 BB, striking out 2, over 4.0 IP and has now allowed 9 ER over 8.1 IP in his two starts in the Majors.  Let the speculation begin about Colorado trading for a starter.
  • Cody Ross went 5-5 with 3 R and while he’s been a disappointment this season, things have been turning around of late.  Of course, with Adam Eaton closing in on a return, Ross needs to continue hitting if he wants to play regularly moving forward.

Bullpen Notes:

  • Francisco Rodriguez earned the save for the Brewer, though he did allow a solo HR to Marlon Byrd.  That said, Rodriguez struck out the other 3 batters he faced and, while he’s no certainty, should continue in the closers role for the time being (barring a trade).
  • Koji Uehara allowed an unearned run on 2 H over 0.1 IP to blow his third save of the season.  He should remain in the closers role, for now, but don’t be surprised if the Red Sox are in the market for help in the bullpen at the deadline.

One comment

  1. costaricanchata says:

    about e-cab you said : “Stay patient and things will get better again quickly.”

    up-coming opposition and history :
    3) july 7th …. 0 – 3 (strasburg)
    4) july 8th …. 0 – 3 (chatwood)
    5) july 9th …. 3 -14 (chacin)
    6) july 10th …. 3 – 15 (de la rosa)
    7) july 11th …. 0 – 13 (bumgarner)

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