Around the Majors: April 28

Due to last night’s Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Radio Show (which you can listen to on Blog Talk Radio), today’s Around the Majors is going to be “Quick Hit” style.  The regular format will return tomorrow.

  • How much longer do you think the Red Sox will stick with Brad Penny?  With so many options at their disposal, carrying a pitcher who now has a 8.66 ERA, 1.98 WHIP and just 6 Ks over 17.2 innings probably doesn’t make much sense.  Yes, he’s 2-0, but that’s because he’s pitching for the Red Sox.  He’s failed to go more then 3 innings in two of his starts, but the offense has bailed him out. 
  • Nice outing for Phil Hughes in his return to the majors, tossing 6 shutout innings while giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, to go along with 6 Ks.  That’s just what the doctor ordered for a Yankees team in desperate need of some stability.  If he can continue to pitch close to this, there’s a chance he sticks in the rotation even once Chien-Ming Wang returns from the DL (with Joba Chamberlain shifting back to the bullpen).  He’s certainly worth a flyer in all formats.
  • Edwin Jackson continues to look like a steal for the Tigers.  He lowered his ERA to 2.25 by tossing 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4.  Matt Joyce, who the Rays got in return, is sitting in the minor leagues.
  • Chone Figgins is hitting just .246, but he’s scored 12 runs and stolen 9 bases (he had 2 R and 2 SB yesterday).  Owners don’t have much to complain about, since that’s the reason you would have drafted him.
  • Brett Anderson looked solid, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5, over 5 innings.  His next start comes in Seattle, where he will look for redemption after a terrible outing in his major league debut.  I wouldn’t use him in that one.
  • What happened to James Shields’ control?  More importantly, where are the strikeouts?  He went 6.2 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4.  Most drafted him looking to him to carry their teams in WHIP (I know I did), and he is still solid at 1.22, but he’s struck out just 17 over 33.2 innings.  Don’t lose faith over that, he’ll come around.
  • Are there still non-believers in Aaron Hill?  After going 3-4 with 2 RBI and 1 R, he’s hitting .371 with 20 RBI.  Talk about a late round steal.
  • Scott Richmond has been exactly what the Blue Jays needed to try and stabilize a rotation destroyed by injuries.  He’s now 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.29 WHIP after giving up 1 R on 5 H and 3 BB, striking out 5, over 7 innings.  He’ll get some tough match-ups as the season progresses, but for now, deeper league owners should definitely take their chances.
  • Jose Guillen DHed, meaning Billy Butler was on the bench.  As a Butler owner, I really hope this does not become too common.
  • Is this finally the year for King Felix?  He’s now 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA after giving up 0 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 9, over 8 innings.
  • Tough break for Cole Hamels, who was finally putting on a good outing.  Hopefully he’s not out for too long.
  • Chase Utley went 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  On the season he’s hitting .357 with 7 HR and 20 RBI.  How are those who passed over him due to injury concerns feeling right about now?  I could see letting him go in the first round, but he was certainly worth gambling on in the second, especially with the talk of him only missing two weeks (which didn’t even happen).
  • Jimmy Rollins finally stole a base…
  • It was Mike Gonzalez’ turn to pick up a save, striking out 3 for a perfect ninth.  Continue to hold onto Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, as Bobby Cox continues to rotate them.
  • Kyle Lohse threw 6 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.97.  Did anyone see this start coming?
  • The Mets score early then watch the lead disappear.  Is this 2008 all over again?
  • Davis Wright struck out 2 more times, bringing his total to 25.  When does it become a number to worry about?  He’s had slow starts in the past, but this is beyond that right now.  He will right himself, so continue to be patient.
  • Was that signs of life we saw from Brandon Phillips?  A 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R and 1 SB.  That’s the type of player we were all expecting, and hopefully his .191 average will steadily rise over the next week or so.
  • Paul Maholm’s luck finally ran out, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks, striking out 2, over 5.1 innings.  He is a solid pitcher, but that lack of strikeouts really is a problem for owners who do not have one or two of the elite guys to offset him.
  • Dexter Fowler went 2-5 with 1 R, but didn’t steal a base.  What gives?  I was getting used to him stealing every time he reached first.  In all seriousness, as I’ve already said, with regular playing time he is a must own in all formats.
  • How long will the Diamondbacks stick with Yusmeiro Petit?  He got rocked for 7 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2, over 3.2 innings to raise his ERA to 8.62 on the season.  Brandon Webb can’t come back soon enough.
  • Tough no decision for Chad Billingsley, who continues to pitch well.  He went 7.1 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8. 

Anyone have any thoughts?

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  1. daniel says:

    How long will Joe Torre keep running out Russ Martin in 5 hole? He is the most unproductive dodgers hitter right now. No sense in batting him high in the order. Kemp needs to be moved up soon!

  2. fijis says:

    I think Richmond’s biggest advantage now is he doesn’t have to pitch against TOR who lead MLB in AVG, R, H, 2B, RBI and places top-5 in OPS, HR, SLG, OBP.

  3. Rotoprofessor says:

    Daniel, I’ve been saying that since the beginning of the season. Kemp is one of the better hitters on the team, it just doesn’t make sense to have him primarily batting #7. He’s hitting .316 with 3 HR, 15 RBI, 13 R and 5 SB. I’m not sure what else he has to prove.

  4. Chad says:

    As a Martin owner in two leagues I am perfectly happy to have him in the 5 hole. When he does start to hit he’ll have Mannie and Andre setting the table for him and then Loney and Kemp behind him to drive him in. As a Kemp owner I’d have a Torre voodoo doll out but since I’m a Martin owner I’m pleased as punch.

  5. Chad says:

    BTW, definitely glad I followed on some sleeper advice and nabbed Hill in a couple of leagues. In my main 14 team ML if someone would have asked me before the season where in the standings I’d be at the end of April if my late round 2nd baseman flyer was leading my team in RBI’s and tied for the lead in HR’s it sure wouldn’t be first. Especially since my first two picks of Reyes and Upton aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire at this time.

  6. Sawyer says:

    Get Penny out of there. Masterson is the man. Have you done a profile on him recently?

  7. Rotoprofessor says:

    Sawyer, I have not profiled Masterson recently, but I plan on doing one in the next few days.

    Chad, I can see how a Martin owner would certainly be happy with the way Torre has been constructing the line-up. If it is what is best for the team or not, it’s definitely beneficial for him.

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