Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Wily Mo Pena Homers in Return to the Majors
Madison Bumgarner got shelled giving up 8 earned runs in only 1/3 of an inning. The Giants were immediately KO’d as they’ve only scored more than 8 runs five times so far this season. Bumgarner falls to 3-9 but this hardly shows how he’s performed up to this point, as he had 10 Quality Starts in a row. In those 10 games, Bumgarner dropped his ERA from 6.17 to 3.21, but last night put him back above four. Last night was an anomaly and I’d imagine you can get him on the cheap, cheap, cheap right now or even off the wire in smaller leagues.
Neil Walker continues to keep the Pirates floating around .500. Tuesday he was 2-4 with 3 RBI.
Andre Ethier went deep Tuesday. Ethier now has only 6 home runs this season and his slugging percentage is the lowest it’s been since 2007. Ethier’s home run pace is also lower than his career average per 162 of 21. Hopefully as the temperature in LA heats up so will Ethier’s power numbers.
Huston Street collected his MLB leading 22nd save last night in a 4-3 win over Cleveland. Seth Smith, who can’t hit lefties for the life of him (.195 career BA), was luckily matched up against righties (.296 career BA) who he dominates and blasted 2 homers.
Signs of life fromJason Bay Tuesday as he went 3-3 with a home run and 2 RBI. It wasn’t enough to beat the A’s, as Dillon Gee finally got lit up and received his first loss of the season.
Although the Yankees were rained out in Cincinnati, they pulled closer to the top of the AL East, as Boston lost to the Padres 5-4.
Filling in forTommy Hanson, Mike Minor had a great game only allowing 1 run and striking out 8 over 7 innings. With Brandon Beachy/Tommy Hanson returning relatively soon, Atlanta may have a hard decision to make if Minor keeps performing like this.
Philly teased St. Louis into thinking they could win withoutAlbert Pujols. The Cards were winning 2-1 until the 8th inning when the Phillies erupted for 9 runs. Would you believe the runs were all from walks and singles? Roy Halladay did his usual, only allowing 1 run over 6 innings. How good is Halladay? It was his shortest outing since Opening Day!
Doug Fister who had never previously faced an NL opponent did all he could to give Seattle the chance to win. He threw 8 magnificent innings of 3 hit ball, giving up only 1 run, but Brandon League and David Pauley really blew it letting 5 Nats cross the plate in the 9th. Dustin Ackley was 1-4 with 2 RBI.
Javier Vasquez gets the win while giving up 10 hits in only 5.1 innings. Somehow none of those 10 tens equated to a run for the Angels. Vazquez lowered his ERA to a still disgusting 6.37. The 10 hits actually raised his WHIP to 1.69!
Alex Gordon was a single away from the cycle Tuesday and finished the day 3-4 with 2 RBI.
Michael Bourn is running away with the stolen base lead (pun intended). With 2 steals Tuesday his season total is now up to 32.
Zack Greinke fanned 10 Rays in 7 innings while only giving 1 earned run.
Hong-Chih Kuo saw his first action since being activated from the DL and tossed a scoreless inning while striking out 1.
(June 20, 2011 – Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images North America)
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