Daily Box Score Review – April 26, 2011
Sergio Santos earned his first save of the year by recording four outs against the New York Yankees. Santos has not allowed a run this season and may receive more save opportunities.
Philip Humber threw 7.1 no-hit innings against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Humber has shown potential, but should only be a deep league option until he builds a longer resume.
Paul Maholm struck out eight Nationals in seven innings, while surrendering only two earned runs. Maholm has only had 8 K’s twice over the last two seasons before today.
He has struggled this season, but is worth monitoring in deep or NL-only leagues.
Chris Coghlan hit two solo homeruns today.
Coghlan has had a solid start with 4 homeruns, 13 Runs, and 15 RBIs. If he remains hot, he may be a solid add, especially if he starts to swipe a few bags.
Hanley Ramirez did not start, but came off the bench to lead Florida’s ninth inning comeback win. Han-Ram has struggled, but should bounce back especially with his clutch hitting in the Marlins’ comeback.
Jamey Carrol’s error was partially to blame,
Jonathon Broxton blew his first save of the season.
Broxton has looked far from impressive with a 1.84 WHIP and an ERA well over 4.
Corey Patterson was 4 for his last 36 before hitting today’s game where he went 2 for 4 with a three run homerun.
With Rajai Davis and several other Blue Jays’ starters on the DL, Patterson should continue to receive playing time. Although he can be inconsistent, Patterson has shown signs of power and speed over the years.
After an impressive start,
Chris Narveson was torched by Cincinnati for seven runs and was replaced in the second inning.
With his next start against Houston, give Narveson a mulligan for the day and offer him at least one more shot before giving up on him.
Dusty Baker placed
Brandon Phillips in the cleanup spot and couldn’t have asked for a better result.
Phillips went 3 for 4 with two runs and 3 RBI’s, and raised his average to .364.
With a strong start to the season, Phillips looks to improve from the slight dip in production last season.
Jay Bruce had a productive game with only one hit.
Bruce homered and ended the night with 2 runs, 2 RBI’s, 1 HR, and a stolen base.
Bruce is still young with a high ceiling, especially with the Reds’ potent offense.
Ryan Braun went yard for his league leading ninth homerun this season.
Braun also leads the league in runs and is hitting the cover off the ball.
Braun was already drafted in the top ten in most leagues, but is making a case for top 5 consideration.
Casey McGehee sprained his thumb on the final play of the game as he bumped into Joey Votto. McGehee seemed to be fine, but may miss a game or two so keep an eye on his status.
Ian Kennedy celebrated the birth of his new daughter by manhandling Philadelphia hitters with a three-hit shutout along with 10 strikeouts. Kennedy has impressed all season except for one devastating outing against St Louis.
Cliff Lee suffered his second loss of the season, but still struck out 12 in seven innings.
Lee recorded his third double digit strikeout performance and remains an elite ace.
Jered Weaver may be an Angel, but his stuff is downright wicked this season.
Weaver continued his amazing start with a complete game shutout and ten strikeouts to earn his league best sixth win.
He is outperforming the likes of Halladay, Lincecum, and Hernandez thus far as he tries to stake his claim as an elite ace.
He is the first Angels’ pitcher to begin the season 6-0.
Derek Lowe was not factored into the decision, he rebounded from the shelling he received from the Dodgers in his last start to throw six innings with two earned runs, while fanning eight.
Lowe was pitching against San Diego in Petco Park, which may have also helped.
Regardless, Lowe has been fairly consistent for Atlanta this season and is worthy of consideration in most leagues.
Ryan Ludwick powered San Diego’s offense to victory with a two-run walk-off homerun in the 13th to beat Atlanta.
It was Ludwick’s second homerun and fourth of the season.
He will be able to provide some pop to San Diego’s feeble offense, but is still batting under the Mendoza Line.
Ludwick will not be serving any encores to his monster 2008 season where he hit 37 homeruns for St. Louis, especially while playing in San Diego. However, he can provide value to fantasy teams looking for power in deep leagues.
Hope Monday treated your team well.
Good luck this week as we wrap up the first month of the season.