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Diary of an Expert League: Mound on the Mend

My tribulations this season can be primarily attributed to pitching.  Ace Roy Halladay is injured, and even when he was healthy certainly didn’t pitch like “Roy Halladay”.   Daniel Hudson has also been sidelined and yet to make a positive contribution.  Adam Wainwright and Hiroki Kuroda both seem to finally be turning the corner after rough starts.   Before the season started, I had already lost Joakim Soria and Andew Bailey, two of my three drafted closers.     The Sharks team sat in the cellar in most pitching categories.

The arms are finally serving their purpose with more consistency along with a few solid waiver adds.  In fact, only Jerome Williams and Scott Diamond struggled with ERAs for the week over 5.    New addition Garrett Richards pitched 13 innings in two starts and only allowed one earned run.   I am crossing my fingers that he will secure a spot in the Angels’ rotation even when Jered Weaver returns.  Last week, I am pleased to report the Sharks have lowered the team ERA and WHIP, and have caught up in wins and K’s.  We currently sit in fifth place.  Take a dive with me as we review several of the key performances this week.

Rickie Weeks– Although Weeks was on my bench until this week, he was very productive and beginning to rebound. He was 10 for 26 and finally showing consistency at the plate.  With more confidence, hopefully the power and speed combination will also begin to show its face.

Joe Mauer– Last year was a fluke, as the “real” Joe Mauer has returned this season.   He may not have the power stroke from a couple years ago, but the high average and overall production at the plate is thankfully back, despite Minnesota’s offensive woes.  Mauer was 9 for 21 last week in his return from injury.  Unfortunately, he went down again on Sunday with a bruised right quad, but shouldn’t miss any significant time.

Colby Lewis– Texas’ pitching may be struggling lately, but not Lewis.  He threw 16 innings with 17 K’s, and posted two wins. Can’t ask for more than that!

Garrett Richards–  With Jered Weaver going down with injury, opportunity knocked for Richards.  With 13 innings pitched and allowing only one earned run, Richards answered and is now giving Coach Mike Scioscia a reason to keep him in the rotation.  Keep an eye on this situation as it evolves, but first grab Richards off your waiver wire.

Good luck this week as we continue more interleague play!

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