and then this happened ....
and then at midnight my chit looked like this ... 240 ip ERA - 3.49 WHIP - 1.15Aaron Harang lost for the first time this season after giving up eight runs in six innings Tuesday against the Braves .... Jordan Zimmermann struggled for the second straight start Tuesday, getting tagged for five runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings as the Nats lost to the Mets. Brandon McCarthy's fast start came crashing down Tuesday, as he gave up seven runs and 14 hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Angels
here. sit quietly and read something.
Michael Barr: Remember that Lewis has just one good year under his belt, and it very well may be his only good year. While owners sit idly waiting for the 2010 version of Colby Lewis, maybe we’re just getting the 2003 version. I know that’s cherry-picking a bit, but he looks a heck of a lot like the Colby Lewis that needed a trip to Japan to resurrect his career than the Colby Lewis we saw last year. Lewis gets favorable matchups against Oakland and Seattle for his next two starts and the outcomes should shed some light on which direction this season is headed. Whether your start him or bench him for these starts very much has to do with your league format and depth, but I’d be benching until you can start seeing signs of the old Lewis.
Eno Sarris: Cameron Maybin has already shown that he was worth the trade. In 337.2 career innings over nine player-seasons, Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb have accrued a combined 1.5 WAR. Even with a large leap forward in their leverage — say if one becomes the closer or primary setup man in Florida — it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to accrue much more than twice that number in their future six cost-controlled player-seasons. They are still relievers. In one month so far this season, Maybin has already been worth 1.0 WAR. Just playing to an average wOBA with +5 center field defense year-in and year-out would be worth at least 2.5 WAR per season (+0 batting runs, +5 fielding runs, +2.5 positional adjustment, +2 replacement per 600 PA), and he’s under cost control for another four years. Since 2008, only 35 relievers have been worth 2.5 WAR, period. Even if you place both of these relievers in that category going forward (a rosy proposition), and make Maybin a scratch bat with an above-average glove (more reasonable, perhaps), he’s likely to accrue twice as many wins before he hits free agency.
Dave Allen: Matt Garza is pitching ridiculously well so far in 2011 — his 1.93 xFIP leads the league — though he has been very unlucky. Like all early season outliers a huge part of this is just the small sample size. But if I had to guess I would say that fewer fastballs makes Garza a better pitcher. Most pitchers who throw upwards of 70% fastballs are ground-ball pitchers throwing mostly a two-seam fastball. Garza doesn’t fit that profile, so I think these additional sliders and change ups make a lot of sense for him.
Streaking.Josh Shepardson: Out-pitching fellow blue chip prospect and teammate Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy is likely to lead the wave of young arms expected to infuse talent into the Royals major league rotation upon promotion. Expecting him to be promoted in June is most likely a pipe dream, but the longer the Royals remain in the mix in a weak American League Central, the louder the murmurs will get of promoting the kiddies to help make a playoff push. .. Once Duffy is promoted, it’s likely he’ll have his struggles, much like any other rookie starter. Working in his favor, and keeping him on the radar in deep re-draft and AL-only leagues, he has shown solid control in the minors and strong strikeout tendencies, and will pitch his home games in a home run-suppressing ballpark. Unavailable in Yahoo!, Duffy is the type of prospect worth using a high waiver priority on in deep leagues, AL-only formats and dynasty or deep keeper leagues.
Andre Ethier went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and two strikeouts Tuesday against the Florida Marlins. Ethier now has the major league record for the longest April hitting streak, as he extended his run to 23 straight games. Ethier is 35-for-87 (.402) with 14 RBIs during the impressive 23-game stretch. He surpassed former manager Joe Torre for the record which had stood since 1972.
Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with a double, runs scored and RBI Tuesday, April 26, against the Cleveland Indians, pushing his career-high hit streak to 19 games.
Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-4 in a loss Tuesday pushing his hit streak to 15 games
Brian Roberts pushes hit streak to 12 games
Grady Sizemore went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, his third home run of the season, two runs scored and two RBIs. Sizemore now has 10 extra-base hits in 33 at-bats
Sell high.Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with a double and RBI Tuesday, April 26, against the Cleveland Indians. He now has at least one hit in a franchise-best 112 consecutive series. It is the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis, who has a hit in 145 straight series.
Speaking of selling high. up top i mentioned i had Harang in my dynasty league. Well before todays games started, i sent Harang to another team for Seth Smith. I really needed the outfield depth, and as you can tell by the ratios up top, my pitching is fine .. for now. Could i have gotten more for Harang? Maybe. Could i have gotten more for him this morning? Thats the question i don't have to answer anymore, but i'm thinking ..no ... anyways, 8 earned was a pretty chitty parting gift Aaron. Thanks for nothing ya bum.Justin Masterson beat the Royals for the second straight start Tuesday, allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings in the 9-4 win
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Recaps:Gavin Floyd allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk over eight innings Tuesday, against the New York Yankees to improve his record to 3-1. Floyd also struck out 10 batters in the 102-pitch quality start.