Daily Roundup, 04/29/11

First things first, we are taking suggestions for NL and AL players of the month. We’ll take suggestions both good (the Indians, Sam Fuld) and bad (Carl Crawford, Adam Dunn). Leave ‘em in the comments.

- The Mets were shut out through eight innings by a Phillies pitcher not named Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels, or even Blanton.
– Ryan Howard had six RBIs. The last time a Philly had 6 RBIs in one game against the Mets was in 1985.
— Since August 2009, the Mets have given up 18 grand slams – and hit none themselves.

- Tim Lincecum was pitching against the Nationals tonight, and there was a complete game shutout.
– You probably see where we’re going with this: It wasn’t Tim Lincecum.
— It was Jason Marquis.
—- Who also drove in a run
—– on an 0-2 pitch
—— around his eyeballs.

- Speaking of shutouts, Pittsburgh shut out Colorado at Coors.

- Carlos Santana with the walk-off grand slam.
– This on the day Casey Blake goes on the DL for at least a month because of elbow surgery. Oh.
— The last time the Indians had a walk-off grand slam, it was in 2002, and it was Jim Thome. The Indians actually had two walk-off grand slams in the span of two weeks in 2002; the other was Bill Selby, off Mariano Rivera. h/t @msimonespn
—- The Indians have an 11-game home winning streak.

- Jason Vargas got his first win since August 12, 2010.
– Against Boston.
— Mike Cameron homered twice, and Jack Cust walked twice.

- the Angels had 17 hits, and eight runs, in a game David Price started against them.
– David Price actually gave up 12 hits in 4.1 innings (!!!).
— Seriously, how in the world does Fernando Rodney have a 2.53 ERA?! And that’s after tonight, when he gave up a run in an inning, so it went up

- Robinson Cano had two home runs tonight, and two walks.
– He had only walked once this season so far, and not at all since opening day.
— Cano’s last multi-homer game was actually a year ago today, exactly. (Well, yesterday.)
—- The Yankees still lost.
—– At one point they had bases loaded, nobody out, with Teixeira, A-Rod, and Cano coming up, and they didn’t score.
—— A Blue Jay fell for the fake-to-third-throw-to-first play, only the pitcher threw it into center field.

- With the White Sox leading 3-1, John Danks opened the top of the sixth against the Orioles by striking out Luke Scott, getting Adam Jones to ground out, and striking out Mark Reynolds – only AJ Pierzynski dropped the third strike, and Reynolds got to first base.
– A game-tying home run followed, of course.
— No worries, Brent Lillibridge homered in the bottom half of the inning!
—- With two outs and two on, Adam Jones reached on another error. A game-tying bases loaded walk followed, as did four more runs in the inning to just about blow the game open.

- Craig Kimbrel blew a save against the Cardinals, and then Nick Punto (!!) had the go-ahead triple (!!!) to win the game for them.
– Kimbrel hasn’t struck out any of the last 13 batters he’s faced. For most pitchers, this isn’t a huge deal, but it is for him.

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2 Responses to Daily Roundup, 04/29/11

  1. DNOMN8R says:

    How could you not mention that the Royals scored the winning run in their game on a sacrifice fly…to shortstop? (And while you’re at it, maybe you can explain why my Twins are looking more and more like the Mets every day.)

  2. Chad says:

    AL YCPB Player of the Month: Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox. If I told you that the Red Sox’ team leader in stolen bases had also been their leader in home runs for much of the month, you’d figure it had to be Crawford, right? Nope, that was Jacoby Ellsbury. Crawford’s OPS is just .436, second-worst on the team (ahead of only backup catcher Jason Varitek) and dead-last among all players with enough at-bats to qualify for a batting title at this point.

    NL YCPB Player of the Month: Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs. Originally I was going to give this to Castro’s teammate Kosuke Fukudome for improbably managing to get his batting average all the way up to .478 on April 25 while still only having a .500 slugging percentage, but that improbability was somewhat cushioned by him missing about a week’s worth of games and frequently getting only two at-bats in the games he does play, plus he’s dropped off all the way to .418.

    So, Starlin Castro. His 38 hits are tied for third-most in the majors; his .345 batting average is 13th among qualified batters, he’s struck out just 6 times in 110 at-bats (but has only walked 4 times)…oh, and did we mention that he’s still the youngest player in the major leagues? Because he is. This makes it completely predictable that in addition to being near the top of the leaderboards in all of these positive categories, he’s also tied for the Major League lead in errors, with 7. Wait…7 fielding errors and only 6 strikeouts? I can’t cite any references, but I can’t imagine it’s terribly common that a player will come up empty more frequently with the glove than with the bat.

    AL YCPB Pitchers of the Month: Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians. Combined line: 10 starts, 66 innings pitched, 2.32 ERA, 40 strikeouts, 1.02 WHIP, 9-0 record. Combined starts prior to this season: 66, most of them belonging to Masterson. The lone no-decision came when Tomlin pitched into the eighth and allowed a one-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate, the Indians having only produced two runs to that point; Tomlin was removed, and one out, two stolen bases, two walks, and another pitching change later, he was charged with a run. The bullpen would give up two more runs, and the game, in the ninth. Is Cleveland this year’s San Diego?

    NL YCPB Pitcher of the Month: How can you choose? There’s Mat Latos of the Padres and his 0-4 record and rather dismal ERA; fellow Padre Dustin Moseley and his 0-3 record…with an ERA of 1.99; the Giants’ Brian “Weird Beard” Wilson, who somehow manages to be 7-for-8 in save opportunities while sporting an ugly 7.71 ERA; and of course, #5 in the majors (and #2 in the NL) in ERA, that Cardinal pitching great…Kyle Lohse. I was tempted to choose Lohse just because he’s never been one you’d expect to see among the ERA leaders, but then I noticed that Moseley is #7 (and #3 in the NL). Despite starting five games and winning none of them, making a quality start in all five. The Padres themselves deserve an assist on this, as in three of his first four starts he left trailing 1-0 with the other being 3-0; a ninth-inning run in the fourth start allowed him a no-decision (as rightly it should have been since the run was unearned anyway). His fifth start only met the minimum definition of a quality start–6 innings, 3 earned runs–and so thanks to his worst start yet (only two of the three runs were earned when he left trailing 3-0), he was again in line for a loss after getting his first run support of the year (two of them!)…and the Padres finally won one of his starts, in 13 innings.

    NCPB Team of the Month: The Brewers. Not for their overall record, but for some of the weird plays they’ve been involved in.

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