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Before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Tuesday, April 24th.
5 Good Nights
Yu Darvish: 8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 10 K’s, W
David Price: 9 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s, W
Tommy Milone: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
Carlos Gonzalez: 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4RBI
Corey Hart: 2-4, R, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
Honorable Mention: Mike Aviles, Rickie Weeks, Juan Rivera, Laynce Nix, Clint Barmes, Brandon Phillips, David Ortiz, Alex Liddi, Jose Altuve, Pete Orr, Michael Saunders, Adrian Gonzalez, Tony Campana, Gavin Floyd, Mat Latos, Henderson Alvarez, Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, Jeff Samardzija, Derek Lowe, Adam Wainwright, Hiroki Kuroda, Jamie Moyer, Gio Gonzalez, Vance Worley, Tommy Hunter
5 Bad Nights
Bud Norris: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 6 K’s
Ervin Santana: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 K’s
Carlos Marmol: 0.1 IP, H, ER, BS
Jeff Francoeur: 0-5
Ryan Braun: 0-5
Dishonorable Mention: Brian Bogusevic, Freddie Freeman, Rex Brothers, Nick Blackburn, Dan Otero, Josh Collmenter, Jose Contreras, Matt Maloney, Max Scherzer, Jonathan Sanchez
Daily Grab Bag
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- Tony Campana has been tearing up the base paths lately, as he’s racked up four steals in his last two games. He’ll be splitting time with Reed Johnson in centerfield for the Cubs, but he’s a great source of speed when he plays.
- Pedro Strop picked up the save for the Orioles last night, but he was only filling-in for the flu-stricken Jim Johnson. Strop might provide a few cheap saves if Johnson’s illness lingers, but there isn’t a closer controversy bubbling under the surface here. Not yet, at least…
- Jarrod Parker will make his major league debut at home against the White Sox today. The A’s youngster has been fantastic at AAA this year and (just like any highly-touted A’s pitching prospect) is worth a look if you have a roster spot.
- Henry Rodriguez picked up his fifth save of the season for the Nationals last night. Brad Lidge will still get chances, but it looks like Rodriguez has the inside track on the closer job in Washington.
- It’s looking very likely that injury-prone third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, will be headed to the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Zimmerman hasn’t played since last Friday and the results of an MRI are expected today, so anyone that owns him should be doing some sort of rain dance, rubbing a rabbit’s foot, or whatever else makes you feel lucky.
- Carlos Marmol will reportedly remain the Cubs’ closer, despite blowing yet another save last night. Even still, it might be smart to Rafael Dolis (or secondarily James Russell) just in case Dale Sveum changes his mind.
- Jair Jurrjens (he of the 9.37 ERA this season) was sent to the minors by the Atlanta Braves, which makes Randall Delgado’s spot in the rotation that much safer. The Braves are hoping Jurrjens can straighten things out at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he may not have a very long leash with Julio Teheran waiting for a big league call-up.
A quick look at some of today’s pitchers to start (3 Up), pitchers to sit (3 Down), pitchers to take a flier on if you need a spot-start (Throwing Darts), and batters with advantageous matchups (Today’s Mashers).
C.J. Wilson at Tampa Bay Rays
(Wilson held the Rays to a .147 average on his way to posting a 2.08 ERA in three starts versus Tampa Bay last year. He’s started 2012 hot and looks to continue that today.)
Brandon Beachy vs. Kansas City Royals
(Beachy seems to have fixed his control issues and has looked borderline unhittable this year, as evidenced by his 0.47 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. In 12 innings against the Dodgers last year, the Braves’ youngster held Los Angeles to a .150 average while striking out 14.)
Jordan Zimmerman vs. San Diego Padres
(In all three of his starts this year, Zimmerman has gone seven strong innings and allowed only one run. Look for that trend to continue tonight as Zimmerman faces the lowly Padres lineup in the cavernous Petco Field.)
Luke Hochevar at Cleveland Indians
(Hochevar gave up seven runs in four innings to the Indians on April 13th, and a 5.23 ERA in his last eight starts against the Indians doesn’t lead one to think today will be any better.)
Barry Zito at Cincinnati Reds
(Zito sports a sparkly 1.17 ERA this year, but do you really want to keep playing with fire at the launching pad known as the Great American Ballpark?)
Phil Hughes at Texas Rangers
(Hughes has carried his 2011 struggles into the 2012 season and has a 6.75 ERA through three starts. Going up against one of the league’s best offenses in a hitter’s ballpark isn’t going to help that.)
Jarrod Parker vs. Chicago White Sox
(After posting a 2.18 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 20.2 Triple-A innings this year, Parker has a chance to dazzle against the White Sox in the spacious O.co Coliseum.)
Kyle Drabek at Baltimore Orioles
(After holding the Orioles to two runs on six hits en route to a victory just 10 days ago, Drabek is a very intriguing play – especially considering his 2.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 18 innings this season.)
Lance Lynn at Chicago Cubs
(Lynn has benefited from a lowly .179 BABIP en route to posting a sparkling ERA/WHIP combo of 1.42/0.74 so far this season, but he still held the Cubs to one run on four hits on his way to a 5-1 win 11 days ago.)
Today’s Swings and Misses
- Kelly Johnson is 6-for-17 (.353) with one home run in his career against today’s starter, Jason Hammel.
- Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria have combined to go 7-for-39 (.179) in their careers against today’s starter, C.J. Wilson.
- Corey Hart is 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against today’s starter, J.A. Happ.
- Kevin Youkilis is 3-for-22 (.136) in his career at Target Field (where he plays today).
- Shin-Soo Choo is 15-for-25 (.600) with three home runs in his career against against today’s starter, Luke Hochevar.
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See you tomorrow!