It's time to check in on the peasant workers of the league and those trouble making, late-inning relievers; the Ugueth Urbina Pen Pals. We didn't have a single blown save today. I'd be disappointed if we didn't have a Bum fight scheduled after the jump. A Mad Bum fight on top of it. That should Garner some attention. Be sure to bring your machete and gas can, the crowds can get rowdy in the bay area.
The Casey Blake (4% owned) hot streak continued Friday. Beretta went 2 for 5 with a run scored, the AVG is up to .312 now. The BABIP is sky high, but it's backed up by the 28% LD%. It's beyond obvious this will not continue over the long haul, but Blake is locked in right now. This isn't a hollow BABIP, you can jump on the hot streak if you're waiting for the activation of Zimmerman/Stewart or you're just waiting for Pedro Alvarez to wake up.
Juan Uribe (45%) is working with a six-game hit streak, including Home Runs in back-to-back games. Uribe went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI against the Chubbies, the HR was his second. He's hitting .435 during the past six contests.
Ryan Raburn (41%) is starting to wake up, he hit his second HR in as many days. I'll take whatever I can get from Ray Ray at this point. His K% was up to 45% at one point. Yikes.
Brennan Boesch, Raburn's teammate, is rostered in only 34% of Y! league despite being ranked 51 among all players. Boesch went 1 for 2 with a run scored and a run batted in. His AVG is up to .339 now. The BABIP is unsustainable, but he's making it happen right now.
Alex Avila (32%) joined the hit parade in Detroit. With V-Mart on the DL, Avila got the start against the Left Handed Mark Buehrle. He 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Avila hit two doubles off Buehrle, Mark was very generous today [5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 ER]. Avila is a patient hitter and was a top three prospect for the Tigers not long ago.
Sam Fuld went to town today [3 for 5, 3 Runs, RBI, 2 SB, triple]. Fuld is now owned in 63% of Y! leagues, this may be the last time we discuss Sammy. He's hitting .366 and has stolen nine bases while leading off for the (Devil) Rays. He's hitting almost everything he's swinging at (3.4% Sw-Str%), making great contact (24% LD%) and has plenty of speed. Fuld is currently ranked No. 21 among all players.
Johnny Damon (20%) has a hit in 11 straight games. He plans on playing through a finger injury (hairline fracture) so he may occasionally see some time off.
Is the Herrera era over? The Daniel Day Herrera era was over a long time ago, but the sun has set on Jonathan's days as the league's hottest hitter. He has one hit in his past 13 at bats. He should still have his uses as a speedster playing in Colorado.
Chris Coghlan (13%) is hot streaking. CC hit his second HR (off Jhoulys Chacin) and pushed his AVG up to .292 with a 2 for 4 effort.
Anibal Sanchez (29%) threw a one-hitter against Colorado at home. He's a solid pitcher, but nothing special. I can see why so few had a piece of Anibal after he surrendered 13 hits against Houston earlier. I'm not sure what is more amazing, carrying a one-hitter against the Rockies into the 9th inning or owning a 1.46 WHIP after throwing a one-hitter. I'll stand by my preseason projection for Sanchez: 155-1.30-3.60-13 (185 IP). It's your choice if you want a piece of that.
Jeff Francoeur (53%) has put up first round stats thus far, he is ranked 12th among all players. Read that again. The free swinging Francoeur is one of the streakier players in baseball. One day you feel like a genius for drafting him, the next day you wonder what the hell you were doing with him on your team. I'd tell you to sell high, but only Tom Cruise and pull off that mission impossible. Franny went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI-double against the Rangers on Friday.
Wilson Betemit (9%) owned is hitting .383 after going 1 for 3 at the plate today (run, 2 RBI). Betty may have the luckiest BABIP in all of baseball. The .459 BABIP has no legs under it (18.4% LD%). This hot streak could end at a moment's notice.
Every Ranger had a base hit today and five went yard (Kinsler, Beltre, Napoli, Murphy and Moreland). Jeff Francis got his ass kicked [4 IP, 9 H, BB, 5 ER, 2 K, 2 HR].
Brett Wallace (5%) is hot streaking. He has multiple hit games in two of the past three and is hitting .313 now.
Yovani Gallardo held up his reputation as the league's most hittable pitcher. His 21.6% LD% is scary. There was nothing unlucky about his .324 BABIP from '10 (24% LD%). Yovani surrendered eight hits in six innings against the Stros, his WHIP sits at 1.40.
Erick Aybar went 2 for 4 at the dish, raising his AVG up to .375. He also stole his second base of the season.
Hey! Michael Pineda's ownership rate is up to 60% now. People are finally catching on. Apparently a top pitching prospect throwing in a pitcher's park/division is now worthy after five great starts. Pineda shut down Oakland over six inning [5 H, 2 B, 5 K]. The WHIP (1.07) and ERA (1.78) are outstanding. This will likely be the last time Pineda is apart of the UUPP.
Madison Bumgarner (62%) was beat up once again. I'm surprised so many people have stuck with him this long. He has a career 6.83 K/9. I need more upside if I'm going to roster someone who is putting up such ugly stats. Mad Bum didn't even make it out of the third inning today [2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 K]. He now sports a 0-3 record and has walked more batters than he's struck out (10 to 9). The velocity is there, the movement looks like it's there, he's throwing first pitch strikes; he's just walking too many batters and giving up way too many line drives (28% LD%). Bumgarner shouldn't be owned in standard mixers right now. The upside isn't high enough to sit through this.
it's time for those reliable, late-inning relievers
Mitchell Boggs picked up the four-out save tonight vs CIN. Ryan Franklin didn't take the mound, but I'm sure he would have given up a homer or two if he did.
Craig Kimbrel bounced back from Thursday's blown save. He pitched a clean inning for his fifth save.
Ryan Madson picked up the save tonight for Philly. Jose Contreras had the day off after pitching five of the past seven days.