I heard Vogelsong learned how to throw a gyroball while in Japan.
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Ryan Vogelsong (48%) continued to make his case as a full fledged member of the Giants rotation. Vogelsong conquered the Rockies on Sunday with only one glove. He outdueled Jason Hammel, going eight strong innings [4 H, BB, ER, 7 K]. Barry Zito will make a rehab start in San Jose (single A ball) on Monday, but no one is looking forward to his return. Vogelsong has allowed only 3 ER in his past 6 starts [39.3 IP, 30 H, 8 BB, 29 K]. During these six starts he posted a 0.97 WHIP and 0.69 ERA. Barry Zito has a 1.54 WHIP and 6.23 ERA (13 IP) this season. The Giants would be better off if Zito developed a case of "John Lackey elbow" in his rehab start. Fuck a Barry Zito.
More of Sunday's MLB action after the break.
Mitch Moreland (41% owned) is hitting .312 after going 2 for 4 at the plate. He hit his 8th HR of the season (off Mitch Talbot). Moreland doesn't get much play against Lefties, but he's pretty darn good against RHP (.347/.410/.613 coming into today). Since May 24th Moreland has raised his AVG over 40 points, he's streaking (18 for 39) and security hasn't caught him yet.
Endy Chavez (3%) joined my Pro-Am team. Endy is another Ranger on a scorcher (13 for 25). Despite the two home runs in his first 46 at bats, the speedy Outfielder doesn't have much power (career high 5 HR). However, he keeps the strikeouts at a minimum, hits plenty of line drives and has plenty of speed. The playing time isn't guaranteed, but I'd rather play him over the next seven days than dealing with a struggling Jason Bay. Endy's days as a member of Big League Choo will be numbered when Pablo Sandoval is ready to come back.
Chad Billingsley singled in a run, hit a solo home run and walked in another run. He went 2 for 2 at the plate and raised his AVG up to .302. He didn't pitch very well [5 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, 4 K], but Travis Wood was even worse [4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 8 ER, 3 K]. I'm embarrassed by my Wood, you can't tape down five walks in 4.2 IP or a Chad Billingsley home run.
Who seen David Ortiz' .325 batting average coming? He has a career 21.7% K%. He posted a 28% K% last season. This season? He has a 12% K%. What the hell? His previous career best was 17.8%. What makes this even more perplexing is the fact that he's swinging at more outside pitches than ever. SMH
Adam Lind hit two home runs in a 4 for 4 effort, Mike Morse (50%) hit a home run, guess who didn't: Billy Butler (and Lyle Overbay).
Domonic Brown (29%) went 2 for 5 on Sunday, the Phillies top prospect is hitting .304.
Garrett Jones has seen his AVG drop 40 points in the past month, this had led to more playing time for Xavier Paul (0%). This is like the third time I've mentioned this guy's name. He led off on Sunday going 1 for 4 with a run scored. He'd be on my NL-Only team if I had one.
Philly stopped the momentum James McDonald (9%) was beginning to build. James had three straight strong starts [18.2 IP, 19 H, 4 BB, 4 ER, 15 K] until Victorino, Polanco, Utley and Howard came to town. It wasn't pretty [4 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 ER, 3 K]. McDonald will look to get back on track against the Mets this week.
Juan Pierre (52%) was caught stealing again, that's No. 9 (19 attempts).
Alexi Casilla (4%) continued his hot streak, going 2 for 3 with a walk and run scored. He stole his 8th base of the year. Casilla started out ice cold, but he's raised his AVG from .188 to .264 since May 22nd. Casilla isn't of much relevance for mixed leaguers, but I've been using him at my UT spot in a deeep AL-Only league. He batted second on Sunday in a punchless Twins lineup.
Brian Duensing's horrific BABIP started to correct itself against the Royals [8 IP, 6 H, BB, 4 K]. If he can get his BB/9 below 3.00 and continue to limit line drives (career 15.9% LD%) he'll be a decent play. He'll hurt your strikeouts so he should be used for streaming purposes outside the deeper leagues.
Allen Craig (22%) plated a run against Carlos Zambrano (1 for 4, .340 AVG)
Carlos Mamol blew a save opportunity, his 4th BS of the season.
Mark Trumbo (31%) blasted a solo shot off Bartolo's Colon, he also stole a base. Trumbo now has 11 HR and 6 SB on the year (.262 AVG). He should be owned in more leagues, I used my waiver priority on him in the Roto Arcade Pro-Am blog league.
Infielders Maicer Izturis (54%) and Alberto Callaspo (42%) each went 2 for 4 on Sunday. Maicer scored a run and brought in another with a sac fly, he's hitting .285 (3 HR, 6 SB). Alberto is hitting .305 (3 HR, SB).
Jason Hammel (8%) matched Vogelsong for seven innings [2 H, 2 BB, ER, 4 K]. Hammel's strikeouts are down this year, but he's had much better luck when it comes to balls in play. I'm not betting on Hammel maintaining the lower BABIP, but I'll spot start him from time to time.
Chris Iannetta (27%), solo shot (No. 8). He's hitting only .234, but the on base percentage is nice (.381 OBP). He's walking in 18% of his plate appearances.
Danny Espinosa (32%) went 2 for 4 and stole a base (No. 5). He's hitting .219. The batting average will never be useful, but I'm not going to beat that drum again.
Drew Storen took a beating [0.3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 ER]. He was credited with a Hold for his work there. Sean Burnett was given the Blown Save after walking one while recording five outs. That seems fair.
Miguel Olivo has three straight games with a home run (seven total). Do with that what you will.
Erik Bedard (54%) pitched well against Tampa [7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 7 K], that's seven straight good starts for the former ace. He's now thrown 65 Innings, the launch date for his explosion prone shoulder is nearing. Anyone want to bet on him making it past 140 IP?
Chris Denorfia (2%): 2 for 5, scored two runs while leading off.
Jordan Lyles (8%) was beat up while pitching at Petco [4 IP, 5 H, BB, 4 ER, 3 K], that's not good. As we mentioned on Starbonell Station, Lyles didn't put up enough raw stats in AAA to garner the attention some scouting reports gave him. You can safely ignore the Astros prospect in standard sized leagues. He's only 20-years old, let's give him some time to progress before hyping him.
Chase Headley (17%) hit two doubles (2 for 4, .280 AVG). He scored, drove in a run and stole his seventh base. He only has one home run thus far, but he should end the season with 10 to 12.
Freddie Freeman (23%) hit his 15th double (2 for 4, .277 AVG). Freddie has only five home runs, but at least he has more homers than Billy Butler. He also has two stolen bases. The young prospect has six multi-hit performances in his past ten games.
Angel Pagan (41%): 1 for 3, RBI. He's hitting only .229, but that's because of a bad luck BABIP (.240 in '11, .337 during '08, '09, '10). Since he returned from injury he's hitting .350 (14 for 40).
R.A. Dickey (12%) made his third straight strong start [8 IP, 4 H, BB, ER, 3 K], this time against Atlanta. The knuckleballer should make it four in a row as he travels to Pittsburgh later in the week.
That's all I got for tonight folks, the comment section is all yours -reeces peaces- @andrewakamds