A gang of socs from Arizona messed up Padilla-boy. He almost died on he mound.
Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels
I own a few shares of Vicente Padilla so you'll have to forgive me while I root for the old man. How could you not cheer for the greaser who does his thing on the wrong side of town? Downtown L.A. can be rough, especially when you have Rob Lowe trying to keep you down. I know nothing stays golden, but I still want him to succeed. Vicente had a tough time tonight and needed a little help from a friend. While I try to figure out if Kenley Jansen is Two-Bit or Dallas, let's do a quick recap of what the lesser-owned players did on Friday with a little bullpen news to boot.
Andres Torres is back! The Giants Centerfielder went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and a SB against the Chubbies. Torres has a base hit in each game since his return (7 for 15). He bumped his AVG up to .349 with tonight's performance and is available in 70% of Y! leagues.
Darwin Barney (42% owned) went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and three RBI. He's now pushing a .326 batting average. Darwin is making all kinds of contact (92% contact%, 8.7% K%) and making it count when he does hit the ball (25.6% LD%). I doubt he can sustain these kind of numbers, but he's locked in now. Don't expect much in terms of power or speed, but he's doing everything else while hitting in the two hole.
Jhonny Peralta (42%) is locked in. JP is the proud owner of a nine-game hit streak (13 for 31 during this stretch). He's hit a home run in three straight games too, pushing his season total to five. Peralta's 14.8% K% and 24.5% LD% would be career highs so you know he's in a groove. If you need any help (even if it's just temporary) at SS or 3B, look no further.
Michael Brantley (13%) went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double and a solo shot. The home run was his third. I've been telling you to draft and pick up Brantley for awhile now. People are moving very slowly, I may have to amp up the peer pressure. If you don't make the move for Brantley I will cut you!
Logan Morrison (52%) is back from the DL (foot), he hit his 5th HR (off Tyler the Clippard).
Jeremy Guthrie (23%) continues to do his thing [8 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 5 K @TB]. His thing includes limiting free passes and base hits. Guthrie is one of the best in the league when it comes to BABIP. You won't find this in his FIP numbers. The low strikeout totals make him an unsavory add in standard roto leagues (low IP cap), but deeper leagues and h2h leagues will want to take a look his way. I was very happy to add him in the Starbonell Station league.
Matt Joyce (50%) is on fire. Since April 27th he's raised his AVG from .286 up to .369. He went 2 for 2 tonight with his fifth HR (off Guthrie). He's lacing line drives at will (29.9%) and his BABIP has followed suit (.422). Eventually he'll cool down (his best BABIP numbers were in the .317-.325 during his days in the minors), but you don't want to miss out on this hot streak.
Fernando Martinez (0%) hit his first HR of the season. Seems like forever since he was a big name prospect. Fernando was called up when Ike Davis hit the DL, he was dealing with knee issues earlier. I believe he was diagnosed with arthritis in his knee. Sounds strange for such a young kid.
Bud Norris (54%) is awesome and I was steering the train before the season. Yes, I am responsible for Bud's breakout season and yes, I can steer a train. Norris [7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, 8 K vs NYM] lowered his WHIP to 1.24 today. If he is available in your league, your league officially sucks.
Two of the league's hottest pitchers (we'll pause for Starbonell) squared off in Arlington on Freaky Friday, but no one cared about Weaver vs Ogando because it was the power hitting Shortstops that stole the show. The muscle-bound Elvis Andrus took on the strapping Erick Aybar in a slug fest heard round the world. Andrus hit his second HR of the season while Aybar hit his first. Rumors have Stan Lee writing a comic book series about their performances today.
The Twins lineup is really bad. They managed four hits against Ricky Romero (8.2 IP) and Franky Francisco. Feel free to stream against these bums unless you fear Jason Kubel.
Pedro Alvarez (64%) went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, lowering his AVG to .198. Yovani Gallardo (2 for 3, .238 AVG) is a better hitter than Pedro. I wouldn't vote for Pedro even if he was running against George Bush.
Brandon McCarthy (14%) put up a strong line against the smelly White Sox [7 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 6 K]. I've spoken, in detail, about McCarthy not long ago [The Green Scare]. He's now pushing a 1.22 WHIP and 3.34 ERA.
Cameron Maybin (15%) hit two HR today at Coors Field. The athleticism is starting to come through as he now has five HR and six SB. I'm not really sure why Florida gave up on him so quickly, especially after dealing Miguel Cabrera to get him. He's only 24-years old and was always a raw product. Maybin went 4 for 4 today after going 4 for 6 on Wednesday. In two games, Maybin raised his AVG from .233 to .273.
There isn't a worse pitcher in baseball right now than Brandon League. He's allowed multiple runs to cross the plate in four straight appearances (3 IP, 10 ER). He is hot trash. I will point and laugh at Seattle if they hand the ball to League when the next Save opp. comes. I waited one bad outing too long and missed out on the Jamey Wright (4%) gold rush. I was only able to grab him in one league. Wright is nothing special, but you take what you can get with Saves.
Eduardo Sanchez blew the Save for St. Louis, his first BS. Jason Motte followed that up with the OT Loss. Each gave up two hits and a walk. Fernando Salas pitched well in the 7th and 8th innings (one walk allowed). I'm not picking a favorite from the group, own 'em all (Sanchez, Salas, Mitchell Boggs) if you want Saves from the Cards.
Vicente Padilla wasn't able to lock down the Save against Arizona. I'm not sure if the greaser will become an outsider when future Save situations arise, but Kenley Jansen was needed to finish the game tonight. Padilla walked two (J.Upton, C.Young) and gave up two singles (K.Johnson, M.Montero) while recording only two outs. He threw 32 pitches and will likely be unavailable for Saturday's game. Jansen has future Closer written all over him, but he's been struggling through the early season himself. Kenley had walked a batter in four straight appearances and six batters in his last six outings. He carries a 1.60 WHIP and 6.60 ERA. I don't have any advice for you, but I have a few words for Vicente: "Stay gold, Padilla-boy. Stay gold".