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. Chris Perez and Craig Kimbrel were convicting of blowing saves tonight, a first offense for each. They got off easy this time. Let's see what else we can dig up from the lesser owned players of the league, meet me after the jump.
Note: the Internet went out on me tonight. No pic, no "Yo MDS", no ownership percentages, no links and no fangraphs stats this time around.
Ryan Roberts was slotted in the two spot and went 1 for 4 with a double and a run.
Kyle Lohse went the distance and shut down the played out Nationals offense [9 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K]. The Washington lineup is basically a motley crew of free swingers who can be picked on by anyone looking to stream starting pitching. Lohse now sits on a sterling 0.73 WHIP and 2.01 ERA. While these numbers are nice, it's important to remember who he's pitched against. It probably won't be long until the forearm issues flare up again. Throw on your pleather sports jacket and sell this used beater.
Put all NL pitchers on notice, Nick Punto is back!
Freddie Freeman went yard, his third of he season. This one came off Clayton Kershaw. Freeman went 2 for 3 with two walks and the solo shot. He pushed the batting average up to .254 after today. Freeman ain't no he-man, but he has his uses in deeper leagues.
Jerry Sands entered the game as a pinch hitter and ended up going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, dropping his average (with an uppercut) to .143. I haven't put in any FAAB bids for Sands. Partly because Brandon Belt stole a bunch of my money (and ran) and... well that's it. Brandon Belt ruined everything for me, I'll never trust a rookie again (for two weeks).
Casey Blake went 3 for 6 with two RBI and his first HR of 2011 (off Scott Linebrink). Believe it or not, he's hitting .302 now. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the Dodgers dealing away Carlos Santana for this guy. Look for the team to make a similar deal with Milwaukee now that Bud Selig staged a coup in LA.
Jair Jurrjens had a fine day [6 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, ER, 6 K]. I'm no fan of Jurrjens' peripherals, but he's a solid option when he's running hot. He's two for two now.
Sam Fuld went 2 for 5 with two RBI.
Scott Baker [7 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 K] and Jeremy Guthrie [7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 K] pitched well against their respective teams. Baker came away with his first win of the young season. Both are solid pitchers, but because of Guthrie's lack of strikeouts he's better used in head-to-head leagues and roto leagues that do not use a standard IP cap.
Jason Bay was activated today, he went 1 for 4 with a double and two runs scored while batting in the RBI slot.
Ike Davis went 1 for 3 with his second HR of the season, he's hitting .292.
Mick Narkakis, the Mets backup catcher, went 1 for 3 with a solo shot (his first).
Pedro Alvarez finally hit his first HR. Even bigger news was that he didn't strikeout today! I'm sure everyone who voted for Pedro in redraft leagues are butt hurt. They probably didn't even get credit for his big day [3 for 4, double, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI]. Pedro emits that pleasant pine scent.
Speaking of first HR, Mike Stanton went yard off someone named Crotta (assist to Brad Evans).
James McDonald had a farm BB, BB, oh shit. I want my $1 back. James has been awful so far, but he remains on my watch list. The potential is still there.
Josh Tomlin missed out on the win after Chris Perez blew the save. He put up another strong performance, but the matchups have been easy. He is the AL version of Kyle Lohse. Him and Bruce Chen. Tomlin and Chen are both on my AL-only team, I love them. I'm sure I'll hate them in a month though.
Ben Francisco went yard off Mat Latos, this was Ben's 3rd HR of '11.
Jed Lowrie got the start at SS and went 1 for 5 with a RBI and a run scored.
Erick Aybar was activated from the DL on Wednesday, he went 2 for 4 on Thursday.
Chad Pennington went 2 for 3 and stole his 3rd base, he hitting only .231 as he attempts to come back from shoulder surgery.
Brandon McCarthy looked good tonight against the sinking Mariners [8 IP, 4 H, BB, ER, 6 K]. The only run came from a Adam Kennedy solo shot. Adam Kennedy, by the way, is Seattle's No.3 hitter. How pathetic is that?
and now for those trouble making, late-inning relievers...
Chris Perez allowed two runs to score, the save was not converted. Melky Cabrera delivered the death blow (a single). Perez recorded only one out, but this was the first time he let a batter cross the plate. His job is secure.
Francisco Cordero was beat up from the feet up [IP, 2 H, BB, ER, 2 K] in a non-save situation. His numbers are still pretty [1.12 ERA, 2.25 ERA] though. There are better options than Aroldis Chapman if you're chasing potential saves.
Craig Kimbrel blew a save after walking Jamey Carroll, throwing a wild pitch and giving up a RBI-single to Casey Blake. He came in to pitch the 10th inning and struck out the side. His job is safe.
Jake "Big Tits" McGee struggled once again [IP, 2 H, BB, ER]. His (2.20) WHIP and (5.40) ERA are fugly. He has no shot at closing games with Farnsworth and Peralta shutting down opposing batters. Tough titties for all the fanboys who spent good money on McGee.