Of course I saw this coming. In fact, I predicted that Carlos Silva would be 8-0 at this time. An easy call, but for some reason I can’t find the link with my prediction. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Silva had another impressive performance in a win over the Pirates Monday. He went seven innings and allowed four hits, one run, one walk and struck out five. Silva has a 2.93 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has a 47/12 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings.
Is this the same guy who couldn’t get an out with the Mariners? Silva has completely changed the way he has pitched. The fastball was his primary pitch most of his career, but he now goes to the changeup frequently. The use of his fastball has decreased and his velocity is up. Silva was consistently in the 90-92 range against the Pirates with excellent movement. By throwing the fastball less and using the changeup more, it makes the fastball look faster and his K/9 has increased. Silva is limiting the walks and getting a lot of groundballs. He won’t continue to be this good, but he has shown he could be fantasy worthy.
Ryan Theriot appeared like he may lose some playing time after a horrible May. The message might have been received. He went 2-for-3 with four runs, two walks and two stolen bases. If he hits leadoff, he’ll have value with runs and stolen bases. Theriot has 11 stolen bases.
Dice-K is an appropriate moniker for Daisuke Matsuzaka because you are rolling the dice every time you put him out there. He’s either excellent or awful. Against the Indians, he rolled a celo. He pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, two walks and struck out five. It was the second time in four starts he threw eight scoreless innings and in one of the other starts he walked eight. He is 5-2 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a 37/23 K/BB ratio in 49 innings. Expect inconsistency with his erratic control.
At least Fausto Carmona has become a decent pitcher again. As for fantasy, he’s just not exciting unless you’re an AL-only league. The strikeouts aren’t high and the control is still shaky at times. Carmona walked six, allowed five hits, two earned runs and struck out two in six innings against the Red Sox. He took the loss and is 4-5 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and a 38/32 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings.
The bad luck continues for Cole Hamels. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and lost it on a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston followed with a home run. Hamels went eight innings and allowed three hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six in a loss. He is 5-5 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/25 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. Allowing 13 home runs and a high BABIP has hurt him.
Heath Bell allowed a run, although Hairston should have made a catch on a ball that would have prevented the run and ended the game. Bell has 16 saves.
Wade LeBlanc threw seven scoreless innings and it was in Philadelphia, whose offense continues to struggle.
Adrian Gonzalez is batting just .229 with four home runs at home, but he has nine home runs on the road. He has no protection, plays in a tough home ballpark, yet is batting .288 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs.
Chone Figgins was dropped to the No. 9 spot and went 3-for-4 with his 13th stolen base. He is batting .230 and although I am not a big fan and didn’t want to draft him, I’d trade for him if you need speed, plus he’s eligible at second base, too.
Cliff Lee has been phenomenal. He allowed two runs in the ninth to lose the shutout, but went the distance allowing seven hits, no walks and struck out seven. Lee is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and an insane 57/4 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. That’s not a misprint.
Juan Uribe doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but he’s a fantasy asset, especially in deeper leagues with eligibility at several positions and he is playing every day. Even when Edgar Renteria returns, Uribe needs to stay in the lineup. He went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and is batting .280 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs.
It’s a plus to see Jay Bruce hitting .276. He hit his 8th homer and has just 26 RBIs. The power will come.
Brian Fuentes has struggled, but pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for his 8th save. His job is safe for now.
The struggles continue for Wandy Rodriguez. He went seven innings and allowed nine hits, three runs, two walks and struck out just two. The strikeouts are down and the walks are up. He fell to 3-8 and has a 4.95 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and a 46/25 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings. I wonder if he is still bother by back spasms or hiding an injury.
Dan Haren usually starts the season strong before fading in the second half. It looks the opposite this season. Haren picked up a win, but lasted just 5 2/3 innings and needed 115 pitches. He allowed nine hits, three runs, two walks and struck out five. Haren is 6-4 with a 4.83 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and an 88/17 K/BB ratio in 87 2/3 innings. The K/9 is at a career high, his control is good and there’s no dip in velocity. The home runs have plagued him has he already has surrendered 16. In two starts, he allowed four home runs in a game. I’d trade for him now.
Chad Qualls walked three, but didn’t allow a run for his 11th save.
Jonathan Papelbon was placed on the bereavement list, so Daniel Bard will close while he's out.
Matt LaPorta was sent to Triple-A after batting .218 with one home run and a .567 OPS.
Aroldis Chapman had an awful start at Triple-A Monday. He went two innings and allowed seven runs, six hits, walked six, struck out one and threw just 33 of 72 pitches for strikes. He has a 61/34 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings with a 4.45 ERA.