Players of the Night
Edison Volquez, Cincinnati Reds
vs. Florida Marlins
8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 4 BB, W
It takes a real man to admit a mistake and I'm on the cusp of admitting that I may have been wrong about Edison Volquez this season. I argued that due to the ridiculous amount of innings he pitched in his first full season in the bigs (196), 2009 would be shaky for the 25-year-old right hander.
While I'm still not giving up on the idea that Volquez may be prone to breaking down later in the season, you can't argue with his production thus far. With a very solid 4-2 record, Volquez has struck out at least six batters in four out of those six starts. But again, be wary of the fact that he's averaging 103.3 pitches per game in 2009.
That kind of wear and tear can be handled by only a handful of major league hurlers, let alone a kid who's in only his second year as a starter.
I wish him luck, and I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong about Volquez, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies
vs. St. Louis Cardinals
4-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 2B
Who doesn't love them some Flyin' Hawaiian?
Victorino is the spark that makes the Phillies go and in last night's slug fest against the red hot Cardinals, he delivered. What's nice about Victorino is that he gives you a little bit of everything at a very reasonable price.
If he could only raise his OBP, we could be looking at a fantasy monster capable of hitting 15 HR and swiping 40 bags. That kind of player is a rarity in the modern era of baseball and Victorino's stock would soar if he could reach that level.
More to come after the jump...
Last Night's Top Performers
Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. Cleveland Indians
3-4 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
vs. Florida Marlins
3-5, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 R
Vincente Padilla, Texas Rangers
vs. Seattle Mariners
8 IP, 4 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
vs. Chicago Cubs
7 IP, 7 K, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, W
Bust of the Night
Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox
vs. New York Yankees
1-5, 0 BB, 2 K, 7 LOB
I'm not going to get on Lowell to hard here because he's been quite the sleeper thus far in 2009. The old man is still finding ways to get things done and remains a dangerous hitter you cannot sleep on at any time if you're a pitcher.
But against their hated rivals, Lowell couldn't come through for his squad, stranding seven Red Sox runners. While it didn't matter much in terms of the final outcome of the game (Sox 7, Yanks 3), leaving that many men on base kills fantasy owners.
6 - Phillips, Reds
5 - Lind, Blue Jays
4 - Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
4 - J.J. Hardy, Brewers
4 - Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rangers
4 - Jayson Werth, Phillies
Pitching - K's
12 - Joba Chamberlain, Yankees
8 - Koji Uehara, Orioles
7 - Volquez, Reds
7 - Lincecum, Giants
7 - Erik Bedard, Mariners
7 - Kenshin Kawakami, Atlanta Braves