Quick trivia: who leads baseball in wins? It’s not Jered Weaver. It’s not David Price, Jamies Shields, or Madison Bumgarner. It’s not Johnny Cueto, Justin Verlander, Jake Peavy, or Felix Hernandez. No, the MLB leader in wins is…Lance Lynn of the Cardinals, who is 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA. It’s funny, though. Despite his undefeated record, microscopic ERA, and nearly a strikeout per inning, Lynn has accrued less than one fWAR this season, thanks to only throwing 38 2/3 innings over his six starts. Contrast that to Weaver, who’s thrown 50 2/3 innings over seven starts. Lynn isn’t even in the top 40 in innings pitched. If he’s able to eat some more innings, he can be a dominant player in the league this year. If not…he’ll still be a solid pitcher, but a step down from the elite.
Game of the Night: Mariners 3, Tigers 2. This one kind of wins by default, because it was a slow night for exciting games. Anyway, The Tigers got a pair of early runs, and Doug Fister threw seven shutout innings in his first start since coming off the DL. Octavio Dotel came to save the game in the ninth for the Tigers, and walked the first two batters. A wild pitch brought in one run, and a Jesus Montero double that just missed going over the fence brought in the second to tie the game. Munenori Kawasaki (running for Montero) moved to third on a sacrifice, and a sac fly by John Jason brought him in to give the Mariners to comeback win.
Pitching Line of the Night: Carlos Zambrano brought sexy back by throwing a complete game shutout against the Astros, allowing three hits, one walk, and striking out nine. Fister’s game was the only other good one of the evening, as he went seven shutout innings and allowed four hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. He was pulled after just 73 pitches, so Jim Leyland must be second guessing himself after the way the game ended.
Hitting Line of the Night: Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox continued his excellent start to his rookie campaign, going 3/5 with five RBI and two homers. Rangers backup catcher Brandon Snyder, a former Oriole, punished his former team by going 3/5 with six RBI and a homer. In addition to Middlebrooks’s solid game, Dustin Pedroia delivered for the Red Sox, going 2/3 with three runs, two RBI, three walks, a double, and a homer.
Spotlight Series: This really didn’t go like I planned. The Rangers beat the evenloving hell out of Brian Matusz and the Orioles, winning the game 14-3.The Rangers got seven off of Matusz in five innings, though Matusz started the sixth and couldn’t get an out. After three shutout innings by Stu Pomeranz, who was just called up yesterday, the Rangers went off on another recent calliup in Jason Berken, who allowed seven of his own (though only two were earned) in one inning of work. Yeah, that’s not good times. Matt Harrison allowed three runs over seven innings to pace the Rangers. Every Texas starter had a hit en route to them banging out 19 on the night. In short, this was an absolute drubbing.
Other Games: The Indians swept a doubleheader against the White Sox, smashing Phil Humber 8-6 in game one, and edging them 3-2 in game two. The Mets used a late homer from Jordany Valdespin off of Jonathan Papelbon to beat the Phillies 5-2. Jeff Samardzija confounded the Braves in the Cubs 5-1 win. The Marlins shut out the Astros 4-0 behind Carlos Zambrano’s great start. The Red Sox pounded the Royals 11-5. The Reds beat the slumping Brewers 6-1. The Angels beat the Twins 8-3, though Jered Weaver couldn’t throw another no hitter. The Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 9-6, but nearly blew a 7-0 lead. The Padres beat the Rockies 3-2. The Dodgers dispatched the Giants 9-1.
Today’s Games: Neftali Feliz and Jake Arrieta is a solid matchup in Baltimore. Edwin Jackson will take on AJ Burnett in Pittsburgh. John Danks and Justin Masterson is a good matchup in Cleveland. James Shields takes on Ivan Nova in New York. Ryan Dempster will start for the Cubs against the Braves at Wrigley. Daniel Bard and Danny Duffy will duel in Kansas City. Dan Haren starts for the Angels in Minnesota. Ricky Romero vs Brandon McCarthy in Oakland is a great looking duel. Jake Westbrook takes on Ian Kennedy in Arizona. Justin Verlander goes for the Tigers in Seattle. Clayton Kershaw will take on the Giants in LA.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.