Fantasy Rundown: Strasburg watch
Bailey, Porcello, Hughes, Marcum, Holland all lights-out in wins
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Stephen Strasburg watch
Feel free to keep doodling Stephen Strasburg's name in your binder.
Making his second career Triple-A start on Wednesday, Strasburg tossed six scoreless and hitless innings, striking out seven, and it's clearly only a matter of days before the young phenom will be headlining Nationals Park.
His lights-out performance came on the heels of his almost equally impressive debut start for Syracuse, in which he pitched six innings, allowing one hit and one walk with six strikeouts.
If for some unimaginable reason an impatient owner cut the future ace loose and he's available off waivers, the time is now to scoop him up and slap him on your squad.
On with the Rundown ...
Johnny Cueto apparently gave Homer Bailey the cheat codes to dismantle the Pirates, as Bailey matched Cueto's complete-game shutout by striking out six and scattering four hits over nine scoreless and walk-free innings to improve to 1-2. Joey Votto launched his eighth homer and his third in his past five games in the 5-0 win.
The Yankees and Tigers like each other so much that they decided to hang out in the day and at night. The Tigers won the day game, 2-0, as Rick Porcello twirled seven shutout innings to land his third win, while Javier Vazquez got off the schneid in a tough-luck loss, fanning seven in as many frames while yielding two earned runs and dropping to 1-4.
The Yankees evened things up by taking the nightcap, 8-0, as Phil Hughes continued his Cy Young campaign by blanking Detroit for seven innings, striking out eight to improve to 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA. Jeremy Bonderman played the role of tough-luck loser in this affair, falling to 1-2 despite allowing just two earned runs over seven innings of seven-strikeout ball. Mark Teixeira drove in three and Brett Gardner swiped a bag and sprayed three hits in the win.
The Nationals are a full four games over .500 after their 6-4 win over the Mets. Roger Bernadina hit his first two career home runs to spearhead the win, while Tyler Clippard's run of being in the right place at the right miraculously continued, as he tossed a scoreless eighth inning to become the first seven-game winner in the Majors. I mentioned he's a reliever on the Nationals, right?
|Homer Bailey||CIN||W, 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks vs. PIT|
|Lance Berkman||HOU||1-for-1, HR, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 4 BB|
|Roger Bernadina||WAS||3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBIs|
|Jeremy Bonderman||DET||L, 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks vs. NYY|
|Brooks Conrad||ATL||2-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBIs|
|Andre Ethier||LAD||1-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBIs|
|Brett Gardner||NYY||3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, SB|
|Carlos Gonzalez||COL||3-for-5, 2 R|
|Vlad Guerrero||TEX||2-for-4, HR, 2 R||Josh Hamilton||TEX||3-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBIs|
|Derek Holland||TEX||W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks vs. OAK||Phil Hughes||NYY||W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks vs. DET|
|Hiroki Kuroda||LAD||W, 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 Ks vs. ARI||Shaun Marcum||TOR||W, 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 Ks vs. BOS|
|Miguel Olivo||COL||5-for-5, HR, 2B||Juan Pierre||CWS||2-for-4, R, 2 SB|
|Rick Porcello||DET||W, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks vs. NYY||Travis Snider||TOR||2-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBIs|
|Javier Vazquez||NYY||L, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks vs. DET||Jered Weaver||LAA||L, 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 12 Ks vs. TB|
|Michael Young||TEX||3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R|
Jason Heyward is still making this whole baseball thing look easy, as he launched an RBI double, stole a base and scored thrice in Atlanta's 9-2 win over the Brewers. Brooks Conrad got the start over Chipper Jones at the hot corner and clapped a two-run homer and two-RBI double. Both Derek Lowe and Yovani Gallardo tossed six innings of two-run ball, but Lowe was victorious and Gallardo was handed a no-decision thanks to an implosion by the Milwaukee bullpen, capped off by Trevor Hoffman, who was tagged for three earned runs in the ninth.
The Blue Jays and Twins each downed the Red Sox and White Sox, respectively, by 3-2 scores behind strong pitching performances. Shaun Marcum handcuffed Boston for seven scoreless innings, scattering a pair of hits and one walk with six strikeouts to scoop up the win and improve to 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA. Travis Snider's hot play continued, as the one-time blue-chip prospect slung an RBI double and a two-run homer in the win. He is batting .400 (18-for-45) with eight doubles, three homers and eight RBIs over his past dozen games. Snider has the pedigree to keep on rolling and should be plucked off the waiver wire in any format.
Meanwhile, the Twins managed to get by the White Sox thanks largely to Carl Pavano, who fanned four while tossing seven innings of two-run ball. Juan Pierre's hit escapade is still in full gear, as the veteran catalyst stole two bases and sprayed two more hits. He has collected multiple hits in seven of his past 11 games, boosting his average from .193 to .252 in the process.
The Cubs edged the Marlins, 4-3, and the Rockies did the same to the Phillies, as Carlos Gonzalez had three hits in his return from the bereavement list, Brad Hawpe drove in three and Miguel Olivo went 5-for-5 with a solo home run and a triple in the Rockies' win. Roy Halladay took a no-decision after yielding two earned runs on a season-high 10 hits. He struck out four in 6 1/3 innings.
David Price improved to 5-1 in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Angels, striking out six while yielding two earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings. Jered Weaver was the tough-luck loser, falling to 4-2 despite 12 strikeouts and just one earned run (three unearned) over seven frames.
The Orioles got by the Mariners, 5-2, as Brad Bergesen worked around five hits and a pair of walks to limit Seattle to one earned run over 7 2/3 innings and nail the win. Adam Jones sliced three singles and Luke Scott went deep to carry the O's. Alfredo Simon pitched a perfect ninth to convert his fourth save in as many opportunities.
Moving on, the Rangers thrashed the A's, 10-1, as Derek Holland was lights-out in his first start of the campaign, blanking Oakland for six innings while striking out seven for the win. Michael Young and Josh Hamilton each homered in three-hit games, Vlad Guerrero clapped his seventh tater, Justin Smoak went deep and Max Ramirez clubbed his first homer since 2008. He had three hits to improve his average to .385 (5-for-13).
Fausto Carmona won his fourth game by tossing five scoreless innings in Cleveland's 4-0 win over Kansas City. Russell Branyan cranked a two-run blast and Asdrubel Cabrera drove in a pair to headline the Indians offense.
Andre Ethier continued his MVP-worthy season, taking Edwin Jackson deep for his league-leading 11th homer in the Dodgers' 6-3 win over the D-backs. Manny Ramirez lined a bases-clearing, three-run double and Hiroki Kuroda struck out nine and allowed two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings to improve to 4-1. The aforementioned Jackson seemingly made his 37th yikes-list appearance by allowing six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings to drop to 1-5 with a 7.43 ERA.
Clayton Richard spun seven innings of two-run ball to propel the Padres to a 5-2 win over the Giants. Yorvit Torrealba drove in a pair with two hits and Matt Cain yikes-listed it up by yielding five earned runs and issuing six walks over 6 2/3 innings to fall to 2-2.
Wednesday's yikes list
Akinori Iwamura -- 0-for-4, K; 1-for-32 slump
Kyle Lohse -- L, 5 IP, 9 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 4 BB vs. HOU
Francisco Rodriguez -- L, IP, 2 H, 2 ER vs. WAS
Aforementioned Hoffman, Jackson, Cain.
Dave Feldman is a fantasy writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.