Andrew McCutchen is the most underrated player in fantasy baseball. He can single-handedly take over a series and he's doing it again this week.
McCutchen is 7 for 9 with a home run, three RBI, and five runs scored in two days. And to think, he entered this series with the Cys nursing a sore wrist. McCutchen's prowess at the plate has propelled Bomba into the lead in every offensive category, making every pitch thrown by the Cys a do-or-die proposition as the pitching categories are a must-win.
Los Coche Bomba 6, The Cys 5
A.J. Burnett had an opportunity to tie this series for the Cys Tuesday but he gave up 12 hits and allowed six runs over five innings putting added pressure on Edwin Jackson in today's start. The bullpen seems to understand what's riding on this series, as Fernando Rodney had pitched two perfect innings of relief, earning two saves and striking out three batters. Darren Oliver added a hold last night. The Cys need young shortstop Starlin Castro to step up. In the biggest series of the year, Castro is 1 for 9 with three strikeouts. Adam Dunn is carrying the offense with a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Reliever Jose Veras allowed three runs in relief while recording just one out for Bomba Tuesday, leaving the team ERA in tatters. Michael Bourn is doing his best to support McCutchen offensively, going 3 for 7 with four runs, three RBI, and a stolen base.
The Bulls 8, Bacon at Mile 11 3
Wei-Yin Chen was magnificent for the Bulls Tuesday, striking out nine batters in 7.1 innings while allowing just two runs to earn a quality start. Chen had a perfect game through six innings. Chen's performance gave the Bulls the lead in Quality Starts and Strikeouts. Bacon will try to retake the categories today as Cliff Lee and Ervin Santana pitch. Jason Marquis will start for the Bulls. The pitching staff has been excellent for the Bulls to start this series, with Chris Capuano and Chen earning quality starts while Scott Downs and James Russell both have holds. Five pitchers have combined to pitch 17.1 innings while allowing just four runs to give the team the lead in five of the six pitching categories. Logan Morrison continues to be the hottest hitter for Bacon. He's gone 3 for 9 with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored in the series.
Scully's Slammers 7, Twinkle Toes 2
Two days into this series and the Toes are still looking for their offense. The team has just one RBI and no home runs in its first 47 at bats. Hector Sanchez, Buster Posey, and Stephen Drew are a combined 1 for 13 with five strikeouts. Conversely, the Slammers are bombing, hitting six homers for the series including long balls from Joe Mauer and Matt Holliday on Tuesday. While the offense is struggling, the Toes have an opening to score points on the mound. Starts by Madison Bumgarner and Ian Kennedy today will be crucial. The Slammers have had three attempts at quality starts this week with only James McDonald converting. Six pitchers have allowed 13 runs in 22.2 innings for the Slammers.
Marin Menehunes 6, A-Rod's Mirrors 5
The bullpen was superb for the Menehunes Tuesday, the batters were sharp, but the starting pitching exploded in the team's face like a cartoon cigar. Tim Lincecum and Vin Mazzaro allowed 13 runs in just 8.2 innings forcing the Menehunes to dig out of a huge ERA and WHIP hole the rest of the series. While the starters have struggled, the 'pen has been magnificent. Casey Janssen, Matt Belisle, and Jason Grilli have combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless ball while earning two holds and a save. Offensively, the team is holding its own thanks to Josh Willingham, who is 3 for 7 with a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored. Mike Leake will be the first starter to take the mound in this series for the Mirrors when he pitches today. The offense has been led by B.J. Upton, who is 4 for 8 with a home run, a stolen base, and three runs scored.
The Machine 6, Jersey Boys 4
Justin Verlander and Aaron Harang will try to reverse the damage that has been done to the team ERA and WHIP by the bullpen when they start today for the Jersey Boys. Kameron Loe, Alfredo Aceves, Joel Hanrahan and Glen Perkins have given up seven runs in five innings. Perkins is the only reliever unscored upon, earning two saves in two innings. For the Machine, Joel Peralta has pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to earn two holds. Both teams have struggled to find power at the plate, hitting two home runs between them.
HUMA 7, High Cheese 3
Excellent pitching by Jordan Zimmerman and Jon Lester, timely bullpen work from Kenley Jansen, and skillful base running have given HUMA the series lead. Lester allowed run one over 6.2 innings while striking out nine and Zimmerman allowed one run over six innings while striking out seven to give HUMA the lead in Quality Starts and Strikeouts. Newly acquired Ben Revere has paid big dividends for HUMA this week, going 4 for 4 with a stolen base and four runs scored. Elliot Johnson also stole a base Tuesday. High Cheese saw starter Vance Worley get tagged for 10 hits and six earned runs in four innings Tuesday and is wondering where the power is at the plate. The team has yet to hit a home run in this series. Adam Jones, Mark Trumbo and Ike Davis are a combined 1 for 20 with one RBI. Paul Goldschmidt has been the team's lone threat at the plate, going 6 for 8 with two RBI and two stolen bases. High Cheese will look to tie the Quality Start category today when Adam Wainwright pitches.
Home Run 101 7, Give it a Yankee 3
Home Run 101 has forged the series lead, surprisingly, with power at the plate. Five different hitters have home runs while Aramis Ramirez has driven home four runs in the series. On the mound, David Hernandez, Randy Choate, and Vinnie Pestano are trying to prop up a suddenly short-handed bullpen. The three relievers have not allowed a run. Ace Johnny Cueto earned a quality start Tuesday, striking out seven. Give it a Yankee has a quality start from Jonathon Niese but is still trying to find its offense. Nick Swisher and Adrian Gonzalez are a combined 3 for 16 with no RBI.
Lower Haighters 6, Vicious Fishes 3
While neither team has pitched well in this series, both teams have landed haymakers offensively. After the Fishes exploded Monday, it was the Haighters' turn to ignite hot bats Tuesday. Five different players hit home runs and the team drove in 10 RBI and scored eight times. The offense was needed as ace Felix Hernandez struggled again, giving up four runs over 5.2 innings and newly acquired reliever Charlie Furbush allowed a solo home run. The Fishes had their own issues on the mound as Dan Haren gave up six runs in 4.1 innings and normally reliable reliever Pedro Strop gave up three hits and two runs while recording just one out. David Price will take the mound for the Fishes today to try and stabilize the shaky pitching staff and regain the Quality Start lead.