The Slammers needed a good outing by Shields as the Lower Haighters are on a hitting rampage. Albert Pujols hit a pair of home runs and Neil Walker smashed a grand-slam to propel the Haighters to the league lead in three of six offensive categories.
Tuesday's Hitting Stats
Bomba needs all the help they can get at the plate because the pitching is failing. On Tuesday, catcher A.J. Pierzynski was 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI. He was part of a four home run, 10 RBI outburst that still has Bomba trailing the Machine in this week's series...The Menehunes are holding their own offensively against a stout Give it a Yankee lineup. Last night, Nick Markakis went 3 for 5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored. The Menehunes also caught a break when Give it a Yankee second baseman Brandon Phillips hurt a calf and is likely headed to the DL...The Fishes won big last week and they're on a tear again in Week 17, leading the Jersey Boys 9-2. Second baseman Dustin Ackley, who has been a big disappointment for much of 2012, had a huge three-run homer last night and stole a base...When your team scores seven runs and knocks in 11 you expect to gain ground in the offensive categories but the Slammers simply maintained ground Tuesday against a red-hot Lower Haighters lineup. Allen Craig had a big night for the Slammers, going 3 for 3 with two walks, three RBI, and two runs scored...With Phillips hurt, Give it a Yankee is going to need offensive production from other players to keep the Menehunes at bay. Cory Hart produced on Tuesday, going 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI.
Tuesday's Pitching Stats
Things are getting desperate for Bomba on the mound. The team ERA sits at 8.71 after Derek Holland was blasted for six runs Tuesday and normally reliable reliever Jason Motte coughed up a run in relief...Home Run 101 is gunning for an upset of the Mirrors this week and rookie Wade Miley helped the team's cause with an eight inning masterpiece Tuesday. Miley allowed just three hits, one walk, and struck out seven while giving up one run...Cliff Lee made his first start for the Lower Haighters last night after coming over to the team in a blockbuster trade that sent Felix Hernandez to Bacon. Lee's initial impression was a good one. The veteran tossed seven shutout innings, striking out seven...Tim Lincecum has now tossed three quality starts in his last four outings after giving up just one run over seven innings while fanning seven last night for the Menehunes...Francisco Liriano settled down last night after a poor start his last outing. Lirianio struck out eight over six innings while allowing just two runs to score.
Updated Weekly Stats
Albert Pujols is the hottest hitter in the game right now. He's 5 for 9 with a .556 OBP, two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored over the last two days. He's the primary reason the Lower Haighters lead the league in home runs, RBI, and are tied for the lead in runs scored...James Shields and Yovani Gallardo have combined for 16 strikeouts and both will have a second start this week. The Slammers have a commanding lead in strikeouts and should maintain that through Sunday...Saves and holds have been hard to come by through the first two days of Week 17. A total of five saves and three holds have been recorded league-wide...A.J. Burnett's one-hitter Tuesday has led the Cys to the early lead in WHIP, where the team sits at 0.76.
Wednesday's Projected Starters
Yu Darvish has dominated the Angels in two earlier meetings. The Angels are a combined 11 for 66 with 22 strikeouts and just three extra base hits. Mike Trout is 4 for 9 with a home run and three RBI off Darvish...Carlos Ruiz has pounded Edwin Jackson. Chooch is 5 for 9 with two doubles while the rest of the Phillies are hitting .324 off Jackson...Chase Headley is just 3 for 18 with six strikeouts versus Bronson Arroyo while the Padres as a team are hitting just .220...Coco Crisp, Jemile Weeks, and Kurt Suzuki are the only A's who have faced rookie Alex Cobb. Crisp is 3 for 3...The Marlins are just 16 for 71 off Ben Sheets but Carlos Lee is 7 for 19 with four doubles and a home run...The Mariners have just 20 at bats off Carlos Villanueva but they have nine hits including two doubles and a triple from Brendan Ryan...The Nationals are 7 for 28 off Vance Worley including a home run by Danny Espinosa. Ryan Zimmerman is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts...Michael Cuddyer is 9 for 26 with a double and five RBI off Jake Westbrook but Carlos Gonzalez is just 1 for 6...The Mets have hit Matt Cain well, going 23 for 82. David Wright is 9 for 21 with five doubles while Scott Hairston is just 3 for 15 with six strikeout but he has taken Cain deep...Rookie Jarrod Parker has never faced a current member of the Rays...The Twins have just nine extra base hits, and no home runs, off Jake Peavy in 113 at bats. Josh Willingham has yet to get a hit off Peavy in 12 at bats...Adrian Beltre has clobbered Dan Haren, going 24 for 58 with seven doubles, a triple and three home runs. David Murphy and Nelson Cruz each have two homers off Haren and the Rangers are hitting .320 against the Angel ace...Adam Jones is just 4 for 25 with five strikeouts off Phil Hughes while Matt Wieters is 4 for 17 with six strikeouts...The White Sox are hitting .263 in 57 at bats off Scott Diamond. Paul Konerko is 3 for 7 with a double and Alex Rios has taken Diamond deep...The Dodgers are 20 for 63 off Josh Collmenter including seven doubles and a home run. Matt Kemp is 3 for 7 with a long ball while Mark Ellis is 1 for 10 with four strikeouts...The Giants are hitting .361 off Jonathon Niese including Melky Cabrera's 4 for 9 with a double and Buster Posey's 3 for 6 with two doubles.