Justice for Miller?

Justice for Miller?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news including several minor injuries and an impending controversy.
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Andrew Bailey tossed a scoreless seventh inning on Wednesday and has allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings since his callup.

Hector Neris is probably first in line to become the Phillies' closer if the team makes a change, but Bailey has also presented himself as an alternative. In truth, the Phillies should have just saved themselves some trouble in the first week of the season by making Bailey the closer at the end of spring training.
May 4 - 11:42 PM

Jeanmar Gomez took his first blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Gomez retired just one of the six hitters he faced, with one of his two outs coming on a play at the plate. Gomez has done excellent work as the Phillies' closer, but the team would be better off if Hector Neris or Andrew Bailey could secure the job, allowing Gomez to return to his old stomping grounds in the middle innings. It might happen before too long.
May 4 - 11:40 PM

Ryan Howard delivered a three-run homer against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Howard is just 17-for-87 on the season, giving him a .195 average, but seven of his 17 hits have left the yard. He's probably due more playing time against lefties since Darin Ruf has struggled as his platoon partner.
May 4 - 11:37 PM

Rule 5 pick Tyler Goeddel went 0-for-3 Wednesday in his first start since April 27.

It looked like Goeddel would have a big role in the Philadelphia outfield when the season opened, but a 1-for-16 start changed that and now he's made three starts in two weeks. It looks like he'll stay buried for a while.
May 4 - 11:35 PM

David Ortiz had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Red Sox's 5-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Ortiz's 1.037 OPS ranks second in the American League, trailing only Manny Machado at 1.083. The rest of the AL is going to be awfully happy to see him retire if he keeps this up.
May 4 - 11:32 PM

Clay Buchholz held the White Sox to two runs and three hits in seven innings Wednesday to pick up his first win.

This was being termed a big start for Buchholz after he came in 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA. It wasn't really -- his rotation spot wasn't in any jeopardy -- but he and the Red Sox are surely happy that he turned in his first really positive effort of the year. He struck out six and walked two on the night. Buchholz should be a pretty good play in mixed leagues next week with home starts against the A's and Astros.
May 4 - 11:29 PM

Carlos Rodon dropped to 1-4 after allowing three runs in six innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

This certainly isn't Rodon's best, but at least his last two subpar efforts haven't turned into disasters like his one against the Angels last month (5 ER in 1/3 IP) did. He can be expected to improve on his current 4.36 ERA, though we don't think this is the year he breaks through as a top-notch fantasy starter.
May 4 - 11:27 PM

Xander Bogaerts reached four times Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a walk against the White Sox.

Bogaerts hit second tonight, rather than his usual third. That wouldn't be good for his RBI production if it sticks, though it wouldn't matter a whole lot overall. Bogaerts is batting .321 in 106 at-bats. He's homered just once, but he already has 10 doubles. The really nice surprise is his five steals in five attempts.
May 4 - 11:25 PM
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