Week That Was: So Long Joe

Week That Was: So Long Joe
We recap the week's biggest baseball news, including Nathan's injury, Hamilton's impending trade and brawl suspensions.
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Glen Perkins did not allow a hit in the eleventh inning, picking up his fifth save against the Mariners on Sunday.

The save came in the bottom of the 11th inning after Joe Mauer hit a two-run triple in the top of the frame. Perkins entered and struck out one without allowing a hit or a walk. He's now 4-for-4 in save situations and holds a 1.13 ERA and 7/0 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
Apr 26 - 8:40 PM

Roenis Elias allowed two runs on six hits to the Twins on Sunday.

Elias was making his first start of the year in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma (lat). He showed flashes of intrigue in his 5 2/3 innings on the mound, striking out six against three walks, though he would not factor into the decision (the Mariners went on to lose 4-2 in 11 innings). Elias wasn't pitching well at Tacoma prior to the promotion, but last season he pitched to a 3.85 ERA and held a 7.9 K/9. He makes for an interesting flier in AL-only leagues.
Apr 26 - 8:34 PM

White Sox optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Triple-A Charlotte.

Webb served as the 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals. He has struggled in the bullpen at Charlotte in the early going and isn't likely to find a permanent home in the White Sox bullpen until he turns things around.
Apr 26 - 8:24 PM

Kyle Gibson pitched a great game on Sunday, surrendering two runs over seven innings in an extra-innings win over the Mariners.

Gibson struck out three and walked three in the contest. Both of the Mariner runs off Gibson came in the fourth inning, when Seth Smith hit a solo homer and Logan Morrison managed an RBI grounder. Gibson recovered to make it through seven innings, though he would not factor into the decision. Despite the great start, Gibson's overall numbers are troubling. He boasts a 5/12 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings and a 1.70 WHIP. Predictably, his ERA is close to 5.00. Gibson strikes out so few batters that he absolutely has to show pinpoint control, and that has rarely been the case this season. Until he improves his control, he's not usable in mixed leagues. He'll try to build off of Sunday's start when the White Sox waltz to town next weekend.
Apr 26 - 8:04 PM

Josh Reddick drove in a run with a triple in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Reddick finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The triple was his first of the season and extended his current hitting streak to five games. Given that he opened the 2015 campaign on the DL with an oblique injury (and has not played more than 114 games in either of the last two seasons), it's a great sign that he feels healthy enough to push himself on the bases. His current hot streak has pushed his slash line to an impressive .348/.412/.522.
Apr 26 - 8:01 PM

Luke Gregerson pitched a clean ninth inning against the A's on Sunday, notching his fourth save of the season.

The Astros scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning on an Evan Gattis double and Gregerson made sure that his teammates' comeback efforts were not in vain, nailing down the save to secure a 7-6 win. It was a nice rebound, as it comes just two days after Gregerson blew a 10th inning opportunity. He's now 4-for-5 in save opportunities and sports an even 2.00 ERA and 8/1 K/BB ratio over nine innings.
Apr 26 - 7:55 PM

Drew Pomeranz struggled against the Astros on Sunday, surrendering five runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings.

Pomeranz struck out four and walked three in the outing. The Astros tagged him for three runs in the third and two in the fourth. The runs in the third came on a pair of RBI singles, while Jake Marisknick's two-run homer supplied the damage in the fourth. Pomeranz's current 4.50 ERA is more or less indicative of what you can expect from the pitcher. He will pitch effectively at times, but shouldn't be seen as much more than a league-average starter. The 26-year-old southpaw will take to the road against the Rangers in his next outing.
Apr 26 - 7:46 PM

Neil Walker went 3-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday, leading the Pirates offensive attack in an 8-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Walker's two-run double off Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning plated a pair of runs and gave the Pirates a 4-0 lead. He also drew a walk and scored a run on the afternoon. Serving primarily as the team's cleanup hitter this season, Walker is off to a strong start hitting .300/.333/.457 with nine RBI in the early going.
Apr 26 - 7:39 PM
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