Waino Looking BuenoWednesday, May 23, 2012
Adam Wainwright is again Adam Wainwright.
The Cardinals ace threw his third career shutout and first since the 2010 campaign on Tuesday night against the Padres, fanning a season-high nine batters while issuing just one walk in St. Louis' 4-0 victory.
Waino lowered his ERA almost an entire point -- from 5.77 to 4.78 -- by the end of the brilliant nine-inning effort and gave an emotional postgame interview to the Cardinals’ television broadcast after getting hugs from each one of his teammates:
“I’m really happy, man,” the right-hander told FOX Sports Midwest while choking back tears. “It’s pretty special.”
San Diego's lineup is an easy ride for most pitchers, but Wainwright showed vintage command -- which appeared only in spurts in previous outings -- and worked at an impressive pace throughout the night. His confidence is back, most of his arsenal is back, and he needs to be started in all fantasy leagues from this point forward.
Walters Continues To Shine ... And Shock
Twins right-hander P.J. Walters caught the attention of some of the planet’s more meticulous fantasy baseball owners earlier this month when he limited the Blue Jays to two earned runs over six innings in his 2012 regular-season debut. It's over 10 days later and he’s still rocking.
Walters threw the first complete game of his major league career on Tuesday night against the White Sox, yielding just five hits and two earned runs while striking out eight in a 9-2 Twins victory. He’s now 2-1 with a fantastic 2.95 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 15/5 K/BB ratio through his first 21 1/3 innings this season.
Walters is a 27-year-old journeyman and is doubtful to suddenly become an ace, but he has been a breath of fresh air for the success-starved Minnesota rotation since being called up from Triple-A Rochester. Give him a look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. He’ll face off against the Tigers next.
Not Much To Like Right Now About Ike
Mets first baseman Ike Davis continues to struggle mightily.
The 25-year-old went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over the Pirates, dropping his batting line for the season to a brutal .156/.212/.291 and lifting his strikeout total to 43 (in just 141 at-bats).
Davis isn’t showing any signs of life -- with just seven total hits this month -- and is in real danger of being demoted to Triple-A Buffalo before the end of May. Perhaps it’s the valley fever, or maybe he’s just thinking too much.
Either way, Davis needs to be dropped in all non-keeper fantasy leagues until something begins to change.
National League Quick Hits: The Nationals held Ryan Zimmerman out of Tuesday’s lineup because of lingering shoulder soreness but he is expected to play Wednesday … Brandon Phillips homered twice Tuesday night in the Reds’ win over the Braves … The Diamondbacks are planning to activate Daniel Hudson from the disabled list Sunday … Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Tuesday’s defeat of the Rockies … Miguel Montero is day-to-day with groin discomfort … Tyler Clippard earned his first save of the year on Tuesday and is expected to factor into the Nationals’ ninth-inning mix going forward … Cardinals utilityman Matt Carpenter will get an MRI on his tight right oblique Wednesday … R.A. Dickey struck out a career-high 11 batters in Tuesday’s win against the Pirates … Michael Bourn hit the 15th and 16th home runs of his career in Tuesday’s loss to the Reds … The Phillies placed shortstop Jimmy Rollins on the paternity leave list … Aroldis Chapman has two saves in as many chances since being named the Reds’ closer … Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis remains hospitalized following last week’s emergency fasciotomy … James McDonald fanned eight batters across seven innings Tuesday in a loss to the Mets … Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (shoulder) has yet to begin any baseball-related activities … Roy Halladay surrendered five runs in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Nationals … Rockies infielder Jonathan Herrera is day-to-day with right hamstring tightness … Huston Street (lat) has been cleared to begin playing catch … Austin Kearns is day-to-day with a tight right hamstring … Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan won’t throw for 6-8 weeks due to a torn elbow ligament … Brian McCann is day-to-day with flu-like symptoms.
American League Quick Hits: Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz fanned nine batters Tuesday in a dominant performance against the Red Sox … Rafael Soriano earned his third save Tuesday night … The Tigers scratched Austin Jackson on Tuesday due to lingering abdominal tightness … Albert Pujols is up to four home runs … Kevin Youkilis played first base and homered Tuesday in his return to the Red Sox … Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings (knee) is not expected to be activated from the disabled list until next week … Erick Aybar is day-to-day with a right knee contusion … Carlos Pena hit a home run out of the leadoff spot in Tuesday’s defeat of the Blue Jays … Orioles southpaw Zach Britton (shoulder) could be ready to join the major-league starting rotation next week … The Red Sox placed Cody Ross on the disabled list with a fractured left foot and promoted Scott Podsednik from Triple-A Pawtucket to provide outfield depth … Brian Roberts (concussion) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday … Rays closer Fernando Rodney moved to 14-for-14 in save opportunities on Tuesday night … Jose Bautista has six homers and 13 RBI over his past 12 games … Justin Morneau collected his sixth home run of the season on Tuesday night … Travis Hafner is up to 21 RBI … Robinson Cano hit his fifth homer of the 2012 season on Tuesday … Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy could soon be promoted from Low-A Delmarva to High-A Fredrick … Yoenis Cespedes (hand) is expected to begin swinging a bat Wednesday … The Red Sox have not discussed a contract with Roy Oswalt ... Chris Perez earned his 14th save of the season on Tuesday night after drawing a standing ovation from the Progressive Field crowd that he challenged last week.