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Will Ervin Find his Early Season Mojo?

posted by Shane Gallimore
Studs:
  • Alfredo Simon – CIN (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) had a really good game and probably assured himself a rotation spot when Mat Latos returns from the DL. Tony Cingrani will probably get moved to the pen or back to the minors. Simon continues to roll at 9-3 and has been solid all season long.
  •  Charlie Blackmon – COL (3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 doubles, HR) has slowed down from his scorching start but he is still putting up good numbers they just aren’t as huge as he started.  He had been in a mini slump with no hits in the previous four games.  I say he finishes with 27 homers and 25 steals so a bit slow down from his current pace.
  • Kyle Lohse – MIL (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was outstanding in a bounce back outing after a rough time last time out. Throw out that last game against Pittsburgh and Lohse has 17 innings over two games with no earned runs.  Not a lot of K’s but a nice outing nonetheless.
Duds:
  • Ervin Santana – ATL ( 6.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) has really fallen off after his tremendous start. It appeared he was turning some things around with quality starts in his two previous games.  Take this as a Coors hiccup and he should be better next time out.
  • Mark Buehrle – TOR (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) took a loss.  Based on the way he has been pitching all year this line has to be considered a disappointment – even though I think this is more what to expect out of him.  I still say he is a sell high and move him before he comes crashing down. This could be his floor this year but I think this should be more the norm moving forward.
  • Roenis Elias – SEA (3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) stumbled a bit after having pitched pretty well over the last month or so.  He will continue to be up and down as he is trying to find his way. He is a nice spot start option against the lower tier teams  with a potential of a K per inning.

Around the league:
Dodgers @ Reds:  Zack Greinke (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) probably has to consider this a poor outing due to the lack of K’s. If this is his floor all his owners will be very happy. Todd Frazier (1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR) blasted his 14thhomer and is putting up top 5 third baseman numbers. He is doing a better David Wright impression than David Wright.  At this point, I would trust Frazier to continue going forward and finish in the top 5-8 third basemen.  Joey Votto (2-3, double) hits but gets nothing else. After his next big game see about trading him high.  Matt Kemp (2-3, 1 R, BB) has shown some signs but my expectations are pretty low.
Padres @ Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) finally got his second win. This is the type of matchup to THINK about using him as a streamer.  Really only a desperation play. John Mayberry Jr (3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 doubles, HR) might be worth a look if he could get some consistent at-bats. Until then just monitor playing time. Will Venable (2-4, 1 R) has two hits in two of the last three games although he has been horrible in June.
Braves @ Rockies: Justin Morneau (2-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, HR) seems to be turning things around with hits in three straight and his first homer since May 28th.  He won’t get back to the pace he started the season but should be a top 10 first baseman the rest of the year.  Jhoulys Chacin (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) picks up his first win of the year with a great start in Coors. I am guessing nobody got the benefit because there would be no way you should have started him. Tommy La Stella (2-3, BB, double) has hits in 10 of the last 11 games and is hitting close to .400.  Unfortunately he only has 3 runs scored and 4 RBI’s.  He is hitting but not getting much for it.
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