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A Bad Batch of Brew

This weekend Ryan Braun did not play due to neck spasms, while Aramis Ramirez (knee) was placed on the disabled list.  Clearly the Milwaukee Brewers are not the same without their 2 best hitters, while already missing Corey HartIf Braun continues to miss games, I recommend streaming Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood of the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Lohse made his Brewers debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks and pitched well enough for the win but the offense only gave him a single run to work with.  Lohse finished 6 innings striking out 5 allowing a single earned run.  Wade Miley matched Lohse and struck out 8 Brewers hitters.  His only mistake ended up in the stands as Jean Segura hit his first major league home run.

JJ Putz blew the save last night when Jonathon Lucroy tap a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Norichika Aoki.  But John Axford continued to pitch Home Run Derby practice and gave up a game winning 2 run home run to Erick Hinske.

Paul Goldschmidt had a nice series, with 6 hits, a double in each game and added a home run.  He drove in 5 runs and scored 5 times himself.

Jose Fernandez made his major league debut for the Miami Marlins and pitched a gem, holding the New York Mets to a 3 hits over 5 while striking out 8.  His stuff looks great (hi-90s fastball) and he throws strikes.  Absolutely worth owning and holding onto in all league formats.  Steve Cishek blew the 3-2 lead in the 9th on a Marlon Byrd walk off hit down the line.  You shouldn't own Fernandez expecting many wins, but the strike outs, low ERA and WHIP will be there.

Daniel Murphy had 5 RBI this weekend and added 2 home runs.  He hit just 6 all of last season but has that power to smack 10-15 over the wall.  He is a must own player in NL-only leagues and not a bad option in deeper mixed leagues.

The Braves will be without Freddie Freeman for the next two weeks and will shift Chris Johnson to 1st while Juan Francisco gets some extra ABs at third.  This is great news for both players who are capable of adding nice value, especially in NL-only leagues.

In the bottom of the 9th inning of Saturday nights game, Carlos Marmol gave up back to back home runs to B.J. Upton and Justin Upton, blowing a save, and not only losing the game but his closer role to Kyuji Fujikawa.

The Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds played one heck of a series this weekend at Great American Ballpark.  The Reds opened the series with 6 home runs in a 15-0 route.  They then forced extra innings scoring 2 off Rafael Soriano, who blew the save and ended up losing 7-6 in 11 and allowed 5 home runs to the Nationals.  They wrapped it up with a much calmer 6-3 W, beating Stephen Strasburg who threw 114 pitchers and lasted just 5.1 innings.  He allowed 9 hits, 6 earned runs and walked 4.

Todd Frazier lead the Reds with 8 hits, 2 homers, and 7 RBI.  Shin-Soo Choo (2 HRs), Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips added 2 hits in each game,  while Joey Votto had 0 runs batted in even though the Reds scored 27 runs this weekend.

The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend in LA and held the Bucs to just 2 runs in the finale, after shutting them out in the first two games.  Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first big league win.

Adrian Gonzalez had at least 2 hits in all 3 games and added 4 RBI last night.  His teammates failed to pick him up the entire series and he never crossed home plate. 

Matt Kemp is now just 2 for 20 after picking up his first two hits of the season, both doubles.

The Colorado Rockies swept the San Diego Padres in Colorado, out scoring the 20-6.  The Rockies are the top offensive team across the board.

Dexter Fowler, not known for his power swing, hit his 4th home run of the season.  He has a hit and run scored in all 6 Rockies games.

The St. Louis Cardinals young flame thrower, Shelby Miller, earned his first W of the season Saturday night beating Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants.  He threw 95 pitches over 5.1 innings, walking and striking out 4 batters.  He only allowed 4 hits, and 2 earned runs.  He did give up a solo bomb to Hunter Pence.

The series featured a 1-0 "pitchers duel" between Jake Westbrook and Barry Zito (flashback to the early 2000's!).  They combined for 13.1 innings, 9 hits, 5 strike outs, 9 walks and 0 earned runs!  The real pitching duel on Sunday night was Adam Wainwright vs Matt Cain and the Cardinals scored 9 runs off Cain in just 3.2 innings.  Baseball is a weird game!

The interleague series between the Royals and the Phillies was a good one!  In game one, without Billy Butler, the Royals managed 13 runs, with 3 guys knocking in 3 runs and 4 guys with at least 3 hits.  The Royals had 19 hits on the day.  John Lannan saved Philly the next night, holding the Royals to just 3 runs, with Butler in the lineup.  Lannan lasted 7 innings, striking out 5.  It was the series finale that everyone was waiting for, James Shields vs Cole Hamels.  They totaled 11.2 innings, 19 hits, 12 earned runs and 10 strike outs.  Aces have been awful early on this year!