Prince Fielder- MIL- Hot- Lost in last night’s brouhaha (or is that a “brewhaha” when it involves Milwaukee?) was Fielder extending his current hitting streak to 8 games, in which he has gone 11-for-28 with 5 homers. He has not struck out for the last three games and only has 5 Ks while walking 4 times during the streak.
Aaron Cook- COL- Cold- Cook did not resemble anything like the All Star pitcher he has been this season. He was tagged for 7 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits and a walk in 5-2/3 IP against the Nationals last night. Even with the pasting yesterday, Cook’s home ERA (3.64) is only slightly above that of his road mark (3.61) and his WHIP at Coors Field (1.14) is far better than away from Colorado (1.41). Consider yesterday just one of those games.
Emilio Bonifacio- WAS- Hot- Bonifacio has started his Nationals’ career off with a bang, hitting safely in all 4 games since being called up, including going 3-for-5 with a triple, 2 runs scored, and an RBI last night. For Washington he is 8-for-18 with a stolen base. Bonifacio has yet to walk in any of his 11 major league games this season, so strike zone command is a definite issue. He won’t keep up this hitting pace, but as he gets acclimated to his new team, his steals are likely to increase.
Jair Jurrjens- ATL- Cold- Jurrjens threw a quality start last night, but it was one that qualified technically. He struggled through his 6 IP, allowing 3 earned runs (4 overall) on 9 hits and 3 walks while striking out just 1. The game followed a 116-pitch effort in Jurrjens’ last start. He has broken the 110 pitch mark 3 times this season and has followed up with a quality start each time. However, he has exhibited control problems in those later outings, walking 10 in 18 IP, indicating there may be fatigue carrying through.
Chris Young- ARI- Hot- Young snapped a string of 4 games without a hit by going 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 runs scored and a walk. More significantly, he broke a streak of 10 straight games striking out at least once. During that stretch Young’s Batting EYE was an abysmal .11. All of those games were on the road, where he has a batting average of .189 and Batting EYE of .30. The Diamondbacks returned home yesterday, which may have contributed to young’s resurgence. In Financial Institution (the exact name TBD by the latest merger) Field, he owns a .286 average and .47 Batting EYE. Young is definitely not a road warrior this season, a trend that was present last year, but not to this extent.