Randy Winn- NYA- Hot- Winn has been getting more playing time lately and producing. For the month of May He is hitting .316 in 8 games and has a whopping 2.50 Batting EYE. It’s doubtful that Winn can help in the power department any more, but pulling himself up to the .300 neighborhood in average isn’t unthinkable, particularly if he maintains a reasonable semblance of strike zone command.
Rick Porcello- DET- Hot- The first game of yesterday’s doubleheader featured two pitchers who have been victimized by bad luck and turned in their best performances of 2010. Only one could pick up a win and it was Porcello. He tossed 7 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. Porcello’s BHIP of .387 coming into the start was ripe for regression to the mean and it looks like that may have started.
John Danks- CHA- Hot- Danks was a little off his game yesterday, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3 in 7 IP. Still it was another quality start, his 6th in 7 outings this year. Danks has been remarkably consistent and doesn’t’ seem to be posting his numbers with the aid of an inordinate amount of luck (.272 BHIP). In his last 3 starts he has walked 7 while striking out 11 in 19 IP, so there is a little concern about sustainability seeing that, but right now he is looking like a 25-year-old who is living up to his hype as a prime prospect a few years ago.
Denard Span- MIN- Hot- Span is a prime example of regression to the mean. His BHIPx has gone up to .258 and along with that his batting average has climbed to .277. Span has also maintained his strike zone command, with a BB% of 13.5% and a Batting EYE of 1.29. He is a worthy leadoff hitter for the Twins and his average will likely keep climbing.
David Price- TB- Caution- Price won his 5th game of the year yesterday, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6 in 6.1 IP. He threw 110 pitches, the 3rd time in 7 starts this year Price has hit or exceeded that mark. Price only did it once all of last season. Price doesn’t’ turn 25 until August, so he is still at risk from overuse. It looks like we might be seeing the same mishandling of price by the Tampa Bay staff as we did with Scott Kazmir. Keep a watch on Price’s pitch counts. If they remain high, he is in danger.