Ben Revere (OF-PHI) - Revere appears to have recovered from a rib injury, as he's started the last two games against the Braves. He was 3-for-4 with an RBI Thursday, driving in the game's only run. The game took Revere from .250/.280/.292 to .288/.315/.327 on the year. Of his 15 hits, Revere has one triple and 14 singles to explain the .039 ISO, but you weren't expecting any pop hopefully. He's already stolen five bases, though none since April 6. With Tony Gwynn Jr. hitting .318 and playing well in his absence, Revere owners have to like today's box score. He should be in there most every day going forward.
Madison Bumgarner (SP-SF) - Bumgarner scuffled for the second consecutive start, lasting just 4.1 innings against the Dodgers Thursday. He allowed just two runs, but gave up six hits and walked three. The six strikeouts also contributed to the 99 pitches. He's now allowed six runs on 15 hits over his last two starts (10.1 innings) and sees his ERA rise to 3.48. Bumgarner's velocity seemed fine, but the location just wasn't there. Bumgarner currently sports a 3.5 BB/9 compared to a 2.3 career mark, but it's only four starts, so we won't worry just yet. Focus more on the 11.3 K/9 and expect a solid start last time out.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP-LAD) - Ryu was brilliant Thursday against the Giants, tossing seven innings of four-hit, no-run ball. He walked one and struck out three in lowering his ERA to 1.93 in five starts. It's been an interesting five starts, as Ryu allowed six runs in two innings against these same Giants back on April 4, but in his other 26 innings over four starts, here are his numbers: 26 IP, 11 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 23 K. Yep, a 0.00 ERA. Ryu has yet to allow a HR this year after posting a 0.70 HR/9 last year, and he has his K/9 at 8.1 versus last year's 7.2, so progress all around. As the April 4 start indicated, he's not always consistent with his command, but for now, consider that one the outlier. He's as good a No. 3 starter as we have in the league.
Kenley Jansen (RP-LAD) - The Dodgers bullpen once again gave their fans a near heart attack, as Brian Wilson allowed a pair of runners in the eighth inning before escaping it scoreless. Jansen then came in in the ninth and struck out Brandon Belt but allowed Belt to reach base on a wild pitch / strikeout. Jansen ultimately allowed an RBI single to Ehire Adrianza before ultimately retiring pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford on a fly ball out. Jansen has now allowed a run in four of his last six appearances and now his ERA matches his saves total - 5. In nine innings, Jansen has now fanned an impressive 17 batters, but he's also walked five and allowed 13 hits. The velocity is way up over last year - 2.5 mph on average on his fastball, but perhaps Jansen would be more effective at a slightly lower velocity. Maybe only small adjustments are needed, as Jansen's BABIP stands well over .500, a number that will obviously come down. No need to panic here just yet.
Franklin Morales (SP-COL) - I've always felt Morales has had the stuff to be a solid #2 starter, and in this league, that's high praise. He's just never been able to command his fastball well enough or be consistent enough to stick in a rotation, and now may be his last chance. Thursday went well at least, as Morales held the light-hitting Padres to a run on four hits over six solid innings to pick up his first win of the season. He fanned five and walked just one in lowering his ERA to 4.82. His WHIP still sits at 1.50 and he should have more than 14 K's in 18.2 innings, but at least for one night, he gave NL-only league owners a boost. Morales held LH hitters to an identical .184 mark in each of the last two years, and once guys like Brett Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin start getting healthy, look for him back in the bullpen.
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