Rundown: Allen makes grand return

(By Dave)


Allen knows how to make his presence felt. The beastly 24-year-old first
baseman crushed a grand slam Wednesday night in his first Major League action
of the 2010 campaign with Adam LaRoche sidelined.
107 games before his callup, Allen batted .261 with 25 homers and 86 RBIs, and
should be a sneaky source of power going forward with the D-backs firmly out of
playoff contention. Here’s what else went down yesterday …

(2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R, SB) — A vintage effort
in a disappointing season for Rollins, who entered the game on a 6-for-37 skid.
Overall, the former NL MVP is hitting .244 with 42 runs and 35 RBIs this

(L, 6 IP, 2 ER, 11 K vs. PHI) – He’s 1-4 in his last
seven turns despite a 53/20 K/BB ratio and a 3.15 ERA over 45 2/3 innings in
that span. I Will own Kershaw in every single league next year. He gets the
Padres next.

(3-for-5, HR) – Six homers last nine games. He
should have been picked up in your league by now.

(L, 1 2/3 IP, 9 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, K vs. FLA) – Early
leader for biggest yikes-list performance of September.

(W, 8 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 9 K vs. COL) – Welcome back,
Timmy! The win pumps the breaks on Lincecum’s five-game losing streak. In five
August starts, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner posted a 7.82
ERA while opponents batted .311 against him. So I guess what I’m saying is, I’m
glad it’s not August anymore.

Liriano (
7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, BB, 7 K vs. DET) – He’s still really good. He ranks fourth in
the American League with 178 Ks in 165 1/3 innings, complemented by a solid
3.27 ERA and 1.25 WHIP

Nelson Cruz (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) – Is
just 2-for-13 in the three games back, so hopefully Wednesday’s knock is a sign
of happy days to come!

Jhonny Peralta (2-for-4, RBI) –
Started at DH, which is always fun. Now has 20 RBIs in 108 at-bats with Detroit
and looks like a swank power option with infield eligibility going forward.

Ubaldo Jimenez (L, CG, 2 ER, 10
K vs. SF) – Has gone 0-4 since tying the Rockies’ record for wins in a season
on August 4 and now stands at 17-6. I think I’d still keep him around.

Mike Stanton (2-for-5, HR, 2
RBIs) – Stanton strong and tall. And he needed this one, as the rook had just
one hit in his previous 32 at-bats over the last 10 games.

Sean Rodriguez (3-for-3, HR,
3B, RBI, SB) – Interesting … let’s see his next game before doodling his name
in your trapper keeper. But you might want to start sharpening your pencils.

Aroldis Chapman (W, 1 IP, 0 ER,
2 K) – Meet David Price 2008. He hit 103 on the radar gun. Joel Zumaya would
give him a thumbs up for that if he could.


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