Rundown: Not-so Beachy keen
With Jair Jurrjens still nursing a tight knee, the
Braves turned to prospect Brandon Beachy
to make his Major League debut start for Atlanta’s pivotal opener vs. the
Phillies Monday night. It went exactly how you thought it went. The 24-year-old
right-hander yielded three runs – one earned – over 4 1/3 innings of four-hit,
three-run ball in the losing effort. Considering the circumstances and
magnitude of the game, Beachy’s shakiness is certainly understandable. What is
unclear is whether or not he makes another start for the Braves. If he does, he’s
worth picking up in NL-only leagues, as he combined to go 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA
— the best ERA posted in the Minor Leagues — while playing for Triple-A
Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi this year.
Avila (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 R) – You could do worse for
a late-season catcher pickup than Avila, who turned some eyes last season by
posting a .279-5-14 line in just 61 at-bats.
Betancourt (4-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs) — A timely outburst from
Betancourt, who was just 8-for-57 (.140) in 15 games since he last dialed up
the power. Despite a pedestrian .259 average, the 28-year-old shortstop has
been a worthy play in AL-only formats thanks to his 25 doubles and 74 RBIs.
Bogusevic (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) — Getting his second start since his
inaugural callup on Sept. 1, Bogusevic collected his first career multi-hit
effort and improved to 4-for-14 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs as a
big leaguer. The 24th overall pick in the 2005 Draft, Bogusevic batted .277
with 13 homers, 91 runs and 23 steals in 131 games with Triple-A Round Rock
Capuano (ND, 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K vs. CIN) — Capuano continues to receive scant
run support despite pitching well. Over his last four starts, he’s posted a
2.59 ERA in 24 1/3 innings of work. Owners in head-to-head playoffs should give
the left-hander some consideration when he returns to the hill on Sept. 25 vs.
Granderson (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, SB) –
Curtis, don’t hurt ’em! A huge night for Granderson, who has popped four out of
the yard during a seven-game hitting streak. With his first blast Monday, the
outfielder officially reached the 20-homer plateau for the fourth consecutive
season. The swipe was his 12th.
Hamels (W, 8 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 6 K vs. ATL) — Hamels
continues to make opposing hitters look silly. The surging left-hander has won
each of his last five starts, posting an utterly absurd 0.49 ERA and 37/7 K/BB
ratio over 36 2/3 innings. Owners can expect another masterpiece when Hamels
hurls again on Sept. 26 vs. the Mets.
Matusz (ND, 5 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K) — After leaving his
last start early with a bruised left triceps, Matusz showed no ill effects from
the injury, surrendering three earned runs or fewer for the fifth straight
outing. The 23-year-old southpaw, who is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 26/8 K/BB
ratio in that span, is worth a start in all formats when he toes the rubber
again on Sept. 26 in Toronto.
Murphy (5-for-5, 2B, R) — Murphy has been on a tear over
the last three weeks. The outfielder has hit safely in 15 of 16 games in
September, batting .398 with eight extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and 11 runs.
Holland (L, 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, K vs. LAA) – He’s now
1-3 with a 4.82 ERA since the All-Star break to go with a 29/15 K/BB ratio over
28 innings. The talent is there, you just can’t trust him.
Porcello (ND, 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 H, 2 K vs. KC) — Porcello, who was scratched from his
last start with strained right index finger, wasn’t very sharp in his return to
action, as the 12 hits represented a season high. The no-decision snapped a
four-start winning streak for the 21-year-old right-hander, who will carry a
5.22 ERA into his next outing on Sept. 26 vs. the Twins.
Gavin Floyd — Was taken out of the game with tightness in the back of his right
shoulder after throwing just seven pitches vs. the A’s. Floyd
left the game with a 2-2 count to leadoff hitter Rajai Davis. Tony Pena
replaced Floyd and got Davis to fly out to center. Floyd is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA
lifetime against the A’s, but he has been struggling recently. In his previous
start, he allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against the
Twins. Before that, he gave up 13 hits and five earned runs against Detroit.