Howard a Midget Against Giants:
Ryan Howard is going to put up his typical 30+ homeruns and 100+ RBI this year, and for that I am thankful, but he sure can't hit Giants pitching. In 7 games this season he is hitting .125 (3-24) against San Francisco with 9 K's. His only productive game was when Barry Zito pitched, and that doesn't really count. We all remember his called strike 3 against Brian Wilson in the 2010 NLCS, but truth is he's never been good against the Giants (batting .208 in 39 games). No more worries during the rest of the regular season, but should we face the Giants in the playoffs...
The Polanco Equation:
Polly + Age = Injuries. Injured Hip + DL = Michael Martinez. Ugh!
The Wright Stuff:
2011 8th round pick, Austin Wright cruised through Rookie League (Williamsport) and is now flashing his goods in Lakewood (Single-A). In his minor league debut season, he's gone 4-1 in 10 G, 9 GS, 45.2 IP, with a 2.96 ERA/1.31 WHIP, and 17:50 BB:K.
Minor League Leader:
Clearwater Threshers starting pitcher Julio Rodriguez leads all of the minor leagues in wins with 15. The 2008 8th round pick is 15-6 on the season. In 4 seasons he owns a 3.05 ERA and has struck out over a batter per inning. Pretty impressive for a 20 year old.