NL Roundup Week 3

NL Roundup (Week 3)

9426_599181912542_3646095_nBy Chris DuPrau @ChrisDuPrau, @TheDupesnet

It was a week of movement in the National League.  Teams like the Pirates and Brewers who got off to horrible starts righted their ships, and each found themselves over .500 at weeks end.  The once nuclear hot Atlanta Braves came back to earth slightly ending the week on a 3 game losing streak, but they still hold a 3 game lead in the East.  The Giants are doing their best to catch up to Rockies, but it’s hard to make a move on a team that is 8-2 in their last 10.

The most enticing game of the week though did not involve one of the streaking teams, and was the 1st of what will hopefully be many matchups to come between 2 young aces, Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg.  Harvey won the battle this time allowing 1 run and 4 hits over 7 innings and striking out 7.  For those of you keeping track, Harvey is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA, a 0.66 WHIP and a 32/9 K’s/BB ratio.

If you haven’t seen Harvey’s stuff yet, it’s freaking electric

 

Offensive Players of the Week

"Bet you didn't know that I've become the best player in the Santana trade"

“Bet you didn’t know that I’ve become the best player in the Santana trade”

Carlos Gomez MIL – 9 Hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs, .500 BA, 1.471 OPS –  Need to give some love to the hottest player on the hottest team of last week, the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Brew Crew has won 7 in a row and Gomez has been a crucial part of that success.  His speed has been crucial in taking the extra base, and he has also been solid in the outfield.   If Gomez can keep up this hot streak the Brewers may be able to stay in contention in a log jammed NL Central.

Chris Johnson  ATL – 9 Hits, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .409 BA, 1.117 OPS –  Could have put  Johnson on this list any of the past 3 weeks, but when we’re 3 weeks into the season and a player is still batting over .400, they deserve some love. The Braves lost their last 3 games of the week, but Johnson has helped give them a +33 run differential, best in the majors.   One would have thought it would be tough replacing a legend like Chipper Jones, but Johnson is making it one hell of an easy transition.

"Damn!  I had that good of week and am still batting under .220"

“Damn! I had that good of week and am still batting under .220″

Russell Martin PIT – 9 Hits, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 Runs, .450 BA, 1.310 OPS -  After a horrible start, Russell Martin and the Pittsburgh Pirates came on strong last week.  Martin had been abysmal the first 2 weeks of the season batting  .065 through 4/13.  This past week though he took off and got his avg. all the way up to .216.  Not coincidentally the Pirates as a whole have played much better in their last 10 going 7-3 including 3 in a row to end the week.

Carlos Gonzalez COL – 10 Hits, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs, .417 BA, 1.214 OPS –  A healthy CarGo and Tulo have carried the Rockies to an impressive 13-5 start of the season.   Most of the damage Gonzalez did this week was against the Mets, and it was some serious damage.  In a 3 game shortened series CarGo went 8 for 13 with a HR, 3 RBI and 7 Runs scored.  Hell that series is the main reason he made this top NL performers list.  Really wish he would have done that against any team but the Mets.

Pitchers of the Week

"I wish i could get some run support, and that people would quit mistaking me for Christian Bale"

“I wish i could get some run support, and that people would quit mistaking me for Christian Bale”

Homer Bailey CIN – 0 Wins, 1.29 ERA, 18 K’s, 0.86 WHIP  - Tough luck member of the Pitchers of the Week list.  Bailey pitched two good games this week going 8 innings against Philly while only allowing 2 hits and striking out 10 in a no-decision.  He followed that up with a 6 inning performance against Florida where he gave up only 2 runs and struck out 8, but got another no-decison.  With a little run support Bailey could have easily been 2-0 this week.

Lance Lynn STL – 2 Wins, 3.00 ERA, 12 K’s, 1.17 WHIP – Lynn got a not so well deserved win on Monday against Pittsburgh when he went 5 innings and gave up 4 earned runs.  He bounced back nicely though on Saturday going 7 innings against Philly while allowing only 1 hit and striking out 8.

Jim Henderson MIL – 1 Win, 3 Saves, 2.25 ERA, 5 K’s, 1.00 WHIP – The Brewers closer position has been a hot mess to start the season, but Henderson may have finally made the job his with a nice performance this week.  He factored into 4 Milwaukee wins, and the one run he gave up came in a game where he still managed to hold on for the save.  The Brewers need a bullpen that will not lose games for them, and Henderson may finally be the guy to hold down the back end.

Games to Watch This Week

Mon  4/22 St. Louis at Washington (Miller vs. Haren) – After losing 2 of 3 to the Mets, the Nats really need to step up against quality competition.

Tues 4/23 Milwaukee at San Diego (Gallardo vs. Richard) – Gallardo pitched great in his first game since his DUI arrest, can he keep it going?

Wed 4/24 Los Angeles at New York Mets (Lilly vs. Harvey) – Every Matt Harvey start is a must watch event

Thurs  4/25 Cincinnati at Washington (Arroyo vs. Gonzalez) – Two teams that have underachieved to an extent so far.  Both will need a win, and this may be the best matchup of the series.

Fri 4/26 Atlanta at Detroit (Maholm vs. Porcello) – Interested to see how the new and improved Maholm handles an AL lineup

Sun 4/28 Milwaukee at Los Angeles (Lohse vs. Kershaw) – If Kershaw can’t cool off the hot Brewers lineup, then nobody can.

Keep on Keepin’ on

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