Big Leagues by the Box Score – The April 19th, 2021 Edition

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 14: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 14, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

We’ve made it through another week of the baseball season…Now let’s see if we can find out who’s doing what. Need some fantasy help? Perhaps you’ll get some answers below.

The Red Sox are still leading the AL East by two games. Xander Bogaerts is currently leading the Sox with a .386 average and .435 obp though his first 57 at bats. Nathan Eovaldi is anchoring the pitching staff at a moment with an ERA of 2.08 through 17.1 innings pitched.

The Rays are in second place at 8-8 so far. Joey Wendle is currently sporting a .340 average with 3 bombs and 11 RBI if you’re looking for a 3b or a SS. Tyler Glasnow is now 2-0 with a .73 ERA though his first 24.2 innings.

The Blue Jays are underperforming in my opinion at 7-9. Vlad Jr. is still ripping hits at a .389 clip with 4 longballs. Steven Matz is rocking a 3-0 record with a 1.47 ERA.

The Orioles are also 7-9 so far. Cedric Mullins is the only consistent offensive force at this point, batting .355 with a couple steals. John Means is pitching well through the first 23.2 innings, giving up just 1.52 runs per nine innings, but has just 1 win to show for his efforts.

The Yankees are pulling up the rear of the AL East at 5-10 which is the worst record in the American League currently. DJ LaMmahieu is leading the team with a .286 average. In contrast, starters Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Hicks are all under the .200 mark. Gerrit Cole is still trucking with his 1.82 ERA over 24.2 innings and 39 strikeouts.

Over in the Central, the Royals lead the way at 9-5. Salvador Perez is having a nice start hitting just over .290 while knocking 5 out of the park. KC only has one pitcher with over 15 innings pitched, so the jury’s still out for now.

The Indians are in second place with an 8-7 record. Not much to talk about regarding the offense, but the Beeb’s (Shane Bieber) and Aaron Civale have gone a combined 50 innings giving up 13 runs, striking out 64 while going 5-1.

The White Sox are playing .500 ball at the moment. Yermin Mercedes has cooled off, but still well over .400 and up to 4 bombs. Lance Lynn has given up just 2 runs over 19.2 innings, but he’s 1-1 over that stretch. We also salute Carlos Rodon and his no-hitter on the 14th. Way to go!

The Twins are 6-8 early on. Nelson Cruz is swinging a hot bat with his .390 average and 4 homeruns. Michael Pineda is having a quietly good start giving up 2 runs over 18 innings.

The Tigers are in the basement of the Central at 6-10. Wilson Ramos has knocked 6 out of the park while Matthew Boyd has been their best pitcher with his 2.03 ERA over 26.2 innings.

Elsewhere in the American League, the Mariners lead out west with a 10-6 record. Keep an eye on Ty France. The youngster is hitting .305 with 3 blasts. You may have heard that in 2019 he hit .399 in 296 at bats in AAA. Not much to see in the pitching department for Seattle.

The Angels are 8-5 right now. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but Mike Trout is doing Mike Trout-like things hitting .386 with 4 bombs. Dylan Bundy is the front-runner of the staff at the moment with an ERA just over 3.30.

The A’s bats seem to be heating up. Matt Olson is creeping up on the .300 mark to go along with his 3 homeruns, but their starting pitchers all have ERAs of at least 4.30.

The cheating bastards…I mean, Astros, are 7-8. 24 year old Kyle Tucker has blasted 4 balls out of the part, but his average remains under .200. The always steady Zack Grienke is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA through 25.2 innings to go along with his 16 Ks.

and finally we have the Rangers at 7-9. Nick Solack is hitting at a .293 clip while Nate Lowe is providing the power with 4 homeruns and 16 RBI. Kyle Gibson is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA through 21.1 innings.

Over in the National League, the Mets lead the East at a 7-4 mark. Brandon Nimmo is pounding the ball at a .447 clip while knocking in 20 runs. Jake deGrom is actually hitting .571 while posting an ERA of .45 over 20 innings with 35 strikeouts.

The Phillies are sitting in second place at 8-7 overall. Jean Segura is hitting .352 over his first 54 at bats. Aaron Nola is leading the staff with his 2.19 ERA and 28 Ks over 24.2 innings.

The Marlins record stands at 7-8 while in third place. Jazz Chisolm is hitting .325 with 3 sneaky steals out of the second base position and 32 year old Adam Duvall has crushed 4 balls out of the yard. Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers are all keeping their ERA under 3.35.

The Brave are surprisingly in fourth place at 7-9. Ronald Acuna is leading the team in pretty much every offensive category….419, 7HR, 16 RBI, and 3 steals. The pitching staff, however, has left a little to be desired for. Huascar Ynoa (that’s a mouthful) leads the starters with a 3.94 ERA through 16 innings.

The Nationals occupy the basement at 5-8. Trea Turner is up over .300 with 4 longballs. Max Scherzer is the only pitcher to have more than 15 innings pitched, so we’ll focus on his line of 2.34 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 19 innings.

The Reds lead the central at 9-6. Outfielder, Tyler Naquin, has launched 6 balls into orbit while driving in 15 runs and Wade Miley keeps getting it done at age 34 by posting a 2.25 ERA through his first 16 innings.

The Cardinals sit in third at 7-8. 38 year old Yadi Molina is off to a great start as he’s currently hitting .340 with 4 bombs and 12 RBI. Jack Flaherty is 2-0 with a 4.11 ERA, but don’t sleep on John Gant who’s currently sporting a 3.21 ERA over his first 14 innings. I’ve never looked at his minor league numbers, so I’m not sure if this is just a nice start or a sign of things to come.

The Pirates are looking up at the Cards at 7-9. Colin Moran has raised his average to just under .300 with 4 blasts. JT Brubaker is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA.

The Cubs reside in the cellar at 6-9. Wilson Contreras is the only hitter over the .270 mark at .273 with 5 round trippers. Jake Arrieta is a solid 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 14Ks.

Over in the West, the Dodgers are king with their 13-3 record. Justin Turner leads the team in the triple crown categories hitting a robust .404 with 5 bombs and 16 RBI. All starters are putting up good/great numbers and Blake Treinen is already up to 6 saves.

The Giants hold the second spot at 9-6. Shortstop Donovan Solano may be flying under some radars, but he’s hitting .311 after hitting .326 in last year’s shortened season and .330 the year before, but buyer beware, he doesn’t bring any power to the plate. Johnny Cueto is bouncing back nicely from his last two lousy seasons. He’s sitting at 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA through the first 20 innings.

The Padres are sitting in the middle of the pack at 10-7. Eric Hosmer is rocking a .344 average with 3 homeruns and 14 RBI. Joe Musgrove followed up his no-hitter with another gem and is now 2-1 with a .47 ERA. He’s now given up just 7 hits through 19 innings.

The Diamondbacks sit at 6-10. Eduardo Escobar has done the homerun trot 6 times so far and Taylor Widener has posted a 1.59 ERA over his first 17 innings.

Finally we get to the 4-12 Rockies. Ryan McMahon has clubbed 6 longballs while Jon Gray is leading the starters with a 2.87 ERA through 15.2 innings.

Next week we’ll focus on the underperformers…some teams will be much easier than others.

Until then, enjoy the box scores!

PS….running behind so I haven’t had a chance to proofread the post. I’ll do that tonight!

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