• I don't get Clay Buchholz. First of all, I didn't know till yesterday that he's rocking a groundball rate north of 50|PERCENT|. Now this: 9 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 48|PERCENT| GBs, 0 R. What?!? He's fun to watch, too, but I'm still suspicious.
• Is Brett Cecil a nerd with those glasses? Just asking.
• I am genuinely excited about Felipe Paulino. He's got a 95-97 mph fastball. He's got a slider that just won't stop – not even to the tick-tock or whatever. Today he did this: 8 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 1 R. Of course, he DOES have one problem, in that he pitches for Houston.
• Aaron Harang tonight: 16 balls in play, 9 of them grounders, 8 of them hits. That's bad luck. Target him as a trade option, as owners are probably souring on him despite his pretty good component stats.
• You've probably never heard of him because he's wicked underground, but this guy Adam Wainwright had himself a game this evening: 9 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 R.
• Colby Rasmus' new contacts seem to be working. The center fielder went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
• File this under Go Figure: Justin Masterson posts an xFIP under 4.00 and goes 0-5. Tonight? He pitches 5.2 IP, walks 6, and somehow allows only a run en route to his first win. Did I mention I heart Justin Masterson?
• Jason Heyward struck out in all 5 of his PA today. That's notable inasmuch as Heyward is still AWESOME AT BASEBALL, and said fact oughtn't be forgotten.
• Kelly Johnson walked 4 times versus Colorado. Is that the OPPOSITE of a Golden Sombrero?
• Livan Hernandez' stun gun is set to regression. Sellsellsell!
• Brennan Boesch went 2-for-3 with a double and homer tonight. At the risk of getting all wet-blanket-y all up in this piece, allow me to say this: Brennan Boesch is very probably not for real. He's hitting better now than he's basically ever hit in the minors. His BABIP is close to .400. He's MAYBE a league-average hitter. At 25, that's something, but not something great.
• Juan Pierre (22), Michael Bourn (18), Ichiro Suzuki (17), Jose Reyes (14), Drew Stubbs (12), Matt Kemp (8), Brandon Phillips (8), Hanley Ramirez (8), Cameron Maybin (6), Gordon Beckham (4), Troy Tulowitzki (4), Neil Walker (2), Danny Valencia (1).
• Brad Lidge, converted. He got 2 K on some nasty slidepieces. No base runners.
• Francisco Rodriguez, converted. Blah blah blah.
• Matt Lindstrom, converted. He got a K. Otherwise uneventful.
• Matt Capps, converted. That's his 18th.
• Brian Wilson, converted. With 2 K and nothing else.
• Jonathan Broxton, converted. Threw 2 K pieces. Dude is goo-ood.
• Jon Rauch, converted. In the 11th inning.
• Manuel Corpas, blown and lost. Colorado was winning by 1 in the bottom of the 9th at Arizona. Then they weren't winning so much. Whoops.
• Carlos Marmol came in, embarrassed one guy, got another guy out. Pitched 0.2 IP.
• Andrew Bailey got the loss in Oakland's extra-inning game versus Minnesota. He got 2 K, though.
• Someone named Edward Mujica had 3 K in 2 IP for San Diego today. Now he's got 29 K versus only 3 BB on the season.
• Tyler Clippard got his 8th win. Is he a nerd with those glasses?
• Drew Storen pitched again, got a K, gave up a hit, and got a hold.
• Jeremy Hermida left after the top of the fifth inning with a left forearm contusion, shortly after a collision with teammate Adrian Beltre. Have you ever seen how Beltre's built? A left forearm contusion sounds like getting off easy.
• Brett Hayes played catcher for the Marlins tonight. Nothing to see here.
• Omar Vizquel started at third base today in Mark Teahen's absence. Also, he batted second. Did you know that studies in lineup optimization teach us that the second spot in the order is basically the most important?
The Young and Potentially Restless
• Chris Tillman made his second start of the season, and it didn't go so hot: 1.1 IP, 2 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 4 R.
• Buster Posey! (Note: This is what we in the industry call "hard-hitting analysis.")