Two from one of the better teams in MLB is a nice midweek treat. It is starting to feel like "Danks and Sale and pray for hail" or "Sale and Danks and then we tank." I don't know why the bats seem to go to sleep when the other guys pitch, I mean is Duffy really that tough? Who did what:
Best Offensive Game: Alejandro De Aza, Game 2
Quite a few guys had good games, but De Aza being a home run from the cycle is pretty impressive, especially for De Aza. He has been struggling most of the year so it was nice to see Alejandro have a good afternoon.
Best Offensive Series: Conor Gillaspie
Conor has been a steady presence in the lineup, I guess that is what batting .342 kind of means. Against the Giants, his former team no less, he collected four more hits, including a double, with three runs scored and not striking out at all. In fact, so far Gillaspie has only struck out 3 times in June. I still would like to see more walks, but man, he is seeing the ball really well. It makes those of us who wanted to see Matt Davidson start the season look a little silly. Davidson is currently hitting .179/.248/.359 with 87 strike outs.
Best Starting Pitcher: John Danks
Danks has been pitching great since his start in Houston on May 18. In the five games since he has only given up six earned runs, lowering his ERA from 5.64 to 3.97. This wasn't his best start of the run, but it was pretty good.
Best Reliever: Jake Petricka
Bit of judgment call here. No reliever has a good series, actually only one, Zach Putnam appeared in both games. But Patricka came in for an inning and didn't give up a run, which Putnam did in the first game, but had trouble in the second game. Guerra didn't give up a run, but it was for only two outs. So, Petricka by default.
Worst Offensive Series: Alexei Ramirez
Alexei did have two hits to Tyler Flowers one, but Tyler also had a a walk and three RBIs. Overall the whole team really bounced back well from the weekend, so this was a bit like deciding who had the least decent two game set.
Worst Pitching Performance: Ronald Belisario, Game 2
Yes, Belisario got the save, but he inherited two runners when he came on in the eighth and one of them scored. Then in the ninth he gave up a lead-off double, a single and a sacrifice fly until he finally got out of the inning and ended the game. Not exactly a text book save.
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