There was a couple of wild games in the National League on Wednesday afternoon. In both games, the Reds and Braves blew 10-1 leads, but the Reds were able to hold on and win in extras, led by Joey Votto who homered twice.
Votto went 4-7 with 2 HRs, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. He is now hitting .326-.423-.603 with 31 HRs and 90 RBIs. Before the season, I felt that Votto was ready to take step up in the power department, and he has not let me down. This is what I wrote in my pre-season first base rankings:
I may have the Reds first baseman Joey Votto ranked higher than most people, but he was top 5 or top 6 in OPS last season, and I think he can put together a Top 5 season in 2010 if he stays healthy. He hits in a hitters park and in an improving lineup in Cincinnatti.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 4-6 with a run scored on Wednesday. Sandoval has had a disappointing season hitting just .276-.330-.420 with 11 HRs and 56 RBIs after hitting .330-.387-.556 with 25 HRs and 90 RBIs in 2009.
Giants shortstop Juan Uribe went 3-6 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs on Wednesday. He hit his 17th HR and now has 71 RBIs on the season. With this power numbers, one can live with the .254 BA.
Martin Prado went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs on Wednesday, and is now hitting .318-.362-.488 with 14 HRs, 86 runs scored and 50 RBIs. He has certainly made GM Frank Wren look good for having enough faith in him to non-tender Kelly Johnson in the offseason.
Rockies outfielder Seth Smith went 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. His home run was his 16th of the season to go with 48 RBIs. I was shocked to see Smith is owned in just 3% of ESPN leagues. I would grab him and activate him when the Rockies are playing at home as he is hitting .308-.371-.624 with 10 HRs and 28 RBIs at Coors Field.
Howie Kendrick went 5-6 with 2 runs scored and an RBI on Wednesday. He has put up solid, but not spectacular numbers this season, as he is hitting .285-.317-.422 with 10 HRs, 63 RBIs and 11 SBs.
Mike Napoli went 2-5 with a grand slam and 6 RBIs. Napoli now has 21 HRs and 60 RBIs-not bad for a catcher eligible hitter.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes last just 3.2 innings on Wednesday, giving up 5 runs, on 6 hits and 5 walks, but he did strike out 6. Hughes has given up 3 runs or more in 7 of his last 11 starts, with his ERA rising from 3.50 to 4.12.
Vernon Wells was the hitting star for the Blue Jays on Wednesday going 3-4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. The HR was his 23rd of the season to go with his 66 RBIs.
I have never been a fan of Astros outfielder Hunter Pence, but he is quietly putting together a solid season in 2010. Pence homered on Wednesday, giving him 20 for the seasom to go with 70 RBIs, 16 SBs and a triple slash line of .285-.328-.474.
Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and is now hitting .307-.391-.406 with a solid 19-14 K/BB rate. He has yet to homer this in the majors, but the BA has made him a rosterable hitter in deep leagues and NL only leagues.
A's starter Trevor Cahill won his 14th game of the season, as he shutout the Indians over 7 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 walks. Cahill lowered his ERA to 2.43 to go with his solid WHIP of 1.00. That A's rotation of Cahill, Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez will be plenty difficult to beat in 2011.