Can rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo save Home Run 101's season? The young slugger will make his debut with the Cubs tonight and figures to be a fixture in the middle of Chicago's batting order for the rest of the season. If Rizzo succeeds, he could be a keeper for Home Run 101 owner Bailey Penzotti next season.
Adding Rizzo to the roster is essentially a no-risk bet for Bailey. Her team has needed a power hitter for the past two years and Rizzo is considered one of the best power hitting prospects in the minor leagues.
There's still time for Home Run 101 to make the playoffs. Beginning tonight, we'll see if Anthony Rizzo can ignite the spark that lights a fire under this team.
A-Rod's Mirrors 7, The Cys 2
Stephen Strasburg and Jake Westbrook each earned quality starts, Dustin Pedroia stole a base and scored twice, and catcher J.P. Arencibia broke out of his slump with a home run to lift the Mirrors to the early lead in this pivotal Week 13 series. The only downside to the night was a lot of swings and misses, as the Mirrors tallied 13 strikeouts, including three by Bryce Harper. It wasn't much better for the Cys at the plate, as Adam Dunn wore the Golden Sombrero with four strikeouts and the team tallied 10 Ks. Melky Cabrera was the star for the Cys Monday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. The Cys will start C.J. Wilson and Yu Darvish tonight while the Mirrors have Justin Masterson on the hill.
The Bulls 5, Twinkle Toes 2
The Bulls started fast offensively Monday, scoring six times and driving in eight runs sparked by the red-hot Colby Rasmus. Rasmus went 3 for 5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs. Nick Hundley added two RBI and Ryan Theriot scored twice. The pitching wasn't as pretty, as Felix Doubront allowed five runs over six innings and James Russell gave up a run in relief. Seth Smith hit a home run to lead Twinkle Toes while Hector Sanchez drove in two runs. In the 'pen, Jon Rauch and Brett Myers combined to throw 1.1 scoreless innings. Both teams will be looking for their first quality start of the series tonight. Bronson Arroyo, Brian Matusz, Ryan Vogelsong, and Tim Hudson will start for Twinkle Toes. Jason Vargas and Phil Hughes will pitch for the Bulls.
The Machine 5, HUMA 5
Ricky Nolasco and Jake Peavy each earned quality starts Monday while David Ortiz belted two home runs as the Machine broke quickly out of the gates. The team hit four home runs, drove in nine runs, and scored nine times to start the series. Ortiz drove in three and scored three times while Jose Bautista continued his home run tear and Carlos Lee went long. While HUMA has some catching up to do offensively, the series is close because Mat Latos was brilliant Monday. He gave up just one run over nine innings and struck out 13 batters. At the plate, Josh Hamilton broke out of his slump with a home run and recently acquired Ben Revere stole a base. The Machine face a three Role-Aids night, as Gavin Floyd and Daniel Hudson take the mound tonight. Both pitchers have been wildly inconsistent this season.
High Cheese 7, Home Run 101 2
The bullpen went to work Monday for High Cheese. Grant Balfour, Ryan Cook, and Tom Wilhelmsen combined to pitch three scoreless innings while striking out four. Balfour earned a hold and Cook a save. At the plate, Jay Bruce drove in two runs for High Cheese while Alcides Escobar scored twice for Home Run 101. Cheese can apply some serious pressure in the pitching categories tonight when Gio Gonzalez, Vance Worley, and Dillon Gee all start.
Give it a Yankee 6, Lower Haighters 5
Luke Hochevar was lights out on the mound for Give it a Yankee Monday. He pitched a complete game shutout, striking out eight. Francisco Liriano also earned a quality start, striking out five while allowing just one run over seven innings. Give it a Yankee will start ace Clayton Kershaw tonight along with rookie Drew Smyly. The Lower Haighters continue to rely on their bullpen as Huston Street earned a save Monday. Offensively, Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan combined to drive in four runs for the Lower Haighters and score twice.
Marin Menehunes 6, Jersey Boys 5
Five pitchers combined to give up three runs over 17 innings, striking out 17 batters, earning two quality starts, a hold and a save for the Menehunes on Monday. Unfortunately, there was one more pitcher, Alex Cobb. The rookie was blasted for eight runs over eight innings, negating the brilliance of Barry Zito, Johan Santana, and relievers Casey Janssen, Matt Belisle, and Tom Gorzelanny. For the Jersey Boys, Hiroki Kuroda earned a quality start while Glen Perkins and Edward Mujica each recorded holds. Carlos Ruiz was the lone force at the plate to start the series, scoring three runs and stealing a base for the Menehunes.
Los Coche Bomba 5, Vicious Fishes 2
Pablo Sandoval, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera each plated three runs as Bomba exploded for 15 RBI on Monday. Jimmy Rollins and Yadier Molina drove in two runs apiece as they both hit home runs and the team had a .395 OBP. Rafael Furcal and Alex Gordon both scored two runs for the Fishes. Both 'pens were busy Monday, as Jason Motte earned a save for Bomba and Rafael Betancourt did the same for the Fishes. Carlos Zambrano will try to break out of his slump when he takes the mound tonight for the Fishes. Bruce Chen will start for Bomba.
Scully's Slammers 8, Bacon at Mile 11 3
What is wrong with Heath Bell? The veteran closer was shelled Monday, walking a batter, allowing three hits and giving up four runs in one inning. He finished the night with a 36.00 ERA and inflated the Slammers' team ERA to 7.71 despite a quality start from Yovani Gallardo. Offensively, Eric Hosmer hit a home run and stole a base for Bacon while outfielder Jose Tabata also went long. Neither team has a starter on the mound tonight.