Jesse Hahn's MLB stats don't need any window dressing. They leap off the page, and he leaps off your waiver wire. Through five starts, the rookie has posted a 1.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks over 27.2 innings.
But I'd like to know how anyone touched this guy at Double-A. Why wasn't he unhittable at that level?
Let's start with the most recent stuff: Hahn collected his fourth consecutive victory in Monday's 1-0 decision over Cincinnati. He wasn't that efficient with his pitch count and only lasted five innings, but we'll gladly take the result of that work: 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. The Padres made a couple of superb defensive plays behind Hahn (and behind the subsequent San Diego relievers), but Hahn also made plenty of his own luck with his ridiculous curveball. Here is your required video; watch it on a loop. Baby's got the bends.
Hahn, 24, made 11 appearances at Double-A San Antonio before the Padres called, posting a 2.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 38.1 innings. His strikeout rate was a modest 7.7/9 there, which shocks me. With a good fastball and the Bugs Bunny curve, Double-A hitters should be overmatched. But no matter - we've seen a month of excellent MLB work from Hahn, so we have to trust him into July.
It will be interesting to see how the league adjusts to Hahn - his Sunday start against San Francisco is his first rematch. Nonetheless, I'll be using him wherever I can that afternoon (and also curious to see how Tim Lincecum fares against the good field, no-hit Friars). I also like Hahn at Chavez Ravine the following week. Keep bending, bender. Hahn is still free to add in two-thirds of Yahoo leagues.
San Diego's bagel parade kept the focus off the terrible Padres offense. The hapless Friars managed just one hit off Mat Latos and Friends, but it turned into a manufactured run and the difference in the game. They're the No. 1 target for streaming, as Andy Behrens (and Mitch Kramer) outlined last week.
Low-hit totals were a theme Monday: Dan Haren and Co. one-hit the Indians (a Michael Bourn infield single), and Jake Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning at Fenway (those damn Drews, they ruin everything). Here are some off-the-cuff Shuffle Prices to go with your Tuesday Brunch: Arrieta $20, Latos $19, Hahn $12, Haren $10.
• I watched the Detroit comeback, pitch by pitch, but I still don't believe it really happened. Sean Doolittle allows four runs to the bottom of the Tigers lineup? Austin Jackson draws a walk? Rajai Davis clocks a walk-off grand slam?
Doolittle's velocity looked fine but the location wasn't sharp. I recognize he also blew a save at Miami over the weekend, but he's done too many good things this year for me to be concerned. We'll reconvene if he has another misstep this week.
• You'd expect the Orioles to take batting practice against ordinary left-hander Joe Saunders, and that's exactly what went down at Camden Yards. Steve Pearce went deep twice, Adam Jones connected once, and even J.J. Hardy found the cheap seats. If you had a seat in the left-field bleachers, you had a 50-50 chance of going home with a souvenir. (Unfortunately, no one deposited one on Eutaw Street.)
The Pearce story is a fun one (and one we talked about regularly in June); there's a Wiggy in his near future. The 31-year-old journeyman has a terrific .327/.385/.592 line through 147 at-bats, with nine homers. He's been especially useful in the No. 2 slot in the lineup, posting a 1.043 OPS in that role.
Pearce has a pronounced platoon split for his career (which is why the Saunders matchup was so enticing), but this year he's crushing against all kinds of pitching, lefties and righties. It's the type of story that could go pumpkin at any minute, but given the AL East parks at play and the batters behind him, I'm happy to have Pearce rostered these days. You can still add him in 80 percent of Yahoo leagues. And if you're playing daily fantasy, get ready to use Pearce against Jon Lester on Friday.
• Chris Davis took the collar against the Rangers, dropping his line to .209/.329/.408. It's ugly. But we mention him because of his defensive position; Davis started at third base (Manny Machado is on five-game holiday), his second appearance there for 2014. If he cobbles three more games at third, he picks up the Yahoo 3B tag. It's the little things.
• You can call James Jones a one-trick pony if you like, but it's a pretty good trick. He swiped three bags in the victory at Houston, giving him 12 for the month of June. He's 17-for-18 on steals this year. And to be fair, he's actually giving you three categories of roto goodness, batting .289 with 30 runs over 194 at-bats.
Okay, the pop can't be completely ignored. He's a zero there: as in no homers, just six RBIs. This is a specialist play, and there's opportunity cost at play when you use him. At least the Mariners keep using Jones at the top of the lineup; he's batting .337 in the No. 2 slot.
Taijuan Walker wasn't spotless in his first Seattle turn of the year, but he did enough to get the win over Houston (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K). A couple of homers mucked things up early, but he didn't allow any runs over the last four frames. Do you trust him at Chicago on the weekend? Your format makes the call there. He's at home against Oakland next week.
It hasn't been the best 24 hours for Houston baseball. Dexter Fowler landed on the DL, Jon Singleton dipped under the Mendoza line, and Jon Villar shipped to the minors. And then there's the data leak from Astros headquarters. Did you see some of those trade negotiations? If you played roto against the Astros, they'd be the clowns offering you Alfredo Simon and Tommy La Stella for Clayton Kershaw. There's one in every league.
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