Another week has passed with plenty of notable performances.  Another perfect game was thrown, by San Francisco Giants starting pitcher, Matt Cain.  The Yankees and Reds won all 6 games, and Cliff Lee remains win-less on the season.  So lets take a look at the best of the week, in this addition of MLB: Around the League.



MLB: Around The League (6/11/12 - 6/17/12)


Sitting in the Sauna (Who's Hot):

  • Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cin: 11/27, .407 BA, 4 Runs, 3 Hrs, 10 RBIs, 0 Sbs
  • Brandon Moss, OF, Oak: 8/23, .348 BA, 7 Runs, 5 Hrs, 10 RBIs, 0 Sbs
  • Ryan Braun, OF, Mil: 10/28, .357 BA, 4 Runs, 4 Hrs, 7 RBIs, 0 Sbs
  • Brandon Belt, 1B, SF: 8/20, .400 BA, 4 Runs, 3 Hrs, 7 RBIs, 0 Sbs

Hitting Performer of the Week:

  • Trevor Plouffe, OF, Min: 9/23, .391 BA, 8 Runs, 5 Hrs, 7 RBIs, 0 Sbs


Pitching Line of the Week:

  • Matt Cain, RHP, SF: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 Ks (Win Vs Hou)


3 Up:

  • Yankees (6-0, @Atl @Was): The Yankees starting pitching continues to succeed.  The team's 2-5 starters combined to go 4-0, with a 1.63 ERA and 33 Ks, in 33.2 innings pitched.  David Robertson just returned from a DL-stint, and he'll go back to being the setup man for Rafael Soriano.  Brett Gardner experienced a set back and is most likely out until after the all-star break.
  • Reds (6-0, Vs Cle @NYM): Johnny Cueto had 2 dominating starts this week, giving up 1 ER in both and striking out a combined 15 in 16 innings pitched.  Aroldis Chapman had a 3 stretch hiccup, but he looks like he got his problem fixed.  Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Zach Cozart have been on fire.
  • Orioles (5-1, Vs Pit @Atl): Jason Hammel pitched a 1-hit shutout of the Braves on Saturday.  He's been one of the biggest surprise pitchers in baseball, so far this season.  Wei-Yin Chen then followed that up, with a gem of his own on Sunday afternoon.  Brian Roberts finally returned to action, after suffering from concussions the past few seasons.  

3 Down:

  • Braves (1-5, Vs NYY Vs Bal): Atlanta caught a bad break, as their best pitcher, Brandon Beachy, went on the 15 day disabled list with an elbow injury.  Their offense hasn't been able to put any crooked numbers on the board, scoring no more then 4 runs all week long.  The team is still 4 games over .500, but the Braves need to improve fast, to stay in contention with the first place Washington Nationals.
  • Marlins (2-4, Vs Bos @TB): The Marlins are another team that couldn't score more than 4 runs in a game, this past week.  Jose Reyes is the only player in the lineup, who hasn't gone ice cold.  Josh Johnson has been a bright spot, and Heath Bell hasn't blown a save since May 4th.
  • Indians (1-5, @Cin Vs Pit): The Cleveland Indians ran into 2 very hot teams this past week, in the Reds and Pirates.  The reds scored 24 runs in 3 games, off of Cleveland pitching, and the team who scores the least runs in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates, scored 18 in a 3 game set.  The Cleveland pitching needs to improve if they want to compete.