Four different players belted two home runs on Friday, and three had four RBIs. To say it was a hitter’s day is an understatement. That’s why Colby Lewis gets elevated to the lead.
Lewis pitched six scoreless innings and allowed just four baserunners (one walk) while striking out 10. It was not a complete game, and he finished with a no decision, but that is the kind of performance that can win pitching cats for you in weekly head-to-heads.
Bonus nugget: Lewis has 10 Ks in three of his last four outings.
Nine other (mostly offensive) noteworthy performances from Friday:
Rod Barajas — The first Barajas sighting of the year in the top 10. If he hits a pair of solo homers, drives in three runs and scores three times in a 3-for-4 day more often, he’ll be on the list more often. For the record, it’s doubtful he’ll make it back into the top 10 this season.
Ryan Zimmerman — In a 3-for-4 day, Zimmerman hit a solo homer and a two-run shot. He scored twice and drove in three runs. Zimmerman is hitting .362.
Alex Gonzalez — All of Gonzalez’ run production can be attributed to a pair of home runs he hit. His solo shot and three run homer accounted for four of Toronto’s 10 runs.
J.D. Drew — He’s been on this list for two-homer games a couple times this year now, but I still wouldn’t own J.D. Drew. Among other things, he’s hitting just .197. However, on Friday hit a pair of solo homers.
Austin Jackson — Went 5-for-5, which is impressive enough for anybody, but it’s what Jackson’s not doing that is impressing me the most right now. After setting a pace to be the most strikingoutinest player in the history of baseball, he’s gone four consecutive games with zero Ks. He also scored twice, drove in a pair of runs and stole a base on Friday. He’s hitting .364.
Cliff Lee — Opposite Lewis, Lee threw seven innings of shutout ball, striking out eight and allowing just three hits. Like Lewis, Lee notched a dreaded ND instead of a win.
Derek Jeter — A two-run home run was only a small part of Jeter’s impressive day. He finished 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI. He’s hitting .330.
Alfonso Soriano — Scored a run and drove in another on top of a 3-run home run on Friday. Soriano improved his .292 batting average with a 2-for-3 day.
Clayton Richard — In his first win of the year, Richardt struck out eight in six shutout innings. He allowed seven baserunners — three on walks. He’s got a 3.00 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Scott Olsen — He breaks our top 10 with his 11thness, but since we told you to monitor Olsen’s next start, the bonus listing feels necessary. In his second win of the season, Olsen struck out four and allowed eight baserunners (3 BB) in six shutout innings. He lowered his ERA (4.35) and WHIP (1.50).