Yesterday, Andre Ethier just made the Top 10’s cut with a great day at the plate, but he left little doubt he was returning after Sunday’s game.
Ethier belted a two-run homer and a solo homer and knocked in another run in a 3-for-5 day. He’s hitting .365 and at nine homers and 26 RBI is among the leaders in the three main hitting cats.
His performance wasn’t the only great one from Sunday. Here are nine more:
Alfonso Soriano — Almost led off with Soriano, whose average is up to .325. Like Ethier, Soriano logged one of the few things that guarantees a spot in the top 10 — a multi-homer game. Soriano blasted two two-run shots in a 3-for-4 day.
Hanley Ramirez — Another two-dinger day, this one from the Marlins shortstop. Ramirez belted a three-run shot and a solo homer in a 3-for-5 day.
Chris Carpenter — This doode has been lights out. Carpenter improved to 4-0 by pitching seven innings of two-hit shutout ball. He allowed three walks but struck out eight. His ERA is 2.84 and his WHIP is 1.05.
Zack Greinke — Nobody listened last time, so, for Greinke, I’m going to ask again: Can we get some run support in KC? Greinke struck out six and allowed four hits (no walks) in a complete-game loss. He fell to 0-3 on the season despite a 2.27 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
Justin Verlander — Continuing his annual rebound, Verlander lowered his ERA to 4.50 and his WHIP to 1.19 with 8.1 innings of three-hit ball. He allowed one earned run and struck out seven while walking none.
Phil Hughes — Moved to 3-0 with seven shutout innings. He struck out six and walked one while allowing five baserunners (one walk). Hughes has a 1.44 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.
Wade Davis — Pitching seven innings of shutout ball, Davis improved to 3-1 in 2010. He allowed six baserunners (three hits and three walks) and struck out five. Davis has a 2.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Jhoulys Chacin — The Rockies’ 22-year-old struck out seven and allowed just four baserunners (one hit) in seven shutout innings to get his first major-league win.
Doug Fister — In the waiver report from last week I had this to say about Fister: “If you like eating nuclear nachos at your favorite Mexican restaurant then riding a roller coaster, Fister could help your ERA and WHIP for a few weeks.” Well, if you picked him up for a stream-start not only did you keep the nachos down, you’ll probably try your luck again. He pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three baserunners (all hits) and struck out three. He lowered his ERA to 1.29 and his WHIP to 0.80