Baseball Shots Of The Week – April 8, 2013

Cincinnati Reds (4-2)
Cincinnati Reds (4-2)
The Reds took two out of three from the Nationals, thus maintaining the top spot. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

*The Reds scored 15 runs against Dan Haren and the Nationals including 6 home runs on Friday.
Washington Nationals (4-2)
Washington Nationals (4-2)
Dan Haren's poor start is a cause for concern. Remember that the Cubs backed off a trade due to his health. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

*Adam LaRoche has gone hitless in his first four games of the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2)
Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2)
Dodgers hitters entered Sunday with one home run, but the pitching staff had only allowed four runs. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

*Clayton Kershaw earned National League Player of the Week after throwing 16 scoreless innings and winning two games for the Dodgers.
San Francisco Giants (4-2)
San Francisco Giants (4-2)
Four of the five Giants starters had 0.00 ERA's after the first time through the rotation. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

*Matt Cain gave up nine runs in one inning against the Cardinals.
Detroit Tigers (3-3)
Detroit Tigers (3-3)
Consider Drew Smyly's perfect four innings the beginning of an interesting subplot should Rick Porcello struggle. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

*Prince Fielder hit a three-run and a two-run home run against the Yankees last week.
Texas Rangers (4-2)
Texas Rangers (4-2)
Lost in the Yu Darvish aftermath: Alexi Ogando had an impressive outing versus Houston as well. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

*After dropping the Opening Night game against the Astros, the Rangers won three straight including two shutouts.
Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1)
Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1)
Patrick Corbin doesn't have the hype of Tyler Skaggs or Archie Bradley, however, he did give the D'Backs a solid outing his first time out. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

*The D'Backs beat the Cardinals 10-9 in 16 innings off a Cliff Pennington game-winning single that drove in Jason Kubel.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2-4)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2-4)
Albert Pujols is hitting. Mike Trout is sort of hitting. Josh Hamilton is not hitting. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

*Pitcher Jared Weaver has been placed on the 15-day DL with a broken left elbow after falling during a game against the Rangers.
St Louis Cardinals (2-4)
St Louis Cardinals (2-4)
Pete Kozma continues to hit over his head. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

*The Cardinals closer Jason Motte could be facing season-ending Tommy John surgery if his elbow does not improve in the next three weeks.
Boston Red Sox (4-2)
Boston Red Sox (4-2)
John Lackey's first start was going well until he left with an arm cramp. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

*Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs against the Blue Jays on Sunday for a 13-0 win over R.A. Dickey.
Oakland Athletics (5-2)
Oakland Athletics (5-2)
The A's are off to a hot start but so far they've gotten little to no production out of first base. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

*The A's are on a five-game win streak after a series sweep of the Houston Astros.
Toronto Blue Jays (2-4)
Toronto Blue Jays (2-4)
If J.A. Happ can give the Jays close to league-average performance out of the fifth spot that's a huge boon. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

*Blue Jays ace R.A. Dickey has given up 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays (3-3)
Tampa Bay Rays (3-3)
The Rays entered Saturday's game with four walks, fewest in the majors. They then walked nine times, including seven times versus Trevor Bauer. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Rays have lost right-handed pitcher Jeff Niemann to season-ending shoulder surgery.
Cleveland Indians (3-3)
Cleveland Indians (3-3)
After scoring no runs against the Rays in their first two games, the Indians broke out for 13 runs on Sunday. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

*Mark Reynolds had his first hit of the season, a home run in the 11th inning to beat the Blue Jays.
New York Yankees (2-4)
New York Yankees (2-4)
The Yankees lineup, as currently constructed, needs Robinson Cano to hit in order to win games. Right now he's not hitting and they're not winning. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

*The Yankees avoided two series sweeps by the Red Sox and Tigers by winning the final game of the series.
Philadelphia Phillies (2-4)
Philadelphia Phillies (2-4)
Cliff Lee's fantastic start on Thursday night highlights an otherwise poor opening week for the Phillies. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

*The Phillies are ranked 30th in ERA, giving up 41 total runs in the first week of the season.
New York Mets (4-2)
New York Mets (4-2)
The Mets rotation had as good a week as any team's. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

*The Mets offense scored 19 runs in first two game against the San Dieo Padres.
Kansas City Royals (3-3)
Kansas City Royals (3-3)
Wade Davis' debut with the Royals went poorly, but the new-look rotation managed at least six innings in four of its first five tries. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

*Billy Butler hit a grand slam and tied a Royals team record with 7 RBIs in a game against the Phillies.
Chicago White Sox (4-2)
Chicago White Sox (4-2)
Speaking of noticeable starts, Jeff Keppinger entered Sunday 1-for-21 to begin his White Sox career. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

*Dayan Viciedo hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning against the Mariners on Sunday.
Seattle Mariners (3-4)
Seattle Mariners (3-4)
Mike Morse has four home runs, the rest of the Mariners have three total. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

*Felix Hernandez struck out eight batters in his first start against the Oakland A's on Opening Day.
Colorado Rockies (5-1)
Colorado Rockies (5-1)
Colorado's hitters have come out of the gates thumping opposing pitchers. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

*The Rockies acquired Aaron Harang and cash from the Dodgers in exchange for catcher Ramon Hernandez.
Minnesota Twins (4-2)
Minnesota Twins (4-2)
Thus far Aaron Hicks doesn't look ready for big-league action. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

*The Twins rallied with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles for their first win in Baltimore since April 2011.
Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5)
Home run totals can deceive but the Pirates being the last team to hit a round-tripper tells you all you need to know about their offensive production. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

*The Pirates have started the season ranked dead last in Batting Avg, On Base % and Slugging %. They're 29th in Total Runs.
Chicago Cubs (2-4)
Chicago Cubs (2-4)
Between Carlos Marmol and an unproductive offense, there's not a lot to enjoy right now in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

*Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samaradzija opened the season with a win and eight shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Milwaukee Brewers (1-5)
Milwaukee Brewers (1-5)
Losing Ryan Braun for a few days and Aramis Ramirez for a few weeks are tough breaks for a team that can ill afford them. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

*After an extra-innings win on Opening Day over the Colorado Rockies, the Brewers lost five straight games.
San Diego Padres (1-5)
San Diego Padres (1-5)
Nick Hundley continues to struggle and deflate his potential trade value. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

*Starting pitcher Clayton Richard allowed eight runs in just 4.1 innings in his first start of the year against the New York Mets.
Miami Marlins (1-5)
Miami Marlins (1-5)
Consider Jose Fernandez's debut a success except for the blown save and loss. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

*The Miami Marlins started the season by being swept by the Washington Nationals, including two shutout losses.
Houston Astros (1-5)
Houston Astros (1-5)
It's far too early for this to mean anything, but the Astros are on pace to shatter the league's single-season record for team strikeouts. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

*The Houston Astros were swept by the Oakland A's in a three-game series last week.
Atlanta Braves (5-1)
Atlanta Braves (5-1)
B.J. Upton's Braves career is off to a horrible start. Justin Upton's Braves career is not. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

*First baseman Freddie Freeman was placed him on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique.
Baltimore Orioles (3-3)
Baltimore Orioles (3-3)
Chris Davis is lighting it up out of the gates but the O's have not maintained their late-inning magic thus far. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

*Davis was named the American League Player of the Week for his performance.

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