04.10.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Jered Weaver – 7.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 15:4…Jed was flat-out NASTY on Sunday. Sure he faced a free-swinging Jays line-up, but striking out 15 batters in 7.2 innings is no joke! The 125 pitches is a bit much, but what was Mike supposed to do after using his bullpen AND Dan Haren in last night’s 14 inning game? And what’s the deal with Mike. Now Rodney’s closing again? C’mon!

Jason Marquis – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Was in line for a loss against the Mets, but Pudge and Gang pulled out a victory to give Marquis a ND. Nice start, but I’m not buying.

Miguel Cabrera – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Miggy went yard off of Hochevar for his 4th and raised his average to .355 in the process. So long as he’s off the wagon (or is it on the wagon?), he’s a lock for another MVP-type season.

Wilson Betemit – 4/4, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB…Playing while Aviles gets his head out of his –

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 4 H, 8:1…Hamels relieved his owners after a first start stinker earlier this week with a dominant start in Atlanta. This is what most of us expected and as long as he’s healthy (Jesse!) he will be a top starter this year.

Shane Victorino – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…The Flying Hawaiian stayed hot and raised his average to .417. Word is the Phils were working with Shane pre-season to get him to STOP swinging for the fences. Well, he still went yard today, but it was his first.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 5 H, 6:2…Holland turned in another decent start. He is someone you should probabaly pick up – or monitor – at this point. He’s pitching for a powerhouse and he’s had minor league success. Maybe this is the year it translates.

Ian Kinsler – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Hit his 4th HR while trying to get that average to creep up. It now sits at .250.

Adrian Beltre – 1/4, R, HR, RBI…Beltre hit his 3rd of the year. Quick hit: 7 hits this year, 3 of which are HR. Now batting .189.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3:2…Not a “purdy” start, but owners will take the W.

James McDonald – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3:3…Everyone’s pre-season sleeper isn’t looking good. I’m still monitoring.

Jose Tabata – 1/3, R, BB, SB…Steal numero CINCO on the year for Tabata. Oh, that’s FIVE for all of you who forgot 7th grade spanish.

Brandon McCarthy – 7.1 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 5:0…Like Holland, McCarthy had minor league success and is looking to prove the naysayers wrong. Monitor, but the #5 for Oakland isn’t making me rush to the wire.

Scott Baker – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5:2…Gross. Now two crap starts to begin the year after “earning” his rotation spot over Slowey. I would bench until further notice.

J.A. Happ – 7.2, 4 H, ER, 5:4…Hey now! Not too shabby. It was against a HanRam-less Fish, but decent. Monitor.

Anibal Sanchez – 4.2 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, 2:0…I’m sick of this guy. Every single year he’s on my watch list and I’m tempted to grab him. Why? Flashes of brilliance and then all hell breaks lose on your ERA and WHIP. He’s a tease. Thankfully Eric picks him up every year in our league so I don’t have to quit fantasy baseball.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2:4…I am officially scared. Not so much of the amount of baserunners (that is why I always stay away and rank him so low), but because of the drop in Ks. He now has only 8 in 20 IP. Somethin’s up…

Gavin Floyd – 8 IP, 4 H, 8:1…After a rough start, Floyd had a nice bounceback game vs. the Rays.

Paul Konerko – 2/3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB…Two jacks and now hitting .400. As Eric mentioned, he came at a discount and was worth it.

Aramis Ramirez – 3/5, 3 RBI…Now hitting .282 since All-Star break.

Prince Fielder – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…2nd homer in as many days. Just like that he’s hitting .400.

Ryan Braun – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Hit his 4th homer and is now hitting .353. You really think he’ll only hit 25 HR again?

Albert Pujols – 0/5…5 for 35 to start off 2011. Paging Jose, paging Jose. Uh oh…he really IS 10 years older than his passport says!

Erik Bedard – 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 6:1…I gave you sleeper love and this is how you repay me? Ok, love the upside but he is officially on a short leash with my squad. I can’t blame you for dumping him, but continue to monitor him. The plus is the Ks which are back, but damn that’s a lot of hits!

Asdrubal Carbrea – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…I think he was hanging with Manny this off-season. That’s his 3rd HR already. In 2010, he didn’t hit is 3rd HR until August 28th.

Matt Kemp – 2/4, R, SB…His SIXTH steal in 9 games this season. Now hitting .438. Yes, I own him. Yes, I will talk about him every single day until he reverts to pansy-2010-Kemp.

Aaron Harang – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2:2…1.50 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP through two starts against the Champs and the Dodgers. Read (here).

Stephen Drew – 4/4, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB…Inserted into the clean-up spot after just two starts, Drew made the best of it. If he stays there, his value increases. I own him, so I am giddy.

Willie Bloomquist – 3/5, 2 R, SB…Now has 6 steals and upped his average to .394. This has got to stop, right?

Joey Votto – 4/5, R, RBI, SB…Quietly batting .455.

Drew Stubbs – 0/4, R, BB… Now hitting .237. Streaky.

Josh Beckett – 8 IP, 2 H, 10:1…Beckett was awesome on Sunday Night Baseball. This is a different pitcher from what we saw last week. After doing nothing right, Beckett and the Sawx took 2 of 3 from the Yanks and are now just four back of the Orioles!

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