04.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Andrew McCutchen – 3/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB…McCutch, is that you? It’s about time you start showing up. Now you’re batting .250 and most of us expect you to hit .300 this year. So, that means you need more of these days. Hang out with Tabata in the dugout, not Alvarez.

Jose Tabata – 1/5, R, HR, RBI, SB…Tabata is doing what I thought he would do. I can’t see him keeping this up, but he will continue to steal bases, just don’t expect 20 HR. 3 HR and 8 SB so far. Must think he’s Matt Kemp.

Garrett Jones – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB…Ok, folks. Time to start monitoring Jones. That makes three straight multi-hit games. Remember 2009?

Pedro Alvarez – 0/4, 2 K…Something needs to give. Either bench him or send him to AAA. This is just bad and the exact reason I did not reach for him. He has K issues worse than NYC club-goers. He’s now batting .193 with 20K in 15 games.

Jay Bruce – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Now we’re talkin’! Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuce! Few more games like this and he’ll be batting .400 with 40 HR by All-Star break.

Grady Sizemore – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Hmm, is this that former first round 30/30 threat?

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:1…I said that as long as he doesn’t walk people, he’ll be fine. Pitching against the Orioles doesn’t hurt either. Now has a 1.27 ERA since his Opening Day bed-crapping.

Jose Reyes – 2/4, 2 R, BB, SB…Reyes is now up to 6 doubles and 6 stolen bases while hitting .315. Everybody clap your hands!

Dillon Gee – 5.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:2…Take that, Braves! A little Gee to shut you down. Beat Tommy Hanson too. Look out!

Tommy Hanson – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Now (1-3). Maybe I overvalued the guy, but I was certain this was his year to shine. Still early, Mike. Still early.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 5:3…Not incredibly sharp, but good enough today. 10 K in his next start. Book it.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7:2…The kind of start you want to see, but a 2-run 6th prevented him from getting the W.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 8:4…Still too many baserunners.

Placido Polanco – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…Did you know he’s batting .373? Me either. Gonna score a lot of runs in that 2-hole.

Brian Duensing – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5:2…Not bad. Monitor him as he has two nice match-ups coming up.

Livan Hernandez – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 3:0…Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Do NOT pick him up.

Danny Espinosa – 2/7, R, HR, 6 RBI…Jesse’s lovefest continues.

Ian Desmond – 4/8, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…He’s getting ready to push that average over .200…

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 5:4…Three great starts to start his career off. No way he should be on the wire unless you’re in a two-teamer with yourself.

Dan Haren – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6:0…Now with a 27/2 K:BB ratio and a 1.16 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. At 4-0 he is the #1 fantasy pitcher.

Trevor Cahill – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 9:0…Are you kidding me? Are you KIDDING me?

Seth Smith – 2/2, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Headed for an even better stat line before injuring himself. Seth was a popular deep sleeper this year. Guy has 7 doubles and is hitting .312. Let’s see if he’ll be back soon. Maybe he’ll end up on Killboy’s waiver list next week.

Carlos Gonzalez – 4/5, R, 2 RBI, SB…CarGo is heating up. I think I might have said that already.

Aaron Rowand – 2/5, R…Rowand now has 4 multi-hit games in his last 5.

Justin Upton – 2/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…I try not to regret draft picks so early, but right now I am kicking myself for taking McCutchen over him.

Madison Bumgarner – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2:1…I am CONVINCED something is wrong with him.

Matt Kemp – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, CS…Walk-off! Here is your #1 fantasy batter. He’s batting .474 now. Chasing Hornsby!

Chad Billingsley – 8 IP, 2 H, 11:2…Hate Billingsley and then he proves me stupid for saying that. Just an awesome start Broxton blew, but thankfully for Dodger fans there is…

Ryan Franklin – 0 IP, ER…Now has 4 blown saves and I would have to imagine Mitchell Boggs is the new Cardinal closer. Boggs went 3-up/3-down in his inning. But Boggs didn’t face Kemp!

Matt Holliday – 3/3, R, BB…Quietly hitting .441.

Adrian Beltre – 3/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Beltre did everything he could to defeat the Yanks on his own.

Ian Kinsler – 0/4, R, BB…Hitting .170. The slide continues.

Brett Gardner – 0/2, K…Hitting .140. More sliding.

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