04.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, Jake Peavy had a rehab start cut short due to injury. Wait, you’re surprised? Is this your first year playing fantasy baseball? Anymawho, Peavy can be placed in the Rich Harden and Brandon Webb file until further notice. Don’t bother wasting a roster spot – and probably not even a DL spot. A waste I tell you!

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 7 IP, H, 3:1…Oh man. He is reeling you in. You know you shouldn’t, but it might feel so good to pick him up. Come back! Don’t go towards the light! This is Dice-BB we’re talking about. Pick him up and he will use you, make you do the walk of shame to the waiver wire the next day.

Jed Lowrie – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…This guy is on fire. Scutaro who? The only thing Marco had going for him was his wife. Nevermind, they’re divorced. If you’ve seen A Player to be Named Later you know what I’m talking about.

Kevin Youkilis – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Youka!!! Still batting under .200 on the season, so buy low if you can.

Aaron Hill – 0/3…Read Chris’ article yesterday? Go ahead, I’ll wait…Yeah, call Brett Lawrie up already!

Kevin Correia – CG, 4 H, 2 ER, 5:2…Could this last all year? Sure. Will it? Hells no!

Travis Wood – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3:1…Mike Leake gets arrested for stealing t-shirts and Travis Wood gets rocked by the Pirates in the same day. What were the odds on that? Betting a nickel I would’ve been able to retire. Oh well. Travis, get ready to kick back and enjoy the AAA bus rides.

Chris Heisey – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI…Wondering if Dusty can create a softball-style defense to make sure Heisey gets in the lineup more as a 4th OF. Love the guy, but Gomes had to juice before the season and screw it all up. Free Heisey!

David Price – 8 IP, 4 H, 9:2…Hey now. Very nice start from Killboy’s nemesis. Last start vs. Boston was decent, but this one had lots of Ks. So it was decenter.

Felipe Lopez – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Wow, things are bad in the Bay when journeyman Felipe Lopez is your cleanup hitter. Somewhere Manny is laughing while bra-shopping.

Sam Fuld – 4/4, R…Closing in on .400. I don’t know what to say.

Carlos Zambrano – 8 IP, 3 H, 10:1…What a tease that Big Z. I do not like green eggs and ham! Start him next week and he will give you 6 walks and a fight with your catcher.

Francisco Liriano – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2:5…Fastball velocity is way down and the brass thinks he’s out of shape. No winter ball equals crApril. I did not want Liriano this year, mainly because the Twins were trying to trade him for a bag of peanuts. If you own him you can’t sell low, but I wouldn’t even try to acquire him if you don’t. My crystal ball says injury coming soon. Yes, the same crystal ball that said Oswalt would be out 3 weeks, smart ass.

Tim Lincecum – 7.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 10:3…Mitch Kramer with a brilliant start against the Rockies. Now sporting a 1.67 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.

C.J. Wilson – 7 IP, 9 H, ER, 9:1…If your league doesn’t count WHIP, CJ will be a 2nd tier SP this year. In the other leagues, he’s still nice. Just have to wonder if the innings bump will catch up to him from last year.

Adrian Beltre – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Beltre is seeing the ball real well right now. That’s like 20 RBI in his last 3 games.

Shaun Marcum – 6 IP, 5 H, 5:0…Marcum is just crusing through the NL. Yes, I think he can keep it up. 1.90 ERA and 1.10 WHIP now.

Joe Blanton – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4:1…That other Phillies pitcher with a nice start. No, do not buy this. Sell it.

Ted Lilly – 7 IP, 4 H, 6:2…Well, Lilly sure looked like the guy the Dodgers acquired last year for the playoff push. I had Lilly down as a top starter this year. Flyball pitcher in spacious park? Tasty.

Jerry Sands – 1/3, RBI…Dodgers called up the young buck yesterday and he doubled in his first at bat and hit a sac fly in his second. Right now you need to monitor him. He absolutely raked last year in the minors, had a decent spring training and then raked in AAA before the call-up. Sounds like Ryan Braun’s path…

Jason Heyward – 0/4…Well, he was slotted into the 2-hole while McLouth rested and was there last night while McLouth played. Me likey, but J-Hey needs to hit so he can stay there and approach 100 runs.

Grady Sizemore – 3/5, R, RBI, BB…It’s the old Grady! He’s back!

Justin Smoak – 1/5, R, HR, RBI…Ok, I nearly wrote about him after his 2-hit performance but I figured I should definitely mention him now. The “Smoak-monster” (I hate that nickname he was given) could be heating up. His average actually dropped after last night to .291. Keep one eye on ‘im.

Brennan Boesch – 2/2, R, RBI, 2 BB…I don’t know what to make of this guy (I said that last year too), but he’s now batting .302 with a 9:10 BB:K ratio.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7:4…Can’t complain too much about the results. Scherzer is now (3-0) with a 1.70 WHIP!

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