04.21.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Matt Kemp – 1/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Well, he did it again. His second walk-off this week. I’ll admit he’s slowing down, but you wouldn’t know it if you asked LAD fans.

Jair Jurrjens – 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 6:2…I talked about him Tuesday night and he did his best to make me look smart by out-dueling Kershaw. Came out with the lead before Linebrink blew it, only to have Kimbrel blow it later.

Freddie Freeman – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…2 HR in his last 3 games, FF is doing all he can do garner your attention. There are other guys I’d rather have at first, but he should put up respectable numbers there this year. A nice 9:11 ratio so far.

Kyle Lohse – SHO, 2 H, 6:2…Lohse does this every year. Don’t fall for it, but you could always do a lot worse.

Matt Holliday – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Matty boy keep hitting as he’s now at .455.

Albert Pujols – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Here he comes…

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 6:2…I am surprised that a) he made this start and b) he had decent results. I thought for certain he’d crumble under the weight of all that he brought upon himself earlier this week. I would still look for Leake to get sent to AAA shortly.

Joey Votto – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Your typical Votto stat line. Quietly putting up top numbers once again.

Daniel Hudson – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3:4…Ugly. What else can you say? He’s now (0-4) and his line drive and strand rates are not looking too good right now.

Stephen Drew – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Drew was back in the cleanup spot for this game. He is a guy I targeted late, especially if I could not get Tulow or HanRam.

Gavin Floyd – 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7:2…Floyd keeps alternating fine starts, so be sure to bench him vs. the Yanks next week and play him vs. the O’s. No-brainer, right?

Juan Pierre – 2/4, 3 R, SB…He is now 50/50 in steals after notching his 5th.

Omar Vizquel – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, SB…Fresh after being thawed next to Walt Disney, Omar upped his average to .421.

Paul Konerko – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI…Konerko being all “respectable-like.” Eric likes.

Scott Baker – 7 IP, 4 H, 9:1…Jesse with the nice call and that makes B2B gems for Scottie. I would grab him off the wire.

Jeremy Guthrie – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4:0…D@mn, Jesse! You too, Brian!

Vladimir Guerrero – 2/4, RBI…Three straight multi-hit games now.

Jim Thome – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…He’s alive!

Josh Tomlin – 7.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:1…I keep doubting, he keeps proving me wrong.

Grady Sizemore – 3/5, RBI…Eight hits in four starts.

Scott Cousins – 2.4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Who?

Mike Stanton – 1/2…3 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…Here comes 35 home runs. Yes, just like that.

Pedro Alvarez – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Finally off the schnide! That 6:23 ratio is doing him no favors and his struggles were documented in spring training.

Chris Capuano – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 4:2…Uh oh, the Mets might have found their No.  1.

David Wright – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…He’s been in a major slide, so he might have gotten back on track with this game.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, R, 2 BB, SB…Pedroia is hitting .333 with a lot of groundballs. Once he finds his groove, expect his line drive rate to equalize and his doubles rate rise. Voila, #2 second baseman.

Josh Beckett – 8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4:2…Beckett has been a gem for owners this year. He could not get a win but now has a 1.93 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. He’s ba-ack.

Tyler Chatwood – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3:5…The former 2nd-rounder is holding his own, but the amount of baserunners he allows will bite him sooner rather than later. Every time I type his name, I think of Dennis Hopper running the Picket Fence for Jimmy Chitwood and telling Hickory not to get caught watchin’ the paint dry!

Felix Hernandez – 7.2 IP, 4 H, 8:3…King Felix, there ya go! Me like. The 125 pitches…not so much.

Brandon McCarthy – CG, 4 H, ER, 6:1…A line like that will usually get you a “W”, but not against King Felix. McCarthy has been a pleasant find and he definitely has my attention now.

Placido Polanco – 2/4, R, BB, 2 SB…Hats off to our reader (Matt Kurtz) who gave us heat for not ranking Polanco in our Composites.

Ben Francisco – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…He’s still breathing! He better pick it up because Dom Brown is coming back real soon.

Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, H, 7:2…You know what? This crow taste mighty fine! Yeah, well I surely did not expect Oswalt to be back anytime soon and I CERTAINLY didn’t expect him to dominate like this.

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