05.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Thanks to Jesse for getting me caught up on baseball over the weekend. Was a nice read after being in the car seven hours. I can’t believe New York drivers get such a bad wrap, because Massachusetts drivers are by far the worst!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Derek Jeter – 4/6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB…Box score filler-upper! Nearly won Jesse his game over future bro-in-law Chris, but no-can-do.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Hanley Ramirez
– 1/5, R, RBI, SB…Still batting under .200 and as we’re well into May, his season is reminding me of David Wright’s 2009.

Gaby Sanchez – 4/4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Gaby is up to .328 with 4 HR and 20 RBI as the Fish’s clean-up hitter. In OBP leagues he is the MAN!

Andre Ethier – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…A one-game hit streak is ALIVE!

B.J. Upton – 2/4, 4 RBI…Upton is racking up the ribbies. He might break Hack Wilson’s record if he faces the Orioles weekly.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3/5, R, SB…17-game hit streak and hitting close to .300 now thanks to a .371 May.

Adrian Gonzalez – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…A-Gonz is heating up.

Kevin Youkilis – 2/4, 4 R…The Youka! or The Greek Gawd of Waks! if you will. Didn’t know he had the legs to get 4 runs in a game. First time since July 11th, 2009.

Ryan Doumit – 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Play the guy more already! Stop Napoli-ing him!

Curtis Granderson – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…11 dingers now with a .283 average. Not bad. Not bad at all. Chris, you’re welcome for trading him to you pre-season…

Brett Gardner – 3/5, 3 R, SB…DO NOT READ.

Ian Kinsler – 0/4, R, SB…The team in general is struggling without Hamilton.

Drew Stubbs – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Stubbsies with his 6th jack and 18th ribbie from the lead-off spot.

Jorge Cantu – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Cantu can!

Grady Sizemore – 3/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…Grady is killing the ball, but I do expect the average to continue to plummet.

Cody Ross – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Waitin’ for October just like Reggie!

Paul Konerko – 5/5, R…Konerko with a 5-hit game? Are you joking?

The Arms:
Anibal Sanchez
– 7 IP, 2 H, 11:0…Continues to ride his greatness as he is nowhere near my team- or my watchlist. I’ll be sure to let you know if he gets close, so you’ll know to drop him as I am no doubt his jinx.

Clayton Kershaw – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 8:3…Doing what he does.

Wade Davis – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3:5…Little shaky today. DID YOU KNOW: Before today, Davis allowed 4 ER in his first start, but just 1 or 2 ER per start since?

James McDonald – 6 IP, 3 H, 8:2…Look who’s had three start decent starts…Mr. Sleeper himself.

Kyle McClellan – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 3:3…Now (5-0) with a 3.30 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. READ (here) fool!

Johnny Cueto – 6 IP, 5 H, 4:1…Not too shabby for his first start of 2011.

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 8 H, 7:1…You know the drill. No walks equals great start. Voila!

Dan Haren – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 10:1…After this start he might be the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy baseball come tomorrow.

Ryan Vogelsong – 6.1 IP, H, 4:1…Vogelsong had a great start, but not worth your time.

Erik Bedard – 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 9:2…Bedard looking like his old self! Keep monitoring. Not time to jump on yet.

If you have any roster or trade questions, feel free to drop me an email at 4thandHome@gmail.com. I should be able to get back to you within 18 hours.

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