05.11.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, some of you might’ve been burned by the A’s/Rangers postponement. I know I was. My opponent, Brian, had Gio going so to have his stats wiped out really, really stinks. Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Eric Hosmer – 1/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…First MLB HR as he now sports a line of .250/3/1/3/1 through his first 5 games. Who else would be our player of the day?

The Bats:
Ryan Ludwick
– 3/6, R, HR, 3 RBI…Still batting under .200. At this point I think you just forget about him. “Fuhgetabout’em!”

Cameron Maybin – 4/6, 2 R, 2 RBI…Now batting .252 he has greatly increased his BB% (and decreased his K%) this season which is a great sign for a “young” hitter. Yes, young. He is still only 24. Remember, they brought him up when he was 8? Anymahoo, keep an eye on him. Or two. No, just one for now.

Jason Kubel – 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…Kubel is batting a sizzling .355 and looks to be back to the player he was two years ago. He might only hit 20 HR, but he has a good shot at driving in 90-100.

Victor Martinez – 3/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…V-Mart continues to rake since his activation. Plug him. Play him.

Drew Stubbs – 2/5, R, HR, RBI, SB…Box score filler-upper (BSFU)!

Curtis Granderson – 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB….BSFU! Now with 12 dingers to lead all highlanders.

Ben Zobrist – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI…8 HR and 27 RBI. Yeah, he’s bouncing back. Oh wait, 7 of those HR and 21 of those RBI game in one day. Nevermind.

Matt Joyce – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…Just pick him up already, will ya?

Jayson Werth – 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…BSFU! Your buy-low window is closing slowly…

Adam Jones – 4/4, 2 RBI…He is now 7 for his last 10 with 5 RBI. I am seeing 2009 in his future.

Hanley Ramirez – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Here he comes!!! Four game hit streak now. Ha!

Starlin Castro – 4/4, 3 R, 3 RBI…He might be out of that slump now. What say you?

Adam Dunn – 4/5, 3 R, HR, RBI…Could he be breaking out too? Nice 5-game stretch he’s got going. Hurry, trade for him!

The Arms:
A.J. Burnett
– 7 IP, H, ER, 6:5…Strange line from A.J. as he will forever be remembered as the guy who gave up HOF-er Eric Hosmer’s first HR. File that in your mind’s rolodex.

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 3 H, 8:3…I’ve always liked HK to help out ERA and WHIP, but he still gets busted every few starts. Not last night. He is now (4-3) with a 3.21 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.

David Price – 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7:0…Two straight great starts after his trouncing vs. the Halos. Distant memory!

Ricky Nolasco – 6.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 6:2…Since April 14th he’s been fantastic.

Matt Garza – 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 7:3…Wait, Garza won?

Jonathan Sanchez – 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 7:2…NL Gio lowered his ERA to 1.43. He’s going to keep getting better. Bank it.

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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