05.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The rains came and washed out four games, which translated into half of my team. How’d you fair?

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day:Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9:1…Guess Killboy is keeping him afterall. Lucky, because we all could’ve called his bluff. It was Seattle though…

The Bats:
Alex Rodriguez
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The old man still has life left in his bat. Not sure what to make of him this year, but maybe he’s following the Yankees into Slumpsville. Or maybe they’re following him?

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 2 R, RBI…Wasn’t too long ago some genius writer on here said he’d be a 2012 second round pick. The bright side? He’s raised his average 50 points in the last 10 games.

Carlos Santana – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Average up to .233 now and has 28 walks and strikeouts. You knew the average would come around.

Travis Hafner – 2/4, R, 3 RBI…Batting .345. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Carlos Pena – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI…Nice! B2B games with a HR and his average is up to .233. Hot streak alert!

Mark Ellis – 3/4, 3 R, 4 RBI…Were you playing him? I wasn’t. He’s on our wire.

Brian McCann – 2/2, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Pinch hits and clubs a game-tying HR. Later delivers a 2-run walk-off HR. Yeah, Player of the Day by a mile on most days and he was probably on your bench in daily leagues…

The Arms:
Wandy Rodriguez
– 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 6:2…If he continues to pitch well 5 out of every 6 starts and turns in his usual dominant second half, Wandy will have a career year.

Derek Lowe – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:0…Often overlooked, Lowe continues to be consistent. Remember what I said Opening Day about him? If you did, he isn’t surprising you at all.

Edinson Volquez – 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 9:1…First-inning blues…

Jaime Garcia – 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5:1…Guy has been lights out. Fine, I guess he’s for real.

Roy Oswalt – 5 IP, 7 H, ER, 3:1…First game back from back trouble. Weird, he missed 21 days because of the issue. Remember what I said? I was vindicated!

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, H, 0 ER, 7:1…Masterful!

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 8 H, ER, 6:2…Allowed too many Friars to reach base, but Hudson was featured as a September Star because of these types of lines I expected.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 9:3…Tough loss against Liriano who was pitching to save his roster spot on Killboy’s team.

Hiroki Kuroda – 7.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7:2…Home start, but yet he’s pitching better on the year in away games.

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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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