No. 10-After getting off to a rough start in his first start against the Yankees, James Shields has rebounded nicely with two impressive starts.
Monday afternoon Shields limited the Red Sox to four hits in 8.1 innings while striking out five.
The Rays were able to earn the 1-0 win behind Shields who has had a rough track record against the Red Sox.
Shields has always struck me as the type of pitcher that performed better on bigger stages.
When his matchups are toughest and the deck appears stacked against him, don’t count him out.
No. 9-Ike Davis has homered in two straight games.
He followed up his two run shot off of Cole Hamels with a three run job off Tommy Hanson Monday night.
Davis was off to a horrid start, but hopefully this recent power surge is a sign of better things to come from the Mets fantasy baseball breakout candidate.
No. 8-Fernando Rodney nailed down his fourth save of the season securing the win for the Rays over the Red Sox.
Rodney has likely supplanted Joel Peralta as the Rays’ closer in the short term and he might even hold on to the closer after Kyle Farnsworth returns from the disabled list.
After coming out of the gate strong last season, Farnsworth really slowed down at the end of the season only notching five saves in the final two months of the season.
Grab Rodney if he is still available.
He can help your team now and may be a great long term save solution.
No. 7-Daniel Bard was impressive in six plus innings against the Rays Monday.
Don’t get overly excited though.
Bard struck out seven, but he also walked seven batters.
The Sox turned two double plays behind Bard helping him avoid a far worst stat line.
Bard will need to right the ship with his control issues if he going to be a consistent fantasy contributor this season.
No. 6-Paging 1999!
Derek Jeter has been so busy hitting the ball that he completely forgot that he is 37 years old.
Jeter has a seven game hitting streak.
He extended the streak last night with two hits including his third home run of the young season.
The season will likely catch up with him and his body will be forced to remember the miles that it has accumulated, but for now enjoy the resurgence for the Yankees captain.
No. 5-Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz have historically hit Rangers’ righty Colby Lewis very well.
The duo will have the opportunity to build on their success Tuesday when the teams face off.
In only twenty two at bats the two Red Sox sluggers have clubbed a combined five long balls.
Make sure to have them active in your lineup before the promising matchup.
No. 4-Orioles right handed starter Jake Arrieta has been impressive thus far this season.
Arrieta got a no decision Monday night against the White Sox, but he pitched well enough to win.
The Orioles defense let the young pitcher down committing three errors in the game.
In three starts this season he has pitched at least in to the seventh inning each time.
Keep a close eye on him and consider adding him if you need the starting pitching or play in a mixed, deep league.
No. 3-The Hector Santiago bandwagon may get uncomfortably lighter with more performances like Monday night.
Santiago came in to the game with a two run lead against the Orioles looking to nail down his fourth save.
Two solo home runs later Santiago, instead, was saddled with a blown save.
Keep an eye on what rookie manager, Robin Ventura does the next time the White Sox have a save opportunity.
No. 2-Justin Verlander has never been accused of throwing spit balls, but he must drool with anticipation when he sees he gets an outing against the Royals.
Verlander ran his career record against the Royals to 14-2 with a nine strikeout complete game performance on Monday.
These type of performances have become commonplace for the best pitcher in baseball.
No. 1-Remember all that stuff I wrote way back at #10 about elite pitchers benefiting from big game matchups with a renewed sense of focus?
Well neither does Tim Lincecum.
Monday was supposed to be the night that saw Lincecum get back on track.
Instead, Lincecum was unimpressive allowing eight hits and five earned runs while pitching six innings.
Four of the runs were allowed in the first, so Lincecum owners can cross their fingers and hope that the later innings were a sign of good things to come.