No. 10-Maybe I was a week early, but Monday’s performance is certainly a step in the right direction for Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum had several deep counts Monday, striking out eight and walking five, so he ran up a high pitch count in a short time.
The high pitch count lead to him being pulled after only five innings, but he was impressive in limiting the Mets to four hits and one earned run.
He will get another start later this week against the Padres and he could finally be back on the right track.
No. 9-The “Panda Bear” is on the loose if you haven’t noticed.
Pablo Sandoval has been on a tear this season, hitting in all thirteen games that he has appeared in for the Giants.
Sandoval extended his hitting streak on Monday by collecting a hit in each game of the doubleheader against the Mets.
He is as solid a play at third base as anyone right now.
No. 8-Josh Hamilton hammered his seventh homerun in the Rangers loss on Monday.
Hamilton is off to a great start in what many people thought would be a down year for him.
It took him to June 24th to register his seventh homerun last year.
Much was made of Hamilton’s poor stats in day games in seasons past, but thus far this season he is hitting .500 with four homeruns in far fewer at bats than night games.
No. 7-The Mets’ bullpen didn’t blow a save in either game of their doubleheader against the Giants on Monday.
Of course they weren’t in a position to save either game as the Giants swept the two games, but the rest is likely welcomed after a weekend of bullpen implosions.
Frank Francisco stormed out of the gate, but suddenly finds himself on a short leash and may start to cede some save opportunities to Jon Rauch.
Keep an eye on this tenuous situation if you are own Francisco or are looking for some cheap saves to boost your team.
No. 6-Derek Holland appeared to be a mere mortal pitcher Monday when he was saddled with his first loss of the season.
The Yankees hung as many runs on Holland as he had allowed in his previous three starts combined.
No need to panic, but Holland will see his share of ups and downs through the season.
No. 5-Death, taxes and Zack Greinke winning at home…
Greinke pitched the Brewers to an 11-0 record at home last season and has already won another home start this season.
Greinke got the start in Milwaukee on Monday and pitched well, going six innings while only allowing two earned runs and notched his second win of the season.
No. 4-Nate Schierholtz is off to a hot start and is a player that you may want to consider adding to your team if you are plagued by injuries and looking to fill some holes.
Schierholtz continued his hot streak on Monday collecting six hits in the doubleheader while hitting a home run.
For good measure the lefty drove in three runs and stole a base too.
No. 3-The Phillies got some good news Monday as Chase Utley took batting practice with the team and is inching closer to returning to the lineup.
With a long history of injuries, Utley is far from a sure thing, but his abilities are too valuable to ignore if he can stay healthy and return close to form.
Keep a close eye on Utley as he progresses to see if he is worth adding to your fantasy team.
No. 2-The Red Sox are tinkering with Daniel Bard in the bullpen.
Bard came in Monday to pitch the Sox out of trouble in the eight.
The game was tied when Bard got the call, so it might not be time to designate him as the de facto closer just yet, but the repercussions can’t be ignored as Bard owners will have a roster move to make depending on their needs and his eventual role.
No. 1-Monday’s game between the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed due to rain and the threat of snow.
It’s unusual that I get the opportunity to type that, so I wasn’t going to let the chance pass me by!