No. 10 – Ervin Santana has been horrible in his four starts this season. On the heels of another bad outing Tuesday night, Santana is now someone to you should not feel bad about dropping if you want to take a chance on another pitcher. Santana has given up a home run in nearly every other inning pitched, and while he won’t give up home runs at this rate all season, the trend is alarming enough to warrant relegating him to the waiver wire.
No. 9 – If you are absolutely desperate for steals in a deep league you might want to latch on to Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana. Despite only registering 37 hits last season, Campana managed to swipe 24 bags. He has two steals in limited time already this season. You will have to monitor his playing time as he only sees limited time, but his raw speed can help if you use him carefully.
No. 8 – Jeff Samardzija got back on track Tuesday going 6 2/3 innings while holding the St. Louis Cardinals to four hits and no runs. The successes or struggles of Samardzija are directly tied to his control. He only yielded two walks and punched out nine Cardinal batters. He seemed to correct many of his control issues this spring, but he is still a young pitcher who will have the occasional rough stretch. Don’t give up on him yet, but understand that outings like Tuesday’s will be offset by some tough outings throughout the season.
No. 7 – The Oakland Athletics will start the highly touted rookie righty Jarrod Parker on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Parker has pitched great in Triple A so far this year and earned the promotion to the big leagues. Keep an eye to see how Parker does, and if he maintains his starting role and consider adding him if he continues to produce at a high level. Don’t jump and add him just yet, but make a mental note and monitor him going forward.
No. 6 – Mat Latos bounced back Tuesday night to earn his first win of the season against the San Francisco Giants. Latos is developing in to the type of pitcher where you need to monitor his starts and play the matchups to get the most out of him.
No. 5 – Jim Johnson missed Tuesday night battling the flu. Pedro Strop got the call and secured the save for the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson has done well in the closer role and has a long leash, but the illness and use of Strop is a good indicator of the pecking order in the Orioles bullpen if Johnson suffers and injury of falters in the future.
No. 4 – Frank Francisco was able to steady himself and secure the save Tuesday. Jon Rauch was credited with the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Francisco evidently still has the confidence of manager Terry Collins. His owners can breathe a small sigh of relief after a rough weekend where Francisco did not pitch well.
No. 3 – Mike Aviles has been a nice spark plug for the Boston Red Sox batting in the leadoff spot. He has multiple position eligibility and should be a good spot player or utility play in mixed leagues. His versatility should keep him on the field in some capacity. Grab him up if he is still available in your league.
No. 2 – Drew Stubbs seems to have found his comfort zone batting second for the Cincinnati Reds. Stubbs has rebounded from a slow start and is heading in the right direction. He was at it again Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, going 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in a run. Target him in a trade if you have an owner who only looks at the overall performance and doesn’t recognize his recent rebound.
No. 1 – David Price has quietly ran his record to 3-1 after pitching a complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Angels. Despite the good looking record, Price hadn’t pitched like himself until Tuesday. Price is as capable as any pitcher in the game when he limits his walks and stays focused. Look for Price to drive his earned run average and walks plus hits per innings pitched down to more respectable numbers with a few more performances like Tuesday’s.