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Daily 10 May 15

No. 10-Jon Lester pitched a complete game striking out six while only allowing Seattle one run in winning his second game of the season.

  Lester has pitched better than his record suggests and appears to be on track sporting the talent that has made him a must start pitcher.



No. 9-Bryan LaHair is on an absolute early season tear.

  He was at it again on Monday, stuffing the stat sheet in all five categories.

  LaHair collected three hits, hit a home run, scored one, drove in two and even managed to swipe a bag.

  It is highly unlikely that LaHair can maintain this pace, but he certainly belongs in your lineup until he cools off.



No. 8-Mets’ manager Terry Collins obviously is a thrill seeker.

  Collins announced on Monday afternoon that Frank Francisco would keep the closer job in New York despite his recent troubles.

  Francisco was at it again Monday night allowing two hits and an earned run while holding on to earn the save.

  You have heard the mantra over and over…don’t pay for saves, but with the likes of Francisco you would be better off if he lost the job and you didn’t feel obligated to keep him on your roster.



No. 7-Adam Dunn has hit the ball as well as he ever has in his career in the early going this season.

  Dunn smacked another home run Monday night.

  Given the way Dunn is hitting the ball he will likely find his way in to the lineup even as the White Sox visit the Cubs and loss the designated hitter.



No. 6-Brandon Morrow was the tough luck loser Monday.

  Morrow only went five innings and gave up four hits to the Rays and was touched up for six runs in taking the loss.

  The rest of the story is that the Rays had two errors and only one of the six runs was earned.

  Morrow is throwing very well and is a good source of strikeouts for your fantasy team.



No. 5-Scouts have long touted the raw power of Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso.

  Alonso has only managed to hit one home run on the season but he has hit the ball well despite the power drought.

  He had two more hits on Monday and scored two runs.

  Alonso is a prospect to keep on your radar and is worth the roster spot if his power develops.



No. 4-Ross Detwiler was a trendy add in many leagues over the last couple of weeks.

  Since a string of good outings to start the season, Detwiler has been less than stellar in his last couple of outings.

  Monday night he was mediocre going five innings, allowing four earned runs while only striking out three batters.

  With Chien-Ming Wang getting closer to returning you will have to not only monitor Detwiler’s progress but also his role for the Nationals.



No. 3-Padres’ righty Tim Stauffer is a pitcher to keep your eye on if you are looking to fill a hole on your team.

  Stauffer returned to action Monday and got his first start and was effective going five innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out five.

  He is as good a starting option that is likely still available that there is.


No. 2-Matt Kemp got the night off after tweaking his hamstring over the weekend.

  Kemp owners will bemoan having the slugger out of the lineup, but the conservative approach could be the smarter treatment to what is often a nagging injury.

  The Reds sat Brandon Phillips with a similar injury early in the season and Phillips has rebounded nicely including his performance Monday evening against the Braves where he drove in what amounted to be the game winning run.



No. 1-Somehow Carlos Ruiz is still available in many leagues. Given how he is hitting the ball Ruiz is worth having unless you have an elite catcher on your roster.

  If your catcher is underperforming or if you were hit with the Wilson Ramos injury, you need to grab Ruiz while he still can be had.


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