No. 10 – The injuries just keep coming. On Monday, the Boston Red Sox put Cody Ross on the disabled list with a broken bone in his foot. Ross had been a serviceable replacement for teams looking for outfield help. Lance Berkman quickly found his way back on to the disabled list with a torn meniscus that will likely keep him out of action a couple of months. Keep a close eye on your roster and look for talent to bolster your depth to help you combat the injuries you will encounter through the season.
No. 9 – I warned against starting Drew Stubbs in weekly leagues this week. Time will tell if that was the right call, but on Monday Stubbs was impressive. He belted two solo home runs and made a great sliding catch in the field. Hopefully he can prove me wrong and keep up the hot streak.
No. 8 – If the Boston Red Sox do decide to send Will Middlebrooks back to the minors, I will be kicking and screaming. Middlebrooks collected three more hits on Monday, scoring a run and driving in one. Though he may not get on the field as often when Kevin Youkilis returns, he is a valuable fill in if you have the roster depth.
No. 7 – Ian Desmond has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games he has played. Desmond smacked his seventh home run in the Washington Nationals’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. He can be a streaky hitter, but he is having an impressive season for a middle infielder or utility player.
No. 6 – Gio Gonzalez picked up the win in that Nationals-Phillies game and was impressive in doing so. Gonzalez ran his record to 6-1 and has become an above average source of strikeouts, registering nine punch outs on the night.
No. 5 – Madison Bumgarner is quickly earning the reputation as an inning eater. He has lasted at least six innings in all but one start this season. His won-loss record is not stunning, but he keeps the light hitting San Francisco Giants in every game and is capable of racking up high strikeout totals. Bumgarner struck out 10, but did not figure in the decision after giving up a home run in the eighth to Ryan Braun after an error prolonged the inning.
No. 4 – Matt Garza was pounded for seven earned runs in just three innings against the Houston Astros on Monday night. Garza only surrendered five hits, but two of those hits were home runs. Garza had been pretty solid of late. He will struggle to register an impressive win total, but if your league values quality starts, Garza has much higher value.
No. 3 – A day after going 4-for-4, Jeff Francoeur smacked a two-run home as the Kansas City Royals got the best of the New York Yankees. Francoeur has been a disappointment in the early going, but he has the talent to get back on track. Hopefully this mini hot streak is the beginning of resurgence for Francoeur.
No. 2 – If you have a roster spot and need some help with stolen bases, you might want to add Tony Campana. Campana swiped two more bases to bolster his season total to 12. Know that he doesn’t have much power, having four times as many stolen bases as he has runs batted in, but he will definitely help your team speed.
No. 1 – Bud Norris was at it again on Monday night lasting seven innings without yielding a run to the Chicago Cubs. Norris now has a 5-1 record and lowered his earned run average to 3.14 on the season. You cannot ignore Norris’ early season success and should add him if he is still available in your league.