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Daily 10: May 4

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No. 10 – It’s time to cut ties with Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano. After having such a terrific spring training, Liriano has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball. He’s allowed five runs in each of his first four starts and actually lowered his earned run average in his last start after allowing four runs. He’s not locating his pitches and is basically serving up batting practice.

No. 9 – Bryce Harper got his call up and it looks like he’s here to stay. He started out 2-for-9, but put up an impressive 3-for-4 last night, scoring two runs and knocking in a run as well. Harper has played a solid outfield since the call up as well and should be owned in all formats.

No. 8 – News came out yesterday that Evan Longoria will miss 4-8 weeks with a hamstring tear. This is a crushing blow to fantasy owners as Longoria had a nice start to the 2012 season. Possible replacements for the injured third baseman are Chipper Jones (37 percent owned), Pedro Alvarez (27 percent owned) or Jed Lowrie (27 percent owned).

No. 7 – It looks like the Detroit Tigers really have something with youngster Drew Smyly. He’s been quite the surprise in the American League, allowing just three earned runs total in his 22 innings pitched. Don’t worry about the fact that Smyly is only 1-0, the wins will start to come with the offense he’s got behind him. He’s averaging a strikeout per inning and has already faced the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, so I don’t think he’s a fluke.

No. 6 – Matt Kemp is continuing to put up insane numbers and finished with perhaps the best month of April of all time. He ended the month with 12 home runs, 25 runs batted in, 24 runs score and two stolen bases. All while hitting better than .417.

No. 5 – Phillip Humber’s fantasy buzz was short-lived. He was the hottest add after throwing a perfect game, but he’s been disastrous for owners in his two starts since. Humber followed up his gem by imploding for nine runs against Boston. Even though he allowed just three runs against Cleveland in his last start, he still gave up four hits and six walks and got a no decision. Stay far away from him.

No. 4 – Another young pitcher to keep an eye on is Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics. The sample size is small, but he’s allowed just two total runs in his two starts thus far. He has nine strikeouts in 13 innings and has great control. Give him another start or two, but if he keeps it up you’ll want to grab him.

No. 3 – Albert Pujols is having a very tough transition from the National League to the American League. He finished the month of April without a home run and is hitting just .208 with five runs batted in. He’s too good not to figure it out, but owners should be slightly worried with him. Looks like this may be the start to his decline.

No. 2 – A couple closer situations to look at. The Los Angeles Angels just demoted Jordan Walden and named Scott Downs the new closer. He’s only 47 percent owned so get him if you need some saves. Also, in Los Angeles, Javy Guerra is still the closer, but Kenley Jansen is hot on his trail. At this point I think Jansen is the one to own.

No. 1 – Congratulations go out to Jered Weaver on his no hitter Wednesday night. He has been everything that fantasy owners could ask for to start the year, allowing no runs in four of his six starts. He’s struck out a batter per inning and has kept his walk total way down.

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