No. 10-I encouraged you last week to be patient and give Giancarlo Stanton sometime to start hitting.
The Marlins’ slugger had only hit one home run at that time.
He went deep again Monday night and quickly has ran his season total to six.
He has settled in nicely and is hitting the ball like he was expected to.
No. 9-Many people predicted a regression for Michael Bourn this season.
If Bourn is going to experience a regression he better start soon.
So far Bourn has been hitting the ball exceptionally well and is stealing bases with regularity.
Bourn was at it again with two more steals against the Cubs on Monday night and continues to hover around the league leaders.
No. 8-Kevin Youkilis may find himself the victim of the “Wally Pipp” treatment if Will Middlebrooks keeps hitting like he has since Youk landed on the disabled list.
Middlebrooks collected three more hits on Monday including two home runs.
With the rash of injuries that many fantasy owners are battling through at third base, Middlebrooks could be a valuable addition.
No. 7-With Jamie Garcia you can at least see when he is slated to pitch on the road and know to be very selective in starting him.
If only there was such an easy to read indicator with Jeff Samardzija and his control.
Samardzija earned his fourth win of the season by throwing seven solid innings while striking out seven Braves.
Samardzija only yielded two walks in the win.
As he continues to mature on the mound he should see his control and value increase.
No. 6-If you haven’t been paying close attention, you probably haven’t noticed that Carlos Zambrano has pitched very respectably this season for Miami.
Zambrano earned his first win of the season on Monday with a three hit, complete game shutout.
He has been the epitome of inconsistent in recent years, but Zambrano’s talent has never been in question.
Keep an eye on him and monitor his upcoming starts if you are desperate for pitching.
No. 5-If you stubbornly ignored my advice to sit (if not drop) Phil Humber, you paid the price on Monday.
Humber only lasted in to the third inning as he gave up nine hits and eight earned runs to the Indians.
It is worth noting that Humber’s no hitter against the Mariners is his only win of the season thus far.
No. 4-I have heard several trades in recent days involving owners buying low on Albert Pujols.
He didn’t crush another homerun on Monday, but he did collect another hit and two more runs batted in.
If an owner is your league is looking to sell, by all means make an aggressive move for Pujols.
The adjustments will come with time and Pujols shear talent is too much to be held down all season.
No. 3-The Nationals suffered another bad blow as Jayson Werth underwent surgery on a broken left wrist that will keep him out of action for up to twelve weeks.
The Nats have had one injury after another.
Michael Morse, and Ryan Zimmerman have spent time on the disabled list.
Adam Laroche has also recently missed some action with a minor injury.
One concern for fantasy owners is how the rash of injuries will dictate how Washington chooses to utilize its young pitching staff.
With a young staff there might be little they can do to limit innings of each pitcher, but keep an eye on how they approach the workload of Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler in light of these other injuries.
No. 2-While the closer situation with many teams continues to be very unsettled, Frank Francisco seems to have bought himself some more time with a strong start to May.
Francisco pitched well again Monday earning his eight save of the season and third of the month.
Francisco endured a rough stretch at the end of April, but appears to, once again, be safe in the short term.
No. 1-Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in the National League Monday.
Papelbon had been nine for nine prior to allowing a three run home run and taking the loss against the Mets.
No need for alarm here as Papelbon is still among the elite, established closers, just a reminder that occasionally even the best at their job have an off day.