No. 10-When I first read that Josh Hamilton had hit his fourth home run I thought, “He has more than four home runs this season.”
Then I read a little more and found that Hamilton had hit four home runs on Tuesday night.
Hamilton was a one man wrecking crew going 5-for-5 driving in eight of the Rangers ten runs.
Hamilton is on a tear early in the season and may well be on his way to earning another MVP if he maintains this pace.
No. 9-Hamilton wasn’t the only hitter to gather multiple home runs.
Carlos Beltran is fitting in very nicely in St. Louis.
Beltran hit his ninth and tenth home runs of the season and has been a solid five category contributor early in the season.
No. 8-Ian Kennedy has been respectable this season…up until Tuesday night.
Owners who drafted Kennedy with the idea that he would repeat his numbers last season were overly ambitious and mislead.
Kennedy is a capable starter, but he is not elite.
On Tuesday Kennedy allowed six earned runs in seven innings.
A simple scan of the box score can be misleading though.
All six runs came on a home run and grand slam to Carlos Beltran in the first two innings of the game.
Kennedy showed a lot of poise in regrouping and pitching well after the early mishaps.
No. 7-Dan Haren’s early struggles are difficult to explain.
The Angles are playing sub .500 baseball, but Haren has not been keeping them in games with his pitching.
Haren was again sent to the showers early on Tuesday.
He was hammered for five earned runs in only three and two-thirds innings in taking the loss against the Twins.
Reserve Haren until he can get his act together and pitch to expectations.
No. 6-When the Indians swept the White Sox on Monday Chris Perez didn’t take the mound for the save opportunity in either game.
Perez was rested on the heels of appearing in four of the previous five games.
Perez was back on the mound and took the loss Tuesday as the White Sox got to him for two runs in the tenth inning.
Monitor the Indians’ bullpen as they have several capable arms if Perez falters.
No. 5-A.J. Burnett continues to be an enigma on the mound.
Burnett has turned in a couple of solid performances followed by a stinker.
On Tuesday Burnett was on his game going eight innings and striking out ten, but did not figure in the decision.
Burnett is worth a roster spot, but is the kind of pitcher that will drive you crazy with his inconsistency.
No. 4-Take a look and see if J.J. Hardy was dropped by an impatient owner and is still available.
Hardy started the season out slow, but he has caught fire in May.
Hardy hit his fourth home run of the month on Tuesday and has hit in every game but one this month.
Go add Hardy if no one else has scooped him up.
No. 3-Adam Laroche was back in the lineup for the Nationals Tuesday.
Laroche was a trendy add earlier in the season, but was dropped in many leagues as he missed several games with an oblique injury.
Laroche could be a useful add in deeper leagues as he will assume the cleanup spot for the Nationals with Jayson Werth out for an extended amount of time with his wrist injury.
Laroche hit a two run home run in the ninth inning in his return to indicate he was healthy again.
No. 2-Joel Hanrahan and Henry Rodriguez dueled in their own little game of “Dueling Blown Saves” on Tuesday night.
The two exchanged blown saves, each allowing two earned runs in two thirds of an inning.
Hanrahan has established a long leash on the closer job, but Rodriguez is operating on a much shorter leash as a fill in for Drew Storen.
No. 1-The Red Sox might be well served to move Daniel Bard back in to their bullpen.
Bard has been excellent in the past out of the pen, but as a starter Bard has struggled.
Bard was throwing better on Tuesday before running out of gas late in the game.
In seven innings, Bard gave up five earned runs and only struck out one batter.
It seems as teams get additional looks at him they are figuring Bard out and giving him a hard time in the late innings.