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Daily Box Score Review – April 5, 2011

Good morning, everyone!  There were only six games on the docket Monday, but I’m sure there’s some fantasy knowledge to be gleaned.  So, let’s get started.

Braves’ rookie pitcher
Brandon Beachy was just peachy on Monday as he threw six strong innings giving up four hits and striking out seven. The Braves offense went into hibernation until the eighth inning depriving Beachy of the win.  Beachy showed enough against a formidable Brewers’ lineup on the road that I’m excited to see what he can do at home against the Phillies on Saturday.

Ty Cobb may have been
‘Georgia Peach’, but I’ll betchya that the
‘Georgia Beach’ never comes in spikes high.

Not to be outdone by Beachy, Brewers’ starter
Chris Narveson spun a gem of his own, giving up three hits and no earned runs while striking out five in six innings of work.  Narveson makes for a solid end of the rotation pickup and has the upside to provide 14 wins and an ERA in the 3.75 range.

The Braves closer situation became crystal clear on Monday as
Jonny Venters entered in the eighth to face left-handed hitting
Prince Fielder and took all of two pitches to get the big man to ground into an inning-ending double play.  Meanwhile,
Craig Kimbrel was brought in to close out the game in the ninth which he did by striking out all three batters he faced.  Venters has the skills to be the closer, but will remain in a set-up role as long as Kimbrel maintains this type of dominance.

Arizona shortstop
Willie Bloomquist continues to shine as he hit his first home run of the season to go along with three stolen bases and a .357 batting average. Bloomquist makes for a great short term play, but will go back to a super-utility role once
Stephen Drew returns to good health which won’t be much longer according to Diamondbacks’ manager
Kirk Gibson.

Nelson Cruz become the first American League player and third player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of the first four games of the season.  The other two players were
Mark McGwire who finished with 70 home runs in 1998 and
Willie Mays who finished with 18 in 1971.

Have a great day and see you back here tomorrow.

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