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Daily Box Score Review – June 7, 2011

Monday was full of highlights and even several lowlights. Let’s take a look. Joakim Soria is out of the doghouse and has been renamed closer by manager Ned Yost.

  If he was dropped in any leagues, grab him immediately.

  Smart owners likely held onto him, but check your waiver wire anyway.

  Soria has been unreliable this season, but may be able to get back on track especially with his coach’s renewed confidence.

As long as Zack Greinke stays away from the basketball court, fantasy owners can count on him.

  Greinke threw seven innings and fanned six, while allowing only two runs.

  The Brewers’ ace has won five of his last six games with a high K rate.

  His ERA has suffered, but seems to be trending in the right direction as he appears to making the necessary adjustments to his new team.

Is Adam done? Adam Dunn cannot get back on track as he posted an 0 for 4 night including two strikeouts. The slugger has struck out 8 of his last 12 at bats as his struggles have worsened over the last few weeks.

  This may be the season that Dunn does not hover around his normal 40 h

ome run mark.

White Sox veteran Paul Konerko continues to hack despite minimal help from his team.

  Konerko went 1 for 3 with this 13th homerun.

  He is 16 for his last 25 with two home runs. 

Mike Leake has been solid since returning as a starter with another win Monday and his his third consecutive quality start.

   With eight innings pitched, he surrendered two runs, but only fanned three. The young arm was a highly touted prospect and has a decent skill set.

  His low K rate hurts this value, but he is still ownable or streamable.

 

John Danks improved his record to 1-8.

  Yes, that was not an error.

  Danks won for the first time this season in a favorable matchup in Seattle.

  He has the track record to turn this season around, but should currently be owned only in deep leagues.

 

Jay Bruce continues to thrive by going 3 for 4 with three runs.

  Bruce had a monster month of May, and has a hit every game this June.

  Bruce has significantly improved this season in all offensive categories.

  Sell high?

   Your call on that one!

 

Drew Stubbs is another Red that seems to have caught fire.

  Stubbs hit his 9th homerun of the year and has six multi-hit games over his last seven.

 

The Minnesota Twins are still the worst team in baseball, but they are currently holding a five game win streak.

  Michael Cuddyer may be worth a look in deep leagues if he is unowned as he has two home runs in June already, and went 2 for 4 with two runs on Monday.

  These stats may not be jaw-dropping, but could continue to improve with Minnesota’s success.

 

Cliff Lee has not elite thus far, but was able to secure his third win in his last four starts.

  Although Lee has been inconsistent this season, his K rate has been insane.

  Lee should turn it around and may be worth trading for before he gets hot.

 

 

Asdrubal Cabrera was barely ownable in previous seasons.

  In 2011, however,  he is hitting like Miguel “Cabrera”.

  He launched homerun #12 on Monday night along with a 3 for 4 night with two RBI’s and two runs.

  Cabrera’s hot streak has not cooled.

  He needs to be owned in all leagues as he is posting elite stats at a shallow position.

 

Michael Morse continues to take advantage of his playing time with his 9th homerun of the season and second in two games.

  Morse is on a nice run and is worth owning in most leagues.

 

John Lannan is not on the radar of many fantasy owners.

  However, the Nationals’ pitcher thew seven innings with only one earned run,

 and has five quality starts in his last six outings.

  Lannan has been solid, but does not provide much help in K’s, wins, or WHIP.

 

Rookie Eric Hosmer is still showcasing his talents with a walk-off single against Toronto.

  The Royals’ young first basemen now has an eight game hitting streak and continues to produce for Kansas City’s lackluster offense.

  Hosmer should be owned in most leagues as he continues his bid for rookie of the year.

 

Colby Lewis followed up his previous gem with a terrible outing against Detroit.

  Lewis surrendered nine earned runs in 3.1 innings and suffered his sixth loss of the season. He has been relatively solid this season, but does surprise owners with a few rough starts, especially in Arlington.

  Lewis should be trusted on the road, and spot started at home.

 

Nelson Cruz appears to be healthy as he went 2 for 4 with two homeruns against Detroit.

  Cruz is “en fuego” with four homeruns in his last three games and provides an occasional swipe.

  As long as he is healthy, Cruz can provide power and speed to his faithful owners.

 

Ian Kinsler must have been homesick as he was only 1 for 22 on Texas’ road trip.

  The Rangers returned to Arlington Monday and so did Kinsler’s bat.

  He went 3 for 4 with one run and two RBI’s.

  Kinser has thoroughly struggled on the road this season and is only batting .230.

  He remains a must-start and may be worth buying low.

 

Brennan Boesch is in the midst of another great run.

  On Monday, Boesch supplied the offense for Detroit with five hits, two homeruns, three runs, and five RBI’s.

  He alone produced more than some fantasy teams for his owners!

  Although he is a very streaky hitter, Boesch hits in the middle of a potent Detroit lineup and is ownable.

 

Ozzie Guillen finally found a dependable closer.

  Sergio Santos recorded his 11th save and has blown only one opportunity.

  He is likely owned in all leagues as he has been one of the most dependable closers over the last two months.

 

“The Freak” has been relatively tame recently.

  Tim Lincecum struggled at home against Washington with five innings pitched and four earned runs, but still escaped the loss.

  Lincecum has allowed at least three runs in four of his last five starts.

  He hit several rough patches last year, but is still one of the most dominant aces in baseball.

  Start him against every opponent.

 

Good luck this week! 

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