Here is a recap of Monday’s highlights…and lowlights.
Jhoulys Chacin has been relatively consistent this season, but received a no-decision against the New York Mets. Despite only giving up one earned run and two hits in his six innings, Chacin’s control had control issues as he walked six batters. Chacin is only 23 years old and still has a very high upside.
Although Jose Reyes has been impressive thus far, he went 0-for-5 against Colorado. No worries as Reyes’ average fell to .320, which is still very impressive. Reyes is a top tier shortstop when healthy as he can provide runs, speed, and even some power.
It was another poor day at the plate for Carlos Gonzalez. Car-Go is only 2 for his last 19 and has struggled to get on track this season. As the top ranked fantasy player in 2010, Gonzalez should turn the corner this season, but his status as a first round pick may be very short lived.
With a lackluster offense, most fantasy owners of Matt Latos were confident that he would not repeat his 2010 numbers. Regardless of San Diego’s lack of bats, Latos has not helped himself this season. He struggled through another start as he only managed 5.2 innings, while surrendering four runs. Although his K rate remains strong, owners are beginning to worry as he is now 0-5.
Zack Greinke impressed his hometown crowd in Miller Park. The Brewer’s right-hander threw six innings and fanned nine, while only allowing two earned runs and five hits. With only two starts in 2011 under his belt, Greinke has struck out 15 batters in ten innings.
After a terrible April, Cincinnati’s Travis Wood has now put together two quality starts in May. Wood struck out six in 6.2 innings and earned his second win of the season.
Hunter Pence has quietly put together a twelve game hit streak as he homered and tripled on Monday night. Houston’s offense may not drop any jaws, but Pence has been solid with five home runs, two stolen bases, and a .303 average.
Trevor Cahill improved to 6-0 against Texas. Although Texas was without Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton due to injury, the Rangers still only managed five hits at home against Cahill. Cahill’s K rate has also improved from 2010 as he proven to be an excellent sleeper pick.
After several great starts, C.J. Wilson struggled against Oakland and suffered his second loss of the season. Wilson pitched seven innings and allowed five earned runs and walked five. He also only struck out two. Wilson has been very consistent this season and should rebound in his next start.
Gaby Sanchez continued his amazing start by adding his sixth home run and going 3-for-4. Sanchez is seven for his last eight and off to a scorching start. Sanchez is hitting .341 and performing well as Florida’s cleanup hitter.
Jimmy Rollins hit his second homerun of the season and continues to be an offensive force with the return to Philadelphia’s leadoff spot. J-Roll earned his second multi-hit game already this May and seems to have placed this rough 2010 season behind him.
Carl Crawford still is not on track. However, he produced in the clutch yet again for the BoSox. Crawford’s double in the eleventh inning was enough for Boston to close their homestand with a victory. His .211 average is not impressive, but Crawford has a nine-game hitting streak and appears to be heading in the right direction. Don’t be afraid buy low on him from a frustrated owner as Crawford’s talent is priceless and he will be a force when Boston’s offense begins firing on all cylinders.
Although he did not factor into Monday’s decision, Josh Beckett was outstanding yet again with seven shutout innings and five strikeouts. With an ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00, Beckett has been “lights out” this season despite Boston’s slow start.
The Detroit Tigers knocked around Brandon Morrow as he could not escape the fourth inning. Morrow fanned six in his short outing, but surrendered five earned runs and suffered his second loss of the season.
Max Scherzer only pitched five innings, but only allowed two earned runs while striking out five. Scherzer is now 6-0, but has been vulnerable this season with a 1.40 WHIP. With improved control, Scherzer will provide even more impressive numbers for his fantasy owners.
Austin Jackson only had went 1-for-6, but was able to accumulate four RBI’s. This will not be a common theme for Detroit’s leadoff hitter, but the production certainly was a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners.
Victor Martinez has put together an impressive May after returning from injury. V-Mart went 3-for-4 with a homerun, two runs, and three RBI’s. He has also put together a nine-game hitting streak and helped Detroit win six of their last seven games since his return. V-Mart is a top tiered catcher when healthy and is receiving more playing time this year as Detroit’s first basemen and designated hitter. V-Mart is an offensive force when healthy and has a lot of value in a relatively potent Detroit batting order.
Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats and seems to have returned to earth after a blazing April. Kemp is still hitting .331 with six home runs and eleven steals. Kemp still looks much more comfortable at the plate than 2010, but is hitting cleanup in a very weak Dodgers’ offense. Kemp owners should not worry about their fantasy stud, but need to realize his limits within the slumping Los Angeles offense.
Pittsburgh’s Ryan Doumit provided the offense with three hits and an RBI. Doumit is six for his last ten with eight RBI’s . Doumit does not start every game, but may see more playing time if he continues to swing a hot bat.
Not much went right for the Halos on Monday night as they lost Vernon Wells in the fifth inning to a right groin strain. With Wells already starting slow, this was yet another blow dealt to his fantasy owners. It is unlikely Wells will be able to repeat his 2010 season and injuries woes certainly will not help his bid.
Edwin Jackson cruised to his third win of the season with seven strong innings and five K’s against the Los Angeles Angels. Jackson has not been consistent this season, but seemed to be “on” Monday night. Even with a rollercoaster ride thus far this season, Jackson has remained a strong contributor of strikeouts.
Good luck this week!