Daily Box Score Review – May 16th, 2011
There was certainly no shortage of excitement on Monday.
Let’s review some of the highlights and lowlights of the evening.
After an impressive start to May, Tim Lincecum had a very “Rockie” start in Mile High Stadium.
The Colorado Rockies exploded for five runs in the 6th inning as they handed Lincecum his fourth loss.
In 5.2 innings, “The Freak” walked six and allowed three earned runs, while striking out a season-low three batters.
Lincecum should rebound in his next start at home against crosstown rivals, the Oakland A’s.
Carlos Gonzales hit at three-run homer against Tim Lincecum, which was his fifth homerun of the season and fourth this May.
Car-Go is still not on par with his 2010 performance, but is making positive steps forward.
Although Gonzalez may not end the year where owners hoped, he seems to putting his early struggles behind him.
I hope you did not start Kansas City Royal’s pitcher Vin Mazzaro.
He became the third pitcher since 1947 to allow fourteen earned runs in a game and only took 2.1 innings to do so.
Josh Tomlin won his fifth game of the year with six innings pitched in Cleveland’s blowout win over Kansas City.
He only struck out one batter, but continued his early season success and lowered his ERA to 2.56.
Tomlin has been a valuable sleeper this season.
If you are in need of starting pitching, ride his success run while it lasts.
Asdrubal Cabrera continued his solid start with two hits, three runs, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
Cabrera has been a surprising component to Cleveland’s offensive success this season and has been hitting the ball with power.
With the scarcity of fantasy studs at shortstop, Cabrera has provided power and speed to his owners and is worth a look.
Matt LaPorta broke a short 0 for 7 slump with a perfect 4 for 4 night at the plate, which included a run and 4 RBI’s.
LaPorta can be started in deep leagues, but has been mediocre thus far this season.
Jose Reyes’ legs appear to be fine as he swiped two more bases and now leads the league with 16.
Concerns about Reyes’ health continually disappear as the shortstop is having a superb season.
Reyes may not have found his power stroke yet, but seems to be contributing in nearly every other category.
Florida Marlins’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez continues to drown deeper into the sea.
He went 0 for 6.
He is 0 for his last 13 and has struggled mightily against right-handers.
Han-Ram has a career average over .300 and currently stands just over the Mendoza line. Ramirez should turn the corner, but it is very difficult to estimate when this will happen.
Mike Stanton has found his groove recently.
He homered for the third time in four games as he continues to own the Washington Nationals. Stanton is still very young, but has huge power potential.
He should have a few more bouts against Washington this season and now has six homeruns in May.
Colby Lewis has struggled in the past against the Chicago White Sox until Monday night. Lewis threw a complete game shutout and has turned his season around with his fourth quality start in a row.
Lewis was a sleeper last season and appears to be hitting his stride as of late this season.
Homer Bailey may have started the season injured, but has caught fire.
He won his third game in a row with an ERA of 1.13.
Before you jump on the Bailey bandwagon, please note that he has now played the Houston Astros twice and the Chicago Cubs.
Bailey is worth a pick up, but it will be intriguing to see how he performs against offenses like Philadelphia, St Louis, and Atlanta.
Josh Johnson left his start early after getting hit in the forearm by a grounder from Carlos Beltran.
He was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion and is questionable for his next start.
Johnson has dominated this season and is a must-start.
If you gritted your teeth and waited on Carlos Pena through his terrible start, it may be finally paying off.
Pena hit his fourth homerun of the season, which have all occurred in May. He is also gradually raising his average and finally adding value to his owners’ fantasy teams.
Tommy Hanson won his fifth game of the season and is on an excellent roll with a 2.35 ERA and an impressive K:BB rate of almost 4 to 1.
Adrian Gonzalez continues to produce for Boston with a 3 for 5 night including a run, three RBI’s. Gonzalez has now slowed down and should be in for a huge year in Beantown.
Darwin Barney was not in the fantasy baseball galaxy at the beginning of the season.
However, he continues to shine as he went 3 for 4 with an RBI on Monday night.
Barney is batting .345 and is 8 for his last 12.
Barney has now shown much speed or power, but has been a consistent contributor to the Cubs’ offense and ownable in deep leagues.
Kyle Drabek found a way to win his third game despite allowing six walks.
The highly touted rookie has shown his skill set, but has also walked 34 batting in 50 innings pitched.
Drabek is a decent spot start, but his walk rate will catch up with him as he plays the potent offenses of New York and Boston.
Cliff Lee suffered his fourth loss of the season and is now winless over his last six starts. He allowed a career high six walks, despite only allowing seven total in his starts to date.
Lee has been decent, but not pitched like a first tier ace yet this season.
Keep an eye on Lee as he battles his former club, the Texas Rangers, in his next start.
Albert Pujols went 0 for 4, and is 1 for his last 12. He also has not homered since April 23rd, which is concerning for owners.
However, Pujols started at third base for St. Louis for the first time since 2002.
If your league allows position eligibility after one start, then enjoy the early Christmas present as Pujols now has 3B eligibility.
Despite an ERA of 3.67 and improved strikeout rate, Paul Maholm suffered his sixth loss of the season.
Maholm has improved his numbers in 2011, but does not receive run support.
If losses is not a category in your league, Maholm is a serviceable option.
Curtis Granderson has certainly regained his swing as he knocked his fourteenth homerun over the fence this season.
He is currently in second behind Jose Bautista with 16.
Granderson has been torrid this season and is on pace to set career highs in homeruns.
He also has four steals and is having a completely different start than 2010.
Granderson does not appear to be slowing down and may be worth trading for if you can find a doubtful owner.
Shaun Marcum won his fifth decision in a row by going seven innings, fanning four, and allowing just one earned run.
Marcum has been impressive this season with his new team and very generous to his owners with K’s.
Matt Kemp has struggled recently and is now 0 for his last 10.
His overall numbers remain strong due to his hot start out of the gate.
However, Los Angeles has not produced offensively, which may hurt Kemp’s potential this season.
Michael Pineda continued his rookie of the year campaign with his fifth win.
Pinena threw seven scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins, while striking out seven.
King Felix and Pineda give Seattle a terrific “one-two” punch, especially pitching in Safeco.
The San Diego Padres offense is often criticized, but has improved recently with an average of 8.5 runs over their last six games.
Ryan Ludwick has contributed his third homerun and 11 RBI’s over the last five games.
Ludwick has power potential and seems more comfortable at the plate.
Ludwick is valuable and should be owned in most leagues, but is unlikely to match his huge 2007 season again.
Joel Pineiro will not win your team any strikeout contests, but he did nearly win his third game in a row.
Unfortunately, closer Jorden Walden blew the save opportunity. Regardless, Pineiro has allowed two runs or less in all four starts this season and holds a 1.32 ERA thus far.
He may still be considered a spot starter, but is definitely worth a roster spot in deep leagues.
David Wright has not been placed on the DL yet, but was diagnosed with a lower back stress fracture.
He will receive a second opinion on Tuesday.
He is expected to be placed either on the DL or shut down for 7-10 days. Neither is good news for Wright owners.
DL stints begin on Monday for John Lackey, Aroldis Chapman, Grady Sizemore, and Adam Lind.
Hope your team started the week off right.
Hope your team started the week off right.