In Monday’s matinee at Oakland’s Coliseum, a thin crowd of just over 9,000 cheered for veteran DH
Hideki Matsui who hit a walk-off homerun against Texas’
This was Matsui’s third homerun of the season and he only has fantasy value only in deep leagues.
Regardless, Matsui has a history of hot streaks so keep a watchful eye on this veteran DH.
Nelson Cruz owners are biting their nails as the star has experienced a very slow start to the season.
In fact, Cruz is 1 for his last 20 and he went 0-for-5 against Oakland.
Regardless, Cruz has a rare combination of power and speed, and should be started in all leagues.
This may be a convenient time to trade for him if you can find a frustrated or desperate manager.
If you thought
Bartolo Colon was yesterday’s news, you thought wrong. Those who drafted the Yankees’ veteran in late rounds or snagged him off of waivers are smiling from ear to ear.
Colon pitched seven strong innings with seven strikeouts, while allowing three runs.
Although he did not factor into the decision, Colon outpitched Detroit ace
If Colon is available in your league, he is ownable and has pitched three straight quality starts against the solid offenses of Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit.
With all of the attention pointed at
Victor Martinez, Detroit catcher
Alex Avila was ignored in most drafts.
Avila hit two homeruns on Monday night and now has five for the season.
Avila is providing top tier catcher stats so he is worth a pick-up in most leagues, especially if your catcher is struggling or limited with injuries.
Justin Verlander surrendered three runs in the first two innings against the Yankees, but did find his groove.
Verlander threw 128 pitches over six innings and allowed three earned runs while while fanning eight. He only accrued two wins for the season, but has been relatively solid. With Detroit experiencing a seven game losing streak, he should earn more wins once this rough patch is over.
Mariano Rivera seems to be back on track after two blown saves in April. Rivera earned his 11th save and is a top tier closer.
Those who drafted Rivera should not worry as Rivera is one of the most consistent veteran closers in baseball.
He may have a few more struggles this year, but his role as closer for New York is etched in stone.
Yovani Gallardo’s struggles continue to mount as he allowed five earned runs over five innings against Atlanta.
With at least four earned runs allowed in his last four starts, Gallardo owners should be concerned and may consider sitting him against until he gets back on track.
Despite a decent outing,
Jered Weaver’s performance was not enough to earn his seventh win. Weaver gave up three runs over six innings, while striking out six. Weaver owners should expect a few bumps on the road, especially playing in Fenway against a tough Boston offense.
Weaver will likely continue his amazing season and produce top-tier ace stats.
Paul Konerko continues to shine as he knocked two home runs over the fences of U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.
As long as Konerko can stay healthy, he should continue to be an offensive force for Chicago.
Nick Markakis was hit in the hand in the ninth inning by reliever
Although he was clearly in pain, early reports point to the Oriole to be day-to-day.
Owners can take a sigh of relief, but will need to monitor his status.
After a productive outing with three runs, two hits, and two stolen bases,
Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with a knee contusion.
He will be reevaluated Tuesday and is listed day-to-day.
Even minor injuries are worrisome for Ellsbury owners at this point.
Check his status on Tuesday.
With two outs in the ninth inning,
Sergio Santos struck out
Adam Jones to earn his third save of the season.
Matt Thornton imploding, Santos’ role as closer has become even more firm in the last week.
If he is available in your league, he should be owned.
Thornton owners may want to consider releasing the struggling reliever as he continues to make a case to
Coach Guillen that he is not ready to assume closing responsibilities.
Lance Berkman continues to reward owners who took a chance on him.
With another home run and four RBI, Berkman is in an ideal spot to produce with
Albert Pujols and
Matt Holliday swinging before him.
Kyle Lohse finally had a rocky start as he threw six innings, while allowing five runs to the Florida Marlins. With four superb starts in a row, Lohse should be owned in most leagues, but it will be interesting to see if he rebounds or returns to his earth in his next few starts.
After being hammered in his first few starts to the season, Pirates’ right-hander
James McDonald has impressed in his last two starts, which were both wins.
However, these states were against San Francisco and San Diego.
Before putting your trust in McDonald, monitor how he performs against the stronger offenses of the National League.
Garrett Jones has heated up recently as he hit his sixth home run of the season.
Although he is sharing time with Matt Diaz, Jones has received the bulk of at bats.
Jones has power, but can also run and should be owned in deeper leagues.
Andre Ethier is now halfway to reaching one of baseball’s most elite records of all-time.
Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 straight games on Monday night, which is the halfway point to tying Joe DiMaggio. This has been one of the few highlight to Los Angeles’ disappointing start.
Guess who leads major league baseball in homeruns?
No, it is not
Jose Bautista, Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, or any of the other top sluggers that you would assume.
Alfonso Soriano hit his 11th home run of the season on Monday off of
Although Soriano does not have the speed of his prime, no one expected this power stroke from the veteran.
If Soriano is available in your league, pick him up and ride this hot streak as long as it lasts.
Chicago has struggled offensively this season, but Soriano has been one of the Cubs’ bright spots.
The Marlins leaned on
Mike Stanton and
Gaby Sanchez in their win over St Louis.
Sanchez ripped a 422 foot grand slam, while Stanton smacked his fourth home run of the season.
The two Marlins combined for five hits, two homeruns, three runs, and five RBI’s. Once Han-Ram escapes his funk, the Marlins’ offense may surprise a few opponents.
Tom Gorzelanny pitched his best game of the season with eight innings, four K’s, and no runs.
Gorzelanny has allowed two runs or less over his last four starts and is an attractive pick-up in deep leagues. However, wins may be difficult to come by pitching for Washington.
Hope Monday treated you well!
Good luck this week.