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Daily Box Score Review – May 31, 2011

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The Arizona Diamondbacks cranked out the wood to celebrate Memorial Day by harvesting 15 runs off of 19 hits.   Several hitters benefitted from this outburst including Justin Upton going 5 for 5 with his 10th homerun including 3 RBI’s and a stolen base. Upton raised his average to .261 and has come out of the gates strong thus far.

 

Kelly Johnson also annihilated Florida’s Marlins’ pitching with a 4 for 6 outing including 3 RBI’s and 3 Runs.   Johnson’s average could improve this season, but he has shown power and speed early on.

 

Arizona’s onslaught also included catcher Miguel Montero who hit his 6th homerun of the year and added 5 RBI’s.   Montero is on a nice run lately with 8 hits for his last 18 at-bats including 2 homeruns, 6 runs, and 10 RBI’s.

 

Although it was not pretty, Chad Billingsley won his second start in a row.   The “Buzzsaw” only allowed one earned run over seven innings, but did allow eleven hits and two walks. Billingsley has not turned the corner yet this season and has been a victim of Los Angeles’ weak offense.   However, his K rate does complement his fantasy value.

 

James Loney hit his 3rd homerun of the year while accruing three hits on the night. Loney’s production has been minimal this season, but should be owned in deep leagues.

 

His consecutive hit streak may have ended a few weeks ago, but Andre Ethier just keeps on rolling.   Ethier earned his third multi-hit game over his last four as his average raised to .330.   His production has been steady all season long. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp have been the only consistence forces in Los Angeles’ lackluster offense.

 

Jon Lester was rocked by the Chicago White Sox as he surrendered seven runs in 5.2 innings. Lester owners have been riding a rollercoaster ride all season long.   With his ERA nearing 4, Lester has not performed where most experts projected, but has produced seven wins and plenty of strikeouts.

 

Jake Peavy won his second win of this season with seven innings pitched and three earned runs.   Peavy only struck out two, but has appeared healthy in his return to Chicago’s rotation.  

 

Adrian Gonzalez’ slump only lasted a whopping two games as Gonzo went 2 for 4 while knocking his tenth homerun of the season.   Gonzalez has been provided consistent output to owners all season long.

 

Paul Konerko continues to prove that 2010 was not a fluke.   Konerko hit his 11th homerun of the season, while posting his third multi-hit game in a row.   Konerko has completely outshined teammate Adam Dunn whose average draft position was significantly ahead of the seasoned veteran.   As long as Konerko stays healthy, there is no reason to believe that he will not post similar numbers to last season.

 

No David Wright, no Jose Reyes, no Ike Davis, no problem!   The New York Mets cruised by Pittsburgh with the help of starter Dillon Gee.   Gee threw seven innings and fanned eight, while allowing three runs to improve his record to an incredible 5-0.   His consistency has been a pleasant surprise this season and he should be owned in most leagues.

 

Jay Bruce is scorching in May.   Bruce went 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 3 RBI’s, and his 16th homerun of the season.   Bruce has been a one-man wrecking crew with 12 homeruns and 32 RBIs just this month.   He still has one day left to cap off an amazing few weeks. Critics questioning Bruce’s consistency have been silenced as this young boppear appears to be bona fide!

 

Congratulations to Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes.   Reyes earned his first win of the season to end a 28 start winless skid.   The Jays piled on eleven runs with the help of Rajai Davis who earned 3 hits, 3 runs, and 2 RBI’s.   Jayson Nix, Jose Bautista, Yunel Escobar, and J.P. Arencibia also had solid multi-hit games to hand Cleveland their third loss in a row.

 

Apparently, Mike Napoli has found his power stroke for Texas, which is frightening given the depth of the Rangers’ batting order.   Napoli went 3 for 6 with 2 runs, 5 RBI’s, and two homeruns.   Napoli now has 4 home runs and 9 RBI’s over his last three games. After a slow start, the Texas catcher will see increased playing time during this hot streak.

 

Andres Torres boosted San Francisco over St. Louis with a grand slam off Kyle McClellan.   Torres’ start has been impressive this season and he should be owned in deeper leagues.

 

Madison Bumgarner has not pitched horribly this season despite his 1-6 record going into Monday’s game.   The Giants’ pitcher threw seven innings and struck out five, while allowing only two earned runs. This marked Bumgarner’s seventh quality start in a row.   He should be owned in most leagues and will see more wins if San Francisco’s offense can improve.

 

Torii Hunter celebrated his 1,000th career RBI with a bang, make that two bangs on Monday.   Hunter went 3 for 5 with two homeruns, including a go-ahead bomb off closer Joakim Soria.   Hunter’s average stands at only .249, but the rest of his numbers appear to be in line with expectation.   The veteran has provided consistent output to the Halos’ satisfactory offense.

 

Adios Joakim Soria!   Soria is no longer Kansas City’s closer after blowing his fifth chance of the year.   Aaron Crow will replace Soria and should be picked up immediately in all leagues.   Literally, stop reading my article right now and see if he is still available!

 

Eric Hosmer bashed his 5th homerun of the season in his short career. He has displayed his power potential in his first month in the big leagues and is making a case for ownership in all leagues.

 

Doug Fister had a very nice start to lead Seattle to victory over Baltimore.   Fister pitched for 7.2 innings and fanned 9 batters, while allowing only one run. Fister’s K rate seems to fluctuate, but he has shown consistency this season and should be owned in deep leagues.

If you were ready to jump off the Bartolo Colon bandwagon, then you better stay in your seat a bit longer. Colon threw a complete game shutout with 6 K’s to earn his third win of the season and lower his ERA to 3.26.   With the offense support of the Yankees, Colon will certainly win more games and should be owned in every league if his performance continues to be this amazing.

 

Hunter Pence continues to be a stable producer for fantasy teams.   Pence slugged his 7th homerun of the season along with 4 runs and 2 RBI’s.   The Astros’ slugger has provided value all season long despite Houston’s struggles.

 

Carlos Pena’s offensive barrage this month continued with his 8th homerun.   Due to a  terrible April, Pena is still climbing out of a ditch offensively, but is swinging the bat well.   Patient owners can rejoice if this consistency remains and Pena returns to his 25-35 homerun potential.

 

Roy Halladay can even win without utterly dominating his opponent.   Halladay earned his seventh win of the season despite allowing four runs on eleven hits. With Philadelphia’s offense looking solid lately, it will make wins even easier to come by for Halladay owners.

 

With Adam LaRoche on the DL, Michael Morse is doing the most with extended playing time for Washington.   Morse crushed his 7th homerun of the season and sixth in eight games.   With Morse starting every day for awhile, ride this hot streak!

 

Miguel Cabrera has benefitted from Victor Martinez returning to the lineup.   Miggy hit his 10th homerun of the season and currently owns a twelve game hitting streak.   With owners worried about his off-field issues in the preseason, Miggy has produced consistently to back up his first round draft position.

 

In his first start in ten days, Tim Hudson showed no rust with six innings, seven strikeouts, and only one earned run.   Although he did not factor into the decision, Hudson’s “stuff” looked good.   Hudson plays well when healthy and should be owned in all leagues.

 

It is beginning to get ugly for Uggla.   Dan Uggla is now batting .160 in May with only two homeruns.   With a powerful lineup in Atlanta and new contract, many fantasy owners were optimistic that Uggla may see an improvement this season and did not expect this putrid start.   Stay the course with Uggla unless you can trade him for reasonable value.    30 homeruns is not out of question, but an average over .250 may be.

 

Brian McCann earned 3 hits and 2 RBI’s on Monday.   He is swinging a hot bat with in his 11 hits in his last 21 at bats. The Atlanta catcher has been one of the best hitting backstops this season and stayed free from injury unless several other top tier catchers like Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, and now Buster Posey.

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