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Diary of an Expert League: Not So June Gloom

As May concluded, my spirits were improving as team Fantasy Sharks had been inching up the ranks slowly but surely.  One week later, it is difficult to fathom how I am now sitting in fifth place.  June gloom?  Absolutely not, as the first week of the month couldn’t have proven to be sunnier with optimism.   Overall, pitching was still satisfactory, but the bats continue to dominate the competition as I have risen in batting average, homeruns (the leader), RBIs, and Runs.  Several players have been key in delivering success for the team.  Check out several highlights and even a lowlight performance for the week.

Gordon Beckham– Is this a hot streak or is he for real?  I cannot answer that question, but I will continue to ride this wave while it lasts.  Beckham hit .310 with three homeruns last week. He should have continued success this week with six home games against Toronto and Houston.

Derek Jeter–  I was unsure about the veteran shortstop when I selected him in the draft.  Today, I could not be happier.  Shoot, I might even buy a Jeter jersey. Jeter led off New York’s bashing against Justin Verlander last week with a homerun. Last week, he hit .320 with a homerun and two steals.  If A-Rod and Teixeira can heat up, Jeter will earn owners more runs as well.  

Mark Trumbo– He may not have established third base eligibility in every league, but his performance thus far has still been a pleasant surprise.  His power stroke has forced Coach Scioscia to keep him in the lineup. Trumbo posted another week hitting well over .300 with three homeruns, seven RBIs, and a stolen base. Now that the Halos are beginning to hit, Trumbo will continue to have opportunities hitting a spot or two behind Pujols each game.

Felix Doubront– There was much ado during the offseason about Daniel Bard joining the Red Sox rotation.  Bard has struggled, but hardly known Felix Doubront has been a huge sleeper and leads the team in ERA, wins, and strikeouts.  Pick him up now especially in deeper leagues.

Chris Young– Whether he came back too early or is just rusty, Young does not seem right. After being a top ten producer during the first two weeks of the season prior to his injury, Young was only 3 for 18 last week and is yet to homer, steal a base, or even score a run since returning on May 18th.   In the long run, he should be fine, but reserve him for now until he begins to break this slump.

Good luck this week

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