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Diary of an Expert League: Recovery

I am in better spirits this week. After nearly hitting rock bottom, team Fantasy Sharks is on the upswing. However, for every two steps forward, we still take one step backwards, especially with pitching. Unfortunately, the team still sits in 10th place, which could not be more frustrating after competing in the top three for the first couple weeks of the season. Here are a few key highlights of the week as well as a new addition to the team.

The Bats

Nelson Cruz – Finally! Truthfully, I was not overly worried, but extremely pleased that Cruz seems to breaking through with the arrival of May. Last week, he hit a grand slam off Jered Weaver and batting .500 for the week. He even swiped a base. Keep an eye on Cruz’s health, but continue to start him especially in light of Texas’ powerhouse lineup.

Raul Ibanez – The veteran was competing for playing time and began the season slowly, but hit four home runs last week along with a .353 average. He continues to play almost every day, but beware of a night off every now and then, especially against southpaws.

Andrew McCutchen – If only Pittsburgh’s offense was adequate, McCutchen’s numbers would be even more impressive. Last week, the Pirates’ rising star hit .525 and swatted three home runs. His rare power/speed combination makes him even more valuable especially in rotisserie leagues. If you can still buy low on him, give it a try!

The Arms

Dale Thayer – Although he was never declared “closer,” manager Bud Black has given him every save opportunity recently. While Huston Street continues to be sidelined, look for Thayer to continue to pick up saves for the San Diego Padres.

Adam Wainwright – Just when you are convinced that the St. Louis ace is back on track, he gets hammered. The Atlanta Braves tagged him for five runs in 4.1 innings last week. Continue to start him in deep leagues, but treat him as a spot starter in shallow leagues until he can display more consistency.

Good luck this week! Interleague play begins so keep an eye on your designated hitters.

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