No. 10 – R.A. Dickey … two straight one-hitters, nine consecutive wins, five straight starts without an earned run, an earned run average of only two. Dickey is the real deal. Explaining how a 37-year-old, .500 career pitcher who relies on a pitch as fickle as the knuckleball to be successful can enjoy this kind of success is impossible. There will always be those who will find fault, but for now the only knock on Dickey is that he doesn’t have a save on the season.
No. 9 – Shin-Soo Choo started the week off with a strong day at the plate against the Cincinnati Reds. Choo smacked two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs.
No. 8 – It might be time to give Ike Davis a look again. Davis is riding a nine-game hitting streak. He ran the streak to nine on a grand slam Monday and appears to finally be delivering what fantasy owners expected from him based on pre-season hype.
No. 7 – Rickie Weeks had two hits against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The two singles marked Weeks’ third consecutive multi-hit game. He still has a long way to go, but keep an eye on Weeks to see if he can recover from a horrid start.
No. 6 – Derek Lowe was a trendy add on the heels of a fast start to the season. Much of his success appeared to be a mirage based on the number of runners he was allowing and his fly ball ratio. Lowe quickly became a trendy drop as reality began to match the numbers. He was again roughed up on Monday, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits over five innings. If you are still one of the few holding on to him, move on and give it up.
No. 5 – The chances of back to back perfect games for Matt Cain were quickly evaporated as Mike Trout collected a leadoff single for the Los Angeles Angels.
No. 4 – Count Jose Bautista among the slow starters who have rebounded nicely with a recent power surge. Bautista clubbed hit 20th homer of the season to go with 50 runs batted in, and he finds himself among the league leaders in the middle of June.
No. 3 – Brett Myers was torched for five earned runs in only 2/3 innings on Monday. Myers has been effective for the Houston Astros on the season, but you may want to move the veteran soon as a trade to a contender and move from the closer role may be in his future.
No. 2 – Jay Bruce’s mediocre average keeps him out of the elite ranks of outfielders, but he remains a very productive outfielder by contributing in other ways. Bruce is locked in right now and hit his third home run in four games on Monday night.
No. 1 – Monday was a tough night on the injury front. Evan Longoria suffered a setback in a rehab start. No official prognosis has been made but he appears likely to miss even more time. Pitchers Kyle Drabek and Brandon Beachy both got bad news. Drabek has been ruled out for the season and will need Tommy John surgery. The news for Beachy is similar but season-ending surgery has not yet been planned as the team evaluates the injury and their options.