No. 10 – The New York Yankees teed off on James Shields as expected on Tuesday. Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher each had multiple hits in the contest, but they were out done by Russell Martin, who clubbed a grand slam to break the game open.
No. 9 – The New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays matchup also marked the return of the Rays’ talented outfielder Desmond Jennings. If you had Jennings stashed on your disabled list, make sure to activate him and work him back in to your lineup this week.
No. 8 – Homer Bailey was outstanding in his last outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing only four hits while collecting the complete game win. On Tuesday, Bailey got another shot against the Pirates with a considerably different outcome. Bailey only lasted three innings, surrendering eight hits and six earned runs.
No. 7 – Quality starts without a win is the name of the game this season for Cliff Lee. Lee pitched in to the eight against the Los Angeles Dodgers, punching out 12 batters and allowing two earned runs. Philadelphia’s anemic offense only managed a single run in the first inning and failed to support Lee’s efforts forcing the lefty to remain winless into June.
No. 6 – Keep a close eye on how Bud Norris performs Wednesday as he takes the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals. Norris was pitching through a minor injury in his last outing when he was roughed up, but plans to pitch through the discomfort. Another poor outing and any lingering effects may prompt you (and the Houston Astros) to give Norris some rest to fully recover.
No. 5 – The Boston Red Sox pitching woes continued Tuesday as Daniel Bard was sent down to Triple A Pawtucket to get his act together. Bard was ineffective to the point of being dangerous in his last outing. The Red Sox are intent on having him continue to start in the minors to try and get back on track.
No. 4 – The Miami Marlins’ offense has been heating up of late behind the bats of Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins were stifled on Tuesday behind a great performance by Tim Hudson. Reyes was able to collect a hit and pushed his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games.
No. 3 – Andy Pettitte continues to be an ageless wonder for the New York Yankees. Pettitte threw a shutout over seven-plus innings against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, striking out 11 en route to the win. If Pettitte has gone unclaimed in your league by some miracle, pick him up and make use of the veteran lefty.
No. 2 – Jose Altuve has been a streaky, spark plug for the Houston Astros and fantasy owners alike. He was at it again Tuesday gathering four hits and scoring three runs. If you have some holes in the middle infield or need some batting average help, Altuve would be a nice target in a potential trade.
No. 1 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia is owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN leagues despite ranking as a Top 10 catcher in many formats. I know the current pace is unlikely to be maintained throughout the season, but unless you have an elite option already on your roster, why not latch on to Saltalamacchia while he is hot? With three more hits and two runs batted in on Tuesday, the let up doesn’t appear to be coming any time soon.