A lot of tonight's article revolves around veterans that are off to good starts that I question whether we believe in them or not. Some I decide that I do, while others I severely doubt. There is some news on multiple young pitchers and the exciting starts that they are off too, But we begin with closer news, one that has already lost his job, and another that damn well better before too long. Finally we talk about one of Fantasy Alarm's favorite sleepers and what he has been doing lately. Week three of the fantasy baseball season starts tomorrow and for the most part you still should be patient with the guys that you have but check out the news of the night from Rounding The Bases.
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In a surprise to no one, Joe Nathan was removed today as closer of the Minnesota Twins, and he was replaced by Matt Capps. If you are a player who plays the wire for saves, Capps should be a great pickup. However, I don't expect this to be a move that lasts the entire season a la Jordan Walden. Capps has plenty of closing experience and the Twins win a good number of games so this looks like a win-win right now for fantasy players. Go grab Capps if you have any need for saves, but just do it knowing that this likely won't be a permanent move unless there is an injury with Nathan that we haven't heard about yet.
Travis Hafner continues his resurgence to the fantasy radar as he connected on his fourth homer of the year today and he is batting .354. Once one of the most feared hitters in baseball, Pronk has been dealing with wicked injury problems over the past couple of seasons. If Hafner can keep that shoulder healthy he could be a real threat to get to 30 jacks. I might wait a hair more to pick up Hafner, but he is making it very hard to ignore him.
Jonny Gomes hit his third home run in the past two games and he now has six on the season. I know the Reds like Gomes and he had a pretty decent year last year, but I am so far from believing in him. Gomes is a tremendously free swinger and I have no confidence in his talents. National League pitchers will be hip to the fact that they can just throw a bunch of junk at Gomes and he will swing at it. Let someone else pick him up and deal with all of his strikeouts.
Placido Polanco is somehow hitting .373 and with his home run today now has 12 RBI. I assure you that not only will his average drop nearly 100 points, but he isn't going to continue to drive in runs at this rate. I would absolutely try to capitalize on this hot start by Polanco and see if you can deal him to another team for someone mcuh better who might be off to a slow start. Polanco is a decent player, but nothing to write home about and he is sure to go in the tank before too long.
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Jeremy Hellickson took another loss today, and while he wasn't bad, he still wasn't the lights out guy that many expected heading into 2011. Hellboy gave up four earned runs over seven innings and he only struck out three guys. I could live with the bunch of runs he gave up if he was striking out more guys. Nothing you can do about this though. I wouldn't try to trade Hellickson with this down period he is on, and there is no way you can keep him on your bench. Just hope that he turns it around.
Michael Pineda won his second game of the season as his impressive rookie year continues. Pineda allowed just one earned run to the Royals and struck out five over six innings. He did walk four batters, which is a bit of a concern, but all in all you have to love what you are seeing from Pineda. If for some reason you haven't picked him up and he is actually still available in your league, be sure you grab him right away. This kid is the real deal, and even pitching for the Mariners he is going ot have a nice year.
Jeff Francis took his first loss of the season, but they guy is still yet to give up more than three earned runs in a start yet, and he looks like he is trying to go back to his days in Colorado when he was actually good. Francis is a major injury risk though, and does play for the Royals so there is only so much offense behind him, but he is dealing so far this season. He doesn't strike out a ton of batters though, so his upside is limited, but I might use him in a pitcher streaming scenario,but right now I don't think he is worthy of being on your roster on a full time basis.
Seth Smith left the game on Sunday with a tight groin, but he certainly did his part before he was forced out. Smith doubled and hit his second home run of the season, and he continues to look like he is going to have his big breakout season as a regular part of the Rockies' lineup. The team has deemed him to be day-to-day and he could possibly play the next time Colorado takes the field. He is an injury risk for this coming week, but should be fine before too long.
Trevor Cahill was definitely disrespected in fantasy drafts this year, as no one believed that he could repeat his numbers from 2010. But Cahill has been nasty in 2011, and he has been striking out guys at a rate much higher than what he did last year. He gave up just one earned run over eight innings and struck out nine. Cahill now has two wins and an ERA of just 2.49. He is likely to cool off some, but Cahill is proving that he is no fluke and will continue to succeed.
Ryan Franklin now has to be replaced as the St. Louis Cardinals closer as he blew his fourth save chance in five attempts as he allowed a ninth innnig walk off two run homer to Matt Kemp. There's no shame in giving up a bomb to Kemp, but Franklin has been a total disaster and needs to be removed from this role. The problem is the Cardinals don't have a good second option, but I believe that it will be Mitchell Boggs who will get the ninth inning duties. I believe that Jason Motte is the prototypical closer, but he doesn't have success in the role, and if they give it to Miguel Batista they might as well keep throwing Franklin out there. Grab Boggs if he is out there and you need saves.
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