It is hard to think of a guy who has had a better day than Ben Zobrist and I will tell you what you should do following this monumental performance. A closer by the bay looks like he might be getting it straight, and speedster in Texas takes off. We have one young pitcher who continues to deal, while another one wins but isn't as impressive. An injury prone superstar keeps it going, while a young hot corner player might be starting a hot streak. It was a shortened schedule on Thursday, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything important so be sure you check out Rounding The Bases.
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Ben Zobrist had himself quite the doubleheader on Thursday as he had a record breaking eight RBI in game one with two doubles and a home run AND a stolen base. He kept it going in the night cap as he had another double and another home run with two more RBI. At the end of the day his season statistics sit at seven home runs and a whopping 25 RBI. I like Zobrist, but if you aren't trying to sell high after this game, I don't know what you are waiting for!
Brian Wilson has struggled since coming off the Disabled List as his ERA is at 7.71 on the season, but you wouldn't know it on Thursday as he pitched one inning and struck out the side. That is now seven saves for Wilson and even with the subpar peripheral statistics he will continue to improve and I think Wilson will finish the season as one of the top five or six closers in the league.
Michael Pineda continues to look like a man among boys in his rookie season, as the tall, strong starter rocked the Tigers as he allowed only two runs over six innings and struck out nine. I would like to see him walk less than the three he did on Thursday, but it is hard to argue with his results. Pineda is now 4-1 on the season, and in a seasonal league could even be working his way to a sell high candidate as Pineda is going to have a good season, but a little slow down has to be in his future. But if you try to deal him, be sure to shoot very high. He is nasty and whether you trade him or decide to keep him, Pineda is going to continue to impress.
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Jeremy Hellickson pitched fairly well against the Twins, but it isn't hard when your team stakes you to a seven run lead. Hellickson gave up three runs over 6.1 innings and struck out three. He is now 2-2, but his ERA is still well over 4.00. He should continue to improve, but I don't like the lack of strikeouts. Hellickson is going to be a nice third starter on your fantasy rotation, but I don't think he is going to be a huge stud like many thought coming into the 2011 season.
I thought that Jose Molina was in the majors because of his defensive ability, but he couldn't stop the Rangers from running, especially Elvis Andrus. Andrus has struggled to begin the year, but with his hat trick of swipes, he is now up to seven on the year. He needs to get his average up to be worth where you drafted him, and I believe he will do just that. Look for a hot streak out of Andrus in the near future.
Grady Sizemore is still rolling as he hit his fourth home run of the season on Thursday and also doubled as the Indians battered the Royals again. I am still waiting for the bottom to drop out, or should I say the injuries to hit. I would be trying to trade him to every single team in my league if I had Sizemore, and I think you should be doing the same. It is a nice story that he is doing so well, I just don't think it can last.
Chris Johnson is starting to come around, even though he has a while ago. He hit his second home run of the season, and I think there is more to come from Johnson. He is batting just .195 and only has 11 RBI, but I fully expect him to have a good season, and especially that batting average to improve at least 100 points.
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