It is another exciting night in fantasy baseball as we wish you a happy weekend. The weather has finally started to improve up here in the Northeast and some players are starting to see things in a sunny way. A power hitter who we all questioned is answering us in emphatic fashion, and an also ran pitcher is looking like a Cy Young Award winner. A young pitcher looks impressive this night, while an Asian important disappoints again. One outfielder hits his first home run of the season, while another one just keeps piling up the hits. There is that news and a little bit more on the weekend edition of Rounding The Bases.
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Alex Gordon just continues to pile up the hits as he added a double and a triple to his impressive start to the season. Jeff and I have been pimping Gordon all year long in our blogs as well as on The Fantasy Alarm Show and we will continue to tell you that while there is plenty of time for him to regress, we both believe that he is going to have a productive 2011 season. Keep Gordon in your lineups on a daily basis.
Jose Bautista hit another home run and he now has nine and it is on another impressive roll. I still can't believe that this guy is going to even hit 40 home runs again, but he is nearly a quarter of the way there in the first month of the season. I still don't believe, but right now he is hotter than anything and he is starting to make me entertain the idea that this might be for real.
Jason Marquis just got the fantasy world excited tonight as he threw a complete game shutout against the San Francisco Giants with seven strikeouts and ran his record to 3-0. Listen to me people...... DO NOT pick up Jason Marquis! This is the kind of player that everyone ends up picking up and dropping a few weeks later. Marquis is a .500 pitcher throughout his career with a 4.50 ERA, and there is no arguing that. He is a 32 year old guy, so there is no way that this is a breakout season either. Let someone else deal with Marquis, he isn't worth an addition.
Diasuke Matsuzaka's two game incredible streak is over as he went right back to the Dice-K that we know and get incredibly frustrated by on Friday. The Red Sox pitcher was only able to last four innings, allowed two earned runs, walked four and struck out four. Again it was his inability to throw strikes which got him into trouble and kept him from going deep into the game. Well, it was an elbow injury that got him pulled, but I wonder if there is really something wrong or if they pulled him before it got any worse. I suppose we will see over the next couple of days. I still hold on to him a little longer hoping that he can get the form back and start being productive for your team. I know that this drives you crazy, but I would try to be patient for another start or two.
Vance Worley was called up to make a start in place of the injured Joe Blanton and I have to say that he did well. He definitely got plenty of run support, but the Phillies didn't score until the fourth inning so Worley was mowing down Mets. However, if you look at his minor league statistics you will see that there is little to get excited about here. Worley was basically a .500 pitcher throughout his time in the minors and didn't really get a ton of strikeouts either. I know that the Phillies are going to score runs, but I wouldn't make a move on Worley. His time in the majors is very limited and I would be very surprised if he was successful again.
Don't look now but Matt Wieters is starting to put up some stats. The young catcher hit his fourth home run of the season on Friday and also drove in four runs to bring his total to 16 on the season. I know that he has been disappointing and has really let fatnasy owners down, but this could be the start of his coming out party. If you don't have one of the top couple of catchers (and that DOESN'T include Joe Mauer), I might make a move for Wieters before it is too late.
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Mark Trumbo had himself a pretty impressive game, and it was much needed as he has really struggled to replace Kendry Morales. It will still be a while before Morales is ready to go so there is time for Trumbo to turn it around, but the Angels have explored other options at first like Howie Kendrick so he needs to improve quickly. Tonight he had two hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in four runs. I wouldn't add Trumbo at this point, but he could be a nice fill in for another month if he can get hot and he should be on your radar.
Nate McLouth was a popular sleeper heading into the season, but again he seems to be disappointing the masses. However, McLouth did finally get his first home run of the season on Friday, and added a single for his efforts. I have never been a McLouth fan, and as much as I would love to tell you to try to deal him away, I don't see you getting any value for him, and even though I don't like him I doubt there is anything in free agency that is better than him. So, right now I think you are just stuck staying with him and hope that this is the start of something good.
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