Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there, and most importantly MINE! Patricia Hallam is the absolute best mother that anyone could ever hope for, and I am forever grateful for all that she has done for me. The woman would do absolutely anything for me, and I will never be able to properly thank her for everything. She did embarrass me tonight on The Fantasy Alarm Show on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio, but regardless I still love her more than she could ever know I'm glad to have an avenue that I can tell everyone aboute her. As far as baseball is concerned, we had The Captain show signs of life, and a bunch of starters show signs of life. Enjoy the article below and good luck in your upcoming fantasy matchups.
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Derek Jeter must have made his mother a huge promise today, because for the first time all season he looked like a real major leaguer. Jeter had four hits, including his first two home runs of the season and he even stole a base. Even with this great contest, I still have very little confidence in Jeter, and I think if he didn't play shortstop, he could belong on the waiver wire. Don't fall in love with the name, Jeter is a shell of the guy we once knew him to be.
Brad Penny has had a nice little string of starts, and he had another impressive one on Sunday as he allowed just two runs over 7.2 innings in beating the Blue Jays. PLEASE don't give any stock to this little hot streak for Penny, as he is not a very good pitcher and can't possibly keep this going. Penny is an average pitcher at best that doesn't get a lot of strikeouts and is a big injury risk. Let someone else make a dumb move on Penny and then have it blow up in their faces.
Anibal Sanchez had another incredible outing, as it was the second time in recent time that he took a no hitter through six innings. Sanchez lasted seven innings on Sunday, didn't allow a run and struck out an impressive eleven. Sanchez is a pretty good pitcher that never gets any attention. He isn't always great, but the guy rarely gets absolutely blown up, and he often goes fairly deep into games. You rarely get those three inning, seven run games out of Anibal. Even when he doesn't have his best stuff, he generally still gives you innings. He should be on someone's roster in your league, should it be yours?
James McDonald didn't get the win for the Pirates today, but this was still three straight outings that he allowed two runs or less. McDonald threw six shutout innings and struck out eight. I still have little faith in McDonald, or any Pittsburgh pitchers at this point, and even though he is hot he isn't worth a roster spot. Keep McDonald and all of his rotation mates off of your roster and you will be better for it.
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Kyle McClellan had a much needed good start for St. Louis and ran his record to 5-0. He got off to an amazing start, but then had given up nine runs in his previous two outings before Sunday. But McClellan allowed just one earned run over eight innings and struck out three against the Milwaukee Brewers. McClellan has been a relief pitcher his entire career as a reliever, and the transition from reliever to starter is not an easy one, and I question his ability to last the entire season both healthy and effective.
Eduardo Sanchez had a really rough day on Sunday, as the St. Louis closer walked two guys and gave up a hit and was pulled from the game before he completely blew the game for the Cardinals. Fernando Salas had to come in and clean up his mess by striking out Rickie Weeks, but Sanchez is still the closer. He has been pretty effective and there is no reason to think he will be replaced because of this. Closers don't always close or finish games, and this was one for Sanchez. Now, after throwing 29 pitches there is no way he will be available to use tomorrow, so don't freak out more if Salas gets another save, Sanchez is still the guy.
Sergio Santos continues to solidify himself as one of the best plucks from the waiver wire this season, as he got his first win of the season after two hitless innings and struck out three. This guy has electric stuff for the White Sox, and there is no reason to think that he won't be a great pitcher on your bullpen all year long and should consistently strikeout a ton of batters. He is still yet to give up an earned run, and while that can't continue, Santos is going to be awesome.
Johnny Cueto came off the disabled list and immediately collected his first win of the season. Cueto threw six shutout innings and struck out four against the Chicago Cubs. He is a guy that I liked all of last season, and if he can just get his strikeouts up a little, Cueto could be that everyone can count on. After this impressive performance returning from injury, I would certainly add Cueto if he is available. He could win 12-13 games and strikeout 150 batters if things go well.
Fausto Carmona is doing something that he really hasn't before in the past and that is getting a good number of strikeouts. He had another seven whiffs in seven innings against the Angels on Sunday, and now has 35 strikeouts in just over 51 innings in 2011. He is generally a strikeout every two innings, so right now he is well above his general rate. I don't think that Carmona will continue to pitch this well, and if you have him I would try to trade him after this start. Carmona is a decent pitcher, but not this good, and a regression is nearly guaranteed.
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