It was another interesting day in the world of fantasy baseball, and we cover it all like a glove. A once struggling slugger continues to absolutely roll, while an under the radar starting pitcher is doing everything he can to get on your radar. There is news on a closer change in the midwest, as well as a starter in Atlanta that is on a total roll. But perhaps the biggest news of the night is a catching legend in the Bronx who refused to play after being dropped in the lineup. If you want to win your fantasy baseball league you need Fantasy Alarm and all of the content we provide, feel free to check out it all.
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Boy I hope you didn't lose faith in Adrian Gonzalez. He might have gotten off to a rough start, but right now he is on an incredible tear and his three run homer on Saturday made it six long balls for him in the last seven games. This guy is just far too talented to have been as bad as he was for too long. Gonzalez is going to approach 40 homers when all is said and done so grab on and enjoy the ride.
I tried to tell you last week about how good Anibal Sanchez is, and I hope you listened. After an 11 whiff performance in his last start, Sanchez threw eight shutout innings and struck out another nine, giving him 20 fans in the past two outings. He is now 3-1 with an ERA under 3.00, and while he is sure to regress a little bit, Sanchez is a really strong pitcher if he is able to stay healthy. He pitches in a large ballpark and will give you a good number of strikeouts. If he is still somehow available in your league you should make the move to pick him up if you can.
After blowing his first save of the season it has been reported that the St. Louis Cardinals have taken Eduardo Sanchez out of the closer's role and it appears that Fernando Salas will get the next look at the back of the bullpen. Salas has looked amazing for St. Louis and is sporting an ERA of 1.15. However, I really don't get this move. Sanchez had made a couple of his save chances pretty interesting, but overall he was doing a pretty decent job. But pitching coach Dave Duncan said he had lost some velocity and was throwing too many pitches and that contributed to the move. It has been a revolving door in the ninth for the Cards so far, but I would go and pick up Salas if you can do it quickly.
Jair Jurrjens ran his record to 5-0 with another impressive performance against the Philadelphia Phillies. It has been a great run for Jurrjens, and he was spectacular today as he gave up just two earned runs over 7.1 innings and struck out six. Now, he usually won't wow you with the strikeout numbers generally, but right now he is on an incredible roll and you absolutely have to ride this hot streak while you can. If you could possibly deal Jurrjens for a much more talented pitcher that would be great, as he isn't this good and has long had injury issues in his career. I really like Jurrjens, but keeping it a cautious optimism about him.
Aaron Harang had his worst start of the season by far as the Colorado Rockies beat him from pillar to post. Harang allowed seven earned runs over just 4.1 innings and he struck out just three while walking four. I am not pushing the panic button after this start for Harang, but I don't want to see this happen again or else I might start to sweat a little. Harang has gotten off to a great start, but has been riddled with inconsistency the past few years so hopefully this was just a blip on the radar. Hang on to him for a while and see what happens.
Tyler Ross threw another great game for the Oakland Athletics, and a two run homer to Paul Konerko was the only blemish on his day. Ross allowed just two runs over 7.1 innings and struck out eight. He has been a great replacement since the injury to Dallas Braden, but if you look at his history in the majors and minors, this doesn't seem like a hot streak is going to last, so there is no reason to make a move to grab Ross as this has all the makings of a short term success story.
Daniel Murphy has been playing all over the place for the Mets, and even started at first for them on Saturday. I obviously wouldn't use him there, but he should have middle infield eligibility, and if your league requires a middle infielder on top of a second baseman and shortstop, Murphy could be a nice plug in there. He is only hitting .245 right now, but that should improve, and he has three homers and 12 RBI in 35 games, although he hasn't started all of them. It would take an injury to your team for me to plug in Murphy, but perhaps he can be useful as insurance on your bench.
To quote former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, J.P. Arencibia is who we thought he was. Coming into the year we figured that Arencibia would not hit for a very good average, but bring you nice power for a catcher. And so far, Arencibia has been just that. With his two hit day on Saturday, Arencibia is still hitting just .229, but he did connect on his sixth homer of the season and that is the second highest total among catchers. I really like his potential and think he is better than a .230 hitter, but don't expect him to get over .265 for the year.
Johnny Cueto won his second consecutive start since coming back from injury as he kept the Cardinals in check all day. Cueto allowed three runs, but none were earned over 7.2 innings and struck out five. Cueto is known for his inconsistency, but I believe that he will be good much more than he will be bad, and he should have a spot on your roster. He isn't an elite strikeout guy, but he gets more than his share and is a good fourth or fifth starter on your fantasy rotation.
In an incredible turn of events,Jorge Posada was supposed to be moved down to ninth in the New York Yankees lineup, but then he refused to play in the game and his future with the team is in jeopardy at best. Considering the way that Posada has been playing, and the way that Jesus Montero has been playing in the minors, Posada better watch his step. The Yankees probably aren't looking to terminate his contract, but don't be surprised if he is suspended or something along those lines. If you are holding Posada on your roster you better be looking to trade him or maybe drop him as his 2011 season is going sour in a real hurry. Keep tabs on this story in the next few days as this is sure to have more twists and turns.
C.C. Sabathia certainly has not been his usual dominant self so far in 2011, and he had perhaps his worst start of the season on Saturday as he gave up six earned runs to the rival Red Sox. His record is now 3-3 and his ERA is just under 3.50, which isn't bad, but it isn't C.C. Sabathia. Don't get crazy about Sabathia as he always hits his groove around June, so he is close to that right now and you can believe he is going to win 16 or 17 games and strikeout nearly 200 batters. It might even be a good time to try to buy a little low on Sabathia.
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