I hope the weather is as good where you are as it is here in Upstate New York here on Memorial Day Weekend. as it is a beautiful night for fantasy baseball! There was a shift in the batting order in Tampa Bay, and their 2011 ace took one on the chin. The leader of the Pirates continues to make some fantasy noise, and speaking of noise did you see the catcher in Colorado? Below you will also find some news on a few of tonight's starting pitchers, some very good, some average, and some very bad. Take this extra time you have off of work to evaluate your team and then come back to Fantasy Alarm to sign up for our service so you always know when your players are in and out of the lineup for their teams.
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James Shields, who is having an amazing season, actually didn't go the distance tonight and actually took a loss, and he didn't even pitch that poorly. Shields allowed three earned runs over seven innings, walked three and struck out eight. I think most of us would sign up for that from our starters on most nights, but it is far from what he has been doing. I am so torn on what I expect from Shields over the next couple of months, as I can't believe he is going to be this good all season, but he just looks good even when he loses. I would still try to sell high on Shields because I think you can get the mother load for him right now.
First, Evan Longoria was moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup to try to wake up his slumping bat, and through one day Manager Joe Maddon looks like a genius as Longoria had two hits, including his third home run of the season. Longoria is what I would call a mega-superstar so it is just a matter of time before he starts putting up massive numbers, so perhaps this the start of that, but even if it takes another few weeks, you should never lose faith in Longoria ESPECIALLY the way third basemen have gotten hurt this year.
Another man crush of mine, Andrew McCutchen, is really starting to get back on track. He was hitting just .217 on May 5th, and now 23 days later he is up nearly 40 points to .255, and he also hit his ninth home run of the season. McCutchen has also stolen nine bases and has driven in 27 runs on the year and is just starting to help you in all categories. If you drafted McCutchen in the third round, he will definitely live up to what you expected of him as I think he is a lock to go 25/25 and get that average up to at least .290.
Damn it, Jordan Zimmerman deserves better than this. The Nationals starter allowed just two earned runs over six innings and struck out four but was saddled with his sixth loss of the season. This is now four starts out of the last five that he has allowed just two earned runs, and five in a row where he has allowed three or less, and yet he has just a 2-6 record. Zimmerman isn't a strikeout master, so his fantasy value is slightly limited since he isn't going to win a ton of games, but he is a decent guy to have to round out your fantasy rotation and you just have to hope he catches a few breaks along the way.
Matt Harrison is definitely back on track as he threw six shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals, although he struck out only one. This is now two straight starts where he hasn't allowed an earned run, and four straight that he has allowed three runs or less. If you do pick up Harrison just know that he isn't going to rack up the strikeouts for you, but on the sure to be division winning Rangers he will likely win you a decent number of games. At worst at the s point he is worth streaming, but Harrrison could easily have earned a spot on your roster full time.
There were few players I was more excited about to start this season than Mike Napoli. However, somehow he has found himself yet another situation where he just doesn't get regular playing time, and his .189 batting average sure isn't helping his cause. Napoli did hit his seventh home run of the season tonight, but that is just not enough to have on your roster anymore considering how little he plays, and how little he gives you when he does.
Freddie Freeman is starting to show signs of life as he now has a hit in five of the last six games he has played in, and he even hit his fifth home run of the year on Saturday. He actually had three hits today and raised his average to .254. I think right now he is worth having a spot on the bottom of your roster as I think he will continue to improve, unless you already have two strong options at first base and he is unlikely to ever find his way into your starting lineup, even in a utility role.
Bronson Arroyo is certainly showing no signs of the guy that he was in 2010 as he got tattooed again on Saturday, allowing nine hits and five runs over just three innings, without even striking out a single batter. He has now given up 19 earned runs in his last three starts and has struck out just six batters over that span. While it is a given that he will turn it around to a certain extent, I have long told you to stay away from this guy as he is just a decent pitcher that throws a few gems each year and his fantasy value lives on it for the rest of the season.
Did you just lose Buster Posey to that nasty injury on Wednesday? If so, have you given a look to Chris Iannetta to be his replacement? He certainly opened eyes on Saturday as he had four hits, including his sixth and seventh home runs of the season, and also drove in an impressive six runs. He is going to hurt you in batting average, but Iannetta brings you a good deal of power from the catcher position, and if he can show any consistency at all, he could be a decent replacement if you lost Posey or if your catcher just flat out sucks.
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