Doubleheaders can be a tricky business for fantasy owners. If you own players starting in a twin-billing, there’s nothing worse than opening up your live scoring page and seeing a big, fat 0-for-8, or worse in some cases. Right off the bat, you know it’s a batting average/OBP killer for you and you just have to sit and hope that someone else in your lineup had one of those 4-for-5 days just to help take the sting out of it. On the other side of the coin, there’s that jubilant feeling you get in your belly when you pop that live scoring page open and see a 6-for-8 followed by a whole slew of baseball abbreviations. Sometimes you see multiple home runs, sometimes it’s one of everything, and sometimes, in points leagues, it’s the bonus for a grand slam or hitting for the cycle. Sink or swim. Feast or famine. The doubleheader can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. But I’ll take my chances with it every time.
All that being said…
|Dexter Fowler, OF COL||7-9, 5 R, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB|
Well come on, now. With a build-up like that, who did you think was getting the nod here? I’ve always been a big fan of Dexter Fowler, but have struggled with my emotions the last two fantasy drafts and let him be. When he was first coming up, his speed potential was so enticing and with talk of some added power, I envisioned something more like a Jose Reyes-type in the outfield than say a Michael Bourn-type. But that wasn’t the case. The Rockies had a glut of outfielders at the time and so any little slump he fell into got him yanked from the lineup for a game or two. He still managed 430-plus at-bats, but he never really got things going the way I had hoped. I struggled with the decision to bypass him in his second year, but ended up being happy with my decision. Last year, same deal. Thought about it, but took a pass. This season we’re starting to see more of the power, but his work on the base paths is very underwhelming. I still like the guy as a ballplayer and he makes for a decent number four or five (or six) outfielder, but I’m not running out to trade for him. But hey, that doubleheader batting line sure looks tasty!
|Chase Headley, 3B SD||4-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B PHI||3-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB|
|Starlin Castro, SS CHC||2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, SB|
|Chris Sale, SP CHW||W, 1.23 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 15 K|
|Drew Hutchison, SP TOR||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 9 K|
OK, so Chris Sale’s night looked ridiculous! 15 strikeouts in 7.1 innings and his stuff looked nasty. That slider he was throwing around made quite a few guys from Tampa look silly and how many times did rookie Ryan Thompson swing at a pitch that touched his lips? But as great as it all looked and as nice as that was for your fantasy stats on Monday, he doesn’t get the top honors due to that B-squad lineup he was facing. Oh wait, did I say B-squad? I meant D-squad. No Carlos Pena, no Luke Scott, no Matt Joyce. After Sean Rodriguez, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist, we were looking at Will Rhymes, Elliot Johnson, the aforementioned Ryan Thompson, Jose Lobaton, Jose Molina and Drew Sutton. Not the biggest of bats with the best of plate discipline are they…?
Even though he didn’t make the leaderboard, I will give a nod to Tampa starter Matt Moore, who finally looked like the overhyped rookie that crazy people were drafting way too high this past spring. He did a good job of keeping the White Sox hitters off balance for the most part and 10 Ks in seven innings ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at.
Who doesn’t love it when the wind is blowing out at Wrigley? Chase Headley and Starlin Castro were part of that slugfest that saw eight home runs launched by some of the weakest bats in the game. Sure, Alfonso Soriano and Ian Stewart have some notable pop in their bats, but Headley with two in one game? Everth Cabrera? Darwin Barney? These aren’t really your most notable sluggers, are they? Makes you really want to check the weather reports in leagues where you can make daily lineup changes or if you play in one of those daily salary cap leagues.
Drew Hutchison threw the best game of his young career on Monday and has actually looked strong in three of his last four outings. He’s too green not to think he won’t have those games where he just implodes on the mound, but he’s definitely worth watching now for potential streaming.
|Dee Gordon, SS LAD||0-4, 3 K|
|Alex Rios, OF CHW||0-4, 3 K|
|B.J. Upton, OF TB||0-4, 3 K|
|Freddy Galvis, 2B PHI||0-5, 3 K|
|Nathan Adcock, SP KC||L, 15.43 ERA, 3.43 WHIP|
The Dee Gordon situation is getting so frustrating. The hardest part is that it reminds me of Michael Bourn's rookie season where every idiot in my primary keeper league kept saying, “You can’t steal first base!” The five-game hit streak he just came off was nice, although I would have preferred more than two stolen bases, but I’m deathly afraid that this 0-4 with three strikeouts could be the beginning of another cold spell with time on the bench looming. Come on, Dee! Pull it together, guy!
As for the rest of them listed here, well, you guys suck for the day! Try not to make it a regular occurrence.
Jonathan Lucroy, C MIL – broken hand (15-day DL, out 4-6 weeks)
Jered Weaver, SP LAA – back (day to day, getting an MRI on Tuesday)
Freddie Freeman, 1B ATL – eyes (questionable)
Dustin Pedroia, 2B BOS – thumb (doubtful)
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS CLE – hamstring (doubtful)
Travis Hafner, DH CLE – knee (questionable)
Carlos Ruiz, C PHI – hamstring (questionable)
Cameron Maybin, OF SD – wrist (doubtful)
David Freese, 3B STL – wrist (questionable)
Josh Hamilton, OF TEX – illness (questionable)
Yunel Escobar, SS TOR – groin (questionable)
Jesus Flores, C WAS – hamstring (questionable)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at email@example.com.
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