For a guy with no home runs in the month of April, Adrian Beltre is now doing what he is supposed to be when he hit his seventh home run of the season. Given the fact that third base is no great shakes as far as depth of talent is concerned, Beltre is looking better and better as a fantasy option. He will never be an elite guy at the position, but he could get into the low 20s in home runs and he continues to hit well over .300. The batting average is likely to dive 25 points or so, but I will take a 3B that hits .305 and hits 23 homers and drive in 80 runs.
There was some cautious optimism when Chris Tillman came back to the majors that perhaps this season he would live up to his enormous potential with the Orioles. His first start wasn't too bad, but the abomination that was his trip to the mound on Friday likely set him back a long way in fantasy players minds. Tillman couldn't get out of the second inning against the high powered Red Sox offense before giving up four earned runs and striking out two. Granted the Sox are one of the better offenses in the American League, but that is no excuse. Right now I would need to see a string of three or four good outings before I considered trusting Tillman enough to even add him to my roster nevermind actually start him.
I have been bad mouthing Jose Bautista and continually telling you that there is no way that this great season of his is going to continue. And week after week he continues to make me look like a fool. Well, there was plenty more of that on Friday as Bautista hit his 17th and 18th home runs of the year. He obviously is going to have a career year, but I continue to be unable to believe that he is going to do this until September. It is possible that it might come back to burn you, but I would still try to take advantage of this and trade Bautista at the absolute height of his fantasy value.
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Anibal Sanchez was one of the hottest pitchers in the month of May and after tonight I imagine he would like to turn the calendar back a page. It wasn't that he was awful, but he did take his third loss of the season. Sanchez allowed four runs over 5.2 innings and struck out just two and walked four. It was the first time since April 16th that he had given up more than two earned runs, and it was his fewest strikeouts since April 22nd.
Carlos Zambrano returned the Cubs rotation on Friday and while he wasn't dominating, it was probably a little better than you should have expected. He pitched just 4.1 innings and allowed three runs and struck out three. After being in the bullpen for a while it shouldn't have been a surprise that he didn't pitch deep into the game, but given the way he was pitching when he was starting this wasn't too bad. I still don't like Zambrano as a player in real baseball or fantasy, but if he was dropped and you need help in pitching, he is probably more talented than most people on your waiver wire and could be worth a flier. I would rather have a young guy with some upside, but there is some value with Zambrano.
Is this the game that gets Justin Smoak on track and keeps him in the major leagues? Smoak has been so bad that there have been rumors of him going back to the minor leagues, but I believe that the Rangers will give him more time to figure things out and perhaps tonight is the start of something big. Smoak was 3-3 with his 6th homer since being called up. He got his average back over the Mendoza Line and while I am not starting him in leagues that I have him in, I am urging you to have more patience and keep him on your roster. I would not drop Smoak to free agency unless there was someone available that shouldn't have been dropped or if he is indeed optioned back to the minors, which I don't expect.
One start after getting back on the fantasy map with 14 strikeouts, fantasy players were reminded why Max Scherzer was optioned to the minors earlier this year as he was touched up for five runs over five innings and striking out just three. Scherzer still has a ton of potential, but I still see plenty of growing pains along the way for him. So, that is case number 1,205,252 of why you shouldn't always chase one good game.
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