It’s amazing sometimes, the things in life we take for granted these days. A day and a half without internet might not make you feel like a caveman without fire, but it sure comes close. But everything seems to be back in working order now and it’s time to get back to our daily round-up for fantasy baseball. We’ll just make this a quick one as the Saturday games will be starting soon enough and owners who can make daily lineup changes might need this information sooner rather than later. So here we go….
|Nelson Cruz, OF TEX||4-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 8 RBI|
Who says you can’t get decent production out of a guy hitting near the bottom of the order? Out of the seven-hole on Friday, Nelson Cruz did some serious damange. OK, sure…most everyone in the Texas lineup did some damage, but Cruz already had three hits and four RBI before he hit that grand slam in the seventh inning. He’s certainly not producing at a level most have grown accustomed to, nor is he likely living up to his draft position, but he’s still on pace for over 100 RBI and will probably find his way to 20 home runs somehow. Forget about the stolen base aspect of his game though. His hamstring health is fragile enough as it is. No need to have him running when he really doesn’t need to.
|Jeff Francoeur, OF KC||3-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB|
|Giancarlo Stanton, OF MIA||2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C CHW||2-3, 3 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB|
|Matt Joyce, OF TB||2-3, R, HR, 4 RBI, BB|
|Dillon Gee, SP NYM||W, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 9 K|
Giancarlo Stanton doing his job, Matt Joyce hits his second grand slam of the week, and A.J. Pierzynski is looking sort of vintage, these days, no? The first two guys are doing what we’ve expected them to do, but Pierzynski is stepping it up so far this season. Maybe it’s the fact that Tyler Flowers is breathing down his neck a little heavier or maybe he’s just celebrating his 15th major league season. Whatever it may be, fantasy owners certainly aren’t complaining. He’s got the average north of .300 and he’s already matched his power output from 2011 and we’re not even out of May yet. There’s really nothing in his batted ball data that says that he can’t sustain this level of production, but that 18.2% HR/FB mark is definitely not going to stay that high. He’ll start to level off in the power department, but he’s still going to be plenty productive this season, it seems.
Nice to see Jeff Francoeur finally starting to live up to his draft position. After posting a 20-20 season last year, several people expected Frenchy to continue down that path. But while some felt he was playing over his head in 2011, few people thought he would turn in the performance (or lack thereof should we say) he did to start this season. Well, he seems to be trying to meet everyone half-way here now with this little five-game hit streak he’s got going with three home runs and five RBI. While it’s not what many of you were hoping for, it’s still better than him going into the tank completely. We’ll see how long he can sustain his current level of play, but in the meantime, he should be an active part of your lineup.
Oh man. First I have to compliment R.A. Dickey a few days ago and now it’s Dillon Gee? Mets fans are already having a field day with me as I’ve always been critical of their staff, but this could light up my email inbox with even more silly Mets propaganda. But I can take it. I have no problem giving credit where credit is due and Dillon Gee deserves a nod here. While he does tend to get lit up on the scoreboard every now and again, Gee has still posted five quality starts out of a possible nine, has increased his K/9, reduced his walk rate, and has an FIP sitting more than a full point lower than his current 4.92 ERA. He may not be someone you trust on a regular basis, but he’s definitely worth a spot on your roster for streaming purposes.
|Freddie Freeman, 1B ATL||0-5, 3 K|
|Derek Jeter, SS NYY||0-5, 3 K|
|Yan Gomes, C TOR||0-4, 2 K|
|Brandon Morrow, SP TOR||L, 81.00 ERA, 12.00 WHIP|
|Heath Bell, RP MIA||ND, 54.00 ERA, 9.00 WHIP|
Everyone puts up a stinker every now and again, but oh man did Brandon Morrow’s performance hurt on Friday. That Texas lineup just outright abused him right from the start. Recovering from an outing like this can be brutal – I mean, two-thirds of an inning with six earned runs?!?!? What do you even say about that? On top of that, he had just been rung up for six runs two outing ago, so we’re looking at 12 earned runs over his last 14.2 innings. I really don’t anticipate this being a regular occurrence, but you might want to check on his historical data with whomever he matches up against just to make sure.
So Ozzie Guillen reiterates that Heath Bell is still his closer, but really….for how long. I understand the club made a monetary investment, but when your closer can’t close out games, you have to put wins and success ahead of money sometimes. Bell owners hopefully still have Steve Cishek on their bench, because I just don’t see Ozzie putting up with this for much longer.
Miguel Montero is still questionable with his groin injury, although he’s got a fatter paycheck these days, no?
Lance Berkman is set to miss a minimum of 10 weeks after knee surgery.
Chipper Jones finally hit the DL with the calf injury.
Austin Jackson landed on the DL as well with his abdominal strain.
Ian Stewart is questionable with a wrist injury.
John Danks was put on the DL with a shoulder problem.
The Tribe is getting hit hard right now as Travis Hafner (knee) and Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) are questionable while it looks like Carlos Santana might take Saturday off after experiencing some dizziness after taking a pitch off the mask.
Michael Cuddyer (back) and Dexter Fowler (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday.
Jordan Schafer might be sidelined with a toe injury.
And last but not least, Ryan Doumit is now doubtful with this lingering calf issue.
Get those lineups in and good luck!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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