The longer than usual opening matchups in your fantasy baseball leagues have finally come to a close and hopefully you were on the winning side. Tonight, we continue to new format of the article where we feature some of the top performers of the night and then chronicle the news below. I am looking for some feedback on this change whether you all think this is a good move. Tonight, we mention some guys who are playing over their heads, a superstar off to a slow start, and a young phenom coming into his own. On the pitching side there is a couple of guys under the radar and why Fernando Rodney got the save tonight.
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Paul Konerko, CWS -- 2-3, 2 HRs (3), 2 RBI (11)
Jhonny Peralta, DET -- 3-4, 2B, HR (1), RBI (4)
Shane Victorino, PHI -- 3-4, HR (1), RBI (8)
David Freese, STL -- 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI (3)
Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE -- 3-5, HR (3), 2 RBI (9)
Albert Pujols is beginning to depress me with this hideous start to the season. Pujols took another collar on Sunday as he went 0-5 and grounded into ANOTHER double play, which seems to be all he can do this year. He is now batting just .143 this year with a single home run. All that being said, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to worry about with Pujols. He will be fine, and the only thing that comes from this slow start is that a huge red hot streak is on the horizon, and when he is on it, he will carry your team. See if the guy with Pujols in your league is dumb enough to trade him.
We are witnessing something special with the White Sox Gordon Beckham, as we watch a young player blossom into his potential. He popped his second home run of the season on Sunday and is now batting .333 with six RBI. This is no fluke people, the kid is for real, and I usually don't suggest this with hot players, but I would even go ahead and try to trade for him even when he is doing well, I believe that much in Gordon Beckham.
Josh Willingham connected on his third home run of the season, but this is not a guy that I want on my team. "The Hammer" has a history of injuries, most notably his back, and every time he gets hot his production is derailed by his inability to stay healthy. I've been burned enough times by him that he is a guy that I no longer will pick up in fantasy. If you can make a deal with Willingham in it, I would pursue that. You won't get much straight up for him, but if you can package him in a deal for a better player, he might be able to help you finalize a trade.
Nick Hundley continues to abuse the baseball. He mashed his second home run of the season and is now hitting .440 with seven RBI on the season. I don't need to tell you that a cold streak is on his horizon, and truthfully I think it is going to be a pretty prolonged one. I think if you can capitalize on this incredible start and maybe make a play for a more established catcher that might not be doing as well I would do that, Hundley has shown some pop before in his career, but his batting average projects to be absolutely tragic. He will pop you some dingers, but I believe that you can do better than him and his stock will never be higher.
Stephen Drew had four hits and drove in three runs, and is now batting .500 on the young season. I would like to see him develop a bit more power, but I am very happy with the bat control and plate discipline that he is showing so far. The long balls will come over time, and I think he is capable of hitting 20 home runs. Right now though, Drew just needs to focus on continuing to get on base and building confidence, with a swing like his the balls are bound to go over the fence eventually. I'm not saying make a power play on him, but if Drew can be had at a reasonable price and you didn't get one of the top two guys, maybe you can swing a deal to get him on your squad.
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Jered Weaver, LAA -- 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 15 Ks (W, 3-0)
Josh Beckett, BOS -- 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 10 Ks (W, 1-0) Guess he's not done yet, huh?
Chris Young, NYM -- 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 Ks (ND)
Derek Holland, TEX -- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 Ks (W, 2-0)
Cole Hamels, PHi -- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks (W, 1-1)
Gavin Floyd, CWS -- 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks (W, 1-0)
Kyle Lohse, STL -- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 Ks (W, 1-1)
Huston Street, COL -- 1 IP, 0 H, 2 Ks (S, 4)
John Axford, MIL -- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K (S, 3)
Aaron Harang wasn't one of the top performers of the night, but he did have another solid outing in leading the Padres to victory. Harang pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run and struck out two. Of course you would like to see him strike some more guys out, but Harang is now 2-0 and looks like he is going to live up to the billing of a strong sleeper this season. With some renewed health and the tutelage of Bud Black, Harang could return to his old form of 14 wins with a 3.25 ERA that he had earlier in his career.
Are you all ready to let go of Erik Bedard YET???? What other signs do you need? Sure the guy is healthy and struck out six guys in four innings, but he also gave up six runs and took his second loss of the year. People, the ship has sailed on Bedard it is time to come to that realization now, and the faster you do the better off your fantasy team will be. I know you want to keep him on your team a little longer, but heed my words, start looking at the waiver wire tonight!
Fernando Rodney collected his second save for the Angels on Sunday and I know you are all freaking out right now because Rodney was called in and not Jordan Walden who we have been telling you to jump on. Fear not! Walden had thrown 25 pitches the night before and needed a rest, he will be the closer for the rest of the season in Anaheim if he is able to pitch effectively. I don't see Rodney in any ninth inning unless Walden is unavailable.
Brandon McCarthy pitched well for the Athletics against the Twins on Sunday, and he is certainly starting to get my attention. A former top prospect of the Chicago White Sox, McCarthy has battled control problems and injuries throughout his career, but always has had the talent to be successful. He gave up just two runs over 7.1 innings and struck out five, earning his first win of the season. He might not be a guy you should make a move on right away, but definitely someone who should be on your radar.
Drew Storen not only notched his first win of the season, but he also had his fifth straight appearance in which he didn't allow an earned run. He did put a couple of guys on, but got out of trouble, and I am telling you he will be the lone man in the ninth for the Nats before too long and you should be Storen him on your team for later. I know, totally corny, just go with it. The Nationals want Stored to have the job, and there is nothing in Sean Burnett's past that suggests that he should be a major league closer. If you currently have Burnett I would try to deal him for just about anything you can get, and make sure you have Storen waiting in the wings.
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