Tuesday nights are typically reserved for sheer boredom and dreading the following work day. This is not the case my friends while baseball is in season. Reminiscent of hanging out in a hotel room with Charlie Sheen the baseball world was filled with drama and intrigue. This typically bland Tuesday revealed three post hype first baseman who are begging for the fantasy world's attention. We also have an ex Red Sox who is making an improbable run to perfection, not to mention a current Sox player who is baffling his owners after imploding once again. As you wade through the plethora of fantasy news you also come across closers grabbing the job by the horns and ones who might have blown a once in a lifetime opportunity. With all that has happened today in the world of baseball, Tuesday's have become a fantasy owners guilty pleasure.
Justin Masterson is proof that there is never a need to draft pitching early and to always select bats in the first few rounds of your draft. Masterson was the key piece the Indians received from the Red Sox in the Victor Martinez trade a year and a half ago. Victor currently resides on the DL and in a new city while Masterson has remained in Cleveland and compiled staggering numbers this year. In what can only be described as this year's Ubaldo like run, Justin has has simply dominated in his first five starts of the season. The Jamaican Born (really?) right hander has a 5-0 record to go along with a 2.18 ERA. Now is the time to sell high on my Rastafarian friend because not even King Felix could keep up this pace. Masterson is a must add if your in a league with the mentally challenged and the perfect sell high guy if your lucky enough to be riding this wave.
Members of Red Sox Nation are all running to the nearest bridge as Clay Buchholz looked lost on the mound again. Buchholz faced a struggling Baltimore lineup that pounded 12 hits and four runs against him in just a little over 6 full frames. His record now stands at 1-3 and sports an extremely inflated ERA of 5.33. Buchholz is the type of fantasy player that gives me fits- too valuable to drop yet performing too poorly to start or trade. Owners will have to demonstrate some extreme patience and hope he can right the ship. Currently, the Sox organization feels that Clay has drastically changed his pace of game and this has produced miserable results. Hopefully he can learn from Dice K and realize 6sixhour games usually lead to disaster.
While Buchholz floundered an unsung rookie in the other dugout continued to impress. Typically I would not endorse a rookie pitcher that has K/BB ratio of 19/12 in just under 32 innings but this kid is special. Zach Britton continually made a potent Red Sox lineup uncomfortable and induced countless ground balls. In deep leagues he is a must add and in shallow ones he is a guy to keep a very close eye on.
Justin Smoak, Matt Laporta and Brett Wallace are three former top prospects that have all looked to hit their stride. Numbers wise Brett Wallace of the Astros has jumped ahead of the pack with his onslaught of National League pitching. Tonight against the Cards he went 3-4 which brought his average up to a enticing .347. The power is still lacking for this future star but if your in a keeper league you should aggressively pursue him (I included my first born in my last offer for him). LaPorta and Smoak both went yard tonight for their third homers of the season but if I had to choice between the two- it's a no contest for Smoak. The Teixeira clone has an amazing eye at the plate for someone his age and massive power potential (even with home games at Yellow Stone National Park).
For all those who stashed Lonnie Chisenhall in hopes of an early season call-up you might be severly dissapointed. Jack Hannahan has played great defense and really brought the lumber tonight against KC belting two homers and a single. The job is still Chisenhall's in the future but if Hannahan continues to rake then management will quickly decide that Lonnie needs a little more seasoning in the minors.
Come on Ozzie we are not stupid..... We all know Santos is now your closer. Sergio Santos earned his second save of the season providing proof that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has decided to make the switch (although he wont officially announce it ). This is the worst kept secret in fantasy sports and everyone needs to proceed with Santos as the closer moving forward.
As Mitchell Boggs owners finally start to feel comfortable that they found a waiver gem he completely falls apart against an anemic Houston lineup. With Jason Motte waiting in the wings and Ryan Franklin determined to get his job back Boggs could be in serious danger of relinquish the closer role and never getting it back.
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