Another week of the fantasy baseball season is behind us, and it is hard to believe it is the middle of May already. The biggest power hitter of 2010 is showing that it was no fluke, while one of the elite pitchers from last season finally gets in the win column. One of the elite power hitters in the middle infield is trying to get on track, while a young pitcher in Arizona is showing signs of breaking out. An aging catcher is on a hot streak, while an injury prone shortstop is doing well since coming back from injury. The season is definitely in full swing so be sure to check out all of the content on Fantasy Alarm to help you earn a fantasy championship.
I said yesterday on the The Fantasy Alarm Show on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio that I was done with not believing in Jose Bautista and his power. I'm glad I got that out in time as Bautista had a hat trick of homers on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. At this point you have to believe in Bautista and what he did last year and so far this season. He is going to be a power monster again, it is time to give the man his due.
Finally Mat Latos got into the win column for the San Diego Padres as he held the Rockies in check allowing just one earned run over 5.2 innings while striking out five. I have stood behind Latos druing this entire cold streak and I will continue to do so. There is a slight concern over the number of innings that he threw last season, but the guy has nasty stuff with amazing strikeout potential and is going to have a great season. It is awesome time to try to buy low on Latos as I see him finishing very strong.
Ian Kennedy continues to look like this might be a breakout season for your fantasy teams. Once a mid-level Yankee prospect, Kennedy is showing his wears so far for the Diamondbacks as he is not only going deep into games, but not allowing many runs and racking up a good number of strikeouts. If you are in a shallow league, or in one with people asleep at the wheel and Kennedy is still available, I would definitely go out and make the move on him. He is looking like a no brainer to win 15 games and get about 175 strikeouts.
Dan Uggla hit his seventh home run of the season, but that doesn't exactly mean that he is back to the guy that you can trust. Right now it is possible that Uggla should be on your bench. If you have any other sort of option that you can use at second it might not be a bad idea to sit him, but if he has three or four other days you better get him back in quickly. He is going to get hot, he just isn't going to hit in the .280s again like he did in 2010.
Ramon Hernandez is on an absolute tear this weekend as he smashed another homer on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. That is now three homers in the last two days, but I urge you not to fall for this or make a move to pick up Hernandez as he is not only splitting time with Ryan Hanigan, but Hernandez is no spring chicken and he is either going to get hurt or start hitting .225 before too long.
Jason Marquis is having another strong start to a season as he looked great on Sunday against the Florida Marlins in earning his fifth win of the year. Marquis gave up just two earned runs over 6.2 innings and struck out two. I will never buy into Marquis for two reasons. One, he doesn't get enough strikeouts to be worth rostering when he is on a team like Washington that isn't going to get him a ton of wins. Second is he just isn't that good of a pitcher. Marquis is no young guy, he is in his early 30s and is a lifetime .500 pitcher with a career ERA over 4.50. This isn't all of a sudden going to turn into something more, so if you are picking him up for anything more than a streaming option, you are going to be disappointed.
J.J. Hardy hit a grand slam for the Baltimore Orioles, and now has seven RBI since returning from that oblique injury. I have to think he is available in most leagues, and considering the disaster that is the shortstop position, I think you have to look at your roster and see if you need a guy like Hardy. I have to think if there is a 12 team league that requires a middle infielder as well, he is a must grab right now. Not saying he is necessarily going to get there, but the guy has 20-25 home run power from the shortstop position.
A guy that you don't need to run and make a move on is the Mets' Justin Turner. Playing second base for the Metropolitians today, Turner made the most of his chance as he had two hits, including a three run homer, and drove in five runs on the day. Given the state of the Mets' offense he probably just bought himself a week's worth of starts, but I have not seen anything in his past that suggests he is going to have a breakout year here. Turner does have a little pop and a little speed, but nothing that makes me want to run out and grab him unless you are in a deep NL-only league.
I have had a season long crusade against any Pirate pitcher, but to this point Kevin Correia had been breaking the trend. However, he is starting to make me look good again as he got pounded by the Milwaukee Brewers. Correia surrendered six earned runs over just four innings, walked two and struck out just one. This is two straight outings that he has allowed four earned runs or more and I think this is a trend that is going to continue. If you have Correia you might want to give him one more start, but I would start combing the waiver wire now to see who will be on your team when you finally come to your senses and lose faith in Correia.
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