Well it really sucks to be Phillies prospect Domonic Brown. It is your life's dream to play in the Major Leagues, and how is your luck you are called up the day before the end of the world!?!?!?!?!?! OK, I swear that is the last time that I will bring up that total nonsense. But we have a pair of A's pitchers on the shelf, while one of the American League's top hitters go there as well. One of the Red Sawks top hitters sends one ova da Monsta, while one of the hottest guys to start the season is starting to slide. There's this and so much more in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
The Phillies have placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15 day Disabled List because of a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the lineup for the past four days. However, the exciting news in this is that Philadelphia has called up super prospect Domonic Brown to take his place on the roster. Brown might get off to a little bit of a rough start, but this kid has major talent and should be on your roster right away. I think he definitely will continue to play when Victorino is ready to return if he hits when he comes up. But he is a guy that I have parked on my bench all year in more than one league, so needless to say I think the future is bright for him, very bright.
The Athletics placed both Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross on the DL with various injuries. McCarthy has what the team is calling a stress reaction in his shoulder, while Ross left his last start with an oblique injury. I believe right now that while neither injury appears to be incredibly serious, both guys should be dropped if you own them. Neither is pitching overly great and you can't afford to have them using a roster spot, or even an injury spot, for the type of production that they offer.
Travis Hafner was sent to the 15 day DL with an oblique injury that forced him to miss Wednesday's and Thursday's games. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday so he will be eligible return 15 days from then, but I am concerned about Pronk and an oblique injury. He has had his share of injuries in recent years, but hopefully his body bounces back well from this one and get can get back to what he was doing, which was hitting to a .345 average, one of the best in the American League.
Danny Espinosa had himself an amazing game as the Nationals had batting practice against the Baltimore Orioles. Espinosa finshed a double short of the cycle and he drove in five runs, bringing his season total to 27 RBI. Like I said a few days ago when I highlighted Espinosa he is going to hurt you in the batting average category, there is no doubt about that, but his power, speed, and run producing is too good at a middle infield position to let that get in your way of playing him. Espinosa is a good guy to have in your lineup at second.
Fresh with the info that he is going to be the starting first baseman going forward with Kendry Morales not coming back, Mark Trumbo is looking better by the day. He now has a hit in three straight games, and hit his seventh home run of the season, bringing his RBI total to 21. Trumbo is available in a lot of leagues and has some real major league power. He is the prototypical guy that you want in the corner infield spot or perhaps a utility role as he has a lot of potential to grow into and could really turn out a great season.
R.A. Dickey pitched himself a hell of a ball game for the Mets in the Subway Series against the Yanks. It has been a rough year for Dickey has he has not risen to the occasion, but he erased a lot of those games on Friday as he allowed just one run over six innings and struck out six. This is the kind of game that the Mets got from Dickey last season, and perhaps this is the start of something good. I wouldn't trust Dickey as far as I could throw him, and at best he is a streaming option against weak offensive teams.
Now this is the Brad Penny that I was expecting! Penny was terrible tonight as he allowed five runs over 5.2 innings and walked four while striking out just three. Penny has been on an incredible roll lately and I know he is gaining the attention of some fantasy players, but I am here to tell you that there are many more games like this in his future, rather than all of those good ones he was having to start the year. Penny sucks, and isn't worth your time.
Jo-Jo Reyes has shown some good signs in small doses for the Blue Jays this season, but he has imploded in most starts to look horrible. However on Friday, Reyes was able to keep it all together and deliver a great performance, even if the bullpen couldn't hold the lead for him. Reyes threw seven shutout innings and struck out seven, while walking just one. A lot of you might not know Reyes, but he was once a fairly highly touted prospect for the Atlanta Braves, which a lot of times means that a guy is going to have a good career. There is no way that you should be picking up Reyes right now, but put him on your radar and see if he can gain some momentum from this outing.
Kevin Youkilis is really heating up now, and has finally broken out of that season beginning funk that mired the first six weeks of his season. Not only has he had at least one hit in eight consecutive games, but he had two doubles and a MONSTER home run . Youkilis is obviously going to have a much better season than it originally looked like, and will likely be very similar to previous years, but I always worry about his health, or else I think he is one of the best hot corner guys in fantasy baseball.
Alex Gordon and his amazing start to the season have certainly hit the skids in the month of May. He did have one hit tonight against Chris Carpenter, but that is just six hits over his last eleven games and is looking lost at the plate. However, Gordon will right the ship and get back on track. Obviously, almost every single guy who gets off to a .350 start isn't going to keep it going and is going to slump at some point. While Gordon isn't going to win the MVP or anything, he is a talented hitter and should still be on your rosters. I can't blame you if you want to sit him on your bench while he slumps, but I definitely would not drop him at this point.
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