Another day, another no hitter in major league baseball and we nearly had two no nos in one day. The American League pitcher was able to seal the deal, while the National League guy fell a little short of making history. We have a New York pitcher who couldn't make his start today, while an American League slugger will miss a couple of weeks. There is more exciting news of prospects hitting the majors, and a couple of young pitchers both thriving and struggling on Saturday. I will give you one fantasy player that you should never, ever pick up and an old grizzled vet who took his first step back. Get ready for everything you need to know from another important Saturday in fantasy baseball.
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Justin Verlander threw his second career no hitter, after he lost his perfect game in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander looked amazing in the game as he was still hitting 100 mph on the radar gun in the eighth inning. There is nothing but great things to say about Verlander and this performance as he is one of the top ten pitchers in fantasy baseball. There is never an excuse to keep Verlander out of your fantasy lineup and I wouldn't be surprised if he had another one or two no hitters before his career is over.
B.J. Upton has been suspended for two games for losing his mind and getting ejected the another night including throwing his equipment towards home plate. Upton is appealing, but we know that he will lose, but he will be able to play until they deny it and he took advantage and hit a home run today. This is just a heads up that at some point he is going to miss a couple of days coming up soon, likely without a warning.
Jeremy Hellickson recorded his third win of the season, but the young pitcher was still not impressive. Hellickson did throw five shutout innings, but he did walk four while striking out five. Hell Boy's ERA is under 4.00 and he does have a winning record, but he just hasn't been that electric guy that he was while in the rotation last season. You still have to love Hellickson's future, but he isn't going to be a fantasy ace this year, more of a third starter on your squad.
Now this is the kind of start I expected more from out of Clay Buchholz. The young Red Sox hurler threw five shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins, allowed just two hits and struck out six. Buchholz was in the Cy Young discussion last season but has been just average to begin the season, but hopefully this is the start of something good for him. The kid is way too talented to be pitching so poorly, and I do think that this is going to get him going on the right path. Keep Buchholz and keep him in your lineups and you will be rewarded.
Kosuke Fukudome had three hits today, and at some point every year fantasy players seem to start to like this guy after a couple of good games, but I have no idea why. Let me tell you that there is NEVER a time where you should add Fukudome to your roster unless you get into a league whre you can only draft Chicago Cubs outfielders. He won't end the season with a good batting average, he offers little speed, and even less power. There are no redeeming factors to Fukudome's fantasy resume and you should never have him on your team.
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While Justin Verlander was able to finish off his no hit bid, Yovani Gallardo fell just a little short in his dominance of the St. Louis Cardinals. Daniel Descalzo was the lone blemish on Verlander's outing today, which came at a time when a lot of fantasy owners were losing faith in him. He might have had too many walks, but Gallardo's pitches still looked good and had nice movement on them. Hopefully this will kick start him and get him on the path to a big fantasy season. If it isn't too late, Gallardo is a great buy low candidate.
Julio Teheran, the top pitching prospect for the Braves, hit the major leagues today, and while he wasn't overly impressive, you have to give him fantasy consideration. Baseball America listed him as the top overall prospect for Atlanta coming into the season and he was pitching like it before this callup. Teheran was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 30 innings. Those strikeouts are even low for Teheran, as his previous years in the minors he had 243 whiffs in 239 innings. In NL-only leagues he is a must add, but even in mixed leagues he is someone that you really need to pay attention to. The Braves have a history of finding great young pitchers and Teheran could be the next in that pedigree.
Luke Hochevar had a rare good start in 2011, as the former number one overall pick continues to struggle. He was good on this night though as Hochevar allowed just one earned run over seven solid innings and struck out three against the Athletics. Oakland is far from the biggest or the best offensive team, so that is one reason to take this with a grain of salt, as is the reason that it is just one good start. I always have him on my radar, but as of now I do not own him anywhere and neither should you.
Chris Young as unable to make his start for the New York Mets today as he wasn't able to loosen up in the bullpen before the game. Dillon Gee made the start for New York and pitched ok, but the news is that Young was unable to go. Throughout this good start to the season for Young I have been telling you that you can't trust him as he is just ALWAYS hurt and it is always just a matter of time before he is on the DL again.
Bartolo Colon was awful for the New York Yankees as he allowed five earned runs over 4.1 innings, but they were all given up in the first two. Colon did finish the game with four strikeouts, but over time you will find that he isn't going to be that fantasy relevant and eventually you will all be dropping him. If you have someone that you are excited about in free agency now, I would go ahead and make the move to drop Colon now.
Nelson Cruz landed on the 15 day DL today with a strained quad, and the move was made retroactive to May 4th, so he won't quite miss the full 15 days. He left Tuesday's game after hurting himself trying to leg out an infield hit and then aggravated it in the outfield. This is a common occurence for Cruz so you can't be surprised that he is injured, but this doesn't sound serious and he should be back in two weeks.
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