It is the end of Week 5 of the fantasy baseball season, and the injuries continue to roll in. One in Houston seems much worse than another in New York. We have a couple of really good pitching performances, and a former closer who continues to implode. We have news of a prospects rise the majors derailed, and an ace pitcher who continues to struggle. As we get farther into the season it becomes more apparent that you have to have the Fantasy Alarm service, so do yourself a favor and visit the home page today!
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OK, you aren't goign to believe this, but Carlos Lee collided with shortstop Angel Sanchez and LEE was the one who had to be carted off the field. They both slid after a dropping fly ball and it originally looked like Lee got kicked in the family jewels, but the team is saying that Lee suffered a rib injury. By the way he left the field I would say that he could be missing a significant amount of time.
Robinson Cano hurt his hand catching a pickoff attempt and was unable to finish the game. He had an x-ray that came back negative and the diagnois is a bruised hand and Cano is day to day. The Yankees do play on Monday so there is a chance that he could get a day off there, but from the sounds of things I would play Cano even if I was in a weekly league.
Justin Masterson continues his incredible start of the season with another gem against the Detroit Tigers. Masterson allowed just two earned runs over seven innings and struck out seven. He didn't get his sixth win of the year, but this was still an impressive outing for the Indians' ace. The only way that I would trade Masterson at this point would be if you could get one of the top 15 pitchers in baseball. He is not a sell high candidate in my book. Obviously he is going to have some bumps in the road, but Masterson is a good pitcher and will continue to succeed.
Matt LaPorta had two hits for the third straight game as he keeps proving that he is ready to make it in the big leagues, and he raised his batting average to .263. I know that doesn't sound impressive, but it was .189 on April 13th, I would say he is definitely doing better. I want to see him show a little more pop, but right now LaPorta's success has my attention and I would grab him if he is available and you need some help at the corner infielder.
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Ivan Nova pitched pretty well for his third straight start and he also notched his second win of the year for the Yankees over the Blue Jays. He allowed just two earned runs over 6.1 innings and this was the third time that he allowed two earned runs or less in a row. Nova did have five strikeouts on the day, although he isn't going to wow you generally with whiffs. Nova is a nice spot starter or pitch streaming option when the Yankees are playing a subpar team.
I certainly hope that this is the last time for a LOOOOONG time that Ryan Franklin is in a game in a meaningful spot. I know it was an unearned run, but Franklin allowed a weak hit to Brooks Conrad to win the game for the Braves as Franklin dropped to 0-3. He just has no confidence right now and there is little doubt that he won't get another shot at the ninth inning any time in the near future. If you are still holding Franklin, this is your official permission to send him packing!
I am in the Bud Norris business. The Astros starter had an amazing game today as he threw 7.2 beautiful shutout innings where he allowed just three hits and struck out 11. Norris is a long way from a star, but the guy is a consistent pitcher, and best of all he racks up a lot of strikeouts. It is likely too late at this point, but if Norris is still out there in your league, make the move right away to add Norris to your team.
Domonic Brown was activated from the 15 day DL, but then was optioned to AAA, making our wait for his return stretch a little longer. Brown hit incredibly well on his rehab assignment and I am not sure why he wasn't called to the majors. I am still going to hold him on my teams as I think it is just a matter of time before the Phillies give him a spot over Ben Francisco or Raul Ibanez.
Ubaldo Jimenez is still not right, and I don't know what it is. On Sunday he was knocked out of the game after just four innings after giving up four runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also allowed six hits and walked four. Something is wrong with Jimenez, but I don't know if he is hiding another injury or he is just still off from missing time. You can't trade him at this point, so all you can do is keep throwing him out there and hope that he finds his form again. Don't sell for 75 cents on the dollar.
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