Josh Beckett struggled mightily and gave up eight earned runs in just three innings, one start after allowing seven runs just the other day. Beckett is now the proud owner of a 7.22 ERA after the first month of the season, but there isn't any reason to panic if you own Beckett. Of course you shouldn't be happy about the way he has performed, but you shouldn't be considering trading him or not even having a thought of letting him go. Beckett will come around and be fine, you might just have to be patient.
Mat Latos had a very quick outing on Monday as he lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed seven earned runs. The good thing was he struck out four in that span, but this is the kind of outing that the young kid is still prone to. He is a very talented pitcher, but as with almost every pitcher under the age of 25 there are going to be growing pains, and Latos will have days like this. Overall if you are in a keeper league you have to live with the growing pains, and in a seasonal league I would continue to pitch him right now against any opponent, but another start or two like this and I might just play him against the weaker NL teams.
Josh Johnson was absolutely brilliant against the Padres as he threw a complete game, allowing just one run and striking out 12. There isn't much analysis to give here, Johnson is one of the top 20 pitchers in all of fantasy and the fact that he dominated the Padres shouldn't surprise anyone. He is a must-start regardless of the competition.
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Neftali Feliz allowed two earned runs in the top of the 9th inning today against the Tigers which ultimately lost the game. This comes on the heels of him blowing a save on the 23rd so the seemingly unhittable Feliz is suddenly human. Never fear Feliz owners, regardless of whether his role as the closer is indeed temporary or not Feliz will always be fantasy worthy. The bigger news might be that Frank Francisco seems to have righted his ship some as he hasn't allowed a run in his last three appearances. I can't predict the future here, but at some point this season I still expect Feliz to be a starter and Francisco to be in the back end of the Rangers bullpen again.
Josh Hamilton connected on his second home run of the season and I am sure that his owners are very excited to see that. As an outsider and a non-Hamilton owner, I am still very skeptical of him and wonder where he went wrong. I don't think he has done enough for you to think about trying to shop him around, because I think his value is still way too low. I have next to zero confidence that he will regain that magical form from a few years ago, and you should be trying to max out his value in a trade if you are able to get someone decent for him.
Andrew McCutchen is stealing bases at a great clip with ten already on the early season, but I was hoping for a little more pop in his bat. McCutchen is never going to be a 30 homer guy, but I still think he can get into the high teens. He did drive in two runs tonight, just his third and fourth of the year, and I am looking for him to start to drive in a few more runs even if he is in the leadoff position. He is an elite talent with a huge upside for the future and should be in your starting lineup.
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Kyle Davies had one of the best starts of his career on Monday and took a no hitter into the fifth inning. Davies threw six shutout innings, walked three and struck out five. Regardless of this great start, I wouldn't consider adding Davies to my pitching staff really in any situation. He is a mediocre pitcher at best in my book and has never shown any kind of consistent production that makes you think he will be a quality fantasy pitcher.
Carlos Gonzalez continues to hit up a storm this season, and even with missing a few games due to injury, his stats are looking good. After a 2-3 game on Monday, Gonzalez is now hitting .324 with two homers, two steals, and nine RBI. The kid was a popular sleeper in drafts this season and it certainly appears he is ready to live up to that hype.
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