Jason Bay finally connected on his first home run as a Met, nearly a month after the season started. New York obviously hoped for more than this when they doled out huge bucks to Bay in the offseason, but I still think that it is just a matter of a slow start and Bay will turn it around and hit 27-28 homers at the least. Look for more from the new leftfielder in Queens in the coming weeks.
Chris Iannetta has been sent down to AAA today after signing a contract extension in the offseason. Iannetta has been dreadful, batting just .133 with two RBI, and now that the Rockies have a viable second option in Miguel Olivo, no one should be surprised by this move. I still really like Iannetta, but even before this move he was completely unownable except in deep leagues or NL-only options. If you have Iannetta for some reason, go scoop up Olivo before it is too late.
Francisco Liriano continues to serve notice to the major leagues that he is indeed back and fantasy owners need to take notice at this point. He absolutely dominated the Tigers today as he allowed just four hits and no runs over eight innings and struck out ten. This is now three straight starts where he hasn't allowed a run, and while his ERA of less than 1.00 has to change, Liriano certainly appears as though he is going to have a quality season and should be treated that way.
Phil Hughes had a little trouble finding the plate on Tuesday as he walked four Orioles in just 5.2 innings, but still just allowed one earned run. No matter if he is totally in the zone like last time out when he was carrying a no hitter, or this time when he struggled with command, it appears as though Hughes is someone that should be earning your trust more and more as the season wears on. I still worry about the number of innings the Yankees will let him throw this season, but he is showing that he is definitely ready for prime time.
Clay Buchholz is enjoying a very solid start to 2010 and had his fourth consecutive quality start. Buchholz pitched eight great innings in which he allowed just one run and struck out four. The 25 year old Red Sox hurler is another one of the next generation of fantasy stars and in keeper leagues he is definitely someone that you should be interested in.
Jon Garland had one of the best starts of his career on Tuesday as he gave up just three hits and one earned run over six innings and struck out ten. I called him a sneaky good play in the two start pitcher article and brought him up on a recent podcast, but I still did not expect this kind of performance. Garland was a decent pitcher for the Angels before bottoming out with the Diamondbacks last year and now is enjoying a resurgence with the Padres. He hadn't had more than four strikeouts in a start at all this season and generally averages about a strikeout every other inning, so don't pick him up and expect this kind of production to continue. Garland is best served as a guy you pitch against the weaker teams in the National League and not someone you expect to do well every time he takes the mound.
Anibal Sanchez might have lost his game tonight, but he pitched well enough to win. Sanchez now has back to back very good starts as he allowed just two runs over 6.1 innings and struck out seven. Sanchez has great ability and could possibly be a viable fantasy pitcher at some point, but he is prone to both injuries and also giving up the big inning. I wouldn't make the move on Sanchez right now, but if he came up as a two start pitcher or if you like him with a particular matchup, he might be worth picking up on the short term going forward.
Ian Desmond is on a nice little hot streak as he now has six hits in the last four games, as well as two stolen bases and two RBI on Tuesday. He isn't exactly lighting the world on fire in any one category, but if you have a league with a middle infield position he does have some promise there.
Frank Francisco collected the save for the Texas Rangers tonight by pitching a perfect ninth inning even though he didn't record a strikeout. Now the question is was this the end of his temporary demotion of Francisco to the eighth inning? Or was this a function of Neftali Feliz pitching two straight nights. At first I thought maybe it was the end of the demotion, but the more I think about it, it may just be giving Feliz the night off. Keep your eyes peeled to this situation.
Eric Young Jr. has been promoted to the major leagues and started at second base and led off for the Rockies. It was his first start since being promoted and he made the most of it with two hits and two RBI. If the Rockies indeed give him the opportunity to play every day, Young could be a nice addition to your fantasy team if you need speed. I hope that he can hit major league pitching well enough to get on base to steal some bases. Young has some nice potential, now hopefully he gets the chance.
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