It is now June and the fantasy baseball season is not only in full swing, but it is starting to get closer to the halfway point. The days are getting longer, the matchups are getting tighter, and you are starting to think about your playoff position. There is plenty of news from around the league as we enter a new month so enjoy tonight's news and good luck on your matchups this week.
Struggling Tigers' pitcher Dontrelle Willis was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Billy Buckner in a deal that will try to revitalize his career. This will be an interesting experiment in the difference between pitching in the National League and the American League. Willis was an important part of a pitching staff that won the World Series for the Florida Marlins and has basically been D-Train Wreck for the Tigers. I would not go make a move to pick up Willis by any stretch of the imagination, but if he has a good start or two for Arizona, I would definitely start to consider it. However, I am not expecting those few good starts to come.
Mark Teixeira left the Yankees game tonight with a bruised left foot after fouling a ball off of it. He did it in the first inning, but was able to make it until the third until he had to leave the game. X-rays were negative however, and he says that he will be in the lineup on Wednesday. It could be in a DH capacity, but by the sounds of it I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he did play. At the worst I would expect him to miss two games.
Javier Vasquez looked like the guy that the Yankees wanted when they acquired him in the offseason as he mowed down the Orioles on Tuesday. In one of his best outings of the season, Vasquez allowed just one run over seven innings and struck out seven. There is little to celebrate about this start however, as all Vasquez did was what he was supposed to do against one of the worst teams in baseball. Honestly, if he got touched up against the Orioles, what else was there left for him? It is good to see him do well, but I need to see him do something against a good team before I get too excited about him.
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Brian Matusz didn't get the win against the Yankees on Tuesday, but it was nice to see him not get tattooed this time, especially against perhaps the best offense in baseball in New York. Matusz allowed just one earned run over 6.2 innings and struck out five on Tuesday. Based on the way he has been pitching lately I can almost guarantee that I wouldn't have started him against the Yankees, but I am encouraged by this and hopefully now that he is through May he will start pitching well again. I still like Matusz as a long term option for those of you in keeper leagues, but right now I would probably still keep him benched unless he faces a light hitting team like the Indians or A's.
Somehow Corey Hart has gone from a guy that you couldn't have on your team, to a guy to have on your radar, to a must add, to a guy that you should try to sell high on all in a span of a couple of weeks. Hart hit his 11th home run since May 15th and is just on a pace that can't continue. I am not saying try to sell him just to get rid of him, but send out some feelers in your league and see if you find someone who is overly excited about his hot streak and maybe will give you more than he should.
Troy Glaus homered for the third straight game and has driven in at least one run in six of his last seven games. This is a perfect time to try to capitalize on this hot streak if you are a Glaus owner because there is now way that this can continue. There is almost no way that you will get any real trade value for Glaus straight up, but if you make him part of a package perhaps he could be the piece that makes someone accept.
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Oakland's Daric Barton homered for the second time in three games, and drove in at least one run for the third straight game, but I absolutely wouldn't touch Barton with a ten foot pole. He just doesn't do any one thing well enough to be a viable fantasy player and the fact that he plays first base just makes those facts even more obvious. You expect your first baseman to hit for a lot of power, and if Barton would hit 12 homers I think that would be a lot and he doesn't hit for a high enough average to make up for his lack of power. Don't be fooled by this hot streak, and leave Barton where he belongs on the waiver wire.
Brett Myers had double digit strikeouts for the first time since September of 2008, and there is no doubt that he has overcome some of his inconsistency to be at worst a fantasy pitcher worthy of starting against the lesser competition in the National League. It has been three straight starts in which Myers hasn't give up more than two earned runs, and while I can't say that you should 100% trust him that he is going to give you a quality start every time out, this is the best that Myers has pitched in a few years and against lesser opponents he is a good start.
A couple of struggling White Sox had a positive game on Tuesday, and hopefully that means that both Gordon Beckham and Carlos Quentin will get on track and start doing what was expected of them when the season started. Beckham had his third two hit game this week and drove in two runs, and Quentin hit his second home run in the last three games and now has six on the season. I still have a lot of faith in both players, although they are both on my bench in leagues that I own them in. All it takes is another good game or two though and they will be starters for me again.
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