Armando Galarraga was ABSOLUTELY robbed of a perfect game as on the last out of the game the umpire missed a call and gave Jason Donald an infield hit. Based on the replay there is no doubt that the runner was out. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done and Galarraga is forever going to have a one-hitter in the books. So, what are the fantasy ramifications of this outing? Galarraga is a fairly talented pitcher who has had trouble over the past year staying in the majors, but the potential is there to be a viable fantasy pitcher. That being said, even after this start I would not go running to the waiver wire unless you are in an AL-only league or a league with 14 or more teams. I want to see him pitch well for a few more starts before I use him in my lineups.
Ken Griffey Jr. has officially retired from Major League Baseball on Wednesday after a remarkable career. Griffey finishes with 630 home runs in 22 seasons. He hasn't been a fantasy factor in a number of years, but Griffey was one of the best players of this generation, and was fantasy gold for many years.
Since April 14th, Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick has had a streak of good start followed by bad starts in succession. The good news for the suddenly offensive-challenged Phillies was that today he was in line for his good start and he delivered. The bad news is that Philadelphia scored only one run and they lost the game. Regardless of how many good games he throws I would not want Kendrick on my roster, just because he has too many times where he gets roughed up, and he doesn't strikeout enough guys to make up for it when he doesn't do well. If you want to try to play him against weaker competition go ahead, but don't be surprised when you get burned.
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I know many of you gave up on him earlier in the season, but Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson is all of a sudden pitching like we thought he would.....or even better. Jackson's team couldn't score him a run today, but he did throw nine shutout innings and struck out six. In three of his last four starts Jackson has given up three runs or less (zero earned runs in two of those), and his six strikeouts today are his lowest in his last four starts. If you are even thinking about picking up a pitcher right now I think Jackson is worth a long look. He had some success in the American League and is a good bounceback candidate going forward.
Curtis Granderson was struggling to start the season, but ever since he came back from the Disabled List he has been hitting quite well. A day after connecting on a home run, Granderson had three more hits and drove in two more runs, bringing his season average to .260 which is pretty good considering where it was. He still isn't hitting left handed pitching all that well, but I still like Granderson and think he is one of the top 15 outfielders in fantasy when healthy.
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Chris Volstad couldn't have pitched much better over his 5.2 innings, but unfortunately for him the bullpen couldn't hold his lead. Volstad was great again though as he allowed just one earned run in this start and struck out four. OK, maybe he could have pitched better and that was a bit of an exaggeration, but I am liking what he is doing. He allowed more than three earned runs just once in the month of May, but somehow he was 2-4 during the month. He is just 23 years old and is going to be a guy that you want to have your hands on in the future. For now there will be some growing pains in 2010 with Volstad, but overall I think he is at worst a pitch and ditch candidate with the potential to turn into a regular member of your roster.
Diasuke Matsuzaka, can you please decide if you are going to be awesome, or if you are going to suck and STICK with it please? On May 22nd Matsuzaka threw eight shutout innings against the Phillies and then 5 days later walked EIGHT guys and couldn't get out of the 5th inning. Today he was back to good again with just three earned runs allowed over 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. I don't think you can trust him still at this point and I want to see two or three good starts in a row before I am ready to put any faith in him.
Kurt Suzuki might be starting to heat up, which is good considering almost all of us can use a little help at the catching position . A day after hitting a double and a triple against the Red Sox, Suzuki hit his fifth home run of the year and raised his average to a subpar .254. He hit 25 points higher last season, so I expect Suzuki to get his average up to where his career average is, and he should get near 18-20 home runs as well.
Even when Scott Kazmir pitches well, he still has a hard time finding the plate and a hard time going deep into games. He allowed just one run over 5.2 innings, but walked four and struck out just two. Once one of the most highly touted pitching prospects in all of baseball, Kazmir still has a record below .500 and an ERA near 6.00. Based on his reputation he is still worth a roster spot, but he is teetering on being someone who belongs on the waiver wire if he can't go more than five innings in a game.
Chipper Jones left the game for the Atlanta Braves with an injured finger. He left after striking out and the team says that he has inflammation in the finger. Of course, Jones is day to day but I would expect him to miss at least a day or two based on his history. You all know that I don't like Jones, and he is not doing well in 2010, and while I still don't like him, I probably wouldn't drop him just yet.
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