Well now I don’t mean to slight you here on the recap after a day off, but spending the night at the Giants/Astros game sort of takes away from your ability to watch multiple games simultaneously. I kept up with everything thanks to some nerdiness and a smart phone, but you know it’s just not the same. But you didn’t come here for excuses. You came here for some fantasy baseball information and gosh darn it, that’s what you’re gonna get. So screw the excuses and let’s just get to it.
|Colby Lewis, SP TEX||9.0||4||1||1||1||7||1||1.00||0.56|
Truth be told, I’ve never been a big fan of Colby Lewis although he certainly has his moments on the hill, as evidenced by Tuesday night’s performance. Maybe it’s the stigma of being a Texas pitcher…similar to being a Colorado pitcher….but I tend to avoid them really. For me, they’re great for wins, given the Rangers’ offense, and they might help in strikeouts, but the risk you take with your ratios is, to me, substantial. It’s the reason that I stayed away from Yu Darvish this season, and while he’s been solid at home thus far, three of his last four starts where he’s been beaten up have been on the road and the one home start was five innings and three runs. It looks like things are starting to unravel a little. But I digress. Good job, Colby Lewis. You have brought honor to your family and smiles to the faces of your fantasy owners….for now.
|Brandon Moss, OF OAK||2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI|
|Everth Cabrera, SS SD||2-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, 3 SB|
|Adam Jones, OF BAL||4-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI|
|Madison Bumgarner, SP SF||W, 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 12 K|
|Johnny Cueto, SP CIN||W, CG, 1.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 7 K|
Got a couple of first-timers here! Brandon Moss clubs a pair of home runs which is awfully nice, but really….how many people started this guy? None? Probably. He’s getting a little bit of work in while Yoenis Cespedes works his way back into the lineup, but unless he’s getting regular at-bats, his value is pretty darn minimal. Everth Cabrera, on the other hand has some nice value in deeper leagues if he continues to swipe bags like that. He doesn’t have to steal three a night, although that would be a huge help, but if he can contribute to the category with some regularity, he could make for a strong waiver claim for as long as he holds the starting job in San Diego.
Do I even need to say anything about Adam Jones here? I mean…I will. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll toot his horn every chance I can get if that’s what you’d like, but I’m sure you’re a little tired of that and all the patting myself on the back that comes with it. Stud. Super-stud. Breakout year. Fantasy deliciousness. So tasty!
And then we can finish it off here with some pitching accolades. Johnny Cueto with a complete game and allowing just one run and Madison Bumgarner with yet another stellar performance and 12 strikeouts to boot! It was Cueto’s second complete game of the season and third consecutive quality start. He’s got a 2.28 ERA over that span with 18 strikeouts added in. A little hard to say that he is officially “back”, but it’s looking like a good start. And what’s not to love about Bumgarner. I guess just that it’s a shame that you can’t pick up his offensive stats when you feel like it. First career home run on Tuesday and just a sick game pitched.
Oh yeah…..and before I forget, a big congrats to Alex Rodriguez whose grand slam on Tuesday not only gave the Yankees a great come-from-behind win, but he also tied Lou Gehrig for the most in MLB history. When he hits his 24th, Fantasy Beast award all the way!
|Giancarlo Stanton, OF MIA||0-4, 4 K|
|Jed Lowrie, SS HOU||0-4, 3 K|
|Starlin Castro, SS CHC||0-5, 3 K|
|Justin Maxwell, OF HOU||0-3, 3 K|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B MIA||0-4, 3 K|
So many strikeouts, so little time. Anyone else notice that this is Jed Lowrie’s second day in a row in this section? Uh oh………
While no pitchers made the “leaderboard” here there are still some mediocre-to-poor outings that should be mentioned. Both Kyle Kendrick and Jeremy Guthrie put forth some lackluster performances and while Kendrick might have his moments that make him potentially worth streaming into your lineup, Guthrie is not someone you can trust. Stay away. Stay far, far away. Another dishonorable mention goes to Ian Kennedy, who, again, didn’t fare so well and is now sitting on a 4.32 ERA for the season. Given the fact that both his walk and strikeout rates are comparable to his numbers last season, it would appear that much can be blamed on the .326 BABIP against home and the fact that he’s giving up the long ball a little too often. If he can limit the home runs and that BABIP comes down, then we should see a swing upwards for him. It won’t be like last season, but if he can find a happy medium between that and what he’s got going on now, he’ll be a solid contributor. Probably not worthy of where he was drafted, but solid nonetheless.
Endy Chavez, OF BAL – hamstring (questionable)
Brian Matusz, nose (questionable)
Daniel Nava, OF BOS – hand (questionable)
Kevin Youkilis, 3B BOS – ribs (questionable)
Zack Cozart, SS CIN – illness (questionable)
Drew Stubbs, OF CIN – oblique (questionable)
Jordan Schafer, OF HOU – eye (questionable)
Bud Norris, SP HOU – knee (questionable)
Yoenis Cespedes, OF OAK – hamstring (questionable)
Placido Polanco, 3B PHI – finger, wrist (questionable)
Pablo Sandoval, 3B SF – foot (questionable)
Mike Carp, OF SEA – shoulder (expected to land on the 15-day DL)
Ben Zobrist, 2B TB – hand (questionable)
Nelson Cruz, OF TEX – Achilles (questionable)
Brandon Morrow, SP TOR – oblique (15-day DL)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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