Tuesday night turns out to be a pretty slow night for fantasy baseball news, but there is still plenty to read for those of you who are regulars to the site. The article includes young pitchers who might have found your way and a rookie hitter who is off to a very strong start. Enjoy that and more from Tuesday's edition of Rounding The Bases.
Diasuke Matsuzaka finally had a dominating performance like the Red Sox and fantasy owners were hoping that he still had in the tank. Dice pitched seven shutout innings, struck out nine, and most importantly didn't walk a batter. If Matsuzaka can really get himself together and be the kind of pitcher he was when he first came to the United States you could really have a steal on your hands. I understand if you are skeptical and don't make a move to pick him up if he is available in your league, but I think about it this way. Chances are the waiver wire in your league is pretty picked over. Is there anyone out there that can be as good as Matsuzaka can be if he is right? I doubt it unless you are in a shallow league. He is definitely worth a chance if he is out there in your league.
Seattle's rookie, Michael Saunders, continues to hit well for them as he had another two his on Tuesday and is now hitting .500 on the season. Saunders is a great speed/power combination and can be a fantasy force at some point during his career. I think that he will hit a cold streak and is due to break out perhaps in 2011, but the talent is there so at absolute worse keep you number on Greeny.
Johnny Cueto threw a one hit shutout tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and while it was against the Pirates, this is the kind of performance that Cueto is absolutely capable of. The guy has nasty stuff and can pretty much strike anyone out. Cueto really struggles with consistency and throwing the ball over the plate, but there is no doubt that the kid has talent. If he was able to do this more often he would garner more attention in fantasy baseball. If he is available in your league, you probably want to make the move on him, but be ready for a good deal of ups and downs owning Cueto.
Jay Bruce has a hit in six straight games with his three hit effort on Tuesday and is getting his batting average back to a respectable number. Bruce connected on his third triple of the season already. There is a ton of potential here and it just a matter of time before Bruce is a 35+ home run guy with at least a .260 average. Bruce is the kind of guy that you "go down with the ship" with. You just hold him and hope that he turns it around no matter how long it takes. If he ever figures it out he is going to be a beast.
Freddy Garcia continues to be so much better than I could have possibly expected, and collected his second win of the season on Tuesday. Garcia gave up just two runs over seven innings on Tuesday and struck out three batters. Garcia has now allowed two earned runs in four of his six starts of the season, but I still don't have much faith in him. He has been out of the league for the better part of two seasons and at age 33 I don't see him having a monumental comeback and turning into a solid pitcher. Garcia is more of a pitch and ditch option against weaker opponents.
Russell Branyan hit his first two home runs of the season against the Kansas City Royals and for those of you hoping that he will repeat his 2009 performance I think you are going to be sadly disappointed. Branyan has already been dealing with injuries and his back is borderline on a train wreck. Branyan definitely has some pop, but I just think he is too old and brittle to be counted on too much, and if you pick him up I hope that you have a great second option because you aren't going to get good production out of whoever is on the waiver wire.
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