The end of the sixth week of the fantasy season has come and past now and as usual there is plenty of news to go over. There are some veterans who are doing better than expected, some doing worse than expected, and some who are just coming back from injury. There is some news on some starting pitchers reaggravating a past injury and some that are flashing some brilliance. It is as regular as the sun setting in the west, so enjoy Rounding The Bases for your Sunday night.
Regardless of how bad the Cubs are doing, there is no way that you can take the season that Alfonso Soriano is having away from him. I will be the first to admit that I don't like Soriano, much less have I given him any credit in fantasy baseball. However, I have to give credit where credit is due and the guy is hitting .331 with 23 RBI. I still think that he will crash and burn at some point and would absolutely be trying to trade him and capitalize on this amazing six weeks before it is too late. Between his injury history and his nightmare status in the outfield, I still think that Soriano's worst days are in front of him.
John Lackey is not having the kind of season that the Red Sox were hoping for when they paid him all that money in free agency. He took just his second loss of the season, but Lackey's ERA is sitting at 4.86 and his strikeouts are not where they are accustomed to being. No matter what I would continue to pitch Lackey without worrying about the situation or the competition. It might be a little bit of adjusting to a new team, but I still really like him and think that his numbers will be just fine when all is said and done.
Brandon Morrow bounced back after a couple of rough outings to keep the Texas Rangers in check over six innings. Morrow gave up just two runs and struck out eight in his latest good start in 2010. Now that he has a definite role with the Blue Jays I really think that he can be something special. My only two concerns with Morrow is his ability to stay healthy as well as the fact that he has been jerked around the past couple of seasons between the bullpen and starting and only pitched 60+ innings in each of the past two years. If Toronto lets him go I think he will be just fine this year, however, most teams have been very concerned with letting their pitchers absorb a big jump in innings pitched.
Jonathan Niese left his start today for the New York Mets after just two innings after injuring his hamstring. You may recall Niese's season ending early last year with a nasty hammy injury where he basically crumpled on the mound after throwing a pitch. Hopefully this is nothing serious and he will either miss very little time or none at all. He has struggled recently, but Niese has the chance to be a very good pitcher in the majors.
Troy Glaus has been on a nice little hot streak lately, but I caution against putting too much faith in the aging corner infielder. Glaus has six multi-hit games in his last nine contests, but I truly believe that this is going to be a short-lived hot streak and he will either get hurt sometime in the near future, or he will cool off big time. If you are looking for a fill-in for a week or two I might look at Glaus, but other than that I would leave him alone.
Jake Westbrook threw a complete game on Sunday, but he isn't worth looking at to add on your roster. Westbrook throws one of these gems a couple of times each season, but other than that he is an average pitcher at best. Westbrook allowed just one run and struck out eight, but he isn't a big strikeout pitcher so you shouldn't expect these kind of numbers again. Unless you are in a desperate situation, I wouldn't consider Westbrook.
Gavin Floyd had another really bad outing and not only is he now 1-4, but his ERA is at 7.00. Floyd has 28 wins over the last two seasons so it is surprising that he is doing so bad. On Sunday he gave up five runs over six innings and struck out four guys. I still believe that Floyd will be fine eventually and I would continue to keep him on my roster. Perhaps at this point you might want to sit him down for a start or two to see if he can get himself straight, but all in all I think that Floyd will be just fine, no matter how hard that might be to believe right now.
Scott Olsen continues to stay hot against all odds. The former Marlins prospect has been great for the Nationals, and even though he wasn't around for the decision on Sunday he was very good again. Olsen allowed just one run over 6.2 innings and struck out just three. At this point you just have to keep playing the hot streak, but even though Olsen was once a highly thought of prospect for the Marlins I just don't expect this to continue for the entire season. So play Olsen as long as it lasts, just don't be overly surprised if the wheels fall off sometime in the near future.
Jeff Francis pitched for the first time in over a year for the Colorado Rockies and it went so much better than I had anticipated. Francis was once a 17 game winner for the Rockies before a variety of arm injuries cost him over a year of time. This has the chance to be a very good story in Colorado, but I would be a little careful before putting too much stock in Francis. I do like him and think that he has a chance to be a difference maker, but at this point he probably only has value in NL-only leagues.
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