There is no case of the Mondays here at Fighting Chance Fantasy as we bring you yet another edition of Rounding The Bases. Tonight's news starts on the news of one Phillies middle infielder coming back into the lineup, while another one misses the game tonight. A couple of young pitchers took it on the chin, and a couple more were dazzling. Is Corey Hart back on track? You will hear about it all in Rounding The Bases.
Jimmy Rollins returned to the Phillies lineup after missing 29 games with a calf injury. Rollins promptly came back and had an RBI groundout in his first at bat and also pounded out two hits. This isn't breaking news that you need to get Rollins back into your lineup now that he is back.
Chase Utley was a late scratch for today's game because of flu-like symptoms which explains why Jimmy Rollins was hitting in the three hole. I have to admit when I first saw that Utley was going to miss the game I freaked out of course, but now that I see it is for the flu I am calm again. At the most you figure he will miss a few games, but don't be surprised if he is back in there again tomorrow.
Travis Snider is set to have an MRI on Tuesday as his injured wrist still didn't feel right after testing it. Snider had finally started to get hot and I thought he was going to turn the corner and then this. He was placed on the 15 day DL retroactive to May 15th, but unless you have an extra injury spot you have to cut ties with the youngster.
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Daisuke Matsuzaka got absolutely tattooed by the New York Yankees on Monday as he allowed seven earned runs and couldn't get out of the fifth inning. This is a horrible turn of events after Dice had such a good outing his last time out. I had just started to get a glimmer of hope for the struggling Boston pitcher, but this is a huge setback in the eyes of fantasy players. He has another impossible matchup over the weekend against the Phillies and I have to suggest not starting him for that one.
Corey Hart homered for the third straight game, and it was also his third consecutive contest in which he had two hits. In three days Hart has raised his batting average by 35 points, and he is starting to look like he might be able to get back to the 20/20 guy he was in 2007 and 2008, and not the disaster he was last season. You can cautiously add him right now if you are in need of a little bit of help with your offense, but just understand that this doesn't necessarily mean that he is going to keep hitting this well.
Phil Hughes finally had his first real hiccup in 2010, and when he serves it up he does it in grand fashion. Hughes gave up five earned in five innings and struck out three. If I was a Hughes owner I would obviously be very unhappy about this, but I would just chalk it up to one bad trip to the mound and not give it a second thought. Hughes is one of the most talented young pitchers in the majors and there is no reason to think any less of him just because he had a bad outing against the Red Sox.
Kyle Kendrick had another good start for the Phillies as he pitched eight innings, allowing just two runs and struck out four. I still have absolutely no confidence in Kendrick as he has struggled for most of his major league career and he doesn't strike many people out. I would chalk tonight up to pitching with a good sized lead against a bad team. Even though Kendrick pitches for one of the better offensive teams, he is still not worth a look in fantasy.
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Fausto Carmona had another strong start for the Indians, but unless you are in an AL-only league or a deeper one I still don't have faith in Carmona. He pitched 6.2 innings, gave up just two runs and struck out a very un-Carmona-like seven batters. Like Kendrick, Carmona doesn't get many Ks, but unlike Kendrick I do think he is a talented pitcher. That being said, he has to be near perfect to get too many wins because of him being on a bad team and he also gets a lot of balls put into play since he doesn't miss many bats with pitches. In the right situation he has value, but he is just not a guy that I ever have on my teams.
Johnny Cueto won his third straight decision and has been very impressive over the last month. After his one-hitter last time to the mound, Cueto was solid again as he struck out at least seven for the third straight start. He gave up just one run and is now looking like he could be having the start of what could be a very good year. If Cueto can keep consistent and keep away from walking a lot of guys, he could be very good. He has an electric arm and his team is rapidly improving. Now might be a bad time to try to trade for him, but I like Cueto and think this could be a very good year for him.
Max Scherzer was sent down to the minor leagues yesterday in favor of Armando Galarraga. I am a little surprised that the Tigers sent him down, but statistically he certainly deserved it. His record was 1-4, his ERA was over 7.00 and he just wasn't getting the strikeouts he has earlier in his career. You need to cut ties with him for the time being unless you have a deep bench, but watch the news carefully for his return as I believe he will be better upon his return.
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