Dan Haren is generally a strong first half pitcher who struggles down the stretch, but so far in 2010 he hasn't been very good at all. Haren gave up eight runs in 6.1 innings although he didn't walk anyone and struck out six. His ERA is now at a shocking 5.35 on the year, and now isn't a great time to do it, but you might want to see what you can get for the guy. Perhaps this year will be different and he will be good in the second half, but I haven't really ever been a big fan of Haren. I'm not saying give him away for pennies on the dollar, but it might not hurt to see if you can get some value for him.
Carlos Gonzalez recently went through an 0-14 streak, but he now has four hits in the past two games and two of those have left the yard. There is no doubt that the sky is the limit for this kid, but as a rookie he will go through some rough stretches like he did earlier in the week. The key is to stay patient with Gonzalez throughout the year and I think he could hit 18-20 homers and drive in 70 runs. Between Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, who homered for the fifth time in seven games, the Rockies are on a serious roll and look to make up some ground in the standings.
You won't find us writing about Albert Pujols very much during the season because he is just awesome all the time, but he is having a very un-Pujols-like May, but hopefully will snap out of it after hitting his ninth homer and driving in three runs. He is hitting just .267 in the month of May, and that long ball was just his second of the month. I saw a graphic on a recent Cardinals game and it was one of the three worst months in his entire career. This might not be a bad time to see if his owner has lost his mind and you might be able to trade for him. Believe you me, Pujols will bounce back and be the amazing player he has always been.
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Gio Gonzalez didn't factor in the decision and he wasn't dominating, but he continued his stretch of very good pitching performances against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. He allowed three runs in 6.1 innings and struck out six. Continue to start Gio against any competition in any situation. I am not saying that there won't be bumps in the road as there often are with young pitchers, but he has a little seasoning in the majors now, and I think he will be good much more often than bad.
Johnny Cueto had another great start on Thursday and really looks like he has turned the corner into being a very reliable fantasy starter. Tonight Cueto threw six shutout innings and struck out nine, and he is now getting close to having a strikeout an inning for the season. He is just 24 years old and has electric stuff that hitters have a hard time making contact with. Cueto could easily be a 15-17 game winner with an ERA around 3.50 and 185 strikeouts if he can maintain his going rate.
Gavin Floyd took his fifth loss of the year, but it was one of his better starts of the season. Floyd allowed just three runs over seven innings and struck out five on the night, and this was his second straight good outing. I still have faith that Floyd can turn this around and have a successful season, perhaps winning around 12 games and have an ERA just under 4.00. With a 2-5 record and an ERA over 6.00, he has plenty of work to do in order to make me look good, but Floyd has shown me enough over the past couple of seasons that make me believe that he has to get better soon.
Diasuke Matsuzaka has just become way too unpredictable for me to support him anymore. His last time out Dice brought a no hitter into the eighth inning, and on Thursday he brought eight walks to the table. Somehow he only allowed three runs over4.1 innings and walking eight guys, but this is just too much for me. It just seems like one time he goes to the mound and looks like Sandy Koufax, and the next time he looks like Sandy Duncan. If you are happy holding your breath every time he takes the ball than Dice might not be a bad choice because when he is good, he is generally pretty good. However, it is the rest of the time that make me lose my hair.
Jason Kubel had a two home run game on Thursday against the New York Yankees, and I wonder how many Kubel owners there are anymore. He has had a very rough first two months of the season, unable to hit .220 in either month with very little to no power. Even with the two jacks on Thursday, Kubel still only has five on the season. This isn't enough for me to forget the first two months, and right now I do not keep Kubel as a part of my starting rotation.
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