The San Francisco Giants have called minor leaguer Buster Posey up to the major leagues to play first base at least initially. Posey is either the top or the second best prospect in the Giants organization and has a chance of helping your team right away. Posey is a catcher by nature, and should be eligible there in your leagues. For the Fresno Grizzlies, Posey was hitting.349 with 6 homers, and 32 RBI in 47 games. He is also doing well with 28 walks and 30 strikeouts. He is a must add in keeper/dynasty leagues and anyone who needs help at catcher. He is one of the better prospects that will come up this season and worth burning a pretty high waiver priority.
Chris Tillman pitched pretty well in his first start in 2010, a nice change from his disastrous 2009 for the Orioles highly touted pitching prospect. Tillman was 2-5 with an ERA of 5.40 last year as a rookie in 12 starts, and it earned him a ticket back to the minors to start the season. Injuries and ineffectiveness have earned him another shot and he wasn't dominating on Saturday, but he wasn't bad. He gave up two runs over 5.2 innings and struck out two. I am still taking a wait and see approach on Tillman unless possibly you need pitching help and are in a 16 team league or an AL-only league. He has a lot of promise, but has yet to show too much of it at the major league level.
At 4-3 with an ERA over 4.00, I would imagine some C.C. Sabathia owners might be starting to get a little antsy. However, I know this is a little more prolonged, but last year Sabathia was 1-2 in April with an ERA near 5.00 and went on to have one of the best seasons of his career. There is absolutely no reason to worry about him in my opinion. He pitches for one of the best teams in baseball and he has been incredibly durable throughout his career. You might have to just be patient a little while longer, but your loyalty should be rewarded.
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This might be the last time I write about Carlos Silva because it seems that I just keep saying the same thing over and over and he just keeps winning. So maybe if I don't talk about him he will go back to being Carlos Silva. He absolutely dominated the St. Louis Cardinals today over seven shutout innings and struck out 11. I am flabbergasted by this whole thing and of course still refuse to believe it. I am not going to trash the guy anymore because he seems to thrive on it, but I still don't think it will continue, especially the crazy strikeout numbers.
After an impressive start to the season, C.J. Wilson has seemed to hit the skids over his last few starts, and you have to wonder if this is just a small bump in the road, or is this the start of a fade already. I was never a huge supporter of Wilson from the beginning as I generally don't like career relievers converted into starters, especially a former 8th inning/closer who is used to being able to let it all hang out for one inning. I am not quite ready to close the curtain on Wilson just yet, but the leash that he is on just gets shorter and shorter and shorter.
Kendry Morales had to be carted off the field after the celebration at home plate following his game winning grand slam. Apparently when he took the usual big hop on home plate just as your teammates are slapping the crap out of you, he came down wrong and broke his leg. Morales had to be helped from the field, and we will see how much time he will miss.
Carlos Quentin hit just his fifth home run of the season, and with his .215 batting average chances are he is either on your bench or you have jettisoned him to free agency. I would check out your league, because I do still think he will get very hot before too long and go on a nice power tear. I wouldn't put him into your lineup just yet, but know that he does go on some streaks, and perhaps this could be the start of one.
Brett Anderson had a wildly successful return from the Disabled List as he allowed just three hits in 5/2 shutout innings and struck out four. Anderson was suffering from forearm and elbow injuries but looked sharp in his return. If you didn't in time for this game, be sure to get the A's ace back in your lineup for his next start.
Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, dominating the Florida Marlins and striking out 11. We knew he would be a beast in the NL, and he has been everything as advertised. Funny thing is there have been those twenty perfect games in the history of major league baseball and ten percent of them (two) have been in the last month.
Rick Porcello was a hard luck loser against Brett Anderson and the A's, but he has been pitching better of late, allowing two earned runs or less in three of his last four starts. Porcello has got to get his strikeout numbers up if he is ever going to be loved in fantasy circles, but the kid has a TON of potential, is in his early 20s and did strikeout more guys when he was in the minors. He is tough to advise you to start right now, but definitely keep him on your radar, if not your bench.
Corey Hart hit his third home run in the past two days, and he is clearly on fire right now. Hart had 12 home runs in all of 2009, and now has 12 so far in 2010. I don't think that he is all of a sudden going to hit 35 homers this season, but I do think he will reach his career high (24) and is a guy that you can certainly play in any format at this point.
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Zack Greinke continues to be unlucky as his record falls to 1-6 after a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. He allowed just one run and struck out three over six innings and somehow his ERA is 3.39 yet is five games under .500. I think this is a PERFECT time to see if the Greinke owner is frustrated with him and might be willing to let him go for less than he would have asked for when the season started. Take a look at their team and maybe kick the tires on a trade FOR Greinke.
It was batting practice in Cincinnati as they hit six home runs and Jay Bruce was on fire and is now putting a pretty decent season together for himself. In the majors, Bruce has been a guy with a lot of power potential, but he has been injury prone and hits for a horrible average. However, after today's three hits Bruce is up to .281 in the batting average category and now has seven homers on the season. It seems as if this year that Bruce is starting to live up to his enormous hype and could be a nice third outfielder on your fantasy team.
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