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Roy Oswalt answered a lot of his critics on Saturday as he threw seven shutout innings and struck out eight. This is three starts now that Oswalt has gone as least six innings and he hasn't given up more than three runs yet. So while the Astros are a hot garbage fire, Oswalt is still making things happen. He is a long way from the guy he once was, but is still a viable fantasy pitcher, a fourth or fifth starter on your squad.
Francisco Liriano wowed the home crowd and the Boston Red Sox as he recaptured some of his past magic as he threw seven shutout innings, walked just two, and struck out eight. It was a marked improvement from his first start, and I am sure Liriano owners everywhere are DREAMING of the possibilities of him regaining that 2007 form. Now, you all know that I love Liriano but you have to slow down. I was asked earlier tonight in an email what Liriano we could expect for the rest of the season. I know it sounds like a horrible answer, but I think it would be somewhere in between that first start and this one. I think that he will be slightly above average, with some flashes of brilliance like on Thursday.
Don't look now, but David Price might have found his way in the major leagues. After keeping the Yankees in check for more than seven innings in his first start, Price dominated the Orioles for more than seven innings in his second start. He gave up just one run and struck out seven O's while walking just two on his way to his second win in two starts. You all know about the hype surrounding Price so I don't need to tell you what he is capable of. I think this is obvious, but if he happens to be available in your league right now, don't hesitate to go out and grab him before you finish reading the article.
Clayton Kershaw definitely atoned for his shaky first outing with a much better time the second trip to the mound. Kershaw allowed just two runs over 5.1 innings and struck out seven as he collected his first win of the season. I am not happy with the fact that he walked five batters and his WHIP on the season is at an atrocious 1.90 but he is guaranteed to improve and I would even think of going to the Kershaw owner to see if he is a little concerned with him to see if maybe you can get a good deal, this kid is the real deal.
Matt Garza allowed a leadoff home run to Felix Pie in the first inning and that was IT as he nearly threw a complete game. Garza scattered six hits and three walks over 8.1 innings and struck out five. This is two straight awesome starts for Garza and the second time that he pitched eight innings. For those who might not remember, Garza was a major pitching prospect in the Twins' organization and this success shouldn't be unexpected. I don't think he will become a top ten pitcher in 2010, but I expect improvements in all of his stats from last season including the 189 Ks he recorded in 2009. If his owner doesn't quite believe, I would try to see what his price tag is, although now is probably not the best time.
Neftali Feliz will be the beneficiary of the early season troubles of Frank Francisco. Manger Ron Washington has announced that Feliz will take over the closer's job "temporarily" from Francisco until he can feel confident that the Rangers closer can get people out again. If by chance Feliz is available in your league you should absolutely grab him because the kid has an electric arm, and as much as I like Francisco, I have to say it is possible that if Feliz succeeds he might not give this job back up. If you have Francisco I would probably hold on to him for a little bit just to see what happens, I wouldn't jettison him to free agency just yet.
OK, a couple of nights ago I watched an Angels game in which they broke the Guinness Book of World Records for most people wearing a Snuggie. Now, on Friday I am watching the A's/Angels and the Oakland announcers are showing their producer in an A's Snuggie. So, my question is, what is going on in California and Snuggies? It is a freakin blanket with sleeves!!!!!!! Am I missing something?????? This is ridiculous. Anyway, tonight's rendition of Rounding the Bases goes into some injury news, along with some hot starts to be cautious of and some cold starts to not worry about. We also remember the untimely death of Nick Adenhart. There is much more so please enjoy the roundup for April 9th.
Hopefully Neftali Feliz helped some of those who were freaking out after his first bad outing on Thursday when he pitched one inning and struck out all three. Feliz is a stud ladies and gentlemen and I believe that he will a starter at some point during the season. Even until that time I think he has fantasy value because of the good number of strikeout numbers that he will get and he should have a great ERA and WHIP as well.
I heart Matt Wieters! I heart him very, very much. The second year backstop for the Baltimore Orioles is going to be an absolute stud this year and he got off to a great start with a home run in his first game. I am definitely suggesting that you at least look into getting him on your team, although perhaps after a home run it might not be the best time. He is worth trading up for if you have a subpar catcher and he is worth trading down from if you have a top tier catcher and perhaps you can improve your team somewhere else. This kid is going to be an offensive force for a long time, and he served notice of that tonight.
I know the Phillies lineup turned Pedro Feliz into a useful fantasy player, but I beg you after today to not fall into thinking the same thing is going to happen with Placido Polanco. Certainly, it was a great first day for Polanco, but I caution you that this is not a sign of things to come. He is a slightly better than average guy as far as getting hits are concerned, but don't expect him to approach 20 home runs, I would be surprised if he got 15. His circumstances have changed for the better, but unless he is your middle infielder for those kinds of leagues or perhaps a utility guy, you are asking too much out of him.