Around the Majors: May 30

David Price showed just how dominant he could be.  Matt Wieters & Fernando each picked up their first major league hits.  Brandon Phillips not only returned to the line-up but slugged a home run.  Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games.

Toronto 5, Boston 3

  • After getting bombed by Kansas City on 4/29, Tallet has been solid.  He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks, striking out 6, over 7 innings to improve to 3-3 on the season.  In his last six starts he’s gone 6 innings or more, allowing no more than three earned runs.  In total he’s gone 39 innings giving up just 13 earned runs.  While he hasn’t been winning (this was his first start since 5/9), he has been steady.  His next start is a rematch with the Royals, where he will look to redeem himself.
  • Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 5-games, going 4-4 with 2 RBI and 2 R.  It’s a nice game, but he has a long ways to go to get to where fantasy owners had hoped.  Those runs were the first ones he had scored since 5/17, he hasn’t homered since 5/17 and he entered the game with just 1 RBI since 5/18.  Stay patient, though.  You certainly invested way too much into him to just give up.
  • David Ortiz went 0-4 and is now hitting .185 on the season.  Unless someone is willing to sell him significantly under value, I wouldn’t touch him at this point.  The cold spell has lasted way too long to think he’s just suddenly going to snap out of it.

Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 2

  • This was certainly what the Rays had in mind when they recalled David Price.  He went 5.2 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 11.  We all know he has the potential to be among the games elite and starts like this clearly makes him a must use in all formats.  He’s going to be inconsistent, but at the end of the season he’s going to prove worth it.
  • Just how long are we supposed to sit on Francisco Liriano?  He lasted just 4 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3.  He is now 2-7 with an ugly 6.60 ERA.  He’s lasted just 4 innings in each of his last 3 starts, giving up a total of 16 earned runs.  Don’t cut bait.  Don’t sell low.  But if you were still using him for some reason, it’s time to bury him on the bench until he proves worthy.
  • Carl Crawford extended his hitting streak to 10-games, going 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  Over the streak he’s gone 15-42 with 2 HR, 7 RBI, 12 R and 5 SB.  Did anyone really need proof that he was worth using?

New York (AL) 10, Cleveland 5

  • Victor Martinez was forced out of the game after his first at bat, having fouled a ball off his knee.  We’ll have to wait and see if he’s going to be forced to miss some time. 
  • Is there any hope for Fausto Carmona?  He allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2, over 4 innings to fall to 2-5 with a 6.60 ERA.  It’s going to take an awful lot for me to trust him in my line-up, and by the time he proves it to me will there even be a point?
  • Hideki Matsui went 3-5 with 1 RBI and 1 R, his third multi-hit game in his last four.  The Yankees have a lot of options available to them at DH, so he’s going to have to keep producing like this to maintain his spot.  Tread carefully in deeper formats, there’s no guarantee he keeps playing regularly.

Detroit 6, Baltimore 3

  • Luke Scott went 1-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  That’s now 6 HR in the four games since he’s returned from the DL.  How long does anyone believe he can keep this up?
  • Matt Wieters went 2-4 with 1 R.  His hits were a double and a triple.  Now that’s more along the lines of what we were expecting, huh?  
  • What?  Justin Verlander is still human?  Yes, he got the victory, but it certainly wasn’t his most impressive start.  He allowed 3 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5, over 6 innings to improve to 6-2 on the season.  If these are the numbers he’s going to provide when he’s “off”, is anyone really going to complain?
  • Clete Thomas is not a power option, so do not get deceived by his 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R day.  That’s just not the type of player he is.  In fact, he has little value outside of AL-only leagues at this point.

Chicago (AL) 5, Kansas City 3

  • Alexei Ramirez went 3-5 with 1 RBI.  Since 5/18 he’s gone 18-47 with 2 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R and 3 SB.  I’d say that’s signficantly better, no?  Maybe he is just an extremely slow starter.
  • Mark Buehrle pitched well enough to win, but an ill-timed home run to Miguel Olivo cost him his chance.  He still went 7.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 0 walks, striking out 6.  He’s only had one start all year long where he’s given up more than three earned runs and hasn’t gone less than six innings since his first start of the year.  Clearly, he’s proven to be an advisable option in all formats.
  • Remember when Alberto Callaspo was all the rage?  After going 0-3 his average is down to .307 (on 5/16 it was .344).  Since then he’s gone 9-44 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 R and 0 SB.  He’s just not an option worth using at this point.

Texas 14, Oakland 1

  • Brett Anderson got rocked for 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3, over 4 innings.  He’s now 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA.  How much longer do you think he’s going to remain in the majors?  I don’t feel like it’s going to be very long.
  • Nelson Cruz continues his torrid streak, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R.  He’s scored at least one run in five of his last six games and has hits in ten of eleven.
  • Elvis Andrus has been erratic, at best, but he’s shown signs of being something special.  He went 3-5 with 2 RBI and 2 R, giving him a .289 average with 3 HR, 11 RBI, 23 R and 6 SB.  He’s certainly a player that all owners should be keeping their eyes on moving forward.

Seattle 4, Los Angeles (AL) 3 (10 innings)

  • Holding out hope that Brandon Morrow is going to return to the closers role?  He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 0, over an inning of work yesterday.  Of his seven apperances in May, only twice has he not allowed at least one run.  In total he’s allowed 10 earned runs over 8.2 innings of work.  Couple that with David Aardsma’s 1.09 ERA and it would appear like it is going to be some time.
  • Bobby Abreu went 0-5 in this one.  While he hit his first home run of the season earlier in the week, he hasn’t stolen a base since 5/19.  That certainly hurts his value, considering he’s just hitting .292 with little power.  Obviously, I wouldn’t get rid of him, just hope that things turn around quickly.

Florida 7, New York (NL) 3

  • David Wright, who had struck out 8 times over his past three games, got a much needed day off yesterday.  He went from blazing hot to struggling in the blink of an eye, so hopefully this quick rest helps him get back on track.
  • It was once thought that Jeremy Hermida would be a fantasy stud, but he hasn’t lived up to that.  Yesterday, however, he showed why people once had high hopes, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  Entering the game he had just 1 HR and 9 RBI in May, so don’t let this one game fool you.  Keep an eye on him, especially in five outfielder formats, but there are certainly better options available to you right now.
  • The Mets used Fernando Martinez in the #2 hole and he responded with his first major league hit.  He went 2-5 with 1 RBI on the day.  We’ll see what happens here, but keeper league owners obviously should own him.

Arizona 3, Atlanta 2 (11 innings)

  • Is it a problem that with Chipper Jones & Brian McCann both out of the line-up, there isn’t much notable in the Braves offense to discuss? 
  • Eric Byrnes posted his second straight 2-hit game, going 2-3 with 1 RBI and 1 R.  He’s had his struggles, but if he is going to play regularly he still has the potential to perform like the 20/20 outfielder he’s proven he can be.  I’d consider stashing him in the deepest of five outfielder formats (personally, I have him sitting among my 10-man bench).

Chicago (NL) 7, Los Angeles (NL) 0

  • Everyday I say I’m not going to comment, then I look at the Dodgers box score and see Matt Kemp batting eighth.  What gives?!
  • Eric Stults was likely pitching for his rotation spot, and he laid a big, fat egg.  He lasted just 3 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3.  With Hiroki Kuroda returning, chances are Stults’ spot is all but gone.  He had little value to begin with, but at this point I’d say it was nil.
  • Milton Bradley went 3-4 with 1 R as he continues to try to rebuild his value.  He’s a career .277 hitter, so he has no place to go but up.  If you can buy him low, by all means.

Philadelphia 9, Washington 6

  • Shairon Martis finally took a loss, and he got shelled in the process.  He allowed 7 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 1, over 4 innings of work.  He’s now given up 17 runs over 16 innings in his last three starts.  If he was considered usable in your format, he really shouldn’t be anymore.  Hopefully you got a little bit of value out of him while he actually had some.
  • Ryan Howard did what Ryan Howard does, going 2-5 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R.  He’s now up to 14 HR and 39 RBI on the season.  I know his average is less than stellar, but with those other numbers does it really matter?  I don’t think so.
  • Brad Lidge picked up the save, giving up 1 hit and striking out 1 over 1 innings of work.  That’s 2.2 innings without giving up a run after his awful weekend in New York.  Is it enough to hang your hat on?  Of course not, but at least he’s looking better than he had been and his job appears to be safe, at least for now.

Pittsburgh 7, Houston 4

  • Last time out Wandy Rodriguez was saved by unearned runs.  This time, he wasn’t so lucky.  He allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6, over 4.2 innings.  In his last two outings he’s allowed 19 hits and 5 walks over 8.2 innings.  That’s a terrible ratio, obviously.  He was due for a regression and it seems to be catching up to him.  That doesn’t make him unusable, of course, but monitor him closely.
  • Andy LaRoche continues to rake, and he was rewarded by being bumped up to the #2 hole where he went 2-4 with 1 RBI and 2 R.  If he continues to hit and holds this spot in the line-up, he’s going to have mixed league value.  As it is, he’s worth using as an injury replacement immediately.  No one would have expected that when he was scoring 4 runs and posting a .254 average in April, would they? 

Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 5

  • Brandon Phillips returned to the starting line-up, going 1-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  Is that enough to thrust him back into your fantasy line-up?  Maybe yes, maybe no, but if he plays tomorrow and produces, then it’s a definite yes. 
  • No one can be good every time out, so don’t get too worked up regarding Aaron Harang’s awful outing.  He allowed 8 runs on 12 hits and 0 walks, striking out 5, over 4.1 innings.  I’d expect him to bounce-back nicely.
  • Could the Friday home run be what gets Corey Hart going?  He went 3-4 with 1 R yesterday, but time will tell.
  • Ryan Braun (2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R), Prince Fielder (3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Mike Cameron (1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) helped to power Milwaukee’s offense.  The team really needed a wake-up call and hopefully this helps to turn their offense around.

Colorado 8, San Diego 7

  • It was bound to happen sooner or later, but Heath Bell finally got roughed up a little bit.  He blew the save and took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 0 walks, striking out 1, over 0.2 innings.  Like I said, it was bound to happen.
  • Tony Gwynn Jr. got bumped to the leadoff spot, going 1-5 with 1 RBI, 2 R and 1 SB.  He has a lot of speed and hitting in front of Adrian Gonzalez (who hit another home run yesterday), could certainly help his value.  While he has little value right now, if he’s going to remain in the leadoff spot he should have opportunities to run and score a decent number of runs, making him valuable in the deepest of five outfielder formats.
  • Brad Hawpe went 3-5 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.  He’s now hitting .343 with 7 HR and 39 RBI and continues to be a solid option in all formats.  Now that he’s back from a minor groin injury, he obviously should be returned to your starting line-up.

St. Louis 6, San Francisco 2

  • Rick Ankiel finally returned to the starting line-up, going 0-4 with 3 Ks.  That’s certainly not the type of performance we wanted to see.
  • Is anyone better than Albert Pujols?  He went 2-3 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .329 with 16 HR and 42 RBI.  He really is a machine at the plate.
  • Chris Carpenter finally gave up a run.  Well, you knew it had to happen sooner or later.  He went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5, improving to 3-0 with a 0.62 ERA.  Yeah, I’d say he has clearly proven to be usable in all formats, wouldn’t you?
  • For all the good Barry Zito had shown at times this season, he’s still just 1-6 on the season after allowing 3 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6, over 6.2 innings.  Throw in his 1.37 WHIP and he’s still a pitcher not worth touching.

Anyone have any thoughts?  Anything to add?

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  1. afterthesea says:

    Thanks for the analysis. I love the site. I’m a bit confused about the Texas situation. I’ve got Hank Blalock and I can’t figure out when to play him and when to sit him. Is there a chance Chris Davis and his .194 avg and record setting strikeout rate get sent down, opening up permanent playing time for Hank?

  2. Rotoprofessor says:

    I appreciate it! I don’t think the Rangers will make any type of permanent switch between the two. Davis is still hitting for power and that’s really what they want to see.

    The potential injury to Josh Hamilton could be the bigger issue to open up playing time for Blalock. That’s certainly worth monitoring.

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