Before I get into the Roto Roundup, I have to let you know that I just realized that you can listen to most games on CBS Sports fantasy site. I listened to the Dodgers-Rockies game at work yesterday. For those of you who have leagues on CBS Sports, you can go to the "live scoring" page, and click on the widget that looks like a speaker. Great stuff.
Giants ace Tim Lincecum dominated the Padres for 7 innings, giving up just one run on 3 hits and striking out 13. It was his first of many wins this season. He lasted till pick #17 in one of my NL-only league drafts last week.
Giants closer Brian Wilson returned from the DL and was very rusty, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk in 2/3rds of an inning. He may not get a save opportunity for a few games, so you may want to keep him out of your lineup for a few days.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3-5 with a HR and 4 RBIs on Wednesday. He has had a slow start to the season, but I can see this as the start of a hot streak for him.
White Sox DH Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday morning and will be out for about 5 days. Juan Pierre, of all people, DH'd for the White Sox last night, with Alex Rios playing CF, Lasting Milledge in LF and Carlos Quentin in RF. I can see Quentin DH while Dunn is out, unless Pierre is hurt.
Speaking of Quentin, he went 4-6 with his 2nd HR and 3 RBIs on Wednesday. Quentin was the topic of plenty of fantasy chat questions this offseason, and is now hitting .500-.522-1.000 with 10 RBIs in the early going.
Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton took fielding practice on Wednesday and could return Friday in Houston. Fantasy owners just hope his leg injuries are behind him now.
Jeremy Hellickson gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 5+ innings on Wednesday, but he also struck out 10 Angels in the process. But, Dan Haren outpitched him in this contest. Haren gave up just one run in 7+ innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 6. I think Haren will have a bounce back season after his horrible first half last year.
I emailed a friend who happens to be a Pirates fan yesterday asking him if this was 1979 and if he was listening to "We are family" by Sister Sledge. The Buccos have started out the season going 4-2 on the road, which has to be a first time they have had a winning road trip in years. Their 2nd - 5th hitters went a combined 8-19 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. The top of their lineup-Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen might be one of the best in the NL.
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham went hitless in the White Sox 10-7 win on Wednesday, but he is still hitting .364-.462-.409 in the early going, and appears to be having a bounce back season.
Carlos Gonzalez went 2-3 with 3 runs scored, an RBI and several outstanding catches in LF yesterday vs the Dodgers. I was listening to the game on the radio, and Charley Steiner couldn't stop gushing about how well he plays LF. He saves a few runs the past few days with his defense. Oh, and he is hitting .400-.500-.533 on the season.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout and is hitting .316-.435-.632 with a 3-4 K/B rate so far this season. If he can cut down on his strikeouts, he may approach the 30-30 season I projected for him.
Justin Verlander won his first game of the season, going 8 innings, giving up 3 runs, on 4 hits, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. I ranked Verlander in my Top 12 starting pitchers back in March.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is showing why he should have been the top one or two players drafted in mixed league drafts this season, as he is hitting .368-.435-.895 after going 2-4 with his 3rd HR of the season on Wednesday.
Brewers closer John Axford got his first save of the seaon last night, so fantasy owners can rest now. The Brewers need Axford to duplicate his 2010 season, as I am not sure who his backup would be at this point.