I am back at it after taking a night off for a Memorial Day party and a morning of golf. Thanks to Jason for writing up the Sunday's Top Performers.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo announced that Stephen Strasburg will make his major league debut on June 8th. Get ready for sellout in Washington. Buster Olney reports that some are asking up to $2,000 for tickets to his major league debut.
Here are the rest of my thoughts after reviewing Monday's boxscores:
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 3-4 with a grand slam and 6 RBI on Sunday. He is now hitting. .294-.376-.492 for the season with 7 HRs and 41 RBIs.
The Phillies lost to the Braves on Sunday and are now in second place for the first time in quite awhile. Who could blame them when they bat Ross Gload and his .243 OBP leadoff and Gregg Dobbs and his .208 OBP second. Do you think Ruben Amaro is second guessing dealing Cliff Lee in the offseason?
Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez won his 10th game of the season on Sunday, shutting out the Giants and outdueling two time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum. He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 9 in his complete game win. He has an ERA of 0.78 and a WHIP of 0.90 so far this season. His value can't get much higher for fantasy owners. I would look to deal him at this point.
Braves first baseman Troy Glaus was probably a very late round pick in mixed leagues, but has been a pleasant surprise this season. He went 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI, along with his 8th HR, in Monday's 9-3 win over the Phillies. He now is hitting .274-.368-.434 for the season with 8 HRs and 37 RBIs. He is on pace for a 25-118 season at this point,
We're almost two months into the 2010 season, and Braves outfielder Nate McLouth is hitting just .179-.298-.291. Braves GM Frank Wren recently stated that he is looking to trade for offense. I see CF as one of his priorities.
Between the Pirates, Astros and Brewers, and the Cubs performing below expectations, the NL Central is becoming the worst division in baseball. The Brewers lost 13-5 to the Marlins on Monday, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them deal first baseman Prince Fielder by the trade deadline. GM Tony Reagins come to mind after Kendry Morales broke his ankle on Friday.
Well, the Diamondbacks have found another way to lose a game. The Diamondbacks were leading 4-2. and runners on second and third and two out, Andre Ethier hit a ground ball to DBacks second baseman Kelly Johnson. The ball was hit right to him, and he fumbled the ball then threw it away allowing both runs to score. Then in the 9th inning, Esmerling Vasquez committed a balk with Casey Blake on third base allowing the Dodgers to win 5-4.
The Rockies decided to send promising outfielder Dexter Fowler to the minors on Monday. Fowler was hitting .216-.327-.317 for the season. I have not been high on Fowler all season, and his demotion allows Seth Smith to play everyday in left field with Carlos Gonzalez moving to center field.
Angels starter Ervin Santana out-dueled Royals starter Luke Hochevar, throwing 7 innings and allowing just one run on 7 hits and 6 strikeouts. Santana is now 5-3 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.24 WHIP and a 68/21 K/BB ratio.
Mariners second baseman Chone Figgins has to be considered a bust so far this season, as he is hitting just .212-.326-.274 for the season with 10 SBs. He has never hit lower than .267 in his 8 year career, so one would think the hits will start falling soon.