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Thirty years ago, Fernando Valenzuela was a little known pitcher from Mexico making a few starts in Los Angeles. Little did he know the mania that he would create by winning his first 8 starts, 5 by shutout. Fernando-mania swept the baseball world 30 years ago, and now Rangers starter Alexi Ogando is trying to repeat history after shutting out the Tigers for 7 innings on Monday. He isn't throwing complete game shutouts, but he has yet to be scored upon in his two starts, covering 13 innings, where he has given up just 4 hits, with a 8-3 K/BB rate.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be placed on the DL on Tuesday, before the start of the Nationals series against the Phillies with an abdominal strain. As an owner of Zimmerman, I hope the two week layoff will be enough to cure his strain.
Todd Helton sat out his fourth straight game on Monday, with Ty Wigginton getting the start at first base. I said before the season that Ty Wigginton would get more at bats than Helton and Ian Stewart, and so far so good. I drafted Wigginton in a few NL-Only leagues as he has eligibility at 1B, 2B and 3B, and will probably get some time in the corner outfield spots as well.
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Rajai Davis was placed on the 15 day DL with an ankle injury. Davis needs the wheels to be of any value in fantasy leagues, so the DL stint is a good thing.
Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands played first base last night, and I wonder if James Loney and his .143-.184-.257 start to the 2011 season has anything to do with it. Sands homered for the 3rd straight game last night, so the chants for Sands callup may start sooner than I thought.
Rays outfielder BJ Upton went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and a walk and is now hitting .343-.425-.571 with 2 HRs, 4 RBI, 1 SB and a 8-5 K/BB rate in the young season. I think he can go 20-40 as soon as this year.
Rays outfielder Sam Fuld went 4-6 with a HR, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI on Monday night. With Manny Ramirez retiring, Fuld has a shot to play everyday in Tampa. He has started 6 games in a row and has chipped in with 5 SBs so far.
Mets third baseman David Wright went 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI on Monday, and is hitting .325-.378-.550 with 2 HRs, 8 RBIs and 1 SB. He is picking up where he left off in 2010, and 2009 is all but gone from fantasy owners memories.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI on Monday. He is now hitting .250-.405-.688 with 4 HRs and 9 RBIs. I am starting to think he is the best fantasy shortstop in baseball.
White Sox closer Matt Thornton came on to protect a one run lead in the 9th inning last night, and gave up an unearned run to blow the save. He ruined a gem pitched by starter Mark Buehrle who threw 8 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits, a walk and a K. Does Chris Sale become the permanent closer if he converts the next save opportunity for the White Sox?
It's early, BUT, Albert Pujols went 0-4 last night to lower his triple stat line to .128-.205-.205. Who thought Pujols would start the season in a slump like this? Not me.
Padres starter Mat Latos returned from the DL on Monday and appears to be healthy, as he was cruising for the first 4 innings, but ran into trouble in the 5th, where he gave up home runs to Jonny Gomes and Chris Heisey. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 6 innings of work.
Cubs shorstop Starlin Castro went 3-5 with a SB and 3 runs scored on Monday night. He is hitting .364-.391-.500 so far and is quickly establishing himself as a solid all around player.
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal broke his thumb last night and will be out from 4-6 weeks. I imagine Jamey Carroll will be the starter at shortstop for the Dodgers with Furcal on the DL. Carroll can provide decent BA with some SB potential, especially if he is leading off.
Felix Hernandez got knocked around for 7 runs on 12 hits and 2 walks. It happens. See Cliff Lee.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw shutout the Giants for 6 2/3rds innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out 7. Kershaw has an excellent 24-4 K/BB rate so far and is looking more and more like one of the top starters in baseball.