Beginning today, I will start posting the Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day in a separate post, so the Roto Roundup will be posted at 8am rather than 6am. Here's a look at Friday's top fantasy performers, along with some injury updates and general baseball thoughts.
Giants outfielder Andres Torres was placed on the 25 day DL last night with a sore achilles. The Giants recalled outfielder Darren Ford to take his spot. Aaron Rowand will see most of the time in CF for the Giants.
The Yankees placed starter Phil Hughes on the 15 day DL with a dead arm. I guess they figured resting him would be better than putting him in the bullpen or sending him to the minors, but the Yankees had to do something. I think Hughes is droppable if there are better options on the waiver wire in your league, unless you are in a keeper league.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez will return from the DL on Tuesday April 19th and will not match up with Tim Lincecum as originally announced earlier this week. If you can activate him for his start against the Giants I would, but in the league where I own him, we cannot activate him until he is officially activate by the Rockies. Seems like a silly rule to me, especially when he is the scheduled pitcher, and I am the one taking the risk that 1. he doesn't start, and 2. he gets rocked.
Pujols teammate Lance Berkman went 2-4 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs, and now has 6 HRs and 13 RBIs and is hitting .327-.377-.735. Can he keep this up? The way he is swinging the bat now, you have to say yes. But, I can't see him staying healthy all season.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen accomplished a feat he will not be proud of last night. He got the Golden Sombrero, striking out 4 times last night, and is now hitting .200-.308-.378 for the season with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Oh, and he has not stolen a base yet. And I own him in 3-4 leagues. Great.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz put up a bunch of crooked numbers last night, as he gave up 3 run on 3 hits, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings last night. For the season, his K/BB rate of 8-10 and 5 HRs given up in 15 innings tells me that his 2010 season was a little fluky.
Indians starter Justin Masterson held the Orioles to one run on 4 hits, a walk and 3 strikeouts in 7 innings to run his record to 3-0. He lowered his ERA to 1.33 and has a 12-4 K/BB rate in his 3 starts in 2011.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-4 with 4 RBIs and is hitting. 302-.345-.604 with 14 RBIs on the season. Is this the real Asdrubal or just a hot streak?
Rangers starter Matt Harrison held the Yankees to one earned run on 7 hits, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 8 innings on Friday night. Harrison induced 15 ground ball outs and threw first pitch strikes to 15 of the 29 batters he faced. Harrison is now 3-0 with an excellent 1.23 ERA, and a 14-6 K/BB rate in 22 innings pitched.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter batted leadoff on Friday night, and responded with a 2-4 night against the Rangers. ESPN's Buster Olney reported yesterday that Jeter would not talk to reporters about his slump, but yet in the past was happy to talk to the media when things were going well for him at the plate. I wonder if he talked to the media after last night's loss.
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks went 3-5 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Weeks has started the season very well hitting .302-.373-.585 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs. He has yet to steal a base, but has been caught stealing once so far. Some were calling for Weeks to be a bust this year, but I am still a believer, but did think he would steal more bases.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman reiterated on Thursday that Sean Burnett and Drew Storen would share the closing duties but Burnett has gotten the last few save opportunities. Well, that may change after Storen pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Burnett gave up the tying run in the 9th.
Mike Stanton went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts on Friday and is now hitting just .186-.290-.333 with 0 HRs and 2 RBIs. He has struck out in 9 of his 27 at bats so far, but he did miss most of spring training due to a leg injury.
Logan Morrison went 2-4 with his 4th HR and is now hitting .320-.424-.660 on the season. Many readers asked what we can expect from him this season, and I thought he could hit 15 HRs this season, but he appears he can get there by the All-Star break.
Dodgers outfield prospect Jerry Sands hit his 5th HR of the season, driving in 2, and now has 17 RBIs to lead the minors. Can you tell I own Sands in a couple leagues?
Phillies starter Roy Oswalt pitched well enough to win, but the Phillies bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Oswalt held the Marlins to 2 runs on 5 baserunners and struck out 6. He left the game with a lower back strain.
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford went 0-5 on Friday night, and is now hitting .137-.185-.157. I think I read someone recently state that he would deal Crawford if given the chance. I disagree, the whole Red Sox team has started the season in a slump with a few exceptions. I would try to deal for Crawford.
Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata went 4-5 with his 7th SB of the season, and is now hitting .354-.475-.542. Manager Clint Hurdle moved him down to the second spot in the lineup on Friday, with Andrew McCutchen leading off and Neil Walker batting cleanup.
Rays starter Wade Davis held the Twins to one run in 7 innings on Friday night, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks and striking out just 1 batter. He got just 2 swinging strikes and allowed 12 fly ball outs. Not what you want to see from a starting pitcher.