Well, for Dodgers fans, yesterday was a big day as MLB took over control of the day to day operations of the ballclub. This is the first step toward getting new ownership to bring back the Dodgers tradition that has been gone since the O'Malley's sold the team.
I wrote up the Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day before checking out the Angels boxscore only to see that Jered Weaver threw a complete game to win his 5th straight start of the season. Weaver would have been very deserving of the award as he gave up just one run on 6 hits, a walk and 8 strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 1.23 with a 39-8 K/BB rate.
Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder is definitely in his on year, and he timed it right, as he is in his walk year, and his agent Scott Boras. So he is in store for one huge contract this offseason. Fielder went 3-3 with 2 RBIs and is hitting .368-.449-.603 with 3 HRs and 19 RBIs. I don't think he reached 19 RBIs till June last year, or at least it seemed like it took that long. I should know, I owned him in my big money league last year.
Brewers starter Chris Narveson was pitching great before he gave up a 3 run HR to Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco yesterday. He finished the game giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. He did not factor in the decision, but if he can pitch like this all year, the Brewers are going to be very tough to beat.
Nationals reliever Drew Storen appears to be taking over the closer role in Washington, as he came in to bail out Sean Burnett in the 8th inning. Burnett had given up a run on 3 hits after getting two outs. Storen came in to finish the 8th inning, then closed out the game in the ninth inning to earn his 2nd save of the season.
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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went 3-5 with 2 runs scored in the first game of the Nat's doubleheader with the Cardinals. He is hitting .292-.383-.563 with 2 HRs, 14 RBIs and a 14-7 K/BB rate.
Cubs starter Matt Garza threw 6 shutout innings on Wednesday, giving up just 9 baserunners and striking out 9. He lowered his ERA to 4.74 and currently has a 34-8 K/BB rate.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and a SB on Wednesday. Tulo has cooled off a bit, but is still hitting .343-.451-.761 with 7 HRs and 14 RBIs. He is proving more and more that he will be the #1 shortstop in 2012, and a first round pick, unless Hanley Ramirez gets things going at the plate and on the basepaths.
Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has started the season hitting .333-.390-.627 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs after going 2-3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs on Wednesday afternoon.
Jed Lowrie got another start on Wednesday and responded by going 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs. Lowrie has stayed hot and is now hitting.462-.488-.744 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs in 39 at bats. I think fantasy owners need to ride out Lowrie while he is hot.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello won his first game of the season by going 6+ innings, giving up just one run on 4 hits, a walk and striking out 6. He induced 12 swinging strikes and benefitted from 10 ground ball outs.
Man, are the White Sox struggling or what? Rays starter Wade Davis gave up just one run on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts in 7 solid innings on Wednesday. Davis won his second game of the year and lowered his ERA to 2.73. His K/BB rate of 10-8 is certainly not desirable, but am curious of he can keep up this hot start.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 1-2 with a HR and 2 RBIs on Wednesday. He has homered in 2 straight games now and has raised his BA to .250-.333-.500 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. I think he can put everything together this season.
Orioles starter Zach Britton win his 3rd game of the year by pitching 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 3. His ERA is now at 3.16.
Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia went 3-5 including a solo HR, his second of the season. Denorfia also attempted 2 stolen bases, but was caught in both attempts. The Padres attempted 5 SBs and were thrown out in 4 of those attempts. Will he start to take more at bats away from Will Venable and his .154-.250-.173 triple slash line?
Alfonso Soriano went 2-4 with HR with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs in the second game of the doubleheader. He is hitting .269-.300-.582 with 6 HRs and 14 RBIs. I own Soriano in a few leagues, and am wondering if it is time to deal him or will we see Soriano return to the 30 HR level.
Ryan Ludwick went 3-4 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs, but is barely hitting .200 now. The HR was just his 2nd of the year and he now has 8 RBIs. I have a feeling Ludwick will be trade bait come June of this year.
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson went 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs hitting in the 9 spot in the lineup. He is hitting .273-.322-.691 with 6 HRs and just 9 RBIs. My brother bet a friend that Granderson would hit 30 HRs this year. He is looking good at this point.
I wrote about Astros starter Bud Norris in my "5 Starters to Buy" recently, and he continues to pitch well as he went 6 solid innings on Wednesday, giving up 3 runs on 10 hits, 1 walk and striking out 6. He lowered his ERA to 4.91 and now has a K/BB rate of 26-7, so he is showing improved command this year.
The Mets designated second baseman Brad Emaus for assignment so Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy will platoon at second with Murphy probably getting more starts. Murphy resp0onded to the news by going 304 with a HR and 2 RBIs last night. He is hitting .286-.342-.486 so far this season. I would pick up Myurphy if you are in need of middle infield help.
Mets third baseman David Wright recently made news as he played catch with a young Braves fan before a game last weekend. Is that to mkae fans forget he is hitting just .229-.304-.386 with 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 SBs and a 22-8 K/BB rate?
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier almost made the Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day as he was a triple short of the cycle on Wednesday night. He went 3-4 with a HR, 3 runs scord and 2 RBIs. For the season, he is hitting .386-.438-.548 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs. He also has a 17 game hitting streak going.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and is now hitting just .190-.311-.429 with 4 HRs, 7 RBIs and a solid 11-11 K/BB rate. He has been unlucky so far this season as his BABIP is just .167. He is another guy fantasy owners should buy right now.
Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs closed out the second game of the doubleheader to earn his first save of the season. It appears that Boggs will close games now for the Cardinals, but it would not surprise me to see Tony LaRussa give guys like Eduardo Sanchez and Miguel Batista saves chances, because that's just how he rolls.