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Roto Roundup: Carl Crawford, Jay Bruce On Fire, Is Anibal Sanchez Another Marlins Ace?

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Daily Scoring Drought Scorecard:  8 games

Teams Shutout: 1

Teams w/1 run scored: 3

Teams w/2 runs scored: 0

Teams w/ 3 runs scored: 4

Teams w/ > 3 runs scored: 8

Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is starting to hit just as the weather is getting warn here on the East Coast. On Wednesday night, he had 4 hits, and yesterday afternoon, he went 4-5 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs. He has raised his BA to .244 and has now scored 24 runs this season. According to Fangraphs, he is hitting .308-.330-.451 prior to Thursdays game. It appears the Carl Crawford Theo Epstein signed las offseason has finally arrived.

Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI on Thursday. For the season, he is hitting .270-.305-.524. His walk rate has never been desirable, but his power and speed has been in the past. His speed has been long gone, but Soriano still has solid power  and has hit 11 HRs with 27 RBIs this season. 

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Mets starter R.A. Dickey left his start on Thursday in the 3rd inning with a heel injury, which will get checked out on Friday. Dickey has been a bit of a disappointment this year after his breakout 2010 season. He is just 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI on Thursday. In his last 10 games, Bruce is 19-43 with 6 HRs and 15 RBIs. For the season, Bruce is hitting .289-.353-.556 with 14 HRs and 38 RBIs. Could this year be Bruce's breakout year? He is on pace for a 44-121 season.

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-5 with a HR on Thursday, his first hit since returning from the DL. Does Utley return to being the Utley we all know from prior years, or has age caught up to him?

Reds starter Homer Bailey cannot stay healthy. He left his start on Thursday with a shoulder problem and will be evaluated on Friday.

The Giants called up top prospect Brandon Belt on Thursday after Buster Posey went down with the leg and ankle injuries, and it appears he will be playing regularly, but where is the big question. I don't see the Giants calling him up to sit the bench, and with first baseman Aubrey Huff struggling this year, I can see him playing first base quite a bit Huff is hitting just .215-.271-.337 with 4 HRs and 23 RBIs.

Athletics starter Brett Anderson shutout the Angels for 8 innings on Thursday, giving up just 6 base runners and striking out 4. For the season, he is 3-4 with an excellent 2,85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 56-20 K/BB rate.

Angles outfielder Torii Hunter is struggling a bit this season. Hunter went 0-3 with a walk yesterday and is hitting just .236-.323-.374 with 6 HRs, 27 RBIs and 2 SBs. The 35 year old outfielder may be on his last legs as far as fantasy production.

Do the Marlins have another ace on their hands in Anibal Sanchez? Sanchez threw a complete game shutout against the Marlins yesterday, giving up just 7 base runners and striking out 8. For the season, he is 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and a 66-22 K/BB rate. The Marlins top 3 starters, when healthy, of Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Sanchez are right up there with the big 3 in Philadelphia right now.

After a solid April, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is hitting just .186 with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs in May. Tulo went 1-4 with an RBI on Thursday and is hitting .245-.324-.495 with 11 HRs and 30 RBIs for the season. Fantasy owners just need to ride the hot and cold streaks, as he is a streaky hitter.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold went 4-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs and was Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day.