Some minor league performances before we get to the MLB performances:
Giants top prospect Brandon Belt is tearing up AAA after going 4-5 with a double and 2 RBIs on Monday. He is hitting .517 with 10 RBIs since being sent down. And Aubrey Huff is in a big slump and hitting .190.
Indians third base prospect Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a triple, 2 RBIs and 2 Ks. He is hitting .275 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs.
Chisenhall's teammate Jason Kipnis was 1-4, with 2 walks, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs, and is hitting .265 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs.
Padres outfield prospect Jaff Decker went 0-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored and an RBI, and is hitting .302 with 8 HRs and 28 RBIs. Wow.
Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper went 3-3 with 2 walks and a run scored, and is hitting .355 with 6 HRs, 20 RBIs and 4 SBs.
Onto the big league action:
The White Sox won a game!!! Paul Konerko went 2-3 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs on Monday night, and is hitting .304-.365-.545 with 8 HRs and 24 RBIs thus far. Some had him falling off from his 2010 pace, but he is proving them wrong at this point.
Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee is off to a slow start this season, but he went 3-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs on Monday. He is hitting just .248-.325-.333 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in 105 at bats. He is on his last legs as an everyday regular.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez went 2-4 with 3 RBIs and is hitting just .241-.280-.420 this season with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. He provides decent pop for a shortstop, but the BA will never be solid.
Cardinals third baseman David Freese will be out 9-12 weeks with a broken hand. It appears Daniel Descalso and Allen Craig will be his backup at third in St. Louis. I like Craig more than Descalso.
Braves starter Jair Jurrgens upped his record to 3-0 after holding the Brewers to 2 runs on 7 hits in 7+ innings on Monday. He lowered his ERA to 1.52 to go with his 1.01 WHIP. I admit I didn't expect this from him after his showing last season.
Angels starter Jered Weaver lost his first game on Monday giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 in 6 innings of work. He threw 118 pitches in his 6 innings so he didn't stick around for the 6 runs the Angels bullpen gave up.
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford went 2-4 with a run scored and now has back to back 2-hit games. On the season, he is hitting .181-.225-.257 with a HR, 7 RBIs and 4 SBs. Is he turning it around?
Crawford's teammate Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 SBs in the Red Sox win over the Angels. He is hitting .275-.339-.471 with 4 HRs, 14 RBIs and 7 SBs. He is having a very nice start to the season, and fantasy owners can only hope he will stay healthy this year. Can he steal 50 bases this year?
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, after getting a bit of a gift of a hit yesterday, hit an infield single to shortstop to extend his hitting streak to 28 games. The guy can hit.
Giants starter Madson Bumgarner had his best outing of the season, giving up 2 runs, no earned runs on 4 hits, a walk and 7 strikeouts. MadBum went 7 innings and lowered his ERA to 4.75 and WHIP to 1.52.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander kept the Tigers close vs the Yankees on Monday night, but his bullpen failed in the late innings. Verlander gave up 3 runs on 8 hits, 4 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. You can say this classifies as his worst start of the year, even though he gave up just 3 runs, as the 12 base runners allowed is a season high. Actually, Verlander has given up exactly 3 runs in 6 of his 7 starts this season.
Nationals reliever Drew Storen nailed down his 6th save, and it is safe to say he is their closer now. He walked one and struck out out in his inning of work, lowering his ERA to 0.56 and his WHIP to 0.88.
Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny was Monday's Fake Teams Fantasy Player of the Day, and I wrote about him earlier. He shut out the Giants for 8 innings, and one has to wonder if Brandon Belt's stay in AAA will be a short one.
Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman went 2-3 wth a HR and 4 RBIs, and is now hitting .406-.467-.782 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs. Who saw this coming in spring training?
Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton went 3-5 with a HR, 2 runs scored and an RBI as he hit his 2nd HR in two days, and 3rd overall and is now hitting .260-.360-.532 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs. He hit a line drive to CF that Colby Rasmus appeared to have a bet on, but couldn't get to fast enough, it was that hard hit. Stanton ended up legging it out for a triple as the ball went to the wall.