Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Cargo Carries the Load
Brian Benzing has played the first three weeks with holes at second base, outfield, and starting pitcher as he hasn't replaced injured or demoted players. It hasn't mattered. Another player has always stepped up for Give it a Yankee. On Tuesday, it was Brandon Phillips and Corey Hart. Hart went 2-for-4 with a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBI while Phillips homered, drove in three, and scored twice. As good as Mike Napoli was last week, Hart is the team MVP for Give it a Yankee over the first three weeks. He has five home runs, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored in 17 games.
Matt Patchell has been waiting for Jay Bruce to break out. The wait may be over. He was 2-for-3 with two RBI a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday. High Cheese needs Bruce to heat up if they are going to compete with Los Coche Bomba in the South Division.
Carla King-Baughman has stuck by Ichiro Suzuki despite his early-season struggles. It paid off Tuesday. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Is he a three-hole hitter? Probably not, but he is starting to produce.
David Price was a keeper for Nikhil Dinesh in February but he had pitched like a minor leaguer until Tuesday when he tossed a complete game shutout striking out six. Price has given up seven earned runs in four starts but this quality start might jump start his season.
Elizabeth Gravely and the Menehunes are taking it to Scully's Slammers and Tuesday night Johan Santana piled on. Santana gave up one run over 6.2 innings and struck out 11. There was some question whether Santana could rebound from his shoulder injury but this performance is encouraging.
In the same game that Santana tossed a gem, Josh Johnson rebounded for Bailey Penzotti and Home Run 101. Johnson's quality start - one run allowed over 6.2 innings with 9 Ks - helped Home Run 101 keep the series with HUMA close.
Sunni York is invested in Buster Posey. She has his poster above her bed. Posey has responded with a hot start to 2012. Tuesday, he smacked another homer and drove in two runs. Posey is playing at an All-Star level to start the season, hitting three homers, driving in seven and reaching base at a .429 clip.
Whenever a star player falls into a slump, a fantasy league owner worries. That was certainly the case with Miguel Cabrera owners. Not to worry, the big guy cranked out his fifth homer of the season Tuesday and drove in two runs. That was a big sigh of relief you heard from Jenni Kirk.
Sean McKenna has been waiting for something to spark his club and he may have found it with the return of B.J. Upton. Bothered by sore ribs from a Spring Training collision, Upton has just 10 at bats on the season. He's made the most of them, as he's hit a dinger and drove in six runs.
Bailey desperately needs to add power to Home Run 101 so she picked up free agent Luke Scott. He went deep Tuesday night.
If you stick with Jose Tabata through his early 2012, you should be rewarded. That was the case for Eric Brown, as Tabata went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base last night. We're not sure if Eric forgot Tabata was in his starting lineup or if he was wearing his managerial cap and takes credit for the move.
How bad was Rex Brothers last night? He managed to walk a batter, give up two hits, and allow two earned runs without recording an out. Rudy at Razzball said this morning that Brothers is virtually unownable in any fantasy format. As a Rex Brothers owner, I concur, and plan to toss him and his erratic left arm into the free agent pool.
Albert Pujols is now 16-for-69 with no home runs and four RBI following another 0-for-4 night. As a Pujols owners you are trapped. You can't bench him. You simply wait for him to pull out of one of the worst slumps of his career or you sink slowly into the fantasy league depths on the S.S. Pujols.