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10 – Eric Hosmer is starting to show signs of life and should be inserted back into all fantasy lineups right now. He’s got his average up to .218 and though that sounds horrible, it’s a lot better than the .175 he was hitting at one point. Hosmer has an eight-game hit streak going, as well.
9 – Another incredible performance by Andy Pettitte on Tuesday night. This time he dominated the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing no runs with 10 strikeouts over seven-plus innings. At this point he should be viewed as a must-start in all fantasy formats, especially with the run support that the New York Yankees are capable of providing.
8 – Speaking of great performances, Bryce Harper had his first career walkoff against the New York Mets. He hit in the winning run with a single in the 12th inning. There were surely be many more from him in his career, and Harper has solidified himself as an everyday fantasy player.
7 – Carlos Quentin came off the Disabled List last week and has been one of the hottest hitters in the game right now. Quentin has five home runs in six games to start his season, including two multi-homer games. He hit two long balls and was 3-for-4 Tuesday night and should be picked up in your league now.
6 – Just when you thought Homer Bailey might be starting to figure it out, he delivers a horrible night for his owners. He had four straight quality starts until giving up six runs in three innings last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He should not be owned at all at this point.
5 – I wouldn’t trust Justin Smoak just yet. He’s been a hot fantasy commodity the last few weeks, mostly because of his 10 home runs, but his average will kill your lineup. Right now he’s sitting at .235 and this is where you should expect him to stay all season.
4 – A better option to add than Justin Smoak right now is Alfonso Soriano. He homered again Tuesday night, making it five in 10 games and has his average at a respectable .263. Going forward, both will hit more than 20 home runs, but Soriano is a veteran who will give you the occasional stolen base.
3 – Take a look at Dexter Fowler’s numbers over the last 10 games. He is 17-for-36 with three home runs, nine RBI, 15 runs scored and three steals. Get him in the lineup.
2 – Ian Kennedy has been up-and-down so far this season, but wow was he up on Tuesday night. Kennedy fanned 12 Rockies in six shutout innings to get his fifth win of 2012. That’s two impressive outings in a row so it looks like owners are starting to get what they invested in with him.
1 – One of the biggest shockers of the year still has to be what is wrong with Tim Lincecum? The two-time CY Young winner struggled yet again last night, giving up four runs in six innings. He’s given up at least four earned runs in five of his last six starts and is sporting a horrible 5.83 earned run average. The strikeouts are there, but so are the walks. That’s what’s really killing him.
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