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No. 10-Well It isn’t the worst case for Jered Weaver and Roy Halladay, but both aces will be out a while as they were put on the disabled list Tuesday. The Angels’ say that Weaver would not be sidelined if they were in the middle of an important playoff push, so his injury may not prove to be that serious. Halladay has been pitching through discomfort for a while and the Phillies decided to shut him down for a while and let him fully recover. Halladay hasn’t been incredibly effective early in the season and could benefit from the rest and reflection.
No. 9-Lost in James Shields’ 6-3 record is that all three of his losses have come in May. Shields took the loss on Tuesday going six innings, yielding five earned runs on ten hits. Shields is capable of the occasional gem with high strikeout totals, but he can’t quite get over the hump as the every start sure-thing starter fantasy owners had hoped for.
No. 8-A couple of weeks ago I dropped or traded all the closers on my team. I caught a lot of flack from some other owners, but I no longer have to scroll through my team to see if a marginal closer imploded and ruined my gains in earned run average or WHIP. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a sure thing closer with a guaranteed role, give this approach some thought. I have a deeper bench and picked up some starters that allow me to exploit matchups. Don’t chase saves!
No. 7-Jeff Samardzija picked up his fifth win of the season on Tuesday by limiting the Padres to three earned runs over seven innings. As we have noted here all season the key to Samardzija’s success is his control. He now has seven straight outings where he allowed two walks or less. He has matured and turned the corner and is a valuable weapon to have on your fantasy staff right now.
No. 6-Dayan Viciedo has emerged as a nice waiver wire addition in deep leagues. Viciedo has good power and will drive in some runs for your team. He went 3-4 and hit his eleventh home run on the season Tuesday propelling the White Sox to a win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Viciedo is playing virtually every day and deserves some attention if you have a need for power to help your team.
No. 5-Carlos Quentin was activated from the disabled list on Monday and has come out of the gate hitting the ball well. Quentin got one hit on Monday and followed that up by only coming up a triple short of hitting for the cycle on Tuesday. He won’t have quite the same value as he did while playing in Chicago but Quentin is an established, veteran player capable of contributing for your team.
No. 4-While much of the country is fast asleep with dreams of Bryce Harper rounding the bases, those on the West coast are enjoying a less heralded, but equally impressive rookie campaign from Mike Trout. Not to minimize Harper’s great play and current nine game hitting streak, but Trout has actually slightly out performed Harper in every category. Both these exciting rookies will be talked about in fantasy circles for many years to come.
No. 3-Hanley Ramirez has been heating up hitting in fourteen of the Marlins last seventeen games. Ramirez smacked his eighth home run and swiped his tenth base on the season. HanRam is a star capable of contributing in every offensive category. Don’t be fooled by last year’s injury riddled struggles.
No. 2-Given the overall offensive ineptness of the catcher position there might not be a more valuable player than Yadier Molina right now. Molina is hitting well over .300 and is a solid contributor in the other offensive categories and has even thrown in four steals for good measure. Molina did his part Tuesday for the Cardinals as they lost to the Braves going 4-for-4 and driving in three runs.
No. 1-Gerardo Parra had been a decent pick up as a fill in while Chris Young was sidelined earlier in the year, but is now droppable all formats. Parra has been relegated to a spot start or pinch hitting duty since Young has returned. Latch on to another player on a hot streak and move on from Parra and his diminishing value.
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