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2011 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Oswalt & Morneau to DL, Shields & Felix Dominate


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Philadelphia’s four-head monster will have to make due with three heads for a while as Roy Oswalt is heading to the 15-day DL with a back injury. Honestly the old-timer had the highest ERA out of Philly starters at 3.79. Why can’t you be more like all your brothers with a sub-3 ERA? Go to your room and think about that, mister!

Throw another Twin on the Bar-B. Justin Morneau, who just can’t stay away from the DL, will be on more of a sabbatical than a vacation. Morneau will have surgery on his neck to help a pinched nerve and will be out for 6 weeks!

Wow, James Shields is good this season. I mean really good. Like super duper uber good. Jamie pitched his 3rd straight complete game, easily dominating the Astros. This was his 6th complete game putting his 2 ahead of Justin Tootin' Verlander & Roy Boy Halladay. With the 9K last night, he now has 117 good for 2nd behind in the AL behind King Felix's 118.

Speaking of the King, Felix took care of the Marlins with ease last night, holding them to 2 hits over 8 innings. He struckout 10 fish.

Derek Lee, who used to be fantasy relevant, hit a walk off homer in the 12th to beat the Reds, giving him a whopping 5 homers on the year. Let's not even discuss his 19 RBI in 219 AB…

Father Time Giambi hit a homer in the 2nd inning against his former team, the Yankees. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched relatively well, giving up 2 runs over 7 innings and enough for his 3rd win. Ubaldo may not be anywhere near close to the 2010 model, but he’s shown enough improvements over the last 5 games and now would be the time to make a trade for him.

Wily Mo Pena blasted his 2nd homer since returning to the majors. We could have a sleeper on our hands, but Pena was only brought up to hit DL while the D-backs played AL teams. Keep an eye and be ready to pounce…

Texas easily rolled over the Mets 8-1 with homers from Beltre (13), Young (5) and Hamilton (7). 

Starlin Castro went 3-5 raising his average up to .327, good for 3rd in the NL.

Michael Morse hit his 14th home run and is a pleasant surprise this year, although not a shock. His numbers are slightly better than what he did in half a season last year.

BATTLE OF THE BIRDS: J-Bot hit his league-leading 23rd homer in the 9th, giving the Jays the 5-4 win over the Cards. Brandon Morrow did what he does best and struckout 9 through 7 innings.

Tim Stauffer whiffed a career high 9 batters against the Braves in the 11-2 win. Stauffer pitched his 4th straight quality start and although he sits at 3-5, his ERA (3.09), WHIP (1.21) and K’s (82) are all very impressive. Mat Latos who?

Dan Haren may have gotten the win over the Dodgers last night, but the subpar pitching over the past 6 games is worrying. Over that span he has a 5.75 ERA, 1.5 WHIP and only 6.5 K/9. Matt Kemp hit his NL best 21st home run in the first inning off Haren.

Pitching matchups to watch today: Trevor Cahill@Cole Hamels, Justin Masterson @Matt Cain, Josh Collmenter @Justin Verlander, Francisco Liriano @Yovani Gallardo. Also hurling today is CC Sabathia, Jair Jurrjens, Jaime Garcia, Alexi Ogando. 

(May 13, 2011 – Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America)

Written by Evan Marx exclusively for

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