2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Can Santana keep it going against the Yanks?
The biggest news may be that Aroldis Chapman will not go the whole season without giving up a run. The Reds lefty finally gave up an earned run in his 30th inning of work this season, raising his ERA to 0.30.
It was one of those nights when you could get concerned when you looked at the runs your starting pitcher gave up, until you check the earned run category because a few studs did not get help from their defense.
Matt Cain could have been on his way to a shutout, but instead gave up three unearned runs in seven innings. At first glance C.C. Sabathia gave up five runs in seven innings, but just three were earned for a quality start. Jake Peavy gave up two earned runs along with one unearned in six innings.
Clay Bucholz didn't give up a run, earned or not, while tossing a shutout and R.A. Dickey tossed seven scoreless innings. Brandon McCarthy gave up just one run in seven innings.
Yu Darvish was the opposite, giving up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings while Derek Lowe gave up seven in five innings.
There weren't many big offensive stars, but Norichika Aoki continued to provide significant fantasy value with two homers and three hits to raise his average to .303. He could get even more playing time with Corey Hart likely moving to first base more often.
Lucas Duda is becoming one of the top power hitters in baseball as he connected on his 10th homer.
If you need a middle infielder, a couple journeymen are probably available and worth a pick-up. Mike Fontenot, now in Philly, went 3-4 and could continue to get starts with Chase Utley out while Ryan Theriot had four hits and the second base job at San Francisco is wide open.
If you are looking for a good pickup in daily leagues today, I like Atlanta's lefties against Kyle Drabek, particularly Michael Bourn coming off a three-hit night along with Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann.
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LOOKING FORWARD TO…
The Subway Series starts tonight with Johan Santana going up against Huroki Kuroda. Santana is coming off his historic no-hitter and his 2nd straight complete game shutout. Will the Yankees bring him back to Earth? Kuroda has been pitching well the last few games as well.
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