2011 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Joakim Soria Back In The Closer Role For The Royals
The Red Sox swept the Yankees, winning 8-3. CC Sabathia was smooth sailing until the 7th inning, where he just simply imploded giving up 6 runs. David Robertson even got a taste of the Red Hot Sox, giving up his first earned run in 11 appearances. To make the loss even more painful is the fact that the Yanks will have to most likely deal with Joba Chamberlain out for the remainder of the year. The Sox now have a 2 game lead over the Yankess.
Although not a long outing, Josh Collmenter pitched 5 scoreless innings, bringing his season ERA to 1.25.
Justin Verlander easily handled the Mariners, going 8 innings, giving up 1 run and striking out 10. Verlander's last loss was April 27th against none other than… the Mariners.
Jair Jurrjens continues his 2011 rebirth, winning his 8th game over the Marlins. Jurrjens now stands with an amazing league leading 1.75 ERA, a whole quarter point lower than Josh Beckett who leads the AL.
Lance Berkman smacked his 3rd straight homer and has 4 in the last 5.
Royal’s prospect Mike Moustakas is being recalled to take over at 3B. Go pick him up of the wire if he’s still there!
Anthony Rizzo had his first hit and first run scored as a major leaguer last night. Rizzo is only owned in 50% of ESPN leagues and big things are expected from him in San Diego.
Trevor Cahill easily had his worst outing of the year, lasting 2.2 innings and giving up a whopping 6 runs. The A’s lost their 10th in a row and if their ace is getting knocked around like a rag-doll it’s doubtful they will be turning it around anytime soon.
Yovani Gallardo was denied his what would be league leading 9th win. The Mets knocked him out with 10 hits only after 4 innings.
Josh Hamilton (4) and Nelson Cruz (15) homered yet again in the same game. It wasn’t enough to get the win against Minnesota, who won 5-4.
Although Clayton Kershaw has struck out 15 in the last two games he has also given up 12 runs.
Madison Bumgarner continues to lose games, and it would certainly help if the Giants could give him some run support. Since turning it around April 27th, Bumgarner has been absolutely amazing but is only 2-5 with 2 no decisions in that stretch. Over the last 9 games he has a 1.94 ERA with a 7.47 K/9 and a 1.11 WHIP.
Pitching matchups of the day: Carlos Zambrano @Roy Halladay, Dillon Gee @Charlie Morton, Jeremy Hellickson @Jake Arrieta, Kyle Lohse @Chris Narveson, Chad Billingsley @Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Marquis @Mat Latos. Also rolling today Ryan Vogelsong, CJ Wilson, Tim Hudson & Erik Bedard.
Fantasy Rant of the Day: I looked at my Yahoo team this morning and because of a glitch it had every player on my team listed as N/A. This is actually though how I feel my team has played for me… not available. Vlad Guerrero has 5 home runs, Dan Uggla is possibly the biggest disappointment of the year, Buster Posey is done for the season, Jason Heyward has the injury bug, Cliff Lee has already walked more batters than last all last year, and Madison Bumgarner has a healthy 3.42 ERA and is 2-7. Yup like I said, my team is N/A.
Written by Evan Marx exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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(February 22, 2011 – Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)