Brennan Boesch cracked two home runs last night with 5 RBI. Everyone's favorite frst half pickup last season has been largely ignored this season due to his massive dropoff in production the second half of 2010. The "he is a fluke" contingent had their ammo and the tag stuck. Boesch however refused to read the memo and he is once again putting up some useful numbers the first half of this season. Sure he could go into the crapper the second half once again but as your grandpa always used to tell you, "don't live in the future. Enjoy the present." Pick Boesch up if you need pop in deeper formats. Anyways here is what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball.
Shin-Soo Choo: 1/4 while hitting .239 in the sixth spot. I am starting to think the umpire should be making Choo toe the line when he comes to the plate as he continues to look drunk with a bat in his hands.
Michael Brantley: 3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .291. Nice season all around for Brantley. Sure you would like to see some more steals but he has two things going for him that his outfielder counterparts don't. He is staying on the field (looking at your Grady) and is drinking water (Choo).
Asdrubal Cabrera: 3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .208. For all that is holy! Ummm yeah he is having an awesome season. I don't even know what to say anymore.
Ted Lilly: 2 ER in 6 IP. Just wanted to point out that Lilly's WHIP is down to 1.21 and ERA at 4.13. Maybe he will make good on all the spring praise I heaped on the guy.
Cliff Lee: 7 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.62. Lee was nails against the Dodgers. He has not been dominant this season but stop complaining. He is not in Seattle anymore.
Drew Stubbs: 1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .262. Stubbs continues to strike out like crazy but the home runs and steals continue to show up with regularity. Now if we can only do something about that last name.
Matt Garza: 4 ER in 4 IP in first start off DL. If someone dropped Garza in your league, pick him up. He is putting up big time K's and despite the ragged start, will be a nice source in that category the rest of the way.
Prince Fielder: 2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .292. Fielder is on some kind of RBI pace right now which confirms how flukish his paltry 2010 total was. Contract year=Cha-Ching.
Zack Greinke: 7 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.83. Hope you bought low.
Alex Avila: 1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .280. Look up Cabrera, Asdrubal. Same thing applies.
Nelson Cruz: 2/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season). Cruz is on some kind of tear. His average is still ugly but its improving. We may never see what he is totally capable of due to injuries but he is extremely valuable when on the field.
Colby Lewis: 9 ER in 3.1 IP. Just when Lewis started to earn fantasy baseball owners' trust again. Ouch!. I mean....OUCH!
Max Scherzer: 5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.62. This is one guy I drew a line in the sand on and said to stay away. I love it when I am right.
Brandon Morrow: 0 ER in 6 IP. This is why fantasy baseball playing men go bald early. Yup I cut his ass right before this start.
Frank Francisco: 1 ER with an ERA of 6.06. I shouldn't be seeing Francisco on any fantasy baseball squad.
Joakim Soria: two scoreless innings for the win. It was nice knowing you Aaron Crow.
Paul Konerko: 1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .313. Consistency is defined as Paul Konerko. Look it up.
Michael Pineda: 7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.33 He is not tired yet.