CPR’s wrap up of the day’s most useful fantasy news from the diamonds of the Majors.
- Brett Cecil was on his game and then some for the Blue Jays Monday night in Cleveland. Cecil took a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished the contest going eight strong and allowing just one hit, one run and two walks while striking out 10. It was the lefty’s third start this year and by far his best. There is some upside with this 23-year old. Cecil has been consistently around the strikezone in each of his appearances this year, striking out 21 to just four walks in 20.2 innings this season. Feel free to pick him up in most 12-team leagues and deeper.
- The Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia won for the third time this season, dismissing Philadelphia with six innings of three-hit baseball. Garcia did walk four and strike out six while allowing just one run. Garcia’s ownership totals have climbed all the way to 51% in Yahoo! standard leagues, but his performance so far this season well deserves it. If he happens to still be available in your league, grab him quick before he’s off the table.
- Jake Peavy delivered his first stellar start of the season Monday in his sixth time out. The veteran had nasty movement going on most all of his pitches as he struck out nine, walked just one, and held the Royals to four hits in seven innings at U.S. Cellular. Peavy won’t be the same guy we saw in San Diego, but he still has all the talent to be a solid fantasy rotation option in every league. Congratulations if you we’re able to buy the righty at a good deal before the window for such moves slammed closed Monday night.
- Ubaldo Jimenez is pretty darn good. The soon-to-be superstar picked up his sixth win of the season this year with seven strong innings of four-hit baseball and a career-high 13 punchouts against the Padres at Petco. If you own Jimenez would you consider trading him or is he just too good to let go of at the moment? Let us know what you’d want in return for him if you were in fact willing to part with the blooming talent.
Hitting Heads Up
- Travis Snider hit his third homerun of the year Monday at Cleveland and looks to be slowly turning the corner for Toronto after a difficult month of April. Snider has five hits in his last 14 at bats after beginning the season hitting just .125 through the year’s first 17 games.
- Austin Jackson keeps hitting for the Tigers. We still don’t think he can keep it up long term, but there’s no doubt that A-Jax is swinging a hot bat right now. The Tigers’ centerfielder collected three more hits, including a double, triple and an RBI Monday in the Twins’ 10-4 beatdown of Detroit. Enjoy the run while it lasts with Jackson.
- Joba Chamberlain collected his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth against the Orioles. Regular Yankees’ stopper Mariano Rivera was held out of action with tightness in his side. Hopefully Rivera owners can keep him off the DL and see him back in action later this week.
- Frank Francisco came on to strike out Daric Barton to end the eighth inning Monday night in Oakland. The flamethrower was sent back out in the ninth to finish the 4-0 Rangers lead off, but two batters into the frame Kevin Kouzmanoff slammed a homer to left to chase Francisco. Neftali Feliz entered one batter later and promptly retired the next three batters he faced for his sixth save of the year. The good news for the Rangers is that they have two closer candidates who have both shown they can do the job at some points. The bad news for the Rangers is they have two closer candidates who have both shown they can’t do the job on others. If I had to guess I’d say Francisco gets more opportunities when it’s all said and done this year, but both Francisco and Feliz offer fantasy owners options at the end of games with more than a little upside, but also plenty of risk.
Topics: Austin Jackson, Brett Cecil, Daric Barton, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy CPR, Frank Francisco, Jaime Garcia, Jake Peavy, Joba Chamberlain, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Mariano Rivera, Neftali Feliz, Travis Snider, Ubaldo Jimenez