CPR’s wrap up of the day’s most useful fantasy news from the diamonds of the Majors.
- Zack Greinke dropped to 1-7 on the season after giving up 10 hits and four runs in six innings against the Angels. Greinke was the victim of several losses directly associated with lack of run support early in the season, but he has also been hit hard lately. The young righty has now allowed eight hits or more in four of his last six outings. Greinke’s K/BB rate is still solid at over 3.00, but it pales in comparison to the 4.75 K/BB rate he produced throughout his Cy Young campaign of a year ago. So what are you doing with Greinke? Is he untradeable or would you be interested to see what you could get? And on the other hand, is this a good time to make a move to acquire the Royals’ hurler or has the 26-year old already seen his best days? Share your opinion in the comments.
- Braves’ starter Kris Medlen picked up his third win of the season with 7.1 innings of six-hit, two-run baseball against Los Angeles. Medlen struck out four while not allowing a walk. The righty is owned in just 10% of Yahoo! leagues.
Hitting Heads Up
- Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki launched two homeruns against the Red Sox on Thursday, giving him three longballs in the last two games for the A’s. Suzuki is one of the more underrated backstops in the league, offering moderate power and a high average when he’s clicking in the Oakland lineup. Suzuki is still available in 33% of Yahoo! leagues as of tonight, and really should be owned in any league with 12 or more teams.
- The Astros downed the Nationals 6-4 from Minute Maid Park Thursday afternoon and both closers factored into the decision after a wild ninth inning. Houston closer Matt Lindstrom looked to have the game in hand with two outs and a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth. Following a base hit up the middle to Michael Morse, Washington outfielder Willie Harris hit a bloop down the left field line. Carlos Lee couldn’t reach the ball in time, and when the ball landed it bounced on the left field line warning track and over Lee’s head allowing Morse to tie the game. Washington took the lead on another bloop shot to center. After the unlucky top half of the inning though, Lindstrom and his shocked teammates got their revenge. Matt Capps looked to have the game wrapped up as well. With Michael Bourn on second and two outs, Lance Berkman hit a routine fly ball to right field. Washington’s Christian Guzman, playing the outfield as part of a late game switch, awkwardly played the fly like the infielder he is. When the ball fell at his feet Bourn scampered home to tie the game. The very next batter, Lee made up for his misplay earlier in the evening with his 7th longball of the season to send the Astros off as winners. Lindstrom (2-1) got the win and Capps (0-3) took the loss, in a game where both closers were let down by luck or their fielders.
- David Aardsma (12) allowed a hit, then closed out the Twins 4-1… Bobby Jenks (8) struck out two against the Rangers to record a save Thursday night in the White Sox’s 4-3 victory… Leo Nunez (12) allowed three hits and a run in a messy ninth against Milwaukee, but the righty rebounded to strikeout Corey Hart for the game’s final out… Brian Fuentes (7) allowed two runs while walking two, but managed to escape Kansas City with his seventh save of the season… Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters (1) collected his first career big league save with a lone strikeout to finish off the Dodgers from Chavez Ravine… Andrew Bailey (12) threw two innings and allowed a run as the A’s closed out Boston 9-8… And Mariano Rivera (12) walked two, but closed out the hapless Orioles 6-3 in New York.
Topics: Andrew Bailey, Bobby Jenks, Brian Fuentes, Carlos Lee, Christian Guzman, Corey Hart, David Aardsma, Fantasy Baseball, Jonny Venters, Kris Medlen, Kurt Suzuki, Lance Berkman, Leo Nunez, Mariano Rivera, Matt Capps, Matt Lindstrom, Michael Bourn, Michael Morse, Willie Harris, Zack Greinke