The Indians swept a double-header from the White Sox yesterday in front of what seemed like about 17 fans by the end of the second game. The Tribe are the biggest surprise among the division leaders as we continue into May. The team many expected to run away and hide with the AL Central blew a win in the ninth as the Tigers lost to the Mariners 3-2. The Phillies also got burned in the ninth as the Mets walked off a winner behind overnight sensation Jordany Valdespin.
Elsewhere around the league, the Red Sox, Cardinals, Angels, and Rangers piled on the runs and got big wins while the Cubs, Marlins, Dodgers, and Padres relied on solid pitching to get them W’s.
There was plenty of production in the 13 games across the Bigs, and the heroes of the games were usually players on most leagues waiver wires. Check out today’s lineup of sleepers available in over half of ESPN leagues who tore it up last night and can be a help to your fantasy team going forward.
You can find our archive here: percentages of ownership in ESPN leagues in parentheses.
Sleeper Starting0 lineup
C-Geovany Soto-C: (25.1%) After getting Sunday off, Soto returned to action with his third home run while going 2-4 in the Cubs win over visiting Atlanta. His average is still a paltry .167 but he has two home runs in his last four starts and his power numbers may be starting to turn around.a
1B-Allen Craig-Stl: (34.8%) Since returning from the DL, Craig has torn it up hitting .421 now with two home runs, nine RBI, and four runs scored in just five games. He will probably move back to the outfield when Lance Berkman returns, but is a great add while he’s swinging a hot bat.
2B-Mark Ellis-LAD: (7.7%) Ellis continues to play a vital role from the second spot in the Dodger lineup. He went 1-4 yesterday with two runs scored, an RBI, a double, and a walk. He’s batting .267 with just four RBI, but his value is mostly in runs scored. Hitting in front of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier has allowed him to score 21 runs in 28 games.
3B-Will Middlebrooks-Bos: (6.4%) The Red Sox will have to figure out what to do when Kevin Youkilis returns from injury since Middlebrooks has shown he’s ready for the Big Leagues in his four games with Boston. He has a hit in each of those games with three home runs in his last two games and nine RBI. He went 3-5 against Kansas City yesterday with two home runs, a double, and 5 RBI while raising his average to .381 and his OPS to 1.361.
SS-Zack Cozart-Cin: (30.7%) After his ownership spiked at the beginning of the season, it’s dropped low enough for him to be a sleeper again. He’s firmly entrenched as the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for Cincinnati and looks like he’s picking his stroke back up lately. He has hit in five games in a row including his second and third home runs. He’s hitting .271 with three home runs, seven RBI, and eight doubles. He isn’t going to steal bases (successful in his only attempt), but he will score runs. He has 18 in his first 28 games.
OF-Tony Campana-ChC: (16.0%) Campana went 2-4 for the second game in a row raising his average to .341. He has three doubles, seven runs, an RBI, and seven stolen bases. If you need steals, Campana is a great option since he’s hitting so well and hitting at the top of the Cubs lineup almost every day.
OF-Jarrod Dyson-KC: (1.4%) Another good speed option who is hitting for a good average since his arrival in the Majors is Jarrod Dyson on the Royals. He has three steals, ten runs scored, a double, and a triple in his first 11 games. He went 3-5 yesterday and has a hit in every game he’s played except for one.
OF-Andy Dirks-Det: (0.1%) Dirks again hit second in the Tigers lineup and contributed once again with two hits for the third game in a row. He hit his fourth double of the year and scored a run while raising his batting average to .333 (17-51) with nine runs scored and seven RBI. If he continues to hit in front of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder expect him to be a contributor for the rest of the season.
U-Brandon Snyder-Tex: (0.0%) Snyder has played at 1B, 3B, DH, and LF in his 12 games so far this year. He’s only had 19 official at-bats but has collected eight hits, six runs, a double, two home runs, and seven RBI. He went 3-5 yesterday with two runs, a home run, and 6 RBI.
AL Starting Pitcher-Josh Tomlin-Cle: (0.7%) Tomlin had a solid start in the second game of the Inidans’ double-header going 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Tomlin’s ERA is still at 4.67 but this was the third start in his last four where he’s gone at least six innings while allowing three runs of less.
NL Starting Pitcher-Carlos Zambrano-Mia: (12.9%) Big Z has been on a roll with 16 innings of scoreless pitching in his last two starts. He has 14 strikeouts while allowing just eight hits during that span. On the year, his totals are a 1.98 ERA a 1.02 WHIP and a .203 BAA. He picked up his first win last night while pitching a complete game 3-hit shutout while striking out nine.
Relief Pitcher-Dale Thayer-SD: (0.1%) Since joining the Padres, Thayer has pitched five innings of scoreless relief. He picked up his first save of the year and could be in line for at least a share of Huston Street’s opportunities while Street is on the DL.
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