Josh Hamilton followed up his historically significant performance yesterday by going hitless today. That probably had something to do with the fact that the Rangers game was rained out, but he did get to run around and slide on the tarp during the rain delay.
There were 14 games that did go down last night and some nice fantasy baseball sleepers continue to emerge. If you need help at a position or in a specific category or if your just trying to ensure your team is all that it can be, check out today’s starting lineup in Sleeper Central (archive here).
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C-J.P. Arencibia-Tor: (20.8% ownership in ESPN Leagues) :ast night Arencibia his his third home run of the year. He’s raised his average almost .050 points in the last 2 weeks and went 1-4 last night. He will strikeout (20 in 25 games), but can help in power and RBI.
1B-Lyle Overbay-Ari: (0.1%) Overbay has received a surprising amount of playing time in Arizona. He stated his case for even more time going 3-4 with a double and a run scored to raise his average on the year to .333. He has only played 18 games but has 14 hits, five doubles, four runs, a home run, and 3 RBI. He;s nothing more than a deep league sleeper as long as he’s behind Paul Goldschmidt, but Goldschmidt may be ceding playing time with a rough start.
2B-Freddy Galvis-Phi: (0.1%) Against the Mets, Galvis went 3-4 with a triple and a double and 3 RBI. The big night raised his average to just .213 making fans even more eager to get Chase Utley back as soon as possible.
3B-Alberto Callaspo-LAA: (0.0%) While the Angels lineup has disappointed, Callaspo is actually off to a pretty solid start. He went 2-4 yesterday with a double, walk, RBI, and two runs scored. He’s played 22 games this season and if/when Pujols and co. get things rolling he could be an extremely valuable piece to have.
SS-Cliff Pennington-Oak: (1.5%) While his average has been horrible so far this season up to .217 after last night), he has 12 runs scored, six doubles, seven walks, and six steals. If you need speed, he can be a cheap option and his average should come back to at least around .250 by the end of the year. Last night he went 1-3 scoring a run for the fifth game in a row and walking twice. He stole his second base in as many days as he attempts to solidify the #2 spot in the order for Oakland.
OF-Andres Torres-NYM: (1.8%) Torres has been on a tear since returning from the DL. He hit his first home run of the year last night in Philadelphia while raising his average to .333. He scored two runs and drove in two to bring his total in both categories to eight. He’ll look to continue to keep things rolling as he takes over the leadoff spot for New York.
OF-Bobby Abreu-LAD: (0.8%) Reports of Abreu’s demise seem to be premature since he’s found a nice landing spot across town from his former team the Angels. Since coming to the Dodgers, he has 5 hits in 14 official plate appearances. Three of those five hits have been doubles and he has scored three runs. He’s a platoon player at this point in his career, but not a total fantasy non-entity.
OF-Gregor Blanco-SF: (0.0%) The Giants lineup is still very much a work in progress but Blanco is becoming a regular in the leadoff role. He went 1-4 with a walk and a single while stealing his second base of the year as well. Blanco’s average is .256 with an OBP of .353, four RBI, and six runs scored.
AL Starting Pitcher-Jason Vargas-Sea: (34.8%) The Mariners don’t provide much in the was of run-support for Jason Vargas but he moved to 4-2 last night with a win over Detroit. He pitched eight innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out six. He has a 2.79 ERA for the year with a 0.97 WHIP and a .199 BAA in his first eight starts.
NL Starting Pitcher-Paul Maholm-CHC: (0.3%) After giving up six runs in each of his first two starts of the year, Maholm has thrown four gems in a row. He has gone at least six innings while not allowing more than a single earned run in each start. Yesterday, he limited Atlanta to three hits and three walks while pitching seven shutout innings to get the win and move to 4-2 on the year.
Relief Pitcher-Casey Janssen-Tor: (0.0%) Janssen has replaced the ineffective Francisco Cordero a s the Jays closer and converted his first opportunity last night. He has no runs allowed his last four times out, but has an ERA of 4.76 after getting knocked around a bit earlier in the season. He has 12 strikeouts in 11.1 innings, and will have the opportunity to hold the closer role while Sergio Santos continues his recovery.
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