Even on a day with more than half of MLB teams taking a day off, there were plenty of available players who stepped up and provided their teams with production. There were just 7 games with the Rangers and Orioles playing two, and just a single game in the National League.
The headlines form last night were Josh Beckett’s continuing the Red Sox rotation’s struggles and Stephen Strasburg extending his mastery of the Pirates. CC Sabathia also picked up a win against Tampa and the Rangers and O’s each took one of the double-header in Baltimore.
Here’s our starting lineup of players who stood out last night and are owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues (percent of ownership in parentheses). If you need help for your fantasy baseball team, these players are a great starting point. For past day’s lineups click here.
All-Sleeper Starting lineup
C-Yorvit Torrealba-Tex: (0.0%) The Rangers continue to rotate Torrealba and Mike Napoli behind the plate. Torrealba has played 16 games and is hitting .236 after going 3-4 with two doubles in the opener of yesterday’s double-header. He will be a great pickup if his playing time levels out. If you’re in a two-catcher league, he’s worth a look due to the lineup he plays in and his offensive stats.
1B-Kila Ka’aihue-Oak: (0.1%) Ka’aihue isn’t playing every day, but he’s taking advantage of his opportunities when the come. Yesterday he went 2-3 with a double and a home run, driving in two and scoring a run. He hits lefties well and should see more time at 1B with Daric Barton still struggling to find his offensive stroke.
2B-Sean Rodriguez-TB: (10.4%) Rodriguez didn’t play 2B but slid to 3B for last night’s game. He has eligibility at every infield position but 1B and looks to maintain after shuffling all over the Rays infield again so far this season. Last night he was 2-3 with a runs scored and an RBI. His solid game brought his average to .228 with two home runs, 9 RBI, and 14 runs scored in his first 30 games.
3B-Jack Hannahan-Cle: (6.7%) The tribe 3B continues to hover around .300 and after going 2-4 last night is at that .300 mark after going 27-90. He also hit his third home run of the year while driving in a pair and scoring a run. He’s batting ninth for Cleveland but his solid production makes him a decent fantasy option at a injury-ravaged 3B position.
SS-Elliot Johnson-TB: (0.0%) Johnson got the start against CC Sabathia last night and went 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and his fourth steal of the year. His fantasy contribution definitely comes on the base-path and as long as Evan Longoria is out he does get a little more playing time. If you need cheap steals, he’s worth a look.
OF-Andy Dirks-Det: (9.7%) We’ve been on Dirks for almost a week now. He’s moved into the number two spot in the Tigers potent lineup and has performed brilliantly in that role collecting multiple-hit games in his last 5 games. He capped it off last night by going 4-4 with his third home run of the year. He’s now batting .383 with three home runs, 11 RBI, 12 runs scored, and just our strikeouts in 60 ABs. He isn’t going to steal bases, but should continue to provide hits, runs, and RBI in a great spot in a good lineup.
OF-Michael Brantley-Cle: (11.2%) Brantley has had a tough start to the year, coming into last night’s action batting just .2333, but he may be ready to start turning things around. He went 4-5 against Boston bumping his average to .256. He connected on two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring one as well. He needs to show some more consistency before he becomes a good option in fantasy but he’s showing signs of life.
OF-Jose Tabata-Pit: (8.7%) The Pirates didn’t manage much against Stephen Strasburg, but Tabata was able to collect a pair of singles raising his average to .240. He also scored his 11th run of the year as he continues to lead off for Pittsburgh.
AL Starting Pitcher-Wei-Yin Chen: (4.2%) The Taiwanese national moved to 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He threw 7.2 innings against the powerful Rangers lineup while holding them to two runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five bringing his total to 28 in his first six starts. Chen’s a nice spot start pickup and is entering the fringes of mixed league material.
NL Starting Pitcher-Kevin Correia: (1.7%) The Pirates starter battles Strasburg for much of the game, but gave up a couple home runs while allowing three runs and six hits. He doesn’t pick up tons of K’s (just one last night), but is a solid contributor if you need help with WHIP and ERA.
Relief Pitcher-Andrew Miller-Bos: (0.0%) The Red Sox rotation is in shambles, but Andrew Miller has looked good out of the bullpen and appears to be earning more of a spot in the Sox ‘pen. He pitched 1.2 innings yesterday against Cleveland allowing just a hit while striking out his fifth batter in his 3.1 shutout innings on the season.
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