May 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Brandon Inge (7) hits a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy Baseball-Weekend Pickups-Sleeper Central-May 12


Friday night across the Major Leagues had plenty of drama and fireworks. Jason Heyward’s two-run home run gave the Braves a big win over the Cardinals. Not to be outdone, Josh Hamilton went yard twice in Texas’s crushing of the Angels who many thought would give them a run for the division.

There were plenty of lesser-owned hitters that contributed to their team’s wins as well. As usual, in our daily lineup we’ve selected a full team of players who excelled last night who are  owned in under 50% of ESPN Leagues (% owned in parentheses). If your team has injured or slumping players, evalutate whether one of these players would be an upgrade.

Sleeper Starting Lineup

C-Jonathan Lucroy-Mil: (8.9%) Lucroy didn’t start last night for the Brewers, but pinch hit and went 1-2 with a double, a walk, and three RBI. He’s still very unowned considering he is batting .326 with two home runs and 15 RBI on the year for the Brew Crew. He’s a solid option if you missed the elites at the always tricky catcher position.

May 8, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso (right) is congratulated by catcher John Baker (21) after scoring during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

1b-Yonder Alonso-SD: (4.1%) Alonso hit his first home run of the year and extended his streak of games with an RBI to four. He went 2-4 to raise his average to an even .300 and how had 10 RBI on the season, six of those in the last four games. He’lll be in the middle of the Padres lineup, so if you need 1B production consider him a low-end option.

2b-Gordon Beckham-Chw: (9.4%) After a difficult start to the year, Beckham has solidified the second spot in the White Sox batting order. He went 2-4 there last night with a double, run scored, and RBI. He’s batting .222 on the season but .325 in May. He looks like he’s rediscovered his swing, and his early struggles may have made him a waiver wire option in your league.

3b-Brandon Inge-Oak:(0.4%) The Tigers got a front-row seat to the resurgence of the player they cut as Inge went 2-5 last night with a home run and 4 RBI raising his average on the year to .197. In four of the last five games he’s played, Inge has has exactly 4 RBI and a home run. He’s jump-started the A’s offense and should be secure as their 3B the rest of the season.

SS-Cliff Pennington-Oak: (1.5%) The main asset Pennington brings to the table is his speed. He’s stolen three bases in the last four games and is hitting in the No. 2 spot in the suddenly solid A’s lineup. He’s scored 13 runs and has 6 RBI in his first 32 games. His average is only .213, but he’ll have value as long as he continues to his second and steal bases.

May 11, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez (27) hits a three-run homerun against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

OF-Raul Ibanez-NYY: (23.9%) Ibanez his his sixth home run of the year last night against his former team the Mariners. He’s up to .268 with 19 RBI as he becomes a bigger part of the Yankees lineup as the season progresses.

OF-John Mayberry Jr.-Phi: (3.1%) Mayberry connected on his first home run of the season while going 2-4 and lifting his average to .240. He’s been given the chance to play and should see everyday action if he produces with the Phillies desperate need for offense.

May 10, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina (2) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Washington Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

OF-Roger Bernadina-Was: (0.0%) Bernadina hit a home run for the second day in a row while driving in three runs in the Nats win in Cincinnati. He raised his average to .207 and added this third stolen base of the year as well. It looks like he’ll be splitting time with Tyler Moore in the Washington outfield while Jayson Werth is out, but if he continues to hit he should see the majority of the opportunities.

DH-Nick Johnson-Bal: (0.0%) Nick Johnson has finally started to find his stroke after going 0-for-April.  He went 2-2 yesterday against Tampa while hitting his first home run of the year, stealing his second base, and driving in his sixth and seventh RBI. His average is still a painful .163 but that includes his 0-26 start, since then he’s done much better.

AL Starting Pitcher-Tommy Milone-Oak: (5.9%) Milone bounced back from two tough starts to get a nice win at home against the Tigers. He pitched seven innings allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. He’s been excellent at home while getting trashed on the road. He can be worth a spot start look when he’s starting at home.

April 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) watches from the dugout after being pulled from the game against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

NL Starting Pitcher-Bud Norris (49.1) In his last two outings, Norris has allowed no earned runs in 12 innings. Yesterday he shut out the Pirates while striking out eight and allowing just three hits. He moved into seventh in the NL with 41 K’s in his 43.1 innings. He also has a 3.95 EAR and a 1.27 WHIP. If he’s available in your league, he’s worth a look.

Relief Pitcher-Tim Byrdak-NYM: (0.0%) The NL leader in holds, Byrdak got his eighth last night striking out the only batter he faced. He has appeared in 19 games and has 15 strikouts in just 10 innings pitched the lefty specialist has two wins, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 3.60 ERA.

Tags: Brandon Inge Bud Norris Cliff Pennington Fantasy Baseball Additions Gordon Beckham John Mayberry Jr. Jonathan Lucroy Nick Johnson Raul Ibanez Roger Bernadina Sleeper Central Tim Byrdak Tommy Milone Waiver Wire Yonder Alonso