Happy Mother’s Day, on this Sunday, May 13! Expect plenty of pink bats and some pretty cool giveaways at the parks today as Major League Baseball celebrates with a full slate of 15 games.
Yesterday, everyone was in action as well with plenty of fantasy baseball action to go around. As always at Sleeper Central, we’re here to catch you up on the productive players from yesterday who are owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues (percentages in parentheses).
So here’s today’s lineup with no further introduction (use the time saved to wish your mom a happy Mother’s Day)
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C-Jonathan Lucroy-Mil: (8.9%) He’s been an early favorite of sleeper central during the year as he’s gotten off to a .341 start with hits in his last nine consecutive games. Yesterday he went 3-5 with a double, run, and RBI. He now has 16 RBI, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, and even 2 triples in his hot start to the season. He’s a top 10 offensive catcher, yet he’s owned in less than 10 percent of leagues.
1B-Brandon Belt-SF: (18.6%) Belt went 1-5 with a triple, run scored, and RBI in the Giants win in Arizona. He batted out of the no. 2 spot in the lineup. If he can stay in that spot, he should get better pitches to hit and be able to raise his .246 average. He has the potential it remains to be seen if he’ll get the opportunity and deliver.
2B-Robert Andino-Bal: (46.8%) Andino is about to cross the threshold into non-sleeper status. He actually was hitting much better before moving to the top spot in the Orioles lineup, but once he gets adjusted I expect him to keep raking. He had his average up to .342 just 10 games ago but it’s now at .284. He did show signs of life last night going 1-4 with a double as the Orioles took their second game from the Rays.
3B-Brent Morel-ChW: (0.2%) Morel returned to the Sox lineup and went 1-2 with a walk, and a stolen base. He now has four steals on the year and can be a source of cheap speed if you’re desperate in AL-only or extremely deep mixed leagues. He has yet to find his stroke this year, but appears to be injury-free.
SS-Tyler Pastornicky-Atl: (1.8%) Pastornicky will be the Braves starting SS all year barring injury and is starting to hit well enough to make him an option. He went 2-4 yesterday raising his average to .268. He drove in his eleventh run of the year and scored his thirteenth in the Braves 7-2 win over the Cardinals.
OF-Raul Ibanez-NYY: (24.9%) Ibanez went 2-3 against the Mariners last night and has a hit in 7 consecutive starts. He has his average up to .282, but the impressive part of Ibanez’s line is his seven total home runs on the year, four of which have come in his last four starts. He’s starting to produce the way the Yankees were hoping when he was added this offseason. He’ll continue to see plenty of playing time while Brett Gardner is on the DL.
OF-Jose Tabata-Pit:(8.1%) Tabata went 2-4 hitting in fourth game in a row. He had a triple for the second day in a row and added a home run in the Pirates win over Houston. His average is back to .250 for the first time since opening day and the Pirates’ speedster looks to be getting on a roll. Look for him to leadoff regularly for Pittsburgh while he’s hot.
OF-Gregor Blanco-SF: (0.0%) Blanco is still a highly speculative add, but he’s establishing himself atop the Giants lineup. He went 0-4 yesterday but walked, stole a base, and scored two runs. He now has five runs scored in his last five starts and two stolen bases in his last two. His average is a painful .234, but his OBP is .351. If he can get on base, run, and score for enough San Francisco to keep him in the leadoff spot he has solid fantasy value.
AL Starting Pitcher-Luke Hochevar-KC: (0.7%) Hochevar had no fantasy value prior to yesterday’s start. He had allowed 16 runs over his last two starts in just 6.1 innings. Yesterday, he mowed down the White Sox allowing no runs in seven innings while striking out five. He’s 3-3 now with a still rough 7.20 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Hochevar will try to build on this start moving forward, so keep an eye on him to see if he can.
NL Starting Pitcher-Aaron Harang-LAD: (3.4%) Harang had been solid but not spectacular for the Dodgers until last night. He went 8 innings allowing only a solo home run with a pair of strike outs, four hits, and 2 walks. He picked up the win to go to 2-2 on the season and his best two starts are his two most recent ones. He’s a matchup starter at this point.
Relief Pitcher-Ryan Cook-Oak: (0.0%) Cook’s rookie season is quickly vaulting into the short list of best setup men in the league. He leads the AL in holds with nine and has yet to allow a run in 16.2 innings over 15 appearances. He has only allowed three total hits this year, while fanning 16.