Johan Santana became the first Met pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 50 history of the New York franchise. Santana fanned eight Cardinals in the contest, including a strikeout of Cardinal third baseman David Freese to end the game. The lefty change up specialist struck out eight Cardinals over nine clean innings, while throwing a career high 134 pitches.
The magic in Los Angeles appears to be fading as the Dodgers lead in the National League West has dwindled to just three games over the San Francisco Giants. All-Star centerfielder Matt Kemp’s aggravation of his strained hamstring and a pitching staff giving far less dominant starts have fueled the collapse by the Dodgers.
The two most exciting divisions in baseball are the Easter divisions of both the National and American Leagues. All ten teams in their respective divisions boast winning runs, with just three and a half games separating first and last place in the National League East.
Offensive Player of the Week: Dexter Fowler
.556, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 13 R, 3 SB
Colorado Rockies centerfielder Dexter Fowler beat out fellow Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for the top offensive player of the week award for week 9. Fowler raised his season batting average nearly 30 points with a .556, 2 home run performance against the Dodgers and Astros. Fantasy owners looking for a situational outfielder should consider starting Fowler at home, as the 28 year old Georgia native is hitting .354 this season at Coors field, compared to just .178 on the road.
- Honorable Mention: Carlos Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Jason Kipnis
Pitcher of the Week: Chris Sale
16.1 IP, 2 wins, 23 strikeouts, 1.65 ERA, 0.73 WHIP
Chris Sale used his hard throwing; lengthy frame to post two consecutive wins against the Mariners and Rays. Sale fanned a career high 15 batters last Monday against the Rays, while reducing his season ERA to just 2.29 in 66.2 innings this season.
Fantasy owners of Sale may want to sell the southpaw as he has bee injury prone over his short career, and his fantasy value has never been higher.
- Honorable Mention: James McDonald, Drew Hutchinson and Shaun Marcum
Working the Wire
Although Gordon Beckham is batting just .237 on the season, he has enjoyed a solid few games over the past few days hitting second in front of Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn. As mentioned by Mike Baum in our weekly waiver wire column, only three middle infielders (Furcal, Andrus, and Kipnis) have scored more runs over the last 30 days. He’s a very serviceable MI as long as he’s hitting in the 2 hole.
Other Players to Target
1) Justin Smoak (OF SEA)
2) AJ Ellis (C LAD)
3) Colby Rasmus (OF TOR)
4) Todd Frazier (3B CIN)
Notable Two Start Pitchers For Week 10
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Clayton Kershaw (@PHI/@SEA)
Cliff Lee (LAD/@BAL)
James Shields (@NYY/@MIA)
Yovani Gallardo (CHC/SD)
Anibal Sanchez (ATL/TB)
Jeff Samardzija (@SF/@MIN)
Jon Lester (BAL/WSH)
Ricky Romero (@CHW/@ATL)
Jordan Zimmermann (NYM/@BOS)
Andy Pettitte (TB/NYM)
Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki headline a collection of injured players from week 9 of the fantasy baseball season. Kemp re-aggravated his injured hamstring against the Brewers, and was quickly placed on the DL by the Dodgers front office. Kemp will likely spend at least four weeks on the DL this time to ensure that his lingering hamstring injury fully heals.
Tulowitzki was placed on the 15 day DL with a groin strain on Wednesday. Tulo left the game in the sixth inning after grounding out to second base. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, local television showed Tulo limping to the clubhouse.
Other Notable Injuries:
- Dustin Pedroia (Thumb Day to Day)
- Nick Markakis (Wrist – five weeks)
- Alex Avila (Head Day to day)
The Angels closer situation conintues to frustrate fantasy owners as both Scott Downs and Ernesto Frieri have recorded saves over the past few weeks. Manager Mike Scioscia claimed that Downs would be his closer, however, Frieri has also been used in certain save situations. Of the two, Frieri has better closer stuff and will likely earn the job outright by the All-Star break.
Fantasy Dud: Justin Verlander
5.84 ERA, 12.1 IP, 0 Wins, 11 Ks
Verlander entered week 9 with a difficult two start schedule against the Red Sox and Yankees, and responded with his worst week of the 2012 season. Verlander failed to notch a win in either contest, while giving up a season high 5 earned runs against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
- Honorable Mention: Clayton Kershaw, Justin Upton and Ian Kinsler