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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 

Be sure to check out our complete pitching planner by Chris Mosch


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)

Infirmary Report 

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, 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)


Closer Carousel 

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


Mets' Santana to make next start at Yankee Stadium

Mets ace Johan Santana will get two extra days of rest after his no-hitter. The team says Santana will make his next start Friday night at Yankee Stadium in the opener of the Subway Series. Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches Friday night against St. Louis in the first no-hitter in team history. The Mets have been trying to get Santana additional rest this year after he missed...

Johan Santana’s No-Hitter Highlights First June Weekend of 2012

8019 games, and all I could think about was no It’s officially June, the weather is officially allowed to be smoking. It’s okay to turn on your air conditioning and if you had a summer diet planned there’s no more excuses, get going with it. Johan Santana threw a no-hitter on Friday night and struck out David Freese on his 134th pitch of the night to complete...

Johan Santana's no-hitter made SNY the most watched station in New York on Friday

Johan Santana's no-hitter made SNY the most watched station in New York on Friday from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. So now, before looking below, how many folks were watching SNY for inning 9 to help make it... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Nothing is simple about replay in MLB

Johan Santana would not have thrown the first no-hitter in Mets history if baseball had been resolving fair/foul calls with the latest ball-tracking technology. Instead, cameras and computers from a British firm, Hawk-Eye Innovations, would have determined the exact position of Carlos Beltran's drive down the left-field line in the sixth inning of Friday night's game between...

Leave It To A Mets Fan to Ruin A No-Hitter Celebration

Alright, so I don’t have any real historical evidence that proves Mets fans traditional ruin great moments but when Johan Santana completed the first no-hitter in the 50 year history of the New York Mets the celebration was somewhat overshadowed by a jean shorts wearing fan that ran onto the field. For those of you that think I’ve lost my mind, watch the video of the final at...

First Place In Our Hearts, First Place In The NL East

As most of you know, for most of the offseason, I’ve taken an optimistic approach toward the Mets for this new season. In our 2012 MMO Predictions, I picked the Mets to win the second Wild Card in the National League. For comeback player of the year, my choice was Johan Santana. I’m on record as saying that by the end of this season, the Mets will have increased their attendance...

Michael Kay called it right Friday - (WB Mason might not agree) - but now the Mets know the secrets of juju

Friday night, while the Maglio Ordonezless Tigers were trying hard to lose, Michael Kay revealed to the YES Yankiverse news of something better in another world. He basically said, “Johan Santana has a no-hitter going after eight innings.”For tens of thousands of Yankee fans, it was like on “Fringe,” where the hot lady scientist suddenly realizes the existence of a new...

Dickey tosses 7-hitter at Cardinals

A day after Johan Santana made Mets history, R.A. Dickey baffled the St. Louis Cardinals in his own way. The knuckleballer followed up Santana's no-hitter by shutting out St. Louis, David Wright homered and the New York Mets beat the Cardinals 5-0 on Saturday. ''It's no easy chore to follow Johan,'' Dickey said, ''I went to bed reminding myself to...

NY Baseball Podcast: Jimmy Qualls Headlines 6/3/2012 Show

Tonight’s podcast will be a reaction segment to Johan Santana‘s no-hitter from Friday night. Since the Mets are on ESPN at 8pm, I have moved the program to 7:00 in order to accommodate the listeners. My headline guest is former Cubs utility man Jimmy Qualls. It was Qualls who broke up Tom Seaver‘s perfect game on July 9th, 1969. Hear him talk about his reaction when watching...

Video: David Letterman’s “Johan Santana’s Top Ten Pitches” was not funny

Can everyone just let the whole foul ball thing go already? Santana pitched incredibly, baseball is a game with a human element. and umpires make mistakes. Let it go already. It was an awesome game to watch, and Mets fans that watched this game will never forget it.

The New York Mets Finally Have A No-Hitter: A History of Holding My Breath

Where were you when the world stopped turning? A pitcher from the New York Mets actually pitched a no-hitter. That’s right. We can all stop holding our breath. (I was. Weren’t you?) After 8,019 games, the second longest active drought in baseball came to an end yesterday. The longest drought in baseball obviously still belongs to my favorite punching bag, the Chicago Cubs. How’s...


First off, hat tip to the for the title of this article, it was just too fitting not to use. Usually I watch the Mets play upstairs, in the bedroom.  I don’t mind it to be honest; it allots me some relaxation from my day. Even though my wife isn’t much of a baseball fan, she does tolerate my screaming at the television for reasons she has the slightest clue about...

Good-luck charm: Mets draft pick was at no-hitter

Gavin Cecchini went to New York for a pre-draft workout and wound up a witness to one of the greatest nights in Mets history. The high school shortstop from Louisiana, drafted No. 12 overall by the Mets on Monday night, worked out for the team Friday at Citi Field. Later that night, he watched from a suite at the ballpark as Johan Santana pitched the franchise's first no-hitter...

There’s No Crying in Baseball! I Beg to Differ…

How can a moment like this not bring a die-hard Mets fan to tears? One of my all-time favorite sports movies is “A League of Their Own”, which chronicled the installation of women’s baseball during World War 2 in order to keep the nation’s spirits up while many of the professional men’s players were away fighting.  From reading a little about the actual history, the movie...

Cards shut down by Dickey, Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- R.A. Dickey followed up Johan Santana's no-hitter by shutting out St. Louis, David Wright homered and the New York Mets beat the Cardinals 5-0 on Saturday. Dickey (8-1) gave up seven hits, struck out nine and walked none in his third career shutout -- first this season. The Mets scored three runs in the second, on a mishandled grounder and two run-scoring groundouts...
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