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We did it, we made it through the first month of fantasy baseball! Give yourselves a round of applause. Panic, elation, rage, euphoria and any other emotion has probably overcome you this past April. One month has passed and now may be the time to start thinking of addressing your offensive and pitching needs if you have any. You may think that there are 5 months left in this game, but it is time to start putting the wheels in motion and thinking long term. As for now, maybe these guys can help start your fire.
Matt Kemp (RF), Los Angeles Dodgers: Fantasy’s hottest bat collected 11 hits, 4 doubles, and 11 RBI. If you are going to pick a negative about Kemp’s great week, then the zero home runs clearly stand out. Kemp is not a power hitter and most likely won’t be anytime soon. Kemp is batting in the comfy 3 spot and that alone merits consideration for your team.
Jose Bautista (3B), Pittsburgh Pirates: Bautista had 3 home runs, 7 RBI, and raised his batting average from .205 to .235. This was a lucky week for a career .239 hitter, do not even give this man consideration.
Jack Cust (LF), Oakland Athletics: OK, I admit, I may have over exaggerated his talent in the preseason. In fact, I dropped him a few weeks back. Then on May 1st, he went 4-4 with a home run and 2 walks. Cust is one of the streakiest players I have ever seen. This past week Cust totaled 10 hits, 3 home runs, and 4 RBI. Cust also accumulated 6 runs. My advice is to ride this streak for as long as possible and when Cust starts to fizzle out, drop him.
Mike Cameron (CF), Milwaukee Brewers: Cameron returned to major league action after serving a suspension for use of a banned stimulant. So far in his short time he has 3 home runs, 7 RBI, 6 runs, and 7 hits. With Cameron you get some pop to your bat in the form of 20+ homers but your batting average will be complete garbage.
Geovany Soto (C), Chicago Cubs: Yahoo’s top ranked catcher had a big week in which he had 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 5 doubles, 6 runs, and 9 hits. For the season Soto is hitting .333 with a .430 OBP. Taking a chance on rookies is one of the most dangerous things in fantasy baseball. If you walked on the wild side and drafted Soto, then you certainly have been blessed.
Jon Lester (SP), Boston Red Sox: Drop the balloons and sound the horns, we have the first Red Sox player to make their appearance in the Wrap-Up. Lester earned his place here by lowering his ERA on the season to 3.94 by throwing 14 innings and giving up just one run. Lester fanned 11 in his two appearances and hopefully has found a rhythm.
Mike Mussina (SP), New York Yankees: Maybe he does have something left in the tank after all. Mussina got two wins this past week and struck out 7 in 11 innings. If you’re in need of some quality innings soon, then look Mussina’s way but, he is not a long term solution.
Greg Smith (SP), Oakland Athletics: The Oakland rookie had a great week despite not picking up any wins. He ended up losing his first start even though he pitched 8 innings and gave up only 2 runs. His second start was even better when he struck out 10 in 6 innings of work. If he can get consistent run support, then he will be a good starter to add to your roster.
Matt Cain (SP), San Francisco Giants: Cain’s short career has been plagued by very little run support which explains last season’s 7-16 record even though his ERA was a more than respectable 3.65. Last week Cain picked up one win in 2 starts in which he struck out 11 batters in 12.1 innings. The one win came when he gave up zero runs and the no decision came when he gave up 2 runs. Like Greg Smith, if he can ever get some support, then watch out.
Jon Rauch (RP), Washington Nationals: The Washington closer saved 3 games last week without surrendering a run in 3.2 innings of work. After a bad start, Rauch has settled down nicely lowering his ERA to 3.52.
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