|Patriots Front Seven Will be Challenged by Cowboys||Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis: The New Thunder and Lightning||Ciao Bella! Celtics Open Pre-Season with win in Milan, Italy||Drew Brees Joins Tom Brady as Members of the 400 Club|
Welcome to the 2009 season! Let me guess: You are already freaking out and making rash decisions. No, no, no. You are talking trash to every member in your league and demanding a plaque with your name on it. Then there is my personal favorite where you are in first place, but are just waiting for it to completely fall apart. These are all likely scenarios. I myself am stuck in the middle. Living in neutral will actually do better for your stress level. I suggest you try it.
The Stars of Week 1
Evan Longoria (3B), Tampa Bay Rays: The Tampa Bay 3B decided to pick up right where he left off in his Rookie of the Year season of 2008 by leading the Majors with 5 HR and accumulating 10 RBI. He has at least two hits in six straight games but the only sour note for me is that he has not drawn a walk all season.
Adam Lind (LF), Toronto Blue Jays: A nice sleeper on draft day, Lind finally has the starting job in Toronto and currently leads the Majors with 12 RBI. Lind has flashed power with three of his 12 hits going for home runs and has scored five runs.
Nick Swisher (1B,LF,CF,RF), New York Yankees: Even though he is platooning with Xavier Nady, Swisher has been crushing the ball. No matter what categories your league has, Swisher helped your team. Six of his eight hits went for extra bases (3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR) and he even had 9 RBI and 7 runs in his limited role.
Alfonso Soriano (LF), Chicago Cubs: Proving that he doesn’t need 2B eligibility to be valuable, Soriano gave owners power and speed with 4 HR and 2 SB while hitting a respectable .286. To finish the week off, Soriano had multi-RBI games in two straight contests.
Albert Pujols (1B), St. Louis Cardinals: Pujols was hitting very well all week but was not producing big stats in other areas until Saturday when he exploded for 2 HR and 7 RBI to give him 3 HR and 9 RBI total on the season. We might as well mention my favorite part: 6 walks.
Josh Johnson (SP), Florida Marlins: JJ looked excellent in his starts compiling 15 K in 15.2 innings. He walked just one batter in his two starts and picked up his first complete game of the season on his way to a 2-0 record.
Johan Santana (SP), New York Mets: Despite allowing only one earned run in two starts, Santana is sporting a 1-1 record. However, he has 20 K in 12.2 innings and a 0.71 ERA.
Heath Bell (RP), San Diego Padres: Taking over for Trevor Hoffman has proved to be quite easy for Bell as he picked up three saves without giving up a run and striking out four batters in 2.2 innings.
Erik Bedard (SP), Seattle Mariners: Bedard’s second year with Seattle is already looking better than his first. Bedard is 1-0 on the young season with a 15:1 K:BB ratio and 10.13 K/9. Gotta love those contract years.
Aaron Harang (SP), Cincinnati Reds: All signs pointed to a continuation of Harang’s terrible 2008 season, but he is proving everybody wrong in his first two starts. Harang is 1-1 with a 0.64 ERA and 11 K in 14.0 innings. Harang also has a complete game to his credit this season.
Kevin Milwood (SP), Texas Rangers: Milwood has looked spectacular in his two starts with a 1-0 record and 11 K. He went at least seven innings in each of his outings and walked only one batter. This could be Milwood’s last season in Texas unless the Rangers pick up his option so, he could just be playing for a big payday.
Emilio Bonifacio (2B,3B), Florida Marlins: The new leadoff hitter in Florida is tearing the cover off the ball by collecting a league-leading 14 hits. His 4 SB and 2B eligibility also increase his value.
Marco Scutaro (2B,3B,SS), Toronto Blue Jays: Scutaro has been a quiet contributor in Week 1 with 10 hits including 2 HR and 5 RBI. He has scored an impressive 10 runs thanks to his patience at the plate (6 walks).