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Apparently the new Yankee Stadium has become a home run haven. It has always been a well-known fact that Colorado’s Coors Field was the ideal place for owners needing a power fix. If recent trends continue, then I guess we will all have to start putting players in our lineups solely based on the fact that they are playing in New Yankee Stadium that day.
The stars of Week 2…
Ian Kinsler (2B), Texas Rangers: He would be the consensus #1 player if it was not for his history of injuries. In the past seven days, Kinsler collected 15 hits (2 HR, 4 doubles, 1 triple), 6 RBI, and 6 SB. He scored 9 runs for good measure.
Carlos Pena (1B), Tampa Bay Rays: Pena went 9/27 (.333) in Week 2 and showed his power by homering in three straight games (4 total for the week). He drove in plenty of his teammates with his 12 RBI which tied for the most RBI last week with…
Andre Ethier (LF,RF), L.A. Dodgers: Andre the Giant (like the reference?) was almost identical with Carlos Pena by also collecting 9 hits with 4 HR and 12 RBI. The tiebreaker goes to Ethier since he scored more runs (8) and had the better batting average (.391).
Carlos Quentin (LF), Chicago White Sox: Clearly Quentin is out to prove he was not a one-year wonder by absolutely annihilating the ball last week with an incredible 5 HR. Rounding out his stat sheet are 8 hits, 6 runs, and 9 RBI. Quentin leads the majors with 7 HR.
Raul Ibanez (LF), Philadelphia Phillies: Ibanez is settling into his new home in Philly and he got even more comfortable last week with his 11 hits, 3 HR, and 5 RBI. Ibanez has multi-hit games in five straight and has scored a run in four of the last five games.
Zack Greinke (SP), Kansas City Royals: Just like last season, Greinke is having an amazing April. He won both of his starts last week to improve to 3-0 on the season and he struck out 19 batters in 14 innings en route to his first complete game of the season. He has not allowed a run in 20 innings in 2009 and has not allowed a run in 34 innings dating back to last season.
Javier Vazquez (SP), Atlanta Braves: Vazquez is loving his new surroundings with the Braves. He went 1-1 last week with a 2.25 ERA and 20 K’s. One start was highlighted with a 6 IP, 12 K performance against those red hot Marlins.
Tim Lincecum (SP), San Francisco Giants: All worries were put to rest in Tiny Tim’s one start last week when he went 8 IP and fanned 13 batters. Unfortunately, the Giants failed to score a single run of support and lost that game 2-0. Lincecum is still winless on the season.
Wandy Rodriguez (SP), Houston Astros: Undrafted in a lot of leagues and still less than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues, Rodriguez deserves a roster spot on your team. He made his case in his one start with 10 K’s in 7 IP and his first victory of the season. So far this season he has a 1.89 ERA in 19 IP.
Chad Billingsley (SP), L.A. Dodgers: Billingsley continues to build on his 2008 campaign with two wins and 17 K’s last week to bring him to 3-0 on the year. Dating back to last season, he has not lost a start since August 25th.
Mike Jacobs (1B), Kansas City Royals: After a slow start (.176 avg), Jacobs has caught fire with 4 HR and 9 RBI last week while hitting .364. Don’t forget that Jacobs quietly had 32 HR last season with the Marlins.
Cody Ross (LF,CF,RF), Florida Marlins: Ross, who was notorious last season for hot streaks (remember the 14 RBI explosion in four games against the Rockies?). Well he is at it again with 3 HR and 11 RBI in Week 2. Just hope for some more consistency if you add him.
Doug Davis (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Douglas Davis is doing a great job this season and nobody knows about it. He was 1-1 last week with 11 K’s. On the season, he has a 2.57 ERA in three starts and has gone at least 8 IP in each of his last two outings.