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Apparently I am not the only one who believes that Kansas City’s Zack Greinke is in trouble. The good people over at Sports Illustrated have it in for the young ace as evident by the fact that they decided to put him on last week’s cover. Like many other stories of sports lore, the “Sports Illustrated Curse” is another piece of mythology that has claimed the lives of those who grace the cover. This is just another reason why I think Greinke is due for a huge drop. Of course you wouldn’t know it since that as I am writing this, he has just thrown his 3rd complete game of 2009 and improved to 6-0 with a shutout of the White Sox. Prove me wrong Zackary. Prove me wrong.
Jorge Cantu (1B,3B), Florida Marlins: I hope you didn’t avoid Cantu on draft day thinking he was a flash in the pan. His 4 HR and 14 RBI last week say otherwise. His nine hits brought his average up to .333 and his 25 RBI is tied for 4th most in the majors.
Carl Crawford (LF), Tampa Bay Rays: Only one of Crawford’s 10 hits went for extra bases, and that was a double. However, Crawford makes it here this week for his speed. He totaled an outlandish 11 SB last week with 6 coming in one game (against the Sox if you recall).
Evan Longoria (3B), Tampa Bay Rays: Sophomore slump? Not for Longoria! Longoria tied Jorge Cantu fo the lead in RBI last week with 14 and he added 2 HR to his season total. The rest of the stat sheet included 11 hits, 9 runs, and 4 doubles.
Adam Jones (CF), Baltimore Orioles: After years of hype, he seems to have put it together…so far. Jones filled in all your categories with 8 runs, 10 hits, 2 HR, 2 RBI, and 2 SB. Would you have guessed that Jones leads the majors in runs scored (28)?
Nick Swisher (1B,LF,CF,RF), New York Yankees: In only four games played, Sir Swish hit 3 HR and had 6 RBI. In addition to that, he scored 8 runs and walked 4 times. If only he hadn’t been hit by that pitch. Oh well!
Dan Haren (SP), Arizona Diamondbacks: Despite being 2nd in the NL with a 1.47 ERA, Haren only has 3 wins. Well, two of them came last week on the heels of his first complete game of the season and 21 K in 17.0 IP. Haren has at least 9 K in three straight starts.
Justin Verlander (SP), Detroit Tigers: Is he finally back? Well you be the judge. At the moment, just revel in his two wins and 20 K last week. The 11 K games against Cleveland was the most he has had in a single game since June 23rd of 2007.
Trevor Hoffman (RP), Milwaukee Brewers: Hoffman made his return last week and immediately pleased owners with 3 saves and 5 K in 4 IP. Don’t underestimate him even at age 42.
Matt Garza (SP), Tampa Bay Rays: Garza’s one start was nearly perfect. I mean that literally. He had a perfect game through six innings against the Red Sox until it was finally broken up. Garza owners had to settle for the win and 10 K instead.
Johnny Cueto (SP), Cincinnati Reds: Remember last season when Cueto was the big hype pitcher coming out of Spring Training? It looks like he is cashing in on that hype a year later (hey, better late than never). Cueto’s two starts yielded a win and 14 K in 15 IP. Cueto is currently 4th in the Majors with a 1.65 ERA.
Jose Guillen (LF,RF), Kansas City Royals: Guillen made his return from the DL on 4/25 and has already launched 3 HR. He has given owners 11 RBI and a respectable .289 avg in his short time as well.
Mike Fontenot (2B,3B), Chicago Cubs: Fontenot has been seeing the ball better recently with 4 HR and 8 RBI last week. He caught fire at the end of April and it is leading into May by hitting safely in 10 of his last 11 games.
Scott Richmond (SP), Toronto Blue Jays: Richmond has very quietly won four straight starts compiling 22 K in 26.1 IP during that time. How many other 37% owned (Yahoo! leagues) pitchers are 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in your free agent pool? Exactly. Grab him while you can.