Monday's Best and Worst of Fantasy Baseball

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Here are the players who stood out amongst the rest during Monday night's action around the league:

Position Players

Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays (3B)
vs. L.A. Angels
3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

Some scoffed at the nine year deal given to rookie Evan Longoria only two weeks after being called up from Triple-A. But when Longoria goes off like this it's hard to argue with the Rays' logic. The 22-year-old phenom looks to be everything as advertised and is going to be a fantasy powerhouse from this point going forward.

Nick Swisher - Chicago White Sox (OF, 1B)
vs. Minnesota Twins
2-2, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

The switch-hitting Swisher (try saying that five times fast) extended his hitting streak to seven games and completed a rare feat by homering from both sides of the plate against the Twins. After suffering through a miserable stretch that lasted the entire month of May, 'Dirty 30' looks to be back on track and may be there for the taking on your league's waiver wire. Might be worth a look.

Paul Bako - Cincinnati Reds (C)
vs. Florida Marlins
2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

You've got a better chance of marrying Megan Fox than Reds catcher Paul Bako has to put up these kinds of numbers anytime soon. In his 13 years of MLB service, Bako has only hit more than two home runs in an entire season six times. That should give you an idea as to how much of a fluke occurrence this really is. So sit back, relax and get ready to make fun of the guy in your league that stayed up until 3 a.m. to grab Bako off the waiver wire.

Pitchers

Mike Mussina - New York Yankees (SP)
vs. Kansas City Royals
8 IP, 2 ER, 3 K, 0 BB, ND

'Moose' is the only consistent option the Yankees have on their staff and despite giving his team eight strong innings, he still couldn't get the win. He's put together a very quiet 9-4 record so far this season on a Yankees team that's struggling to play .500 baseball.

Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants (SP)
vs. the Washington Nationals
6.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 BB, W

The big right-hander looked filthy against the Nationals, racking up six strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work while giving up only one earned run. Stats like these are even more impressive when you realize the Giants are comprised of players who qualify for the senior citizen discount at Denny's.

Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners (SP)
vs. Toronto Blue Jays
6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, W

As the Mariners continue their journey down to the cellar of MLB, Jarrod Washburn found a way to slow the descent Monday with a solid outing against the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately it's nothing to get excited over in fantasy terms because teams are still hitting a whopping .360 against Washburn in his last seven starts with a 6.75 ERA to boot in that same time span. Stay away, stay far away.


And now for the under achievers from Monday:

Position Players

Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1B, 3B)
vs. the Cleveland Indians
0-4, K, 4 LOB

A game like this sums up the season for Cabrera and the lowly Tigers. He's owned in 100 percent of the ESPN fantasy baseball leagues and many of those GM's are regretting using that high first round draft pick on him. Look on the bright side though, at least you're not on the hook for the $153.3 million the Tigers gave him at the start of the season.

Pitchers

Dontrelle Willis – Detroit Tigers (SP)
vs. the Cleveland Indians
1.1 IP, 3 hits, 8 ER, 5 BB, 2 HR

If you haven't already, it's about time to throw in the towel on Dontrelle Willis. The man with the most awkward delivery since Hideo Nomo was hurling for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a complete bust this season. He had a tough time just getting the ball over the plate tonight and when he did, the Indians jumped all over him to the tune of eight runs and a pair of round-trippers. Don't be surprised if you see Willis heading back to the DL in the very near future.


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