Thursday's best and worst of fantasy baseball

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Thursday's studs...

Hitters

Darin Erstad- Houston Astros (CF)
Vs. Milwaukee Brewers
3-for-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

In high school, Erstad was dominant in baseball, hockey, football, and track. I found that kind of amazing until I realized he’s from North Dakota. I'm sure all 13 people that live there are had pretty good high school athletic careers. What else can you really do in North Dakota? To find out, I went on the state’s official tourism site. Here’s the first thing I saw:

You ask: "What is there to do in North Dakota?" And we answer: "What ISN'T there to do?" The options are as diverse as the imagination.

I imagine that place sucks.

Kevin Youkilis- Boston Red Sox (1B)
Vs. Baltimore
2-for-2, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

Did you know Youkilis had a small role in the 1994 romantic comedy Milk Money? Yeah, neither did I. But look, there he is! Even at a young age, the guy knew how to walk.

Adrian Gonzalez- San Diego Padres (1B)
Vs. LA Dodgers
2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

For a number one overall draft pick, Gonzalez was kind of a late bloomer. Before becoming a fantasy stud and one of the NL’s top power hitters, Gonzalez was traded twice. Hey, at least he’s better than all these guys.

Pitchers

Ben Sheets- Milwaukee Brewers
Vs. Houston Astros
Win: 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 K, 2 BB

I’m confused. Shouldn’t Ben Sheets have sustained a season ending injury about two weeks ago?

Johan Santana- New York Mets
Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
ND: 7 IP, 0 ER, 10 K, 3 BB

I’ve got to be honest, I enjoy watching Santana strikeout Conor Jackson a lot more than Paul Konerko.

Jake Peavy- San Diego Padres
Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Win: 6 IP, 4 K, 0 BB

Of all the awesome things Peavy has done as a pitcher in the majors, I’m not sure anything tops that time he celebrated a successful hunting trip at KAM’S.

...and duds

Hitter

Adam Dunn- Cincinnati Reds (LF)
Vs. St. Louis Cardinals
0-for-4, 3 K

Adam Dunn does three things: hit homers, walk, and strikeout. Yesterday, he forgot to do the two good ones. That being said, has anyone in the history of baseball ever been more productive while hitting under .230? Bill James must love this guy.

Pitcher

Livan Hernandez- Minnesota Twins
Vs. Cleveland Indians
Loss: 3 IP, 7 ER, 1 K

I gently refer to that type of pitching line as ‘Todd Ritchie-ian’.

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Good stuff Rick. I can point my fantasy baseball problems to one man, and one man only; Adrian Gonzalez. I knew he was good, but this is simply insane. The state of South Dakota has as many people in it as games Darin Erstad played in a Sox uniform last year.

Since I am the only one who looks at this because there is no link I just thought I would like to follow up on your Erstad findings by stating he was the #1 pick in the '95 draft, infront of early thirties-K, Todd Helton, Roy Halladay and the infamous Jaime Jones. Who is Jaime Jones you ask. Nobody knows because he doesn't have a hyperlink to his name in baseball-reference.

PLZ talk about Carlos Q sucking and how you should trade him now why his value is highghghghghgh...Sox get bailed out again...Rockies and Pirates here we come

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