Players of the Night
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
8 IP, 11 K, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, W
Not only did Gallardo throw an absolute gem, but he also hit a solo shot against the Pirates that ended up being the game winning run in a 1-0 ballgame.
Now, I'm sure that most of your leagues don't give you added bonus points for this amazing feat. But that stat line is a thing of beauty rarely seen outside of the Carlos Zambrano's of the world.
The Brewers were desperate for a guy to stand up in place of the departed CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets.
Looks like Gallardo is that guy.
Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
vs. Toronto Blue Jays
4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 1 2B
Don't look now, but the Kansas City Royals have become a fantasy juggernaut.
Led by staff ace Zach Greinke, the Royals have a roster chocked full of young talent that is ready for their turn in the spotlight. Butler could be the next in line.
Only 23, Butler is still too inconsistent to be considered for a spot on any fantasy roster. But keep the name in mind as the season progresses. He's got a knack for punishing left handed pitchers and the longer he stays up in the bigs, the better chance he'll have to prove himself worthy of the DH spot.
More to come after the jump...