MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - April 22

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Players of the Weekend

Pitching

Jarrod Washburn, Seattle Mariners
vs. Tampa Bay Rays
7 IP, 9 K, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB

At first I had to do a double take just to make sure I was reading Washburn's 2009 stats correctly. There's no way the 34-year-old southpaw could be 3-0 with a miniscule 1.17 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.

That's crazy talk.

But the numbers don't lie and it might be time to seriously consider adding Washburn to your rotation.

Batting

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Philadelphia Phillies
5-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

For some reason, there are those out there who don't believe Braun should be considered as one of the elite young talents in baseball. I'm shocked by this because I'd happily take on a kid who smacked 71 HR, drove in 203 RBI and averaged .304 at the plate in his first two years in the league.

Braun's worth and potential could actually be considered low at the moment if you are one of those who believe a player only gets better with age. This means bad things for the folks who reside in the NL Central, and also for those in your fantasy league who aren't fortunate enough to have him on your roster.

Next up for Braun and the Brew Crew are the remaining two games against the Phillies, and back to back three games sets against the Astros and Pirates.

Should be a great end of April for Braun.

More to come after the jump...



Last Night's Top Performers

Edgar Renteria, San Francisco Giants
vs. San Diego Padres
3-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2R

Aubrey Huff, Baltimore Orioles
vs. Chicago White Sox
2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Rich Harden, Chicago Cubs
vs. Cincinnati Reds
6 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 3 H, 2 BB


Bust of the Night

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
vs. Houston Astros
4.1 IP, 6 ER, 3 K, 2 BB

Not the way we expected Kershaw to follow up his dominant outing against the Giants in his last start. After shutting down baseball's version of the G-Men with 13 K's, Kershaw got knocked all over the ballpark by the lowly Astros.

He'll need to get his control and confidence back in a hurry before making his next start in Colorado against the Rockies. It'll be a long day if he keeps the ball up in that ballpark.


Daily Leaders - 4/19

RBI

5 - Renteria, Giants
4 - Braun, Brewers
4 - Huff, Orioles
3 - Pedro Feliz, Phillies
3 - David DeJesus, Royals
3 - Grady Sizemore, Indians
3 - Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
3 - Miguel Tejada, Astros

Pitching - K's

9 - Washburn, Mariners
9 - Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
8 - Harden, Cubs
7 - Andy Sonnanstine, Rays
6 - Jered Weaver, Angels
6 - Anibal Sanchez, Marlins

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