Players of the Night
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
vs. Toronto Blue Jays
3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R,
This is what had become to be known as the norm and not the exception for this pudgy slugger in Detroit.
Miggy had one of the quieter 37 HR 127 RBI seasons in 2008, primarily because his teams finished in the cellar of the AL Central after being picked by so many to run away with the division.
He's off to a fast start with seven hits in ten at-bats and has yet to go down on strikes. The Tigers have one game left in the series against the Blue Jays today, but keep your eyes on Miggy starting Friday. With the Texas Rangers coming to town for the Tigers home opener, Cabrera has to be licking his chops.
Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets
vs. Boston Celtics
33 points, 12 boards, 5 dimes, 5-for-9 from long distance
Is Vinsanity here to stay?
No, sadly it's not. Carter still shows flashes of the explosiveness that made him one of the game's most popular players, but that's about it.
He's become more of a facilitator in the offense as his career has progressed, evidenced by the consistent drop in scoring average the past five years. And now, with his team out of the playoffs, Carter is playing hard on principles alone and that was enough to deliver one last great fantasy performance of the season.
Until next year VC.
Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox
vs. Kansas City Royals
7 IP, 6 H, 9 K, 2 ER
Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
vs. New York Yankees
3-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs
vs. Houston Astros
4-5, HR, RBI, 4 R, BB, SB
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
vs. New Jersey Nets
31 points, 5 dimes, 9 boards, 3 steals
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
vs. Phoenix Suns
29 points, 16 dimes, 7 boards
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
31 points, 5 boards, 5 dimes, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Bust of the Night
vs. Baltimore Orioles
3.2 IP, 7 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Another day, another Yankees pitcher goes bust.
Didn't we see this same movie last summer?
And things don't get much easier for Wang in his next scheduled start against the Florida Marlins next Monday. If he doesn't get the kinks worked out by then, I'd strongly suggest sitting him. Wait until he can make consecutive starts without having to exit before the fourth inning before you make him part of your regular rotation.
Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
vs. Detroit Pistons
4 points, 4 dimes, 2-for-13 from the floor
I'm not trying to pick on the little guy by handing him the 'bust of the night' tag two days in a row. But let's face it, for a player that is owned in over 95% of ESPN.com leagues to drop two straight stinkers like this it's well deserved.