MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 1

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Matt Garza, Tampa Bay Rays
vs. Boston Red Sox
7 2/3 IP, 1 H, 10 K, 0 ER, 1 BB

Is Garza slowly turning himself into one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League?

With performances like this one, it's going to be hard to argue otherwise. Garza's record (2-2) and ERA (3.82) aren't going to make you stop and stare. But looking at his WHIP of 1.06 and the 34 K he's collected in five starts will make you pay serious attention to this California kid.

He'll take the mound next on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, a team that's been sneaking up on some people this season. Don't hesitate to use Garza though, he'll do damage just like you need him to.

Batting

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
vs. Boston Red Sox
3-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 2B

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Tampa Bay Rays fantasy wake up call.

Let's cut right to the chase: Evan Longoria is a flat out, fantasy beast. He never looks confused at the plate and possesses that 'Oh s...' factor that makes fans of opposing teams squeamish when he's got a bat in his hands.

This man should never be removed from your lineup, no matter how you try to over think your weekly matchups. He's too good to be counted out against any hurler.

More to come after the jump...



Last Night's Top Performers

Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. Kansas City Royals
2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
vs. Washington Nationals
2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB

Max Scherzer, Arizona Diamondbacks
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
6 IP, 7 K, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, ND

Sean Marshall, Chicago Cubs
vs. Florida Marlins
7 IP, 6 K, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB



Bust of the Night

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
0-4, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 5 LOB

You're going to have to deliver more than that Mr. Braun. But we'll let you slide for the time being because of the 5 HR, 16 RBI you've supplied thus far.

Despite his obvious talents, Braun remains one of the most hotly contested subjects in fantasy baseball. Does he have the staying power? Is he a flash in the pan? Overrated?

We'll go yes, no and no.

Braun is the real deal and the sooner you get on board, the better off you'll be.


Daily Leaders

RBI

5 - John Buck, Royals
4 - Longoria, Rays
4 - Jorge Cantu, Marlins
3 - Chad Tracy, D-Backs
3 - Michael Hernandez, Rays

Pitching - K's

10 - Garza, Rays
9 - Mitchell Boggs, Cardinals
8 - Josh Beckett, Red Sox
7 - Scherzer, D-Backs
6 - Marshall, Cubs
6 - Dallas Braden, A's

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