MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 19

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Scott Richmond, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. Chicago White Sox
7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB, W

New rule: Start anyone you have against the Chicago White Sox. I don't care if the guy selling peanuts in the upper deck gets the start, put him in your lineup and don't look back.

Richmond was just the latest to pick apart the helpless White Sox, finishing off a four game sweep of the South Siders. Overall we'd have to say that Richmond is somewhat of an intriguing prospect, owned in a miniscule 27% of ESPN leagues at the moment.

He's shown some flashes of fantasy potential, but remains a question mark due to his overall lack of experience. In deeper leagues you could snag a Scott Richmond and trot him out there every fifth day without too much consequence.

Batting

Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays
vs. Oakland Athletics
3-3, 0 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB

Shortstop is one of the most crucial positions to fill in fantasy baseball. Snag one of the premier players at the position and you'll never have to worry about it for the rest of the year.

Try to get cute and go with a prospect and you'll end up spending the rest of the season trying to find a competent replacement.

But with a guy like Bartlett, you're getting the best of both worlds. He's been swinging a hot bat from day one and his numbers are of the All-Star caliber at this point in the young season.

AVG: .384 OBP: .423 HR: 5 RBI: 22 SB: 11

With Bartlett you're getting a little bit of everything and he's certainly one of the nice surprises in 2009.

More to come after the jump...





Last Night's Top Performers

Hitting

Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
vs. Minnesota Twins
2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Jack Wilson, Pittsburgh Pirates
vs. Washington Nationals
4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI

Pitching

Derek Lowe, Atlanta Braves
vs. Colorado Rockies
8 IP, 3 K, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, L

Jason Marquis, Colorado Rockies
vs. Atlanta Braves
8 IP, 3 K, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, W



Bust of the Night

Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. St. Louis Cardinals
0-4, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 9 LOB

Despite the fact that his team won, Corey Hart whiffed on several opportunities to put the Brew Crew on his back and deliver fantasy gold.

Nine men left on base?

That's inexcusable, especially when you're in the home of your NL Central rivals.

Daily Leaders

RBI

5 - Bartlett, Rays
4 - Teixera, Yankees
3 - Kendry Morales, Angels
3 - Nick Johnson, Nationals
3 - Mat Gamel, Brewers
3 - Craig Monroe, Pirates
3 - Torii Hunter, Angels
3 - Akinori Iwamura, Rays

Pitching - K's

7 - Richmond, Rays
6 - Ross Detwiler, Nationals
5 - Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
4 - Tim Redding, Mets
4 - Jarrod Washburn, Mariners

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