MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 20

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Players of the Night


Joel Pineiro, St. Louis Cardinals
vs. Chicago Cubs
9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB, W

Despite this gem of a performance against a very good Chicago Cubs team, we'd advise to you resist the urge to pick up Pineiro for your fantasy rotation.

The Cubs simply couldn't figure Pineiro out last night. That's going to happen from time to time, especially when a good hitting team goes up against a guy with the caliber of control (7 BB in 54 IP) Pineiro possesses.

But leave Pineiro on the wire for now. He's not a fantasy pitcher by any stretch of the imagination. That doesn't mean he's not a solid major league starter, but the standards in which the GM's of MLB go by differ greatly from those of us fantasy freaks.


Matt Holliday, Oakland A's
vs. Oakland Athletics
2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB

We've been giving Holliday a beating this season and rightfully so. His big move out to the Bay Area has been nothing short of a disappointment thus far and fantasy owners are none too happy about it.

But Holliday is finally starting to show some signs of life, raising his average from a paltry .237 to .268 in the last week. We're still waiting for those MVP caliber numbers to come, but for now we'll settle for anything better than what he'd done the first couple months of the season.

More to come after the jump...

Last Night's Top Performers


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


James Shields, Tamp Bay Rays
vs. Oakland A's
8.1 IP, 5 K, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, ND

Dontrelle Willis, Detroit Tigers
vs. Texas Rangers
6.1 IP, 5 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, W

Bust of the Night

Kerry Wood, Cleveland Indians
vs. Kansas City Royals
0.2 IP, 0 K, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 HR

The Indians entered the ninth with a comfortable three run lead and were feeling pretty good about themselves as Kerry Wood strode to the mound.

What happened next was something only a Cubs fan could understand.

Wood absolutely imploded, allowing four runs to cross the plate and losing the game for his Indians teammates. His ERA ballooned to 8.31 and is one of the players decreasing the likelihood of manager Eric Wedge lasting the season.

Daily Leaders


3 - Casey Kotchman, Braves
3 - Casey Blake, Dodgers
3 - Holliday, A's
3 - Brandon Moss, Pirates

Pitching - K's

8 - Jair Jurrjens, Braves
7 - CC Sabathia, Yankees
7 - Cole Hamels, Phillies
7 - Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
6 - Josh Outman, A's
6 - Chris Young, Padres
6 - Josh Johnson, Marlins

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