MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 27

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Players of the Night


Zach Greinke, Kansas City Royals
vs. Detroit Tigers
9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB, W

Is there any doubt about who is the best fantasy pitcher in the bigs right now?

Greinke is straight up filthy when he takes the bump and last night was no different. He completely shut down a Tigers lineup that had been showing some signs of life lately and recorded his American League leading fifth complete game.

But he's also leading the AL in the following categories:
Wins: 8
WHIP: 0.88
Innings Pitched: 75
ERA: 0.84
Winning Percentage .889

And with 81 strikeouts on the season, Greinke only trails Justin Verlander by four strikeouts for the AL lead.

Should we just hand him the Cy Young now and get it over with?


Jayson Nix, Chicago White Sox
vs. Los Angeles Angels
2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Unless you're a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, the chances of you actually knowing who Nix is are pretty slim. And there's just cause for that as this gem of a performance came in only his 37th game in the bigs.

Owned in a whopping 0.2% of ESPN leagues, Nix shouldn't be considered a diamond in the rough kind of waiver wire pickup by any means. The team likes the toughness he brings to the plate, but Nix is much too far from securing a starting role for the organization to be a viable fantasy commodity.

More to come after the jump...

Last Night's Top Performers


Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
vs. New York Yankees
2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
vs. Boston Red Sox
2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI


Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
vs. Atlanta Braves
8 IP, 8 K, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, ND

Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies
vs. Florida Marlins
7 IP, 11 K, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, W

Bust of the Night

Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
vs. Minnesota Twins
6 IP, 4 K, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB

Things aren't looking so good for Lester as of late. In his past four starts he's failed to last more than 6.1 innings and has a robust 7.66 ERA to show for it during that time period.

He just doesn't look like the same guy who was stellar last season for the Red Sox. His ERA on the season has ballooned to 6.07 and his 3-5 record doesn't do much to inspire much confidence either.

Daily Leaders


3 - Morneau, Twins
3 - Gary Sheffield, Mets
3 - Casey Blake, Dodgers
3 - Mitch Maier, Royals

Pitching - K's

11 - Blanton, Phillies
10 - Max Scherzer, D-Backs
9 - Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
8 - Greinke, Royals
8 - Lincecum, Giants
7 - Nick Blackburn, Twins
7 - Matt Garza, Rays

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