MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 28

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
vs. Chicago White Sox
8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 2 BB, W

Weaver always seems to have the White Sox number and delivered another solid eight inning outing late last night out on the West Coast.

All in all, Weaver is having a very sturdy season to say the least. Sitting with a 4-2 record, Weaver is second in the American League with a 1.03 WHIP and in the top ten in IP, ERA and strikeouts.

He's a solid contributor that would be a welcome addition to any fantasy staff.

Batting

Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
vs. Houston Astros
3-4, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI

Bruce started off his rookie season on a torrid pace, only to fall face first back to earth as the year progressed. Hopefully he's picked up a thing or two after going through such a roller coaster ride and we're tempted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

But we'll hold back for the moment because entering yesterday's game, Bruce was in the midst of a 1-for-17 stretch reminiscent of his struggles in 2008. He remains one of the most promising talents in the game, but we'd really like to see him get rid of the high number of strikeouts that he seems destined for each season.

More to come after the jump...





Last Night's Top Performers

Hitting

Ben Francisco, Cleveland Indians
vs. Tampa Bay Rays
3-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Hideki Matsui, New York Yankees
vs. Texas Rangers
2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB

Pitching

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds
vs. Houston Astros
9 IP, 3 K, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, W

Johan Santana, New York Mets
vs. Washington Nationals
6 IP, 11 K, 3 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, W



Bust of the Night

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
vs. Minnesota Twins
0-4, K

Are we going to be the latest bunch to torch David Ortiz for his struggles this year?

Absolutely.

Ortiz has been the worst fantasy bust this season that wasn't suspended for 50 games because of taking performance enhancing drugs. He's simply lost at the plate these days. Ortiz can't catch up to the inside pitches he once used to crush and his descent into below average performance has been ugly to witness.

Depending on your perspective, there are a couple of things you could do with Big Softy. If he's already on your roster, drop him or get whatever you can for him. If he's on someone else's team and you think there's a chance Ortiz will bounce back, he's an unreal buy low candidate right now.

Daily Leaders

RBI

5 - Daniel Murphy, Mets
4 - Bruce, Reds
4 - Francisco, Indians
4 - James Loney, Dodgers
3 - Matsui, Yankees
3 - Luke Scott, Orioles
3 - Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
3 - Placido Polanco, Tigers
3 - Nolan Reimold, Orioles


Pitching - K's

11 - Santana, Mets
8 - Weaver, Angels
8 - Gavin Floyd, White Sox
8 - Jordan Zimmerman, Nationals
7 - A.J. Burnett, Yankees
6 - Carlos Zambrano, Cubs
6 - Manny Parra, Brewers
6 - Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox

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