MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 7

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Johan Santan, New York Mets
vs. Philadelphia Phillies
7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 10 K, 3 BB, W

The best fantasy and real life pitcher in baseball was up to his old tricks again last night and even picked up a rare win. His team is constantly trying to find new ways to screw up every Santana start, much to the detriment of the fantasy world.

You're looking at a guy who's sporting a 4-1 record, and matching WHIP and ERA at a miniscule 0.91.

Not bad for a pitcher that this fantasy writer had labeled as second behind Tim Lincecum of the Giants. Again, it's a long season and things could ultimately swing in the youngster's favor.

But for now, the old dog is doing tricks kids could only dream of.

Batting

Jorge Cantu, Florida Marlins
vs. Atlanta Braves
3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B

Everyday I feel like there's another Marlin popping up in one of these spots. Cantu is straight raking in the early going of 2009. He's already smashed eight round trippers, driven in 30 RBI and was awarded the NL Player of the Week award last week.

Cantu is quietly turning into one of the most consistent first baseman in fantasy after almost falling out of baseball in 2007. It's a great story and the team who was smart enough to snag him on draft day is also enjoying beautiful numbers in SLG (.685) and OPS (1.085).


More to come after the jump...





Last Night's Top Performers

Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indians
vs. Boston Red Sox
3-5 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 2B

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Cincinnati Reds
3-6, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R

Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. Angels
8 IP, 6 K, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, W

Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres
vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
7 IP, 12 K, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, L



Bust of the Night

Randy Johnson, San Francisco Giants
vs. Colorado Rockies
5.2 IP, 0 K, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, L

Anyone else think Johnson is trotting out to the bump every fifth day just to get his 300th win? Would you be surprised to see Johnson immediately hang up the cleats after attaining that pinnacle of pitching?

This was the first time that Johnson failed to strike out a batter since 2006. He didn't have the velocity on his fastball that makes him a strikeout artist and looked ginger while striding towards home.

I'd be concerned.

Daily Leaders

RBI

6 - Braun, Brewers
5 - Cantu, Marlins
4 - Martinez, Indians
10 tied at three

Pitching - K's

12 - Peavy, Padres
10 - Santana, Mets
8 - A.J. Burnett, Yankees
6 - Halladay, Blue Jays
6 - Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies
6 - Justin Masterson, Red Sox

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