MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 8

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
vs. Toronto Blue Jays
9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB, W

Is Weaver one of the most underrated fantasy pitchers in the game right now? Take last night for example.

He shuts down the Blue Jays, the most productive offense in the bigs and yet is still owned in only 90.5% of ESPN leagues. Granted, many of the leagues that are set up amongst strangers that don't have to pay anything to join have about as much activity as the housing market. But, the question remains, what part of a 3-1 pitcher with a 0.98 WHIP don't you want anything of?

Weaver will have his rocky moments as most pitchers do. But there's too many good moments to spoil your opinion of him.

Batting

Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants
vs. Colorado Rockies
3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

How can you not love the Molina clan? Which is your favorite?

I'm going to roll with Bengie, the mauler out in the Bay area. We all know that finding a catcher that can produce at the plate is crucial in building a successful fantasy squad. And while most will target the big boys like Geovany Soto (garbage right now) and Joe Mauer, picking up a guy like Molina on the cheap may be a better option.

You won't have to waste a high pick on a catcher and could end up with a guy like Molina and his seven round trippers and 27 RBI in the early goings of the season.

More to come after the jump...





Last Night's Top Performers

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
vs. New York Yankees
3-5 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI

Jayson Werth, Philadelphia Phillies
vs. New York Mets
4-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB

Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox
vs. Detroit Tigers
8 IP, 5 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, W

Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
vs. Colorado Rockies
6 IP, 7 K, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, W



Bust of the Night

Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
vs. Tampa Bay Rays
0-5, 0 BB, K, 5 LOB

What is it about the Yankees that causes once premier players to fold like a wallet upon donning the pinstripes?

Balls are launching out of right field in new Yankee Stadium, except for when Teixeira steps up to the plate. He's been a huge disappointment thus far in fantasy and for the Yankees. He'll come around eventually and when he starts using that right field porch to his advantage, the long balls off of Teixeira's bat could start coming in bunches.

Patience is a virtue my friend.

Daily Leaders

RBI

4 - Molina, Giants
4 - Jack Cust, A's
3 - Matt Holliday, A's

Pitching - K's

8 - Weaver, Angels
7 - Matt Cain, Giants
7 - Brian Bannister, Royals
6 - Chris Young, Padres

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