MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - May 13

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Players of the Night

Pitching

Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. New York Yankees
CG, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 0 BB, W

If Halladay was pitching for the team he dominated last night hailing from the Bronx, I think it's safe to say that he would be a household name by now. He'd have at least one weekly SportsCenter segment dedicated to him a month and his starts would lead off every highlight show.

But he's stuck up in Canada, playing for the best team in baseball.

Halladay is as consistent as a starter you're going to find in MLB and in fantasy that's solid gold. You never have to worry about matchups and can rest easy just plugging him in as a SP every week. He's the first to win seven games this season and is third in the AL in K (49) and WHIP (1.03).

Keep on dealing Doc.

Batting

Jim Thome, Chicago White Sox
vs. Cleveland Indians
2-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB

It's nice to see a player that has never been tied to performance enhancing drugs isn't it?

Big Jim Thome can still pound a baseball and his first home run of the day was to the deepest part of Jacobs Field 409 ft away. Whether it's the crowd or the atmosphere, players tend to step their game up while playing against a former team. And in Thome's case, Cleveland was the place where his career took off and where he became one of MLB's most decorated sluggers.

Thome is owned in 80% of ESPN leagues, meaning there's a chance he could be available in yours.

More to come after the jump...





Last Night's Top Performers

Brad Hawpe, Colorado Rockies
vs. Houston Astros
4-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB

Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Florida Marlins
3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Zach Duke, Pittsburgh Pirates
vs. St. Louis Cardinals
8 IP, 5 K, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, W

Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
vs. Boston Red Sox
7 IP, 4 K, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, ND



Bust of the Night

Jorge Cantu, Florida Marlins
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
0-4, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 K, 5 LOB

Cantu just couldn't figure out the Brew Crew's package of pitching featuring the great Manny Parra, Carlos Villanueva, Mark DiFelice and Trevor Hoffman.

But things aren't all bad for the 27-year-old Marlin. He's still swinging a relatively hot bat highlighted by his 32 RBI, good for second in the NL. Cantu also had the distinction of picking up the Player of the Week award recently and is arguably the team's most consistent hitter; even more so than number one overall pick Hanley Ramirez.

Whether or not he can continue this impressive pace throughout the season remains to be seen. But we're definitely willing to find out and so too should you.

Daily Leaders

RBI

5 - Hawpe, Rockies
5 - Ian Stewart, Rockies
5 - Nick Johnson, Nationals
4 - Fielder, Brewers
4 - Thome, White Sox
4 - Adam Jones, Orioles
4 - Orlando Cabrera, A's

Pitching - K's

9 - Jake Peavy, Padres
8 - Manny Parra, Brewers
6 - Jordan Zimmerman, Nationals
5 - Halladay, Blue Jays
5 - Duke, Pirates
5 - Rich Harden, Cubs
5 - Dan Haren, D-Backs
5 - Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

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