Players of the night
Ricky Nolasco - Marlins
W, 8 IP, 3 H, 12 K
After an impressive 2008, Nolasco - who some of you Cubs fans may remember as the guy your team traded to get one-year of the Juan Pierre Experience - was supposed to break out this season. At first, it didn't happen. He got shelled early and went down the minors for a while. Since being recalled on June 7, though, Nolasco has been lights out.
He finished June 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA and an average of one strikeout per inning. Yesterday, Nolasco pitched his best game of the year against Pittsburgh.
Some may want to chalk to up to, you know, playing the Pirates, but Nolasco's peripherals have been good enough for long enough now that fantasy owners should expect more success in the future.
SS Derek Jeter - Yankees
Vs. Blue Jays
4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Derek Jeter gets a bad rap. Because he's 'Mr. Yankee', bad on 'D', and gets talked about all too much on ESPN. But recognize the man is a great hitter, and has been for a long time.
2009 has been more of the same for Jeter. He's OPS'ing .850 - five points higher than his career average - and continues to be one of the best contact hitters in the A.L. The man is one of the best (hitting) shortstops in the game. Show him some respect.