This Week in Fantasy Baseball: Week 6

Andrew SwansonContributor IIMay 9, 2011

This Week in Fantasy Baseball: Week 6

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    The year of the pitcher continued this past week as Justin Verlander threw the second no-hitter of his young career. Verlander became the second pitcher to throw a no-no this season along with fellow AL Central hurler Francisco Liriano.  In addition to the solid outings by Verlander and Liriano, St. Louis Cardinal southpaw Jaime Garcia threw a near-perfect game against the Brewers. 

    After starting the season with a disappointing 2-10 record, the defending AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays stormed back to the top of the standings this week after winning seven of their past 10 games.

    The Rays pitching staff has been dominant of late, and the return of Evan Longoria to the starting line up has given the club a much needed boost offensively. 

    The white-hot Colorado Rockies have been ice cold as of late, losers of seven of their last ten games, including three straight walk-off losses.

    The Rockies’ woes stem from an anemic offense that has struggled to produce runs, including poor performances from Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.

Offensive Player of the Week: Gaby Sanchez

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    Offensive Player of the Week: Gaby Sanchez 

    .464 2 HR, 10 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB

     

    First Baseman Gaby Sanchez was the top offensive performer for week 5, with a scorching .464 average and 10 RBI.  Sanchez has done an excellent job providing offense for the club as Hanley Ramirez has struggled to find his swing this season. 

    It appears that fantasy owners have yet to buy in on Sanchez, as his ownership rate in Yahoo leagues is only 63 percent.  Sanchez will not provide huge power numbers like other NL first basemen, however he is an excellent young player who has yet to reach his full potential.  Owners in 12 mixed leagues should seriously consider picking him up while he is still available. 

    - Honorable Mention: Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury and Eric Aybar


Pitcher of the Week: Brian Wilson

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    Pitcher of the Week: Brian Wilson

    2 wins, 3 Saves, 7 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA, 0.80 WHIP 

    Wilson was a dominant force for fantasy owners in week 5, posting three saves and two wins for the Giants.  The Beard was able to post two wins for a Giants club that had back-to-back walk-off wins over the visiting Colorado Rockies.  

    After a slow start, Wilson appears to be back to his 2010 form in which he led all closers in saves.  He has regained command of his fastball and cutter, while his two-seam fastball has been deadly against left-handed hitters.  Owners who invested an early round pick on Wilson will now be able to reap the rewards of having a top-tiered closer.

    - Honorable Mention: Tom Gorzelanny, Jaime Garcia and David Price


Working the Wire: Eric Hosmer

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    Working the Wire

    Kansas City Royal first baseman Eric Hosmer was called up this past week to replace the struggling Kila Ka’aihue.  Hosmer, the eighth best minor league prospect by Baseball America, was batting an impressive .439 at AAA Omaha before receiving the promotion to the big leagues.

    While we don’t anticipate Hosmer to continue his torrid pace in the majors, he is certainly worth a waiver pick in all formats.  The Royals offense is potent this season and young Hosmer should receive ample RBI opportunities.  

     

    Other Players to Target:

     

    1) Mark Melancon (RP HOU)

    2) Vicente Padilla (OF LA)

    3) Eric Aybar (SS ANA)

    4) Jake Arrieta (SP BAL)

Notable Two-Start Pitchers for Week 7

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    Notable Two Start Pitchers For Week 7

     

    1) Jake Arrieta vs. Mariners & Rays

    2) Josh Beckett vs. Twins & Yankees

    3) Trevor Cahill vs. Rangers & White Sox

    4) Chris Carpenter vs. Cubs & Reds

    5) Zack Greinke vs. Padres & Pirates

    6) Tim Hudson vs. Nationals & Phillies

    7) Mat Latos vs. Brewers & Diamondbacks

    8) Tim Lincecum vs. Diamondbacks & Cubs

    9) Brandon Morrow vs. Tigers & Twins

    10) Michael Pineda vs. Orioles & Indians

    11) Max Scherzer vs. Blue Jays & Royals

    12) CJ Wilson vs. A’s & Angels

Infirmary Report

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    Infirmary Report

    Roy Oswalt suffered another setback with his ailing back and was forced to miss a start for the Phillies. Oswalt was not placed on the DL, however 15 days of rest may be the best thing for the aging pitcher.

    Jonathon Broxton was placed on the 15 day DL due to bone spurs in his throwing elbow. Broxton was not throwing well prior to the injury and his velocity was much lower than in previous seasons. Vicente Padilla has been given the closing duty for the Dodgers.

    Other Notable Injuries:

    • Nyjer Morgan (Broken Finger – 15 Day DL)
    • Andre Ethier (Elbow Inflammation – Day to Day)

Closer Carousel

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    Closer Carousel 

    As mentioned above, the Dodgers have turned to veteran Vicente Padilla to close games now that Jonathon Broxton is out with an elbow injury.  Broxton owners should be very concerned as there are numerous reports that Padilla will keep the closer role even when the ineffective Broxton returns from the DL. 

    Mark Melancon has been given the closing duties for the Houston Astros, replacing the injured and ineffective Brandon Lyon.  Melancon does not have closer experience, however the third year player did record a save in his first opportunity of the season.  Of the two closers we recommend targeting Padilla, as he is a more seasoned pitcher.

Fantasy Dud: Ryan Braun

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    Fantasy Dud: Ryan Braun

    .115 BA  0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 SB 

    Ryan Braun burned many a fantasy owner last week, recording only one stolen base to go along with his .115 batting average.  It is amazing how quickly things can change for a player, considering that Braun was the top fantasy performer in week three

     

    - Honorable Mention: Troy Tulowitzki, Robinson Cano & Josh Johnson

     

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