Monday, April 21, 2008

Fantasy Baseball Weekend Happy Recap - Week 3

Bat Of The Weekend: Bobby Crosby – 8/13, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI

We’ve seen this act before from Mr. Crosby who was next to impossible to get out this weekend. He tore it up at a .615 clip in three weekend games driving in 7 runs in the process. Crosby now has 15 RBI and 13 runs scored on the young season and is hitting over .300. We here at FSE can’t say we are completely sold on the Oakland SS and view him more as a sell-high candidate given his injury history.

Arm Of The Weekend: Andy Sonnanstine – 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (CG, W)

After an up and down start to the season, everything came together for Sonnanstine on Saturday. The young righty threw his first complete game shutout, allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4 against the White Sox in a 6-0 win. Sonnanstine has been way to erratic to recommend just yet, but he certainly has the talent to become a viable fantasy starter once he gets a few more starts under his belt. Keep an eye on the Rays’ youngster as more of a second half breakout candidate.

Bottom Line: Chris Sampson – 0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (L)

Sampson got roughed up by the Rockies and was unable to make it out of the first inning. For those of you scoring at home, Sampson’s ERA on the day was 81.00.

Honorable Mentions

Top Five

Given the obscene amount of pub Conor Jackson has received on FSE since the start of the season, you have only yourself to blame if he isn’t currently on your roster. Chase Utley hit some big homers against the rival Metropolitans this weekend while David Ortiz broke out of his awful slump with 8 RBIs. On the mound, Cliff Lee and Ervin Santana continue to prove themselves as worth fantasy options while Dan Haren has quietly been one of the top starters in all of baseball thus far.

Bats

Conor Jackson - 8/14, 6 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB
Chase Utley – 6/11, 4 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI
Chipper Jones – 6/11, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
David Ortiz – 5/12, 4 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI
Jim Thome – 5/11, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Arms

Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (W)
Miguel Batista – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (W)
Andy Pettitte – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (W)
Dan Haren – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (W)
Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K (W)

Relief Stud

Billy Wagner – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 Saves

Wags picked up two flawless, big-time saves Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia.

Bottom Five

Ryan Howard continues to struggle while James Loney and Rickie Weeks put 0-fers on the weekend. Braden Looper saw his ERA rise sky high on Sunday afternoon while Ian Kennedy is becoming a fixture in the Bottom Five.

Bats

Rickie Weeks - 0/10, 5 K
James Loney – 0/12, 5 K
Ryan Howard – 1/13, 6 K
Orland Hudson – 1/13, 3 K
Gerald Laird – 0/11, 4 K

Arms

Braden Looper – 3 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (L)
Ian Kennedy – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K (L)
Tom Gorzelanny – 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K (L)
Matt Cain – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (L)
Luis Mendoza – 3 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (L)

Relief Dud

CJ Wilson – 1 G, 0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Wilson entered in the bottom of the eighth inning at Boston with a 1 run lead and two outs. He then proceeded to blow his first save of the season in spectacular fashion. Wilson was unable to record a single out surrendering 2 hits and walking 3 batters before being replaced. Coming into the game, Wilson was a perfect 5/5 in save opportunities and had yet to allow a run. His closer job is safe and you can just chalk this up to a very bad day.

Making A Case...

Richie Sexson – 3/10, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI

Big Sexy is coming off an awful year and has been a huge disappointment since arriving in Seattle in 2005, however he has shown signs of life in the early going. Sexson’s three-homer weekend brings his total on the season to 5 and as long as the big guy is hitting them out, he certainly has some fantasy value. In addition, to the homers, Sexson has drove in 15 runs while scoring 11. Although he will never hit for average and is streaky, Sexson can provide you with good power production out of the utility spot when he is going good.

John Danks – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K (W)
Nick Blackburn – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (W)

Read more about these two later this week in Desperation Station…

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