After the 4the opening day and the 5th day of baseball we should look at the studs and duds from all the opening days for fantasy purposes. First I need to let Bud Selig know I do not like having all these opening days, overseas and then mid week. I have some weekly leagues where my team has been locked in since late March until April 16th. By doing that I have 4 players in my line-up on the DL for these 19 days. Note to Bud: Only 1 opening day from now on…you are killing us in the fantasy world.
Studs from all the opening days:
HALLADAY was no surprise with his 8 IP with no runs and only 2 hits getting the win.
VERLANDER was solid with a line of 8 IP no runs and 7Ks.
SANTANA looked good giving up no runs but needs to pitch deeper into games to garner a W or QS for some of us. He gave up 2H and had 5K
BILLINGSLY may have been the biggest surprise of all the opening day starters. His line of 8+IP of shutout ball combined with double digit Ks. Since he is only owned in 55% of leagues expect a quick rush to pick him up this weekend.
WEAVER pitched 8 shutout innings with 10 Ks to garner the Win.
MASTERSON pitched his team to a 4-1 after 8 IP and 10K but got a ND due his bullpen.
DEMPSTER leaves with the lead after 10K but got watch his bullpen tie and then lose the game.
We had 5 1B go deep; Dunn, Goldschmidt, Smoak, C. Lee and Pena who also had 5 RBI.
Tulo is the only SS to go deep and Furcal collected 2 SB. Aybar led the way with 3 RBI
Ackley had his 2nd multi-hit game of the season and is the only 2B with both a HR & SB. Kinsler opened his season with a run scoring double followed by a solo HR. Currently on 7 2B have an RBI on the season
The usual suspects at 3B have a HR. Longo, Joey Bats, and Freese. We need to add Hannahan from Cleveland to the mix. If you need a starting 3B Hannahan may be a good pick up for the next 6 weeks until Chisenhall gets his stroke right.
KEMP decided to show why he deserved the MVP last year. He is 4/9 with 4RBI and 4 R.
BELTRAN is the only other OF with both a HR and SB.
CESPEDES leads all OF with 2HR. He can still be had in a few leagues, grab him if you need OF help.
MARKAKIS, HAMILTON & BOUROUGHS are all hitting .667
Duds from all the opening days:
GALLARDO and SHIELDS both are sporting an ERA over 10
CC and LINCICUM looked rusty at best though they both had 7 Ks each.
YOUKLIS getting old and looked it against Verlander going 0-4 with 2K.
GORDON is now 1-10 with no SB.
KIPNIS went 0-5 in the epic opening day game. He did have a R with 2 BB and 2Ks
LAWRIE also went hitless in that marathon game. 0-6
Heyward went 0-4 with 2K. He still cannot hit left handlers and may continue to reside in the bottom 1/3 of the order.
STANTON is 0-8 but did hit some bombs in Miami’s new stadium that would have been gone in other parks. His home park will cost him HRs this year.
BAY was 0-3 and one pundit put it this way; Bay will be out of baseball in 24 months.
Early Rounders BRAUN, ELLSBURY. GRANDERSON are hitless.
VALVERDE blew his 1st save chance after going 49 for 49 last year. Then picks up the Win a BloSwin.
PEREZ gave up 3 ER and blew the save.
THE MARLINS in 2 games have 7 Hits, 1 Run and no SB while mustering up 13 Ks.