After having none in April, Mark Teixeira now has five multi-RBI games in May.
His slow starts are legendary, but like last season, his resurgence has had a big effect in Yankeesland.
Elsewhere around fantasy baseball on Friday, Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each had five-hit games for the Pirates, Nelson Cruz blasted back from the disabled list and, because we could use the hype clicks, STEPHEN STRASBURG!!!
Big Teix’s Big effect
Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez have piggybacked onto Teixeira’s May success.
Swisher, who will have an MRI on his sore biceps, has five home runs in May and RBI in 7-of-12 games. Gardner has hit safely in 12-of-13 games. He’s keeping his hits on the ground at the highest rate of his young career (GB/FB of 2.00) and it’s translated into a .333 average. Alex Rodriguez is in an 11-for-29 (.379) stretch and hit a Twins-crushing grand slam — after an intentional walk to Teixeira — Friday night.
Beckett will start Tuesday
Skipped in his last start after back spasms — and general awfulness against the Yankees – on May 7, Josh Beckett has been throwing with minor discomfort and the Red Sox are confident he’ll start Tuesday in a two-start week. To check out all of this week’s two-start pitchers, check out jzak’s Week 7 preview.
McCutchen, Jones slug Pirates to win
Andrew McCuthen and Garrett Jones each had a career-high five hits and homered in Pittsburgh’s 10-6 win over Tom Gorzelanny and the Cubs on Friday. McCutchen scored five runs, drove in two and stole a pair of bases. He’s hitting .336. Jones, hitting at a .264 clip, scored twice and drove in five in the win.
Blue Jays win slugfest in Toronto
When teams combine to score 26 runs there are usually plenty of fantasy riches to go around, for the hitters anyway.
Five Blue Jays — Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Travis Snider — homered in the 16-10 win. The quintet scored 11 and drove in 15 of their team’s runs.
Snider made the Thursday update. He’s 4-for-8 with 2 homers, 6 RBI, 3 runs and a stolen base in his last two games. He’s 15-for-38 (.395) in his last 10 games.
Nelson Cruz back from the DL
In that same game, several Rangers had good games — Manny Ramirez homered and Vlad Guerrero went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs — but fantasy owners of Nelson Cruz should be pleased with his return.
Cruz only had one hit in 4 at-bats, but drove in four runs. His second-inning double came with two outs. Shouldn’t take long for Cruz to get back up to speed.
Uptons going in different directions
While B.J. Upton continues his descent, Justin Upton is rising out of his early-season slump.
B.J. is just 4-for-35 in May. That .114 clip has lowered his average to .211. Justin — who went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI, a run and a stolen base on Saturday — is 8-for-24 (.333) and has hit safely in five of his last six games.
Chris Tillman — Read an earlier report that Tillman won’t be called up anytime soon. Apparently, the Orioles ticking him off is a good thing for his focus. On Wednesday, Tillman, 22, threw the first complete game no-hitter in the nearly 18-year history of Norfolk, the Orioles AAA club. He allowed one walk and struck out six, throwing 105 pitches.
Stephen Strasburg — More news about a highly-touted pitcher who won’t be arriving anytime soon. One timetable has his arrival around June 4, and I have no argument against that.
Drew Storen — In line to be the Nationals closer, Storen — who signed with the Nationals before Strasburg — is likely to make the bigs before the SS Hype Train. He was promoted to triple-A a few days before Strasburg.
Jesus Montero — The rookie catcher hasn’t been good. In fact, rumblings are putting Yankees double-A prospect Austin Romine and Francisco Cervelli — who’s already in New York — ahead of Montero on the team’s long-term depth chart.
Darin Mastroianni — Leading the AA Eastern league in several offensive categories, including hits and stolen bases. His season totals in the key fantasy stats: 32/2/22/18/.297. Those 18 steals are legit, too. The Blue Jays prospect stole 70 over two different levels last year while hitting .297.
Mike Stanton — Hit is minors’-leading 15th homer of the season this week for AA Jacksonville. Stanton is hitting .332 with 36 RBI and 29 runs. He’s got a 1.262 OPS — there’s no way Florida can keep him in AA much longer and he’ll sip some coffee if he keeps this up.
Brennan Boesch — The 25-year-old has played 17 games with the Tigers so far this season and is crushing the ball. He’s hitting .361 with three homers and 17 RBI. He homered and doubled against the Yankees on Thursday.
Casper Wells — Called up by the Tigers on Friday. Wells probably won’t stay in the majors long. He wasn’t excelling to start his first triple-A season in Toledo and Detroit will demote him Sunday to make room for SP Armando Galarraga. The 26-year-old has shown 20-20 potential in recent minor league seasons.