A slugfest between the Rangers and Royals surely provided some fireworks around the fantasy universe on Thursday.
Josh Hamilton was a big producer for the Rangers, slugging a solo homer, while scoring four times and driving in three run in a 3-for-5er. Vladimir Guerrero homered twice — solo and 2-run — and drove in another run in a 2-for-4 day.
Scott Podsednik led the KC attack, belting a 3-run homer, driving in another run and stealing two bases in a 2-for-4 day.
All that came in one game, thankfully, allowing us to bend the rules a little and lump that all into the first of our daily top 10. Nine other noteworthy performances from Thursday:
Jayson Werth — Has been, ahem, Werth whatever draft pick you spent on him. Went 3-for-4 with 2 runs, 3 RBI and homered.
Victor Martinez — Hit a two runs homer, drove in two other runs and scored another run in a 2-for-4 day. I think he’s just given up trying to throw out opposing runners — three Angels stole bases off him.
Scott Olsen — He keeps making it on this list and I cringe while contemplating adding him. He allowed just three baserunners (1 BB) and struck out eight in 7.1 innings. His ERA is down to 3.54 and his WHIP is at 1.21.
Dan Haren — Improving to 4-1, Haren pitched a complete game 7-hitter. He struck out nine and walked one, allowing two earned runs. He has a 4.04 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Brad Bergesen — Remember when I cringed at Olsen? Bergesen is good for a double-cringe. I drafted him with my last pick in a really deep dynasty league this year. I’m still regretting it even after his performance Thursday — 6.2 shutout innings, 8 baserunners (2 BB) and 0 Ks. He’s got a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.
Jeff Niemann — Threw seven shutout innings, allowing 6 baserunners (2 BB) and striking out six. Niemann, who has a 2.23 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP, improved to 2-0.
Andre Ethier — This one’s for those of you in leagues that score grand slams as a category. Ethier had one. It was a game-winning slam. He had another hit. He is good.
John Ely — Started for the Dodgers and scattered four hits (no walks) in 6.2 innings. He allowed one earned run and struck out seven. Ely got a no-decision because selfish Jonathan Broxton blew a save in the ninth to pad his win stats.
Roy Halladay — Allowed 10 baserunners (three walks) in seven innings. Ha, he is only human! Also struck out nine and allowed just one earned run to improve to 6-1. What sorcery is this?