Don’t worry, the injury and lineup update is coming, but first let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out Tuesday:
Everth Cabrera — Probably the biggest surprise out of the bunch. Cabrera is a .250 hitter, supposedly, but he went 3-for-4 with four RBIs a double and a triple against the Diamondbacks. If he performs like that he’ll be very worthy of being named one of our preseason targets.
Jon Rauch — Perfect and struck out two in his first save opportunity of 2010. I said he’ll probably lose the job at some point this season, but I’m going back on my word. Rauch, Chris Perez and Ryan Madson all get 30 saves in 2010. There, I said it.
Dallas Braden — Despite what is likely a chronically numb foot, Braden fanned a career-high 10 batters and allowed just one run in seven innings on Tuesday. Even without much in the way of offense, if that young Athletics rotation is ready Oakland has just as good a chance of winning the AL West as the Mariners and Angels do. That means you should own you some Athletics pitchers.
Ian Stewart — Ripping the cover off the ball. He homered again Tuesday and is still on a 162-homer pace. Stewart’s supposed to be a one-trick pony — power. Unlimited power — but he went 3-for-4 and fell a single short of the cycle.
Torii Hunter — Went 3-for-4 with three RBI a double and a homer. Off to a great start, can the 35-year-old fend off injuries and Father Time long enough to eclipse my projections?
Robinson Cano — Went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a homer. He went for a value in many of my drafts. He’s already on his way to busting my projections.
Randy Wolf — Struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings in the Dodgers win. I warned to stay away from Wolf because of his career year numbers in 2009. It’s only one game, but Wolf seems primed to make a fool out of me.
Adam Jones — Went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer in the Orioles opener. I reached for him in a couple leagues. Potential breakout star in 2010. He could make my projections look very pessimistic.
Casey McGehee — Made the pre-opening day Waiver Report for a reason. He’s good. Better than most people had him ranked in the preseason. Tuesday he went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and three RBI. And he’s a 2B/3B.
Barry Zito — Threw six shutout innings of baseball. Then three different relievers came in to get holds off him. Maybe all those prognosticators crazy-picking the Giants to win the West isn’t so far fetched. I mean, if Zito can be effective that gives them a starting four rivaled only by Atlanta in the National League.
Sure, there were a lot of other thing that happened in fantasy baseball on Tuesday. But these were the best… Right? Let us know in the comments if you agree or thought something else was better.