It isn’t very often that Greg Zaun outpowers Ryan Braun … two Brewers teammates linked forever with rhyming last names.
And as a manager in a very deep two-catcher league, it is always nice when a lesser-used catching commodity leaves his mark on the fantasy world.
And that is exactly what happened Tuesday in the world of baseball. The catcher was 3-for-4 against the Dodgers with two runs scored, two RBI and a home run — his first of the season. Braun wasn’t exactly sleeping at the plate, either. He finished with a triple and a double, three RBI and three runs scored.
The difference is that you expect those sort of numbers out of Braun. Not so much Zaun.
Other top producers from Tuesday’s games include:
It isn’t often that a pitcher goes eight innings, allows just one run and doesn’t factor into the win. Such was the life for Cole Hamels against the Cardinals. He also notched eight strikeouts. Hamels is one pitcher that we chinstrapninjas are pretty excited about this season, and games like this are exactly why.
Of course, much the same could be said about Adam Wainwright, who also went eight innings, allowing just one run, and wasn’t the winning pitcher. He wasn’t even on the winning team. The Cardinals fell in extra innings.
The surprising Oakland A’s continue to get the most out of their stable of players. Tuesday, it was outfielder Ryan Sweeney’s turn to add to the cause, going 3-for-4 with a long ball and five RBI. It was his first homer of the season, and was a key part of the Athletics 7-6 win over the Rangers.
You might have heard of this Tim Lincecum guy. His three earned runs in seven innings isn’t noteworthy, but the 13 strikeouts against the Marlins was. Again, you sort of expect big games out of Lincecum, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still honor the little hurler’s accomplishments when we can.
We also expect big games out of Hanley Ramirez, and he didn’t disappoint on Tuesday against the Giants. He finished 3-for-6 with two runs, three RBI and a homer. Again, not earth-shattering numbers for Hanley, but still noteworthy on an otherwise mediocre fantasy stats day.
Toronto is another team that is streaking this year thanks to unexpected support from its cast of mostly unknowns. Third baseman Jose Bautista did his part Tuesday with a 2-for-3 game with two RBI, two runs scored, a homer and a stolen base. Don’t look now, but Bautista has six long balls on the season now, and three stolen bases to boot.
As ep mentioned in yesterday’s update … Juan Pierre continues to steal bases, but hasn’t been doing much for fantasy owners in the batting average department. Still, I’ve seen Pierre on a good many leagues’ waiver wires, and for teams starved for steals, it is hard to find a better option. He swiped two more bases Tuesday, bringing his season total to 14.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, Jose Guillen always could produce decent power numbers when healthy. It was always a matter of staying off the DL. He’s been able to do that so far this season, and whacked his eighth homer of the season Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Rays are off to a 19-7 record so far this season, and performances like James Shield’s 10-strikeout, eight-innings of dominance are one of the reasons why. Shields is 4-0 on the season, and showing no signs of slowing down.
Who were your favorite performances from Tuesday’s action? We’d love to hear your comments below.