You don’t need to be told Vladimir Guerrero has been good this year, especially not after he had another two-homer game yesterday with 5 RBI.
That gives him 12 homers and 42 RBI — to go along with a robust .347 average. How good is that? He needs three more homers and eight RBI to match his output from 100 games in 2009. He’s on pace — again, we’re doing this unscientifically and basing it on roughly 520 ABs — for 36 homers, more than 120 RBI, 90 runs and 12 steals.
Vlad wasn’t the only player keeping pace around fantasy baseball on Tuesday. Here’s what else I saw:
Jose Bautista — Hit his 15th homer. Read that Bautista changed his swing in the offseason. He’s blaming his success on the change and more regular playing time. It doesn’t hurt when you’re lineup protection is slugging at a ridiculous pace, too.
Adam Wainwright — He’s been really good this year. On Tuesday he had one of his best starts. He struck out 12 and allowed five baserunners (one walk) and one run in seven innings, but lost…
Jon Garland — Beat the aforementioned Wainwright by striking out seven and allowing eight baserunners (two walks) in seven shutout innings. Garland is 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his last eight starts. He’s got a 2.10 season ERA. He doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts but he’s available in 49% of Yahoos and could aid your ERA for a couple starts.
Dallas Braden — Returned Tuesday, started and left early with a sore ankle. He hasn’t won since his perfect game May 9. I recommended adding him after perfection, but owners in redraft leagues should consider dumping him if help is available on the waiver wire. I’d hold a little while longer — and hope for a DL stint — in dynasty/keeper formats
Jacoby Ellsbury — Had an x-ray and a CT scan on his sore left side. He only played three games since returning from the DL on May 22. Back to the shelf with you.
Rafael Furcal — Returned after a month on the DL to go 0-for-4 with 2 Ks and commit two errors. Ouch. The bottom line is that Furcal was reinserted into the leadoff spot where he had scored 16 runs and hit .294 with 8 stolen bases before the hamstring injury. He’s available in 27% of Yahoos. That’s not a high amount, but it’s enough to warrant a peak at your wire to see if impatience got to Furcal’s owner.
Jose Reyes — Went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, three runs and two stolen bases. Reyes now has seven hits over his last three games. If he does it again, we can officially call this a hot streak. I contemplated dropping Reyes and recommending you do the same. Even hinted at it in the Missing from the Top 50.
Chris Tillman — Top Orioles pitching prospect is likely to make his season debut Saturday. He was 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in AAA. I picked him up in two keeper leagues. I’m taking a wait-and-see in my redrafts. He’s available in 98% of Yahoo leagues.
Aroldis Chapman — Will make his next AAA start despite a (blister). Not super exciting news, but it gives me a chance to drop this nugget on you: Read a while back that people are comparing Chapman to a young Randy Johnson. That means wicked heat, wicked strikeouts and shaky control. He’s got a 3.98 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP to go along with 48 strikeouts and 24 walks in 40.2 innings.
Casey McGehee — Leads the NL with 40 RBI. He also has nine homers and is hitting .308. He’s available in 12% of Yahoo leagues, but not in yours. Smart ninjas, you’ve been reading us since the preseason and drafted McGehee.
Ervin Santana — Had allowed just two earned runs in his last 13.1 innings, then pitched a complete game on Tuesday. he struck out 10 and allowed three runs in the win. He allowed five baserunners (1 BB). He’s got a 3.65 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He also has 62 Ks in 69 innings and is available in 42% of Yahoo leagues. This paragraph is me recommending you make that availability rate smaller.