The Diamondbacks got a five-hit game from Justin Upton matching his career high. Upton went 5-for-5 with a homer, three RBI, scored three runs, and he had a stolen base. Fantasy owners of Upton are smiling today.So much was expected from Upton as soon as he got to the majors. He has struggled at times, but don’t forget that he is just 23 years old. He is on pace to post 30 homers and 30 steals this season and he is only going to get better. Too much was expected from him the past couple seasons and those that have stuck with Upton are beginning to be rewarded. I wish I had him.
- In addition to Justin Upton’s big day, Kelly Johnson has finally heated up. Johnson went 4-for-6 with two home runs with three RBI. In his last four games, Johnson is hitting .444 with four homers and nine RBI.
- Jake Peavy improved to 2-0 since his return from the DL. He held the Red Sox to just three runs on six hits over seven innings.
- Albert Pujols is beginning to heat up. His numbers are not where they were expected to be at this point in the season (.262, 9 HR, 32 RBI), but those numbers don’t reflect how well he has been swinging the bat.
- Adam Dunn is trying to remain positive as his season long slump continues.
- Chipper Jones was not in the lineup on Monday due to a sore right knee. Jones is having a good season and has fantasy value, but you can expect these aches and pains to continue all season.
- Matt Holliday (strained left quad) returned to the Cardinals lineup and went 1-for-4. It was his first start in eight days.
- Joakim Soria is out as Royals closer after another ninth inning melt down on Monday against the Angels. Rookie Aaron Crow will take over as the Royals closer.
- The Rockies have asked Aaron Cook to make another rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday at Fresno. In a previous article about Cook here at BEONDECK, I told my readers that I was in Colorado Springs and watched Cook throw on Saturday night and he does not look ready for big league hitters. This also has alot to do with Juan Nicasio and his strong performance against the Cardinals.
- Jordan Lyles will make his pro debut tonight against the Cubs. Brad Mills says he could stay for two starts or twenty years.