David Price was dominant, striking out a career-high 12, one off the team record, and he allowed only four hits in seven innings as the Rays rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Price rebounded nicely after back-to-back games in which he gave up five runs.He is now 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA in five career starts against the Indians.
Price is one of the elite pitchers and fantasy owners should not be concerned about his struggles early in the season. His ability to dominant opposing lineups is scary and regardless of the format you play in, he is a must start unless he is injured.
In other fantasy news from Friday…..
- Buster Posey is done for the year and Scott Cousins feels terrible about running him over. I owned Posey in a weekly mixed league and picked up Jonathan Lucroy. Jarrod Saltamacchia is another possibility. In NL-Only League formats, there is probably next to nothing avaliable, but Ryan Doumit or Chis Iannetta are decent options if either is on the free agent wire. Doumit will provide a higher average.
- Danny Espinosa hit his 5th home run in May. It was a solo shot and his 7th for the year. If he can any consistency with a .204 average, he would be worth owning in mixed leagues. For now, he remains an NL-Only option.
- Eric Hosmer went 4-for-7 including a homer. He is now hitting .284 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 81 at-bats.
- It appears that Andrew Bailey (right forearm) is almost set for his return to the A’s bullpen.
- J.J. Putz is now a perfect 15-for-15 in save chances this season.
- Justin Turner has quickly gained value in all fantasy formats while David Wright is sidelined. Turner went 4-for-5 with a RBI on Friday and is hitting .388 since May 7th.
- Juan Miranda hit a pair of two-run homers against the Astros. Now that Russell Branyan is out of the way, Miranda has value in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed formats.
- Carl Crawford continues to tear it up this week by going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a stolen base.
- Aramis Ramirez admits his hamstring is a problem. After Friday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ramirez is in a 1-for-22 slump with runners in scoring position.
- Its a miracle! Dan Uggla actually had a hit and an RBI on Friday.
- Jayson Heyward’s 2nd MRI showed no structural damage. If everything goes as the Braves hope, he could be back soon.