Fantasy Baseball Box Score Breakouts – 4/5/10

Apr 6, 2010

Here’s a look at the unheralded players who played well yesterday.

Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies
Polanco hit just 10 HRs last year, but started out with a bang going 3 for 4 with a Grand Slam and 6 RBIs. Hitting between Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley doesn’t hurt.

Ivan Rodriguez, Washington Nationals
Pudge went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. I’m not sure how much he has left in the tank, but this was a nice start.

Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals
Colby went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, a HR, and 2 RBIs. He’s hitting 5th in the lineup behind Holliday.

Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina got off to a strong start going 2 for 4 with a Grand Slam. He hit just 6 HRs last year so savor this one.

Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox
Often overlooked because of the last of K’s (3 in 7 innings yesterday), Buehrle made his owners smile with seven scoreless innings. He earned the win and posted a WHIP of 0.57.

Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates
Doumit looked healthy going 2 for 4 with 2 runs, a double, a HR, and 3 RBIs. He hit clean-up.

Zach Duke, Pittsburgh Pirates
Duke got Pittsburgh off to a strong start by holding the Dodgers to 2 runs in 5 innings for the win.

Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays
Wells appeared healthy going 3 for 4 with a HR and 3 RBIs.

Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
Gomez went 4 for 5 with 2 runs, a HR, and a SB for the Brew Crew. He hit well this spring and got off to a great start. He has the talent. He just has to cut down on mistakes and play with confidence.

Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies
Morales gave up a run, but earned the save filling in for Huston Street.

Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs
Byrd hit a three-run HR off Derek Lowe. He’s batting fifth in the lineup and it’s nice to see him carry his 2009 power to Chicago.

Casey Kotchman, Seattle Mariners
Hitting third for the M’s, Kotchman went 2 for 4 with a double and 4 RBIs. With Ichiro and Chone setting the table, he could have plenty of RBI opportunities.

Potent Middle Relievers:
Sean Burnett, Washington Nationals:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks
Danny Herrera: 1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks
Jensen Lewis, Cleveland Indians: 1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks
J.J. Putz & Matt Thornton, Chicago White Sox:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks each
Brendan Donnelly, Pittsburgh Pirates: 1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks
Sean Marshall, Chicago Cubs:  2-2/3 IP, 0 Runs, 5 Ks
Takashi Saito, Atlanta Braves:   1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks
Aaron Heilman:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks
Sammy Gervacio:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks

Trouble Watch:
Ryan Franklin gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 1 inning of work.
Jason Frasor blew a save giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1/3 IP.

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