Fantasy Baseball Box Score Breakouts – 3/31/11
Here’s a look at the unheralded players who played well yesterday.
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals
Chipper Jones may be old, but he got off to a great start. He went 2 for 4 with the first run of the year. Derek Lowe, my streaming pitcher option, threw 5-2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six batters and had a 0.88 WHIP. For the Nationals, Danny Espinosa went 2 for 3. Livan Hernandez took the loss, but only gave up two runs and four hits (no walks) in 6-1/3 innings for a 2.84 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP.
Milwaukee Brewers @ Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Hernandez not only sealed the deal for the Reds, he got off to a monster start for fantasy teams. He went 4 for 5 with a game-winning three-run home run. John Axford gave up four runs, including the game-winner, in 2/3 innings to blow a save. You don’t lose your closer gig in one day, but this is a bad way to start the year. Setup man Takashi Saito struck out two in one inning of work.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Kansas City Royals
Maicer Izturis went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a stolen base for the Halos. Jeff Mathis went 2 for 4 with a home run. Melky Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a stolen base for Kansas City. Aaron Crow struck out three in 1-1/3 innings of relief.
San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals
Cameron Maybin went 2 for 5 with a home run for the Padres. Nick Hundley was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Lance Berkman went 2 for 4 with a run for the Cardinals. Brian Tallet stuck out two in an inning of relief. Ryan Franklin blew a save opportunity.
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Jonathan Broxton got the save, but gave up a home run to Pat Burrell. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a scoreless inning. You can’t lose the closer gig on Opening Day, but if you Broxton owners have to feel a little uneasy with his start.