Fantasy Baseball Players of the Day – 3/31
Sunday, March 30th
Xavier Nady was the top dog offensively on Opening Day. The Pirate had four hits in seven at bats (.571) Three of those four hits were for extra-bases (1 double, 2 HR). He scored four runs and drove in four in a 12-11 win over Atlanta. Nate McLouth, Freddy Sanchez, Ryan Doumit, Yunel Escobar, Mark Grudzielanek, Carlos Guillen, Kosuke Fukodome (some debut), Dioner Navarro, Jermaine Dye, Franklin Gutierrez, Rafael Furcal, Michael Young, Casey Kotchman, and Tadahito Iguchi each had three hits. Jim Thome blasted two HRs.
Jake Peavy took top honors for pitcher hurling seven shutout innings in a win over Houston. He struck out 4, and allowed only three hits. He wasn’t perfect as he walked three batters, but a strong outing for the defending Cy Young champ. Carlos Zambrano (0 runs, 5 Ks in 6.7 innings) and Ben Sheets (0 runs, 7 Ks in 6.3 innings) were locked up in a pitcher’s duel. Brad Penny fired 6.7 scoreless innings with three Ks. Johan Santana was great in his Mets’ debut. He struck out 8 in seven innings allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks.