Jose Guillen is now among the league leaders in home runs after hitting his third of the season Monday. Guillen’s career high in home runs is 31, but that came back in 2003. However, aside from last season, Guillen had been a consistent 20-home run bat.
In deeper leagues Guillen is worth an add, but bear in mind that he can be an extremely streaky player.
Cubs second baseman Jeff Baker got the start against left-handed pitcher Doug Davis and promptly hit his second home run of the season. Baker has some decent pop, he hit 12 home runs for the Rockies in 333 at-bats in 2008, but he’ll likely be limited to action against left-handed pitching and strikes out a bit too much to carry a high AVG for an entire season.
In Cleveland, Fausto Carmona squared off against Rich Harden and while both only allowed two earned runs.
Carmona wasn’t much of a ground ball machine and walked four batters, which is an improvement over his first start, but still not enough to warrant a full endorsement.
Harden pitched better than he did in his first outing, but still didn’t throw enough strikes and only struck out two batters.
Neftali Feliz nailed down his first save as the new Texas closer. He could easily be a top five closer by season’s end.
Marco Scutaro batted leadoff for the Red Sox in the absence of an injured Jacoby Ellsbury. Terry Francona replaced Ellsbury with J.D. Drew as the leadoff hitter at times last season and may be looking to see if Scutaro’s OBP is worth a full time gig there. Keep an eye on this situation when Ellsbury returns (maybe this Thursday) because it could result in a big boost to Scutaro’s value if he continues to bat leadoff.
Twins starter Carl Pavano had another good outing going six innings and only allowing one run on four hits. he walked one and struck out four.
I’ve already added Pavano in a few leagues. His command has looked as good as it did last year (1.76 BB/9 in 2009) his next start comes against the Royals, so he’s worth a flier in just about any format.
The San Diego Padres had one heck of a home opener. They dropped 17 runs on the Braves including a ten run fourth inning.
Justin Duchscherer looked good in his second start of the season allowing only two hits in 7.1 innings. I’d need to see some consistent outings like this one before looking to add Duchsherer.
Ricky Nolasco got rocked allowing five earned runs in six innings. Nolasco gave up three home runs, which is not a good sign. His issues with the home run ball were a big problem last year. If he doesn’t turn this around soon I’ll be crying myself to sleep at night.
In Baltimore Carl Crawford went 4-4 with his first home run of the year, but the more significant home run came from Reid Brignac. Brignac, who got the start at second, adds yet another road block to Sean Rodriguez’s “breakout season”. If you are a Sean Rodriguez owner feel free to drop him in favor of another option as he is unlikely to get a significant amount of consistent at-bats.
Bengie Molina hit his first home run of the season and is hitting .421 on the season. This means I would sell him as soon as possible to the highest bidder. Aside from the fact that his AVG is sure to plummet soon, Buster Posey is on fire at triple-A and should be cutting into Molina’s playing time before too long.