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Interleague Roundup: Reds, Mets, White Sox Sweep

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kansas City at Florida It didn’t even take a winning team to reveal the Marlins’ flaws. The Royals took two of three from the NL East-leading Marlins, knocking their division lead down to one game. Zack Greinke notched his 8th quality start, tying Brandon Webb and 5 others for the MLB lead.

Cleveland at Cincinnati Cliff Lee was finally defeated by Edinson Volquez and the red hot Reds. Joey Votto delivered the KO with a pinch hit home run in the 6th.

Milwaukee at Boston The Red Sox completed their sweep of the Brewers in an eight home run slugfest. David Ortiz and Ryan Braun hit two each, and have clearly put their early season slumps behind them. Josh Beckett gave up 6 runs, all driven in by home runs, but still struck out 9 and got the win.

Pittsburgh at Chicago For only the second time in the last seven days, Alfonso Soriano failed to hit even a single home run. The Cubs still managed to beat the Pirates 4-3, and my favorite middle reliever, Carlos Marmol, bounced back from yesterday’s loss by striking out the side for his 11th hold.

Chicago at San Francisco The White Sox won their 5th straight against the Giants Sunday, and made many fantasy baseball managers feel pretty smart. This was one of the most obvious series for streaming pitchers, and anyone who put up Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle, or John Danks against the less-than-intimidating Giants lineup should congratulate themselves, but not expect the same production next week against the Indians and Angels.

Detroit at Arizona Randy Johnson pitched seven shutout innings against the Tigers for his 288th career victory. 300 isn’t looking so far off anymore, if (and it’s a big if) Johnson can stay healthy.

New York at New York The Mets completed their two-game sweep of the last-place Yankees and handed Chien- Ming Wang his second straight loss. Power came from the less likely sources, as Jose Reyes and Ryan Church both went deep, while Carlos Delgado was robbed of a home run by a bad call at the left field foul pole. Reyes, besides the sudden power, had his second straight two-hit game and may finally be coming out of a slump that dates back to last September. The struggling Yankees have reason to be optimistic — Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to rejoin the team Tuesday.


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Spring Fever

It’s that time of year when warming weather and flowering trees (and maybe my accompanying allergy headaches) do something to a girl. Casual flirtations escalate into something deeper, and my statistics-based strategies become overshadowed by my burgeoning emotional attachments to players.

A few weeks ago Matt Kemp was just a young outfielder for the Dodgers, cute with raw talent and making a good case for a starting job in a crowded outfield. Conor Jackson was a very sexy once-hyped first baseman that was probably drafted as a backup in your league. Curtis Granderson and all his 20-20 talent (and 30-30 potential) was on the dl. Carlos Marmol was just the guy most likely to step in if and when Kerry Wood went down. It’s just over a month into the season now, and my fondness for these guys, and others, has turned into deep affection. Every new 2-for-4 day from Kemp breaks my heart, because he’s forever trapped on the-team-that-does-not-trade. Every time Marmol comes in and strikes out 3 or 4, only for Wood (or sometimes Howry) to blow it in the next inning, I want to whisper into his over-sized ears, “your time will come.”

Flings — Stay with them as long as they keep things interesting, but know when to let them go

Erick Aybar 2B/SS Angels (.313, 17 R, 5 SB) With injuries to first HowieKendrick and now Chone Figgins, Aybar has found himself with a regular job. He’s certainly worth owning as long as he keeps hitting.

Ryan Church OF Mets (.330, 4 HR, 22 RBI) The Mets have been playing lazy, uninspired baseball — with the exception of Ryan Church, who’s been hitting an unreal .404 with runners on. Maybe he’ll cool off when Beltran heats up, but with an average this high after a month of play, he deserves a roster spot.

Crushes — They’ll make you happy, if you can get them

Matt Kemp OF Dodgers (.327, 22 RBI, 7 SB) The most balanced hitter in the Dodgers outfield, Kemp could be a breakout star. If someone wants to sell high, buy him. He does need to cut down on the K’s though.

Conor Jackson 1B Diamondbacks (.350, 5 HR, 25 RBI) He’s on fire right now along with the rest of the Diamondbacks lineup. He’s not quite this good, but with that lineup and a hitter’s park, I expect him to hit .300 and drive in around 100. Not bad.

True Love — You always knew they were something special, but now you can’t live without them

Curtis Granderson OF Tigers (.297, 4 HR, 12 R in 10 games) The sampling is a little small, but the Tigers’ offense did heat up right when he joined them 2 weeks ago.

Carlos Marmol RP Cubs (1.29 ERA, .129 BAA, 28 K in 21 innings) Maybe love is a strong word for a setup man, but with so many teams having bullpen issues, Marmol must warm the hearts of Cubs fans. Pick him up just for the ERA and WHIP, and if he ends up closing, that’s icing.

Chase Utley 2B Phillies (.369, 13 HR, 26 RBI) He’s in a class of his own right now and a real pleasure to watch. I can’t imagine he can be obtained in a trade for less than 2 top-tier players right now, so just appreciate his beautiful swing. He, too, is rotting in my keeper league on the-team-that-does-not-trade, so I will just have to love him from a distance.

Honorable mentions: Geovany Soto, Jair Jurrjens, Adrian Gonzalez, Ervin Santana, Carlos Quentin, Edinson Volquez, Zack Greinke

Coming soon: Max Scherzer — first start tomorrow vs. Phillies!

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