Tampa Bay Rays
Fantasy Baseball Tip Sheet - May 30
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP (Boston Red Sox) - Dice-K left Tuesday night's game in the fifth inning with fatigue in his right pitching shoulder. Matsuzaka said he experienced a similar injury in the past while with the Seibu Lions of the Japanese League. Expect him to miss at least one or two starts until he fully recovers. Rafael Soriano, RP (Atlanta Braves) - Soriano was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and figures to get the chance to close until John Smoltz returns from the DL. This is bad news for committee closers Manny Acosta and Blaine Boyer. Soriano should be picked up right away. Travis Hafner, 1B (Cleveland Indians) - Hafner has missed the past three games with an injured right shoulder. He received two cortisone shots Wednesday and revealed to team doctors that he has coped with shoulder soreness all season. A trip to the disabled list seems likely for Hafner, who is experiencing the worst season of his career. Here are a few likely available pitchers who have a good opportunity to pick up a victory in their next scheduled start.Jason Bergmann (Washington Nationals) - Bergmann has yet to give up an earned run in 192/3 innings since being recalled from the minors May 14. In his last start against Milwaukee, Bergmann went 52/3 innings, gave up four hits and struck out eight. He is a decent play in his next start against Arizona in what figures to be a low-scoring game. Darrell Rasner (New York Yankees) - Rasner's only blemish in six innings against Baltimore in his last start was a solo home run to Nick Markakis. Rasner is not a strikeout pitcher, but he will pick up wins if he pitches this well consistently with the Yankees offense supporting him. He is a strong play Sunday against the Twins. Sean Gallagher (Chicago Cubs) - Gallagher faces Colorado at home Sunday and is a viable option if you are looking for a spot starter. In his past two home starts, Gallagher has a 1.38 ERA and looks to improve that against an injured Rockies team. Randy Wolf (San Diego Padres) - Wolf pitches at San Francisco on Sunday and looks to extend his consecutive quality-starts streak to four. He is a strong play, especially if you are desperately in need of a win. Al Reyes, RP (Tampa Bay Rays) - With closer Troy Percival on the 15-day disabled list, the Rays could turn to Reyes as their closer rather than Dan Wheeler. Reyes has the most closing experience among Tampa Bay's relievers; remember, he saved 26 games last year for the Rays. Pick up Reyes as insurance for Percival. Ryan Spilborghs, OF (Colorado Rockies) - With starting outfielders Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe on the disabled list for a few weeks, Spilborghs will get plenty of playing time in left and right field. In the past week, Spilborghs is hitting .360 with two home runs and five RBIs. Adam LaRoche, 1B (Pittsburgh Pirates) - LaRoche is hitting .275 with five home runs and 19 RBIs this month and has multiple hits in seven of his past 11 games. Ride him while he is hot. Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B/3B/SS/OF (Cincinnati Reds) - The past six games, Hairston is hitting .407 and has been a speed demon, stealing five bases in that span. Hairston is extremely valuable because of his position eligibility and his knack for stealing bases. He is a must pickup in all league formats.