Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI double in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Angels.
Desmond’s hot hitting continues. The 30-year-old batted just .109 through his first 12 games this season, but he’s hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three home runs, three doubles, and nine RBI over his last 10 games. He has also drawn six walks in that time. Those fantasy owners who were patient are being rewarded.
Shawn Tolleson fired a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Angels on Friday for his eighth save.
Tolleson whiffed two batters in the frame. The 28-year-old gave up five runs in a disaster outing back on April 6, so he still has an ugly 6.00 ERA, but he has allowed just one run over his last nine appearances.
Colby Lewis tossed seven innings and allowed two runs as part of a 4-2 win over the Angels on Friday.
Some uncharacteristic success against the Angels. Lewis didn’t strike out anyone, but he didn’t walk anyone either while working around nine hits. The veteran right-hander has gone at least six innings in all five of his starts this season and owns a fine 3.19 ERA, but he has allowed seven home runs in just 31 innings. It’s worth keeping in mind with a tough assignment against the Blue Jays next week in Toronto.
Hector Santiago was tagged for four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.
It was the first time this season that Santiago failed to complete six innings. He gave up eight hits in all (including a solo homer to Ryan Rua) while walking one. After striking out 27 batters over his first 26 2/3 innings of work this season, Santiago struck out just one of the 24 batters he faced on Friday. He’ll bring a 3.34 ERA into a start against the Brewers next week.
Ryan Rua connected for his first home run of the season in Friday’s win over the Angels.
It was a solo shot against Hector Santiago in the fifth inning. Rua has seen most of his playing time against lefties this season and has delivered by batting .455 (7-for-15). This role doesn’t mean much for his fantasy value, but he’s a useful piece for Texas.
Geovany Soto went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI on Friday against the Rangers.
Soto socked a solo homer in the third inning before adding an RBI single in the fourth. The 33-year-old has played well when given the opportunity this season, batting .333 (9-for-27) with two home runs, one double, and six RBI over nine games. By the way, Carlos Perez has a rough .160/.222/.180 batting line through 17 games. Soto could find himself getting more playing time.
Byung-ho Park had a rough day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
It has been a struggle at the dish in the early going for the Korean import, slashing just .226/.290/.532 with five homers, seven RBI and a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 69 plate appearances. The power appears to be legit, but he'll need to make more consistent contact in order to be a real factor in fantasy leagues.
Victor Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on Friday, leading the Tigers in an 9-2 rout of the Twins in Minnesota.
Martinez delivered an RBI single and scored a run as part of a three-run rally in the first inning. He added a towering solo shot off of Casey Fien in the eighth inning to increase the club's advantage to 5-2, then doubled and scored his third run of the night in the ninth inning. He was an afterthought in most fantasy drafts this spring, but has turned back the clock in the early going, slashing .319/.388/.625 with five home runs and 17 RBI.