April 30, 2010 - 12:15 AM
As much as it pains me to say as a Red Sox fan, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has been straight awesome this season. The latest example came Thursday night against the Orioles, as Cano had two home runs among his three hits and raised his batting average to an AL-high .407.
"We couldn't get him out, and the way he's hitting right now, no one in the American League is getting him out," Orioles manager Dave Trembley told the Associated Press.
Cano's move to the fifth spot in the New York order, behind Alex Rodriguez, has really paid off. The way he's going right now, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him compete for the AL batting title.
Way back in 2006, Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano had the makings of a top-of-the-rotation ace and fantasy baseball stud. He made the AL All-Star team, was leading the league with a 2.19 ERA and was in the running for both Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards.
Then came the arm pain. Liriano was shut down in August for the rest of the season and missed all of 2007 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2006. He returned to the Twins in 2008, but made just 14 starts. Last season, he burned fantasy owners with a horrid 5-13 record in 24 starts, with an ERA of 5.82 and 65 walks issued.
It's taken more than three years, but this season Liriano is once again showing the promise of 2006. Through his first three starts, Liriano is 2-0 in 21 innings pitched. He's struck out 17 with an ERA of 1.29 and WHIP of 1.10.
Liriano is a two-start pitcher in Week Four, going Tuesday at Detroit and Sunday at Cleveland. Check your waiver wire to see if he's available.
Jose Reyes' return to the New York Mets has yet to make much of a fantasy impact.
Entering Sunday night's game against the Cardinals, Reyes was hitting a paltry .171 in 35 at-bats, striking out nine times. He also had just two runs and two RBIs and went an ugly 0 for 7 in Saturday's 2-1, 20-inning win over St. Louis.
That 0-fer, however, had a silver lining: Reyes had the sacrifice fly in the 20th that drove home the winning run.
While he's been slow to get started after coming off the disabled list, Reyes owners should be patient. The Mets are expected to move him to third in the batting order at some point this season, which should increase his RBI chances (although his stolen base numbers may suffer).