MLB In Full Bloom - Tory Tulowitzki Off To Strong Start - 5/6/2014

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Troy Tulowitzki was named the National League Player of the Month for April on Monday and he's already making a strong case to win that same honor in May. Tulowitzki went 2-for-3 with a couple two-run homers and two walks in Monday's win over the Rangers and is now hitting a ridiculous .408 with nine home runs and 29 RBI through 31 games. His OPS currently sits at 1.298. One key factor in Tulowitzki's hot start has been his production at Coors Field. In 14 games, Tulowitzki is batting .596 (28-for-47) with six home runs and 21 RBI. He also has 11 walks to go against just four strikeouts.  The talent of Tulowitzki has never been in question, but his ability to stay on the field has been the issue. He has played in more than 143 games just twice in his career. The last time he did it was back in 2009. The injury history will always be a factor, so it makes sense for the fantasy owners that are considering to sell high on him.  But, let's hope he can stay healthy and continue to produce because it's a lot of fun to watch.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jered Weaver was brilliant on Monday night with the best start of the season as he allowed just one run on six hits over eight innings in Monday's 4-1 Angels victory over the New York Yankees.  Weaver struck out seven and walked only one. Through his first three outings, Weaver struggled to an 0-2 start with a 5.79 ERA. Since then, he's been great while and has only given up five runs in four subsequent starts. Weaver improves to 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA and will face Toronto this weekend.
  • Ernesto Frieri reclaimed the closer's role by throwing a perfect ninth inning to finish off the Yankees in Monday's 4-1 win. Angels manager Mike Scioscia hinted Sunday that he might go back to Frieri, and he did just that, despite Joe Smith's effectiveness during a brief stint.
  • Zack Greinke gave up two runs and lasted just three innings in Monday's loss to Washington. Greinke had a short outing due to a rain delay, which ended a streak of 18 regular season starts of pitching five innings or more while allowing two runs or less. It was also Greinke's first loss of the season as he fell to 5-1. At least he didn't leave early due to an injury. He should bounce back in his next start.
  • Clayton Kershaw (back) will come off the disabled list today and face the Nationals tonight. He has been on the disabled list for almost six weeks with a strained back. Fantasy owners that drafted Kershaw have been waiting for their ace to make his return to the Dodgers rotation.
  • Max Scherzer was strong again on Monday night as he struck out nine over eight shutout innings in a win over the Astros. Scherzer gave up just three hits while walking one on the evening and improves his record 4-1 this season with an impressive 1.72 ERA  in 47 innings. He’ll look to continue to build his pending free agent value when he takes on the Twins on Saturday.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) was not in the Athletics' lineup Monday. Cespedes has been dealing with a left hamstring injury for the past week and is still sore. It doesn't appear that a trip to the disabled list with be required, but the A's figure to handle Cespedes cautiously until his injury fully heals.
  • Cameron Maybin was removed from Monday's game due to stomach sickness. Maybin went 1-for-2 with a double before he left, and was replaced by Chris Denorfia. Maybin is likely just dealing with an illness, but it won't be surprising if he misses a couple of games.