The limited MLB schedule for Monday’s action didn’t figure to bring much in the way of good fantasy baseball stats, but we actually had plenty to choose from, especially in regards to the hitters.
But while the day generally belonged to the hitters, its top star was one of baseball’s best young arms.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Sonny Gray — Oakland Athletics
Sonny Gray: April 28
His opponent was Yu Darvish, but Gray was far and away the best pitcher on the field (and in the league) on Monday, throwing the first complete game of his career.
I’d bet a pretty penny that it won’t be the last time Gray finishes what he starts. This was the best outing of the young season for Gray, which says something as Gray has notched a quality start every time he’s toed the rubber.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Troy Tulowitzki — Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki: April 28
Another great game for Tulo, who is so far justifying the confidence of anyone that overlooked his injury risks and took him in the early rounds of their fantasy drafts.
When Tulo gets hot, there’s not a more frightening player in all of baseball. Right now, he’s hot.
2. Rene Rivera — San Diego Padres
Rene Rivera: April 28
Sure, anyone can have a great day but if you actually saw this one coming, please get in contact with me, as I’d like some advice on the Stock Market.
Tyson Ross may have received the win from this game but a healthy chunk of that credit goes to Rivera, his catcher on the evening. Madison Bumgarner may be seeing Rivera in his nightmares for a while.
3. Carlos Santana — Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana: April 28
If you generally believe that good, veteran players will eventually play close to the numbers that you see on the back of their cards (as I do), then Santana is a guy that you should be buying low on.
He’s had a dismal start, but he can easily put together a string of games like this and be on a far more reasonable pace in pretty short order. Yan Gomes is playing reasonably well at catcher, meaning Santana will play more in the infield, and that won’t hurt the numbers.