Something was in the water around the league on Friday. We had some monster fantasy baseball stats to choose from, with a few guys producing numbers that would normally earn No. 1 consideration not even making the cut. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
We start with a guy that just missed being a part of history.
Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP
Yu Darvish — Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish: May 9
I actually think the controversial error on the popup from David Ortiz was the correct call, but I am somewhat relieved the no-no was broken up, as it would have been talked about for a long, long time. I heard more than enough from the insightful minds of Mitch Williams and Harold Reynolds on Friday. Actually, I think the few minutes I heard from them more than exceeded my quota for the rest of the year.
Darvish is a legit no hit — or even perfect game — threat every time he takes the hill. Barring injuries, I’ll be fairly surprised if he doesn’t end up with multiple no-no’s in his career. The guy is just electric.
Daily Honorable Mentions
1. Jedd Gyorko — San Diego Padres
Jedd Gyorko: May 9
Impressive line anyway, but the fact that both homers and all of the runs and RBI came against Jose Fernandez is even better. If you have Fernandez on your team in a weekly league, I’m guessing you were expecting a monster game against the Padres, but Gyorko took care of that.
It’s been a rough start of the year for Gyorko, but a game like this can be the kick he needs. Only time will tell.
2. Tommy Milone — Oakland Athletics
Tommy Milone: May 9
Milone’s game was just too good in too many ways, so he edges out great pitching performances from Julio Teheran, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Jason Vargas on today’s list. Unfortunately, it didn’t help many fantasy owners as Milone is quite understandably owned in very few leagues.
Milone’s had a bad start to the season, but another good start or two and he’s a guy to keep an eye on. He’s just a much better pitcher than we’ve seen so far. Expect a run of quality starts.
3. Neil Walker — Pittsburgh Pirates
Neil Walker: May 9
I think we have our best 1-4 day of the season, as this looks like way too good a line to be in this spot. Walker’s having a nice little season and got plenty of help from his teammates on Friday.
Here’s a tidbit that you’re free to ignore if you so choose. He’s still available in 20 percent of ESPN leagues. I can pretty much promise you that someone in your league has a second baseman putting up numbers well short of Walker’s.