by Eddie Mayrose

Gee, Can They Keep It Up?

After Friday night’s dominating performance against the Pirates, Dillon Gee’s record stood at 7-0, a level never before seen by a Mets’ rookie. Gee has made the most of the opportunity presented to him as a result of the many injuries with which New York has had to deal to this point, no doubt bolstering the chances of many Fantasy Owners that took a chance and plucked him from the free agent wire. The young hurler hasn’t convinced everyone, however, as he’s owned in just 65% of the leagues on CBSSportsline.  Those owners that are hesitant to jump on board are, no doubt, wondering if Gee has already peaked and an acquisition at this point is too late; something the late, great Forte Bellino of the Hausier’s Krowedum Fantasy League used to describe as, “Missed the wedding, made the funeral.”

In Gee’s case, his production  is supported by his peripheral stats, especially his AAA numbers, where he posted a terrific K/BB ratio last season.  That Gee has now established himself in the Mets’ short rotation, also reassures potential owners that he’ll have plenty of opportunity the rest of the way.  If you need pitching, Gee is a solid pickup in our book.  Should you be one of the sharp guys that picked him up early, hang on.  As for other players who have surprised so far, let’s shine the Moonlight on a few and take a look.

In Cleveland, just about every aspect of their season has come out of nowhere, none more so than the perfomance of Asdrubal Cabrera, Fantasy Baseball’s best shortstop in 2011.  The 25 year old has exploded on to the scene with 12 HR and 42 RBI in leading the Tribe to the top of the AL Central.  Cabrera has never hit more than 8 HR in any pro season, so expect the dingers to flatten out. He’s always been a high BA guy, though, so the RBI should be just fine.

Alexi Ogando is the latest product of Nolan Ryan’s “Shut up and pitch” school in Texas.  Like Gee, he’s also 7-0 after going undrafted in most leagues.  More impressive than his record, however, is the WHIP and ERA he’s logged.  The Rangers philosophy of allowing starters to go deep into games will surely benefit Ogando, a keeper the rest of the way.

Nationals’ outfielder Michael Morse is on pace for 25 HR after banging out 15 in half a season last year.  A number that should be of greater importance to Fantasy owners, perhaps, is the 49 K he’s registered in just 177 AB.  Morse is a perfect example of a guy to ride during a hot streak, as is Corey Patterson right now, but not someone with long range prospects.  Dump him in on someone else in a trade before he starts his second tour around the National League.

Can’t argue that Matt Joyce has been Tampa’s best hitter to date; making many forget that Carl Crawford is no longer patrolling left field.  We’d feel better about Joyce if he was a little younger, but have to respect the prowess of the Rays’ developmental system.  They had to have an idea this was coming.

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