Fantasy Corner

Doug Hendry, Managing Editor

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Category Leaders:

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (LAD): Wow. What a start to the 2015 MLB season, Mr. Gonzalez. In addition to being the only player to hit five home runs in a team’s first three games of the season, he leads the MLB in hits (17), home runs (5), and batting average (.548), and is second in runs scored (10) and doubles (5).

Billy Hamilton, OF (CIN): At the top of the Cincinnati lineup, Hamilton gets on base a lot. With that, his speed has helped him steal eight bases this season, including six over the first three games. Only two other players have stolen more than three bases this year.

Jason Grilli, RP (ATL): Nobody expected Grilli to be earning many saves a week before the season started, but the trade of Craig Kimbrel opened the closing role to Grilli. Now, he leads the league with four saves, and although he might not have the dominance of Kimbrel, he’s struck out seven over four innings.

Scott Kazmir, SP (OAK): Kazmir quietly pitched for a 15-win, 3.55 ERA season a year ago for the Athletics, and has been even more dominant this year. He’s allowed just one earned run through 13 innings, has won both of his starts, and has 18 strikeouts, good for second-most in the MLB.

Cellar Dwellers:

Evan Gattis, C (HOU): The former Braves catcher opened the season on an 0-for-23 slump, and now has 13 strikeouts through 29 plate appearances. After recording 41 runs, 52 RBIs, and 22 home runs last season, the slugger has yet to account for a single run offensively.

Starling Marte, OF (PIT): Marte is tied with Bryce Harper for the most strikeouts in the early going here (14). As a requisite to not getting on base, Marte has yet to steal a base this season after the speedster tallied 30 last season. Still, there is plenty of time for him to break out of this funk.

Cole Hamels, SP (PHI): The Phillies ace gave up four homers to the Red Sox on Opening Day, and now has given up five home runs through two starts. Although he should settle down and see his ERA drop, the home runs are a scary thought for a pitcher who has such little offensive support.

LaTroy Hawkins, RP (COL): Hawkins is the only one closer to have blown two saves thus far, and a stat line that includes 3.2 innings, five earned runs, and a 2.18 WHIP, Colorado manager has decided to give Hawkins a break from closing duties. It is probably already time to move on.

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