Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Kelvin Herrera, Jim Henderson, more

by Tim Heaney on April 8, 2013 @ 14:40:00 PDT


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Kelvin Herrera, RP, Kansas City Royals

Greg Holland's rough weekend encompassed a BS-L combo Saturday and Sunday's save-chance-turned-ugly-hold that consisted of four ER on three walks and three hits. Despite allowing a run (charged to Holland), at least Herrera stopped "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and netted a closure.

Milwaukee Brewers OF Jim Henderson
Henderson may be CL soon

With "Pride (In the Name of Love)," Ned Yost defends his closer because his velocity's "Unforgettable Fire" has returned after a down spring. But Yost may tell him, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," because Holland's location makes it look like he's "Staring at the Sun."

It'll probably take more than "One" more gaffe from Holland "Until the End of the World" for his owners, yet his history of telling too many opponents to "Walk On" doesn't help. The "Sweetest Thing" for those who stash Herrera is that a "Beautiful Day" would come with the "Elevation" of the skills-laden former starter.

Justin Masterson, SP, Cleveland Indians

Some probably recruited him to stream on Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Rays, but the number of owners keeping him will probably swell after his second straight promising game, the first a caging of the Toronto Blue Jays. He's fanned one batter for each of his 13 innings, in which he's allowed just one plate crossing.

He's teased us before with his K-grounder pair, while his problems with walks and versus left-handed sticks remind us of his erratic ways; statistical fortune propped up his deceptively sparkling performance two seasons ago. But being a year-plus removed from shoulder surgery may allow him to regain some punch on his stuff, which excels when consistently low in the zone.

Don't bank on a repeat of 2011, but recognize that he has a decent chance of revisiting it, as long as LHBs don't leave him SOL.

John Buck, C, New York Mets

An early-season hot streak has lifted this typical fantasy afterthought. He's hitting the ball hard, so sustaining that will push him closer to the .281 BA in 2012 (hardly that high, though) than the .192 he posted last year. He takes walks often, so OBP leaguers probably will get a longer window of utility from him.

Of course, this is a sample-size alert. Buck's power is why you speculate, and you ride out these stretches in mixed leagues until they're used up and he reverts back to his K-heavy ways. Travis d'Arnaud probably won't arrive until sometime this summer, so Buck could continue dominating backstop AB until then. Two-catcher owners have little to lose in cautiously seeing where this goes.

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