Key takeaways from M's-Rangers slugfest 

May, 31, 2012
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Whenever one of the worst offensive teams in the big leagues breaks out with consecutive eight-run innings and ends up scoring the equivalent of three touchdowns, and does so against arguably the top team in baseball, it's newsworthy for fantasy owners. So let's switch up the normal KaraBlog format and discuss seven things I noticed from this somewhat historic Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers 21-8 game, both positive and negative.

1. Just one Mariners hitter is owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues. And wouldn't you know it, that player, Ichiro Suzuki, was given the night off. Figures, right?

[+] EnlargeDustin Ackley
Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireDustin Ackley's second-inning homer off lefty Derek Holland on Wednesday was his first versus a lefty this season; meanwhile, it was just the second homer Holland has allowed to a lefty hitter in 2012.
2. The No. 2-owned Mariners hitter is second baseman Dustin Ackley, but ... he's hitting only .251 and starting to be dropped in ESPN leagues (92.3 percent owned). Ackley smacked a three-run home run off Rangers lefty Derek Holland (more on him later), which is noteworthy because the lefty-hitting Ackley entered play Wednesday hitting .190 off southpaws, with no home runs. He also hadn't homered on an inside pitch all year, so perhaps he's making adjustments. I think Ackley is still worth owning in 10-team leagues as a 12-homer, 15-steal guy and a borderline top-10 second baseman with a bright future.

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