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Bits: Greinke sharp in second start of '11

5/10/2011

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke struck out nine San Diego Padres and allowed two runs over six strong innings Monday in his second start of the season, a more successful outing than last week. Greinke has 15 strikeouts in his first 10 NL innings, and is a must-start in all formats. He's scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend.

Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit had three hits and an RBI on Monday, continuing his hot streak. Doumit, mainly relegated to reserve duty, is 6-for-10 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his past three starts, raising his batting average to .295. He's been a top-10 catcher before, and the Pirates would love to play him and make him trade bait.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Willingham homered and knocked in five runs Monday. Willingham has homered three times in his past eight games, but his batting average has suffered, as he's hitting .235. Willingham might threaten a 25-homer, 90-RBI season, making him ownable in standard leagues.

If you're one of the 4.4 percent of ESPN owners sticking with Florida Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez, move on. Vazquez was awful again Monday, as the Philadelphia Phillies torched him for nine hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. With a season WHIP of 1.87, this is not a buy-low pitcher. He's got more walks than strikeouts. The Marlins might move on soon.

Cincinnati Reds left-hander Travis Wood enjoyed his Monday in Houston, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings and hitting a home run. Wood hadn't won since his first start of the season, and he remains a bit too hittable, but we saw his upside in 2010. Buy low.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar homered Monday, his third of the season, and raised his batting average to .264. Currently fantasy's most dropped shortstop, it's tough to argue for Escobar when he's on pace for 42 RBIs and has one stolen base.