Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Line of the Day: May 31st, 2011

1B Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins homered twice and drove in three runs in an 8-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers. It was Morneau's first multi-homer game of the season and the 14th of his career.

Line: 4 AB, 3 R, 2 H, 3 RBI; 2 HR, BB

My fantasy perspective: Morneau has been a fantasy disappointment for owners up to this point but some things are more important than a game, like the fact that he's back on the field and able to perform at all after suffering a season-ending concussion in 2010. That injury derailed what was turning out to be an incredibly special statistical season in the making (81 games; .345/53/18/56/0).

Morneau owners should be excited to see his bat come alive, even if just for one game. Even more encouraging is his production over his last 19 games. He's hitting .308 (24/78) with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI.

This was probably the season to avoid him in fantasy baseball unless you were able to grab him late in the draft and pick and choose when to start him. If that's the case, now seems like a good as any time to have him in your lineup. Good luck to one of the good guys in the game worth rooting for as a person, not just a ballplayer.

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