More than one week of the fantasy baseball season is complete and there are people stressed out because of slow starts of their teams. Albert Pujols can't handle the pressure of playing for a contract, Willie Bloomquist will steal 50 bases and why wasn't Kevin Correia on my sleeper list? Those are just some of the questions running through the minds of overreacting owners.
Here are some players making news in the past week.
Alex Gordon (Royals, OF): Is he finally for real? In the first seven games, Gordon is batting (13-for-33) with seven runs, five doubles, one home run, and four RBIs. The second overall pick in 2005 showed promise in his first two seasons before injuries slowed him down. He changed positions and crushed Triple-A pitching last season. He's 27, altered his swing, and is batting third. He's very talented and this is the season he lives up to expectations.
Trevor Cahill (Athletics, SP): Cahill is using his curveball a lot more and it's resulting in swings and misses with 15 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings after a K/9 of less than 5.5 in his first two seasons. It's just two games, but he had a 9.9 K/9 career mark in the minors.
Mike Napoli (Rangers, C/1B): There's competition for at-bats and Napoli started four of the first seven games. He's too good of a power source to miss many games and has hit at least 20 home runs in three consecutive seasons. Even if he plays four games some weeks, there won't be better options on the waiver wire at catcher in most leagues.
Drew Storen (Nationals, RP): Entered the spring as the closer and has yet to get a save opportunity. After allowing an earned run in his first game, he hasn't allowed an earned run in the next five innings. He will eventually be the regular closer. Hold tight.
Joel Hanrahan (Pirates, RP): Hanrahan was one of the better values at closers in the latter half of drafts. He had a 12.92 K/9 last season and pitched well as the closer in September. Converted first four saves and is legit.
Joe Nathan (Twins, RP): Many were worried about Nathan coming off Tommy John surgery. The Twins made him the closer immediately and after a shaky first appearance where he did get a save, he has allowed just one hit in his next two innings. He might struggle early, but will be good.
Kevin Correia (Pirates, SP): Off to a 2-0 start with a 1.38 ERA, but just a 6/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings. He had a 5.40 ERA pitching his home games at PETCO Park last season. Don't buy.