April Fantasy Awards
May 5, 2003
The Cubs are still in first place, so you know it still must be early in the season. A month has passed, however, and that can only mean one thing: April Fantasy Awards. Here are the best of the best for April:
AL Fantasy Pitcher of the Month
A WHIP under 1.00, an ERA well under 2.00, 42 strikeouts, and 5 wins provide every reason for Mussina to take this award home in April. That's as much as you can ask from a fantasy pitcher in one month. Esteban Loaiza was right on his heels and actually had a better WHIP and ERA, but the Moose's 42 Ks were enough to sway this voter.
Esteban Loaiza - 5 W, 35 K, 0.67 WHIP, 1.25 ERA
Mike MacDougal - 10 S, 1 W, 3.55 ERA
Roger Clemens - 4 W, 35 K, 2.70 ERA
NL Fantasy Pitcher of the Month
The Braves closer provided startling numbers this April, most notably his ERA of 0.00. In 13 2/3 innings, Smoltz also struck out 19 hitters and finished with a WHIP of 0.88. Eric Gagne quietly provided even better numbers, but his teammates didn't give him enough chances to save games, so he came up just short.
Javier Vazquez - 58 K(!), 3 W, 2.95 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
Eric Gagne - 8 S, 24 K, 0.63 WHIP, 0.00 ERA (!)
Kerry Wood - 4 W, 48 K, 2.77 ERA
Mark Prior - 4 W, 38 K, 1.70 ERA, 0.84 WHIP
AL Fantasy Hitter of the Month
No surprise here. Soriano continues his productive 2002 ways, finishing April with a .371 BA, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs, 26 Rs, and 6 SBs. Add in the fact that he plays second base, and it's hard to deny that Soriano is truly a 5 tool fantasy player.
Raul Mondesi - .347, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 20 R, 5 SB
Alex Rodriguez - .355, 9 HR, 23 RBI, 23 R, 3 SB
NL Fantasy Hitter of the Month
Derrek Lee stole 10 bases (as a first baseman, no less), but Sheffield hit for average (.340), power (7 HR), production (17 RBI, 27 R), and ran a little (5 SB). Gary wins the award because he really helped his fantasy teams in all aspects of the game.
Derrek Lee - 4 HR, 10 SB
Preston Wilson - .321, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 5 SB
Hopefully a few of your players were listed above. If not, don't sell the farm just yet. Our next article deals with slumping players due for a major breakout soon. Stay tuned and good luck!