Melky Cabrera LF TOR 2 Days
Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Indians.
All four hits were singles. He's now hitting a cool .333 (26-for-78) to begin the year. Cabrera has been batting leadoff with Jose Reyes (hamstring) on the disabled list, but he should slide back into the No. 2 spot with the speedy shortstop on track to return Saturday.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 12 Days
Melky Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's victory over the Astros.
Cabrera's seventh inning two-run home run off of Kevin Chapman marked his fourth of the season, surpassing his 2013 total. While Cabrera has made headlines in the past by hitting for a high average, the power should come as no surprise. He hit 18 homers in 2011 with the Royals.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 15 Days
Melky Cabrera continued his hot start to the season Sunday, launching a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees.
It's his third homer in as many games, as he took CC Sabathia deep to lead off the first inning. It was Cabrera's only hit in five trips to the plate, but he's still batting .323 for the season. The 29-year-old is off to a good start as he looks to bounce back from last year's injury-shortened campaign.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 18 Days
Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with two singles against the Rays on Wednesday.
Cabrera has back-to-back multi-hit games to begin the month of April. He has typically been reliable for a high batting average but hit just .279 last season. Returning back to .300 will be important as he is setting the table for the middle of the Jays' lineup which includes Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 19 Days
Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 and scored a run against the Rays on Tuesday.
Cabrera missed the final two months of the 2013 season with a suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He finished with a .279 batting average, a far cry from the .346 and .305 he posted in the previous two seasons. Perhaps a season free of interruption will allow him to regain his form.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 20 Days
Melky Cabrera will hit leadoff Tuesday against the Rays.
Cabrera hit second in Monday's Opening Day loss, but he'll move into the leadoff spot now that Jose Reyes (hamstring) is on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Colby Rasmus will move from seventh to second in the order. Jonathan Diaz will start at shortstop.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 23 Days
Melky Cabrera had a two-run homer and a double to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the Mets in Montreal on Saturday.
Cabrera entered with a .400 average in 70 at-bats this spring, but he didn't have a single homer until taking Adam Kolarek deep in the eighth today. He should be a decent option as a fifth outfielder in mixed leagues as long as he continues to bat second for the Blue Jays.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 1 Month
Melky Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Cabrera is up to .395 in 43 at-bats, though that comes with just one walk and no homers. As the Blue Jays' No. 2 hitter, he's a pretty good bet for RBI and, particularly, runs scored if he can keep his average up. Power would be nice, too, but he won't necessarily need to hit a bunch of homers to be useful in mixed leagues.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 2 Months
Melky Cabrera doubled in a pair of runs to help the Blue Jays top the Phillies 7-5 on Thursday.
Cabrera was a bust in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract, but as long as he's hitting second for the Blue Jays sandwiched in between Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, he's still pretty interesting in fantasy leagues. He's off to a 2-for-5 start this spring.
Melky Cabrera LF TOR 2 Months
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos thinks Melky Cabrera's production last season was affected by the tumor that was eventually removed from his lower back.
"The doctors said they were surprised he was even playing," said Anthopoulos. "He hit .279 and he wasn't able to get the slugging percentage up because he couldn't get to second base. There were a bunch of times that there should have been extra-base hits for him just because his speed was so compromised." Cabrera has showed up to Blue Jays' camp in great shape and Anthopoulos thinks the outfielder could have a big bounce-back season. "I think for Melky, there's a ton of upside there," Anthopoulos said. "If he's hitting .280 with a tumor in his back he's definitely got upside to be a lot better."