Matt Holliday heads to the DL with a quadriceps injury. C’mon, Mantle played with no knees for ten years! Have a scotch and get in the lineup! John Jay should see time while Holliday recoups. Worth owning in 12 team leagues and could make a decent sub while Holliday’s out. That’s not to say he could make a decent hoagie. Different things. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Kyle McClellan – Out for at least a couple of weeks with a hip flexor strain. Or it’s hip to be strained, if you’re a kid of the 80′s.
Lance Lynn – Will fill in for McClellan. Decent K-rate in the minors, a few too many walks at times and barely above average stuff. But Dave Duncan once coached a pot of a chili to a 12-5 record, so I went out and grabbed Lynn in an NL-Only league. He could quickly become a decent gamble in mixed leagues, but for now he only has one start guaranteed.
Allen Craig – Didn’t start yesterday, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to hit. He went 1-for-3 with a home run while batting nearly .500 over the last week.
Hanley Ramirez – Always one to take any opportunity to not hustle, Hanley’s waiting until Friday to decide whether to go on the DL. If I had to take a guess, I think he will go on the DL. If you really need speed, I’d grab Bonifacio, who will be playing short in media res.
Aroldis Chapman – Won’t be activated on Friday when eligible. Dusty said, “He’s got to get things together mentally and emotionally.” Hey, Aroldis, stop watching Lifetime movies!
Brian Matusz – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks. He used to be the weak side of the Double Stuff Orioles (with Tillman), but, since his 2nd half ERA last year was 3.63 with a solid K-rate, he’s been the pitcher to own…In deep leagues. In shallower leagues, he’ll be serviceable at times. There’s an outside chance for a breakout, but I’d conservatively expect around a 4.00 ERA overall.
Michael Pineda – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks. I feel like I haven’t talked about Pineda enough. He has more than a K per inning, a WHIP of 1.00 and an ERA of 2.30. Let’s see, that’s better than F-Her, Tommy Hanson and Sabathia. Bingo bango!
Josh Willingham – Yesterday, he hit his third homer in his last six games. The Hammer in Oakland that you can touch and doesn’t wear pants seventeen sizes too big is crazy hot right now.
Clint Barmes – 2-for-5 and he hit a home run on May 30th. For him, that’s hot. Also, I watched him hit yesterday and he looked locked in. Not to mention, I just dropped him in one league so he’s going to spite me.
Brent Lillibridge – 2-for-5 and his 2nd home run in the last five games to go along with a modest five game hitting streak. Playing every day puts him in over his head like Michael J. Fox in The Secret of My Success, but while he’s hitting, what the hey?
Laynce Nix – Hit his 9th home run yesterday. Yeah, instead of Josh Hamilton in the 2nd round, you could’ve drafted Laynce Nix. Fantasy Baseball: If You’re Not Already Prematurely Balding, It’ll Make You Pull Out Your Hair.
Dan Haren – Lower back spasms caused him to fall to his knees in pain. He screamed, “I feel bad!” then Mark Trumbo put a cape over his shoulders. Haren said later it felt better and he’s waiting to see how it feels on Thursday before pushing his next start.
Erick Aybar – 3-for-4 and his 14th steal. Now batting .315 on the year. He’s a two week hot streak away from being the best shortstop in baseball, even if that’s like being the tallest midget.
Mike Stanton – 3-for-4 with his 12th home run. The other day someone accused me in the comments of not showing enough love to Stanton. I found that offensive since I literally drool every time I watch him bat. On my Trapper Keeper, it says, “I heart Pony Sticks.” That’s what I secretly call Stanton. We have pet names. And I don’t show enough love for him? Over his first 150 games in the majors, 75/33/88/.258/5. At the age of 21, that’s a thing of beauty. If I had to say one player that I think would make the Hall of Fame that has been in the league for only one year, it would be Stanton. He’ll have 500 homers by the time he’s 33. Is that enough love?
Javier Vazquez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks. Well, he finally started K’ing some hitters, so that’s good. But four earned in six innings isn’t exactly dying your hair blonde and pretending to be Guy Fieri at a local diner.
Cody Ross – 4-for-5 with a steal. Now has two homers and is 7 for his last 13. Does he think it’s the playoffs?
Juan Miranda – 2 for his last 18. And…scene!
Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-4, after hitting 7 homers and .354 in May. Okay, pop quiz, hotshot. Who is hitting for a better average? Peralta or Miggy? Yup.
Justin Morneau – 0-for-3. Hey, it’s good to have you back!
Rajai Davis – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st home run. Now hitting near .350 over the last week and 15 steals on the year. For a SAGNOF’er, because of his placement in the lineup, he might set the record for ribbies. Prince Fielder, “Someone say ribbies?!”
Ubaldo Jimenez – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks. 2010 called, it wants its start back.
Carlos Santana – Indians scored 13 runs and Santana went 0-for-3. Ticker tease! Though, it’s been more like a ticker season. Comatose Indians Fan, “I’ve been asleep for the last two months but I see the Indians have the best record in baseball?! Wow, I can only imagine what Carlos Santana, Sizemore and Choo are doing!” Yeah, not what you think.
Asdrubal Cabrera – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs. Okay, he is the best shortstop as of right now. Fair enough.
Shaun Marcum – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks. Since I’m venting today, someone the other day mentioned how I didn’t say anything when Marcum had a bad last start. He pitched fine, he grooved one to some rookie that no one thought could hit (Brandon Crawford) and he hit a grand slam. He threw a bad pitch, he didn’t throw a bad game.
Nyjer Morgan – 2-for-3 in back-to-back games. He’s really not much better than Gomez, and Gomez isn’t very good, but Morgan is at least hitting.
Vicente Padilla – From the files of, “Yeah, Well, Dur,” Mattingly says Padilla will regain the closer role on Friday when he returns from the DL.
Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4 as he stays sizzling. At least two hits in the past four games. He’s not glamorous, but hot schmotatos rarely are.
Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks with his 8th win. I’m still waiting for Correia to go south and smell of fermented cabbage.
Mike Leake – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks. He’s a deep league add at this point since he may not stay in the rotation for long.
Jay Bruce – Hit his 17th home run. Or one home run for every baby born in the Ohio area in the last month named Bruce. Broose counts as well.
Felipe Paulino – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks. I do love his Ks, but…must…resist…urge…to…pick…him….up. He’s just too inconsistent.
Billy Butler – Hit his 4th home run, a game winner. After he crossed home, someone threw beads at him.
Daisuke Matsuzaka – Headed for Tommy John surgery. In other words, Dice-K’s elbow rolled craps. I always thought it was gonna be “Dice” Clay who’d need Tommy John surgery because of his unorthodox smoking form. Dice-K’s ulnar collateral ligament blew — it needed the money — oh!