J.J. Hardy wasn’t appreciated by the Brewers earlier this year — I made all the key outs! I don’t see Ryan Braun doing that! — Well, Hardy will return to the Brewers on Tuesday to pick up where he left off. Hope he remembers to bring his magic bats with him. This one here, this one is my runners in scoring position batting .198 bat. Too bad Alcides couldn’t step up in the two plus weeks he had the gig to himself. Guess he missed the day in If You Have Speed Steal A Damn Base class when they went over if you have speed steal a damn base. In fact, there’s only one day of class. That’s all you learn. This shot of Hardyrenaline will nullify Alcides and Hardy’s value in mixed leagues, unless one gets hot and runs with it. Runs being the key word, Alcides. Hardy has pop and little else. His best month of the last two years saw him hit 9 homers. Conservatively, I’d say you’re looking at a guy that will give you a .250 average and 4 homers. I will enjoy not owning you, Hardy. Be well. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Brad Penny – Signed on with the Giants and will be inserted into their rotation. Bartleby’s Quote of the Day, “Everything old is new again, except Brad Penny. He just kinda sucks.” That Bartleby, he’s quotatious! I do like NL West pitchers and Penny suddenly is on my radar in deep mixed leagues (12+ teams). In 12 team leagues, I’d grab him for match-ups, but would be cautious.
Jim Thome – Dodgers acquired the forebearer of country strong. He’ll serve primarily as the guy on the bench that chews tobacco and scratches himself. Occassionally, he may fill in for the power off the bench when Juan Pierre just won’t suffice.
Jon Garland – Dodgers decided August 31st is the new July 31st as they made a flurry of deals. Don’t worry, Timmy. It’s just a flurry of deals. It’ll pass. If Garland were a Native American, his name would be Man Who Will Serve As Dodgers Long Relief Man In The Playoffs. For now, he’ll have a slight uptick in value. Which is to say he goes from negative value to just a smidge. He’ll give you no Ks, not a great WHIP, but he’s been keeping his team in the game, which could become Wins with the Blue. Unless your name is Randy Wolf.
Carlos Guillen – 4-for-5, 2 homers. Somebody’s been drinking their raw egg Hulk Hogan shakes. I’m not a fan of Guillen usually, but at this time of the year, he’s hitting with power with 8 homers since his return. Worth a flier to see if he keeps it up.
Daniel McCutchen – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks vs. Reds. The Dread Pirate’s brother from a different mother had his major league debut yesterday. It was a modest showing against a terrible team. The Pirates really should be monitoring his innings, but they do what they do, so you can do what you do. McCutchen has decent value in deep leagues — Think of a 7 K/9 and great control. On the Pirates, good luck getting wins.
Drew Stubbs – 4-for-9, 2 HRs and a steal yesterday. His home run balls are still in the left field bleachers since there were only about 2,000 people in attendance. That’s including players and media. If you need steals, Stubbs is worth owning. But, with all of his strikeouts, he’s still a faux hawk away from being cool.
Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks. Great, terrific, welcome back! It was still against the Pirates and it was still only 5 innings. I’d risk Cueto in certain leagues, but not for the risk averse.
Chad Qualls – Done for the season. See yesterday’s roundup for the rundown. See what I did there?
Juan Gutierrez – Didn’t wanna scroll down, huh? Gutierrez got the save yesterday. SAGNOF! If you need saves, grab him in every league. He’s just as likely to get 7 saves in September as is Broxton.
Rod Barajas – 2 HRs yesterday, but only 5 RBIs so last night he was Barbara Hershey to Lind’s Bette Midler. But he has six homers in the last 10 games and he’s batting near .400 in the last week.
Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-3 yesterday. It’s a longshot at this point, but if he somehow gets to 20/20 this year (needs 6/7 respectively), he will be the most disappointing 20/20 middle infielder in the history of fantasy baseball. He’s like the guy who has a 25 game hitting streak while only hitting .275. Excite me, Alexei! Do something!
Vladimir Guerrero – 2 HRs yesterday. For a guy with 13 homers, he seems like he has ten two homer games this year. Have to check with Elias or Jayson Stark.
Nick Blackburn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks vs. the White Sox. He’s still a risky play in mixed leagues. I’m not even sure how Blackburn managed 7 Ks. Guess when the White Sox throw in the towel, they really throw it in.
Cameron Maybin – Returns to the ‘lins, yes! Has no place to play, no!
Adrian Beltre – Expected to be activated for today’s game as he was able to take grounders again off his nuts.