With Wakefield headed to the DL with a bad back (can’t he throw his knuckleball while sitting down?), Clay Buchholz will step into the Sawx rotation. In 99 innings of Triple-A, Buchholz had a line of 2.36/.98 and 89 Ks. His walks were down this year in the minors, though he did walk 3 in his only major league start this year vs. the Blue Jays. Buchholz should be owned in all leagues, 10 team or deeper. If he pitches well vs. the Rangers (though I wouldn’t start him in all formats), he may become even better trade bait for your team. I doubt Buchholz stays in the rotation the rest of the year and, even if he does, he had a 6.75 ERA last year. I’d imagine this year you’re looking at around a 4 ERA. Your ability to sell on Buchholz may close quicker than you can incorrectly spell his last name. In keepers, I’d hold tight. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Psyche! A bit of housekeeping before we get into today’s roundup. Razzball’s Fantasy football leagues are forming and we’ve unveiled our Fantasy Football Team Name Generator (with some additional categories that weren’t on the Fantasy Baseball Team Name Generator). Okay, now for the roundup…
Roy Halladay – J.P. Ricciardi says the ace must be traded by July 28th or he won’t be moved. As for why July 29th-31st wouldn’t work, Ricciardi cited airings of Top Chef Masters, then reruns of CSI: Miami and Bones.
Franklin Gutierrez – The Big FraGu went FUBAR into the center field wall. The Mariners are saying he’s day-to-day. I have to assume he’s a-day-or-two-or-three-days. The newspaper reporting this, The News Tribune, said when you saw the photo of The Big FraGu on the ground “you had to be absolutely freaking out.” Direct quote. Hey, I’m no newspaper writer, but when did “absolutely freaking out” become AP style? I blame Woodward and Bernstein. That’s right, the guy who wrote “gloryholz” in his title is calling someone out for “absolutely freaking out.” Deal with it!
Wladimir Balentien – HR yesterday filling in for the InJured FraGu. If Balentien gets some time, then he’s worth a look in AL-Only leagues or leagues that require you to have one player with the name Wladimir.
Jack Hannahan – 2 HRs. He’s doing much better since he was demoted from the job of Nats closer.
Rick Porcello – 5 IP, 5 ER. I know you ordered raw, but he’s done. Also, Leyland’s saying he’s going to pull the plug on him to keep his innings down.
Braden Looper – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 K. Good for Looper, but I feel bad for the guy who lugged all those cardboard Ks to the game.
John Lannan – Shutout vs. Guess who. Hint the Padres were facing the Marlins. Still nothing? C’mon, the Metropolitans!
Oliver Perez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 BBs. Perez is a pitching dynamo. (Dynamo, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s, is a generator, especially one for producing direct current. A dynamo is also rarely useful in modern days.)
Miguel Montero – HR yesterday as he bats .583 in the last 7 games and .380 in July. He might be Pipp’ing Snyder.
Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 5 ER vs. the peasant Royals. Belch.
Erick Aybar – 7-for-9 in the doubleheader. Hitting .469 so far in July. Johnny Olson, let’s see what’s behind schmohawk MI door number three… It’s Erick Aybar! I picked him up in a 12 team league. I suggest you do too.
Everth Cabrera – Speaking of MI schmohawks. Steals aren’t worth this much to me. I dropped him for the aforementioned Aybar.
Max Scherzer – 4 IP, 4 ER, 6 Ks. Wait, I know that line! It’s Clayton Kershaw, right? Wow, great impersonation, Scherzer.
Brian McCann – Hit his 10th homer yesterday. Has a 33/10/46/.305/3 line on the year. Member when you wanted to get rid of him because he was getting his eyes checked for two weeks? Yeah, you. Couldn’t be? Then who?
Yunel Escobar – 2-for-4, 1 RBI. He’s as hot as Erick Aybar (<–actually a compliment).
Sergio Mitre – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER. If he gives that line every time out and gets the Win for the Yanks, they’ll be more than happy. You should not be.
Joe Blanton – 7 IP, 1 ER. If you told me in March, I’d not only own Blanton, but I’d be starting him at home and be happy about it, I would’ve called you a liar. *phone rings* Hello? Yes, this is Grey… Who? This is the Time Traveler’s Wife? You told me in March I’d own Blanton? Liar!
Jayson Werth – Hit his 21st home run yesterday to win the game in the… blah blah blah… You don’t care who wins, do you? Werth’s on his way to a monster season. As George Lucas tells his ILM peeps, put the emphasis on the monster.
Jimmy Rollins – HR yesterday, batting .375 in July. I’m not going to tell you how many times I told you in June to buy Rollins.
Brett Cecil – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 Ks. Honestly, he should be owned and talked about more, but there’s only so many letters I can type per day. (About 12,700 +/- 20) Cecil has solid stuff and the Ks aren’t a fluke. He gets the Rays next (pass!), but he should get the A’s and the O’s after that, assuming everything stays quid pro bono unum. He’s a decent spot start for those two. (Hey, sometimes to get the good starts, you gotta look ahead.)
Jed Lowrie – 1-for-3, 0 Runs and 0 RBIs. T-Minus one day until I drop him. Better hide under your desk.
Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER. Daily Roundup Mad-Libs, And the ________ rolls on.
Mark DeRosa – Hit his first and second homers as a Card. The trade is finally paying off! Wait, the Cards lost.
Homer Bailey – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER. If there’s such a thing as a minor league fantasy baseball league that counts only minor league stats, I’d hold Bailey. Everywhere else, belch.
Manny Ramirez – Left after being hit by a Homer Bailey pitch. Good to see Bailey not happy with just pissing off his owners. Manny is said to be day-to-day.
Andrew Bailey – Given up runs in his last two appearances and he’s suffering from a sore knee. Save vultures activate… In the form of Michael Wuertz.
Jonny Gomes – HR yesterday, cause that’s what he do.
Bobby Jenks – 1 IP, 2 ER and now has given up earned runs in four of his last five outings. I’d own Linebrink if you have room. Something might be jenky with Bobby.
John Danks – Will miss a start with a blister issue. He pointedly said it was a blister, not a cold sore.