Yesterday, DeWayne Wise joined other historical footnotes, such as the guy who tried to tackle Hank Aaron as he rounded the bases on 715, Francisco Cabrera and the other 4 guys besides Crispus Attucks that were killed in the Boston Massacre, when he saved Mark Buehrle‘s perfect game. That’s the DeWayne Wise of this video. I look forward to his next video, Stop Cheering Me! Okay, so Buehrle is not just a difficult to spell last name. No, sir. He’s a perfect game pitcher, um, guy. So what can we expect of him going forward? After he threw the no-hitter in 2007, he went right back to being the just-below 4 ERA pitcher he was before and since. I’d expect the same now. This perfect game doesn’t do much for Buehrle’s value unless you can convince your leaguemates that he’s suddenly Nolan Ryan Jr. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Lance Berkman – To the DL. What is totally lame, besides me using the word lame, he just pinch-hit on Wednesday. Why play him at all if he might go on the DL? Especially when all reports are saying he could’ve played through it. He could have been back earlier after sitting out the July 21st game too. Very frustrating. On the bright side, now everyone has room for Garrett Jones! *Grey saddles up to a bar* What’s your name? Garrietta Jones? Marry me!
Jordan Zimmermann – Heads to the DL with elbow tenderness. Even when he returns, his innings will be limited. You guys had a good run, now it’s time to look elsewhere.
Mark Rzepczynski – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks, 7 baserunners. The RZE is really unreliable as a fantasy starter.
Alex Rios – 1-for-3, stole three bases yesterday. I see what’s happening here. Can’t give us fantasy value with power so you revert back to your speed. Very sneaky.
Jarrod Washburn – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners. Who is this guy and what has he done with Jarrod Washburn?
Scott Kazmir – 6 IP, 5 ER. I didn’t start him here and I won’t start him next time out. At some point, I’m going to have to cut bait, but there’s too much upside for me to do it yet. (I did discuss it with Rudy though, so the time is near.)
Dan Haren – 5 IP, 4 ER. Hey, it’s after the All-Star break, it’s not like you weren’t forewarned.
Justin Upton – Yesterday, he hit his first homer since July 9th. Good to see it, but he’s still hitting .167 in July so he has a bit to go before I say he’s fully back.
Phil Hughes – Getting saves now? Zoinks! Mariano had pitched in 5 of 6 games since the All-Star break. Even (fill-in your deity) rested on (fill-in your Sabbath).
Alex Rodriguez – Might be the first time in two months I’ve mentioned him. (I don’t talk much about the top players.) Anyhoo, he has three steals in the last three games. Great sign that his hip is feeling well.
Steve Pearce – 2-for-4 as he played 1st base. He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell. He’ll be just left of the forward slash.
Kyle Blanks – Rudy Jr. hit his 2nd homer yesterday. Rudy was so proud, he called him up to congratulate him, but Kyle said, “You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu, but it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad… It’s been sure nice talking to you.” And as Rudy hung up the phone, it occurred to him, he should go grab a beer with Cecil Fielder.