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Felix Hernandez looked dominant yesterday. Most impressive thing, eight strikeouts to one walk. Least impressive thing, it was against the A’s. Most reason for concern, he threw 115 pitches. He’s already complained of arm fatigue, why is he pitching the ninth inning? *cough* No bullpen. *cough* (Side note, I dropped Mark Lowe in one league for Brocail. More on Brocail later.) When Felix Hernandez got called up, people were saying he could be the best thing since naked Natalie Portman pictures, and he looked it in ’05 at the age of 19. But then ’06 happened and a few people fell off the bandwagon, then ’07 happened and the bandwagon got derailed. Now it’s ’08, (no shizz, right?) and Felix Hernandez doesn’t feel like the next big thing anymore. Well, guess what? He’s only 22. Here’s what I said in January when I placed him in my top twenty pitchers overall, “…He could shoot to the top five pitchers by as early as next year. This may be the last time you’ll be able to get him at a bargain for a decade.” And that’s me quoting me! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Jose Reyes – He loves to go on tears. Hold on, it’ll be a fun ride.

Josh Hamilton – It’s boring always being right, but I have him on a few teams too. I’m just hoping he doesn’t succumb to the allure of crack in May. Just Say No! (Or get injured.)

Rafael Furcal – 4 for 4 with a home run. He’s been looking like a great bounce back candidate since February. If someone in your league doesn’t know it, they do now.

A.J. Burnett – Yes, that was him in the 14th inning. Good idea to throw the injury-prone guy out there.

Jason Botts – I’d love to see him get some starts. Might be a good platoon mate when the Rangers are playing lefties at home. Cust kayin’.

Hank Blalock – (Lots of  Rangers news, right?) He’s day-to-day with a sore back. That means a 15-day DL stint that turns to 60-day then he gets mono from Casey Kotchman.

Jason Isringhausen – Struggled to get the save. He’d have to be injured to lose the job. Trade for him.

Jose Valverde – Later today you’ll be getting a closer report, let’s just say Brocail was picked up by me in three leagues last night. Valverde was NOT good before last year.

Carlos Gomez – If you have Miguel Cabrera at third and Helton at first and really need steals, here you are.

Carl Crawford – I believe he gets to 25 home runs this year.

Josh Fogg – What a Razztastic that start was. I jumped down 6 points in the standings. (Farkin’ Mark Redman messed up my perfect day.) Unfortunately, with the shizz Fogg threw up there, Homer Bailey (who’s been outstanding in the minors) might be getting the call soon. I know, that’s not unfortunate for a lot of you.

C.C. Sabathia – Okay, this is purely conjecture, and I welcome others thoughts on this, but ‘member how he threw something like 657 innings last year including the playoffs? I know his velocity has been fine, could there be some residual tiredness thing going on? Not sure, but feel free to CC me your thoughts.

  1. john says:
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    Its not so much tiredness, I mean his buttload of innings might have a minor part in this but I really think at this point its gotta be all in his head. He has all his velocity, he just can’t seem to focus enough for the location…On a side note, who do you think is going to end up having a better year Kotchman, Jackson or Jacobs? I think it goes Kotchman/Jackson/Jacobs. What do you think?

  2. john says:
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    And by side note, I really mean completely unrelated to the post, but something I’ve been pondering.

  3. wilson says:
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    tim hudson scared the hell out of me tonight his fast ball usually at or around the low 90’s was maxing out at 84-85
    also adam wainwright is the man i love getting great pitchers late althogh i did think izzy was going to blow the win

  4. josh says:
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    your razzball team went offffffffff

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I can pick up Brocail but it would mean dropping Jon Rauch, and I’ve got a bad feeling about Chad Cordero and his oft-massaged shoulder. Who do you think is the better bet for saves going forward?

    Brocail is older than me, and I’m pretty old.

  6. i think it’s clear – if you are black, pitch lefty, plus wear your hat tilted & straight brimmed, you’re going to rise quickly and fall just as quick. first willis, now sabathia.

    maybe sabathia has a tired arm. maybe it’s just a short-term blip. i think he’s unstartable right now and perhaps a guy worth gambling on if you can get him for a third-tier pitcher (i wouldn’t trade wainwright for him at this point)….

    i’m going with jacobs/kotchman/jackson. jacobs should be worst in average but is looking like the 30 HR threat he’s always been rumored to be. i think kotchman and jackson are similar guys – uninspiring HR/RBI, .285 AVG types. i’ll give kotchman the edge b/c of his hot start and conor seems to sit the bench more….

    rudygamble’s last blog post..F-Her ‘N the A’s

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hold onto Rauch. I dropped Mark Lowe for Brocail and tried to drop Rafael Perez, but someone beat me to it.

    @wilson: Yeah, Wainwright is on 75% of my teams. Unfortunately, Hudson is too. I just hope it was one of those nights with Hudson, I’ve had him carry me for about thirteen months in one keeper.

    @josh: And you know that!

    @john: In Jan., I said this about Jacobs and Kotchman:

    http://razzball.com/top-twenty-1st-basemen-for-2008/

    I still believe those projections. Conor has been hot thus far and I think he can really impact your average/runs/rbis but I don’t believe the power. At least not yet.

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Yeah, I just read that Chad Cordero was hitting 79 MPH the other night — with his fastball. Sounds like he’s cooked.

    I am still laughing about that taco diarrhea line about Brandon Lyon, by the way..

  9. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Isringhausen… Who closes if he falls? It would seem doubtful to use Ryan Franklin, right?

  10. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Oh, and are you going to eat Josh Hamilton’s crackpipe if you continue to be wrong about Soto, Wood and Fukudome?

    Nice call on Hamilton anyway… It’s your fault I drafted him.

  11. Hater Bell

    Grey says:
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    @IowaCubs: I’m still not completely sold on Soto or Wood, though I do have all three in different leagues. Fukudome went very cheap to me in an auction cause I don’t think anyone was sold on him. But with that said, he looks great and I’m glad I have him.

    BTW, look at the 13th round note on this post:

    http://razzball.com/i-took-pujols-with-my-first-pick/

    Franklin probably right now, then Springer when he gets off the DL (this Sunday). However, it would take an injury for Isringhausen to lose the role of closer. LaRussa’s a lot of things, but one positive is he’s loyal.

    Grey’s last blog post..F-Her ‘N the A’s

  12. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Never saw that comment. Now you got me blushing…

  13. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Never saw that comment about Wood from your draft. Now you got me blushing…

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