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Yovanni Gallardo is due to pitch this weekend, so that means Dave Bush could be bumped. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it’s going to work out that way. Here’s the scoop, as the newsies used to say. Manny Parra was just plain wild today. I wish I could blame the home plate umpire, DeMuth, for Manny Parra’s start like I will later blame the home plate ump for Edinson Volquez’s somewhat rocky win. DeMuth is notoriously a hitter’s umpire, but lots of Parra’s pitches weren’t even close. Demuth did not ‘squeeze’ Parra. Out of five walks and five hits he gave up to the Cards in 4 innings, Parra was very lucky to get out of it with only three runs earned. This could’ve easily been a five run first and Parra out by the second. What does this mean for Manny Parra going forward? Well, it’s good that Villanueva had a worse start on Wednesday, but you don’t want your future riding on other people’s misfortune (hey, I could write fortune cookies!). Right now, I see Gallardo getting Villanueva’s Monday start, because Villanueva has experience as a reliever. However, if Bush pitches decent and Parra’s bungles his next start, Parra may get bumped. Or Parra may just get sent down. This has the makings of The Pierre Situation™ for pitching. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday:

Edinson Volquez – As I mentioned earlier in regards to umps, Volquez was getting squeezed so much he should press sexual harassment charges (sorry, that sounds like something an ESPN announcer would say). Let’s just say, Volquez didn’t walk in one run by walking Ted Lilly. He struck him out and the ump didn’t call it. He did not walk four batters. Maybe two. (Quick aside, I have a conspiracy theory. I think because MLB had to crack down on steroids, which will hurt offense — and offense puts asses into the seats — MLB had to do something to ‘enhance’ the offense. What did they do? They told the umps to shrink their strike zone. I have no proof of this and if you were to hear someone saying this in a bar, you’d probably roll your eyes and walk away. But I digress.)

Joey Votto – I know Dusty gets no love in the United States of The Blogosphere, but he’s playing Votto.

Pat Burrell – Burl, not Bur-rell, went to college with my girlfriend and slept with one of her friends. That will never get old! (Unless, of course, I find out her ‘friend’ was her, then I might vomit. And breakup with her. While vomiting. Anyway…) Burrell will hit 35 home runs, but I’d try and trade him, except in leagues that count OBP.

Joe Crede – “You can put it on the booooard… YES!” Harrelson’s a doucebag. Oh, and send my regards to Josh Fields.

Franklin Gutierrez – And you thought you’d never have to hear about him again. He turned on a Verlander fastball and sent it down the line for a double. Two days ago, two steals. Today, two hits. Cust kayin’.

Justin VerlanderRudy’s pick for Cy Young doesn’t look so good. (My pick’s on the DL, sweet!) If it wasn’t for Peralta grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the first inning, Verlander’s line would look much worse. Verlander was the one AL pitcher in the first tier, I actually considered drafted (I didn’t, but I considered it). Well, I’m sure some pundit is breaking down how Verlander’s curve has flattened because the tilt of his elbow has changed from 42° to 48°. Well, whatever, brainiac. I would not trade for him or trade him away (same with Sabathia). Unfortunately, you need to take a wait and see approach.

Fausto Carmona – I also don’t have him on any team, but he’s continuing what he started last year. Low Ks, okay WHIP, keeping his team in it for a win. He also got his control back after his last start, which is a good sign. Maybe last time out it was too much Cristal after signing that big contract.

Prince Fielder – Gathering all his strength from his inner veggie burger, he went deep. Take that meat lover’s! BTW, I see 45 homers more on the way.

Eric Gagne – I inexplicably left him off this week’s closer look. Probably because he looked good last week. He’s still a ticking bomb. A big, ex-steroid-taking, ticking bomb.

Ryan Zimmerman – I avoided him like the plague in drafts and I wish I could assuage (Word of the Day, May 23rd, 1999) your fears, but I can’t. I don’t see him having a good season. Someone might. I would trade him.

Carlos Quentin – Maybe it’s his good eye, but I love Carlos Quentin, have for a long time. If I wasn’t soooo busy with the Alex Gordon Fan Club, I’d totally start a Quentin one. Anyhoo, he’s getting his at-bats. I would grab him if you had room. Oh, and start the blog GreyLovesQuentin.com, I’ll guest post, if you’ll have me.

Nick Markakis – Three homers, four steals. To start a fire, you need a sparkakis!

Bobby Jenks – I’m no more worried about him today than I was yesterday. Which is to say, I have Dotel on one team.

Jake Peavy and Jeff Francis – Both pitched extremely well. I think I could throw quality start in Petco.

John Lannan - Before you get any ideas, he had 16 Ks in over 45 innings up until tonight. Blip on the radar.

Melky Cabrera – Considering I took him with the 283rd pick in my ‘pert league, I’d say I’m getting value. Are you?

  1. Steve says:
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    Some batting averages are going south in San Diego right now…

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I usually don’t go to sleep before the last game ends, but that was insane.

  3. The Big FraGu (someone will get the Laverne and Shirley reference) was cut in my 20 team league. Luke Scott is my 3rd OF, Cust is on my bench and Ty Wiggington on my DL. I figure Wiggington and Weeks will trade places in three weeks. It is an H2H OPS league. You would drop Rob Deer for Gutierrez since Scott will cool off at some point?

    Herb Urban’s last blog post..Why has Bruce Springsteen Turned his Back on Regular Americans?

  4. wilson says:
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    if manny ramirez ever does the hr derby he should get the moose to throw to him and did any one els watch the last few innings of the sd col game and see the foul ball drop right on that guys head defiantly worth staying up

  5. UnCouth says:
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    Looks like Hill had a good start today

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Okay, sorry I was gone all day at a car racing thing. Pretty lame, but anyway…

    @Herb Urban: I’m glad someone finally got the Big FraGu reference. Have a feeling a few readers weren’t born when L & S were the moment’s crush. I’d go with The Big FraGu over Scott. I think the Deer/Scott comparison is apt.

    @wilson: I tried to stay up for the final innings, but I’m too old, I’m too tired and too effin’ blind.

    @UnCouth: Oh, Hill…. You just made my day. Thank you. Now if he can be a bit more efficient and do to the Mets next week like he done to the Pirates… But we’re on our way back, fo sho.

  7. Carl says:
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    Yes finally. He wasn’t great but at least he rebounded nicely agains the team that knocked him out early in his last start.

    On another note…you have no idea how badly I want to ring Arroyo’s goofy looking skinny neck. Damn you NL-only league!!

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Carl: I’m in NL-only leagues, so I know the limitations, but I don’t even think I would field Arroyo. What are you doing, man?

  9. Carl says:
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    LoL…I calls it trying to keep pace in strikeouts and wins. It’s pathetic I know, but I have to sacrifice ERA and Whip just to stay up there. One guy has a rotation of Santana, Hamels, Peavy, Smoltz and Lohse. So I compete against his quality with my quantity. Even if that means of having interchangeable starters of Harang, Volquez, Lilly, Hill, Villanueva, Dempster, Maholm with Vargas, Belisle and Bailey waiting in the wings!

    I so need to vomit…bucket please.

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