A lot of starting pitchers have been traded by the A’s. Some fare great (Haren), some have mixed results (Hudson), some collapse (Mulder). But there has never been an ex-A’s starting pitcher that seems to miss the AL West as much as Chad Gaudin. While he did get crushed @ LAA, his last 3 starts @SEA, home against SEA, and @TEX have netted 21 IP / 2-1 / 2.14 ERA / 0.76 WHIP / 28 Ks. That’s a Peavian 12 K/9 IP with a K/BB ratio of 21:5. We’ve had Gaudin on a couple of deep league teams since we love NL West pitchers and it’s been hard to recommend him because he’s been so damn wild. But after these past three dominating starts (8+ Ks, 2 or less BBs), he’s a must pickup in any league format at this point. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Everth Cabrera – 3-for-8 this weekend, with one steal. If you need steals, don’t wait until after the 3 steal game to grab him. He may not be there.
Aaron Cook - Effectively hittable (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER) and liftable (9 ground balls, 10 fly balls) against Oakland, he’s now won 5 in a row and given up just 1 ER in 4 of those games. He’ll never be a fantasy ace so if you have 5 aces, don’t pick him up. Otherwise, jump on him – especially if the matchup looks good.
Jose Valverde – Perhaps stunned that Russ Ortiz carried a 3-2 lead through 7 innings against a major league team, Valgreen’s blew the save with a 2-run HR to Brandon Inge. You may have noticed LaTroy Hawkins earned the save on Saturday. What does that add up to? Eh, not much. Valverde has a long leash and will be closer for the Astros unless he gets hurt, sucks it up big time, or gets traded.
Mark DeRosa – One of the most versatile players (2B, 3B, OF) is now playing for one of the most inventive managers (Tony LaRussa). Plus, both their names refer to roses which seems romantic. DeRosa’s expected to play most of his time at 3B but his first start saw him in LF. For now, he’s batting 4th (right behind Pujols). Wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit 2nd, 5th, or 6th in upcoming games. One thing that’s safe for now is DeRosa will get his 5-6 starts a week….as long as he doesn’t impersotweet Tony L.
Khalil Greene – He was hot a little over a week ago, but he’s now 0-for his last 14. He’s the best choice to bat 2nd?
Pablo Sandoval – 3 HRs between Friday and Saturday. Stomach virus on Sunday. That virus was probably living for years in that stomach before Pablo felt it.
Carlos Carrasco - Word is that the Phil-Phil may start Car-Car on Thursday against Atlanta. He came into 2009 as the Phillies top pitching prospect (ahead of JA Happ) but his 4.92 ERA in 86 AAA IP in 2009 is a clear sign this is a callup out of necessity. If you dig into his AAA stats, though, things look a bit brighter. About 1 K an inning. A BB rate under 3 per 9 inning. His FIP is only 3.50. His strand rate of 61.7% is awfully something – awfully unlucky, awfully bad or awfully telling that he can’t pitch out of the stretch. We’d recommend giving him a game or two to prove himself before starting him (we’re still hurting from Hochevar) but if you need Ks in the worst way, go for it.
Eric Bruntlett – 1-for-11 this weekend. Rollins went oh-for-no-he-didn’t.
Jamie Moyer – 5 IP, 4 ER, but earned his 252nd win to pass Bob Gibson on the all-time list. Let the discussion now begin about who was a better pitcher — Gibson or Moyer.
Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 0 ER. Only four baserunners vs. the Sawx. Now he’s going to be the Cy Young! Actually, prolly not. He’ll still have some rookie hiccups. (I abandoned prolly for probably for a few months to see if I could be taken more seriously by established media personalities like George Will and Ken Burns. Since I can’t spell Pulitzer without Googling it, I’m going back to prolly! I may even apostrophize, “It’s okay” as S’okay. Stay tuned!)
Jonny Gomes – Had a good run on all our teams this week with two homers. Now he’ll return to platooning and we’ll drop him.
Brandon Phillips – 3-for-5, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th steal. Taking the slow boat to 20/20. S’okay, as long as he stays healthy, he’ll get there.
Asdrubal Cabrera – Hehe. Asdrubal’s back. Hehe.
Aaron Hill – 2 HRs yesterday to bring his total to 19. Could get to 30. No reason you have to think at any moment the indigestion’s coming on.
Josh Willingham – 3-for-4 yesterday and .389 in the last week. You can grab ‘ham while he’s hot, but if you have an erection for longer than 4 hours after doing so, you may want to seek a doctor’s advice.
Andrew McCutchen – Has 2 steals and 5 Runs in the last week. S’not terrible, but schmohawk behind door number three can probably give you the same. The Dread Pirate should give you something in a trade though, so I’d explore those options. (I might rethink “S’not.”)
David Price – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER. But at what price? 5 walks.
Andrew Miller – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER. Miller’s like a boba that clogs your straw. Just pull the straw out and shoot that oversized boba into the garbage. It’ll choke you out.
Alfonso Soriano – His forties haven’t been kind to him. Yesterday, 2-for-4, no Runs scored or RBIs or steals. It’s bad when that’s a good day.
John Danks – 7 IP, 0 ER. He’s at 4.08 ERA on the year with a 1.28 WHIP. That sounds about right. I don’t think he suddenly becomes a number one or two, but prolly a solid number 3.
Ryan Sadowski – 6 IP, 0 ER. He was a 4 ERA pitcher in Triple A, isn’t an overwhelming strikeout guy and walks hitters. Sadowski is the new blech.
Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 2 ER. More impressively, he only walked two and one of those was Pujols. The Cards, with the pitcher batting, aren’t exactly Murderer’s Row, more like Ripping A Tag Off A Mattress Row, but it’s a step in the right direction for Liriano.
Adrian Beltre – If you missed the news over the weekend, he’s going to be out for 2 months with shoulder surgery being performed by, oddly enough, an Angels’ doctor. You think the Angels would’ve offered to work on Ichiro. Beltre’s droppable outside of deep AL-Only leagues.
Jose Lopez – 3-for-4 and stole his first base of the season. As of late, he’s one of the hottest hitters and should not be on waivers in any league.
Chien-Ming Wang – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks for his first Win on the season. “If this is a breakthrough, color me bored.” — Appropriate here, but it’s also a quote from Thomas Edison’s overdemanding mother.
Mariano Rivera - 500th career save @ Metco and 1st career RBI (bases loaded walk against K-Rod). If I owned the Mets, I would do three things. 1) Get Michael Jackson’s old hyperbaric chamber for Jose Reyes’s hamstring, 2) Change financial advisors, and 3) Campaign MLB to spread out the embarrassment of playing the Yanks to once every 4 years.
John Maine – Rehab is suspended because there’s a pinched nerve in Maine’s shoulder. I once suffered from a pinched finger from a Maine lobster. Which finger? The same one that’s getting prepared to click the mouse in shallow leagues where I own Maine….