The Tigers added Aubrey Huff to complement Jim Leyland’s puff. When the Detroit Free Press hit the streets to find out what Tigers fans thought of this trade, they were met by mixed reactions. Some fans asked for change, others shot at them. Huff should be added to the 1st base/DH mix with Carlos Guillen heading out to left field. Huff’s value could go up a bit, but he needs to hit for him to have any value. Best case scenario, he gets 8 homers over the next month and hits .330. Remember, that’s best, not realistic. Marcus Thames’s value is hurt the most with the trade, but Thames is an estuary so he knows the importance of trading. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Nate McLouth – Was nursing a hamstring injury, then he started Saturday and aggravated it. So now he heads to the DL for two weeks. Terrific. I’m so glad I own this schmohawk. Can’t ya tell? Aren’t I oozing with McLove? He’s been a total waste for about two months now, but at least he was leading off and getting some Runs. Now the only runs he’ll be getting are from Mexican food. I officially hate McLousy.
Mark Reynolds – HR yesterday as he tied Pujols for the major league lead in homers for a millisecond until Pujols took the lead back. Do people dare to draft Reynolds before David Wright next year? I wouldn’t, but I’m beginning to think some will.
Max Scherzer – 5 IP, 9 runs, but only 3 were earned. Ticker shock!
Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 Ks. I mentioned Hanson yesterday in the rookie pitchers who might get shutdown thingamaboob.
Vladimir Guerrero – 2 HRs yesterday with 5 RBIs. A fifth of his homers in one game. Guess that stops his owners from taking a fifth of anything.
Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks. As I said after his last start (I think it was last start, I write a lot of these), I like Ervin to a certain respect now. He’s probably owned in your league because of his name, but if he’s not, he should be.
Nick Markakis – I am Sparkakis!
Joe Martinez – 5 IP, 1 ER. Start everyone against the Mets!!! Three exclamation marks for emphasis.
Justin Morneau – Left the game with dizziness. No word on whether he’ll need a trip to the Dizzabled List.
Francisco Liriano – 2 IP, 7 ER. Member that corner he turned last week? Yeah, he turned the other corner and kicked your dog.
Tommy Hunter – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER. Much closer to the kind of games I expect to see from Tommy Hunter. Still wouldn’t own him. Maybe next year. Later, Tommy Hunter, if that’s your real name.
Rajai Davis – You can call him Ray. You could call him Jai. You could him RJ. Just say natural. Either way, he just stole another base. SAGNOF!
Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 0 ER and a No Decision. I love me my HodgePadres, but this might be why I’m struggling for Wins in every league.
Ted Lilly – 6 IP, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Padres. Was a gimme first start back, but that’s all right, they still count.
Matt Holliday – Fouled a ball off his toe in the ninth inning. Still ran hard to first on the next swing, but then left the game. I’m gonna guess they’re going to call this day-to-day. (BTW, isn’t it weird how week-to-week is worse than day-to-day, but minute-to-minute is worse too?)
Stephen Strasburg – Signed with the Nats for over $15 million. I’d pay him in pennies. No rolls either. Make that Viennese putz roll them himself. I don’t think we see Strasburg this year and if we do, he’s not going to give you much of anything in one year leagues.
Ryan Doumit – 0-for-5, batting .222 on the year. I’m all for the Ron Popeil, “Set It and Forget It” method of dealing with catchers, but Doumit’s been awful.
Garrett Jones – 2-for-4 with a HR yesterday. We all want something beautiful. Man, I wish Garrett Jones was beautiful, but he’s still batting .226 vs lefties.
Lastings Milledge – 2-for-4, and a steal. I think he stole second base off the Pirates reliever, Jesus Colome, simply to clarify what he meant in his Karaoke Revolution-aided, Cristal-fueled song, “Going To Second On Jesus Colome.”