Freddy Sanchez limped off the field with a knee injury. Presumably, the same knee he’s been nursing since his days with Pittsburgh. Without his services, the Giants probably would have still finished in third, but a game or two further out, so no regrets losing Alderson. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Barry Zito – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners. Baked Zito.
Ted Lilly – Scratched from his next start because of shoulder soreness. Stop scratching him, and start fixing him! You hold your breath waiting for him to return this year and you’re going to turn (Cubbie) blue.
Jose Reyes – Took batting practice yesterday. Says he still wants to return. Probably wants to check out the new Mets stadium.
Chase Headley – 5-for-6, HR yesterday. Without looking it up, I’m gonna say this was his best game ever. This might be his best week. Even if he doesn’t play another game. If you grabbed him for the short schedule day yesterday, you’re a genius. They should bronze your brain. I don’t know who they is, but you probably do, Brain Who Should Be Bronzed-ee.
Wade LeBlanc – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks. This was, “The One Where He Pitches vs. the Pirates.”
Garrett Jones – Hit his 20th homer last night in his 269th AB. He only has 38 Runs and 40 RBIs. Yay, Pirates!
Heath Bell – Blew the save. Unfortunately, Luke Gregerson wasn’t much better.
Matt Wieters – Didn’t do much yesterday, but he’s now batting third and he’s hitting around .450 in the last week.
Derek Lowe – 5 IP, 3 ER. Blister problem might’ve caused his early exit, or maybe with the way he pitched vs. the Mets this year he just wanted out while the gettin’ was good.
Martin Prado – 3-for-4 and batting around .450 for the last week as Kelly Johnson was seen picking dirt out of his cleats.
Mike Cameron – 2 HRs yesterday to get to 21. Someone, somewhere in March of next year is going to look at his final numbers and think, “Hey, maybe I should take Mike Cameron with my last outfield spot.” You, hopefully, will mock them.
Derrek Lee – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and a HR yesterday. Beggars shouldn’t, uh, ya know, choose, but if only Lee would’ve also stole ten bases… Or five… Or one. With his leg span, it’s like a five foot lead and seven steps away from the next base.
Tom Gorzelanny – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks. He gets the Ain’ts next, but I’d stay away if your ratios are at all in danger or if you have a pacemaker.
Mark DeRosa – 2 HRs yesterday. After only hitting one homer in August, these were his first homers in September. Hits homers in bunches (and pairs, obviously). Might have another two or three homers left in his bat for the remainder of the year.
Daniel Hudson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks. You know that guy you see when you search for Tim Hudson on the waiver wire? Here he is! Great news, he has more than a K/IP in the minors. Bad news, his control is iffy at times. Just okay news, he’s worth a pick up in AL-Only or very deep keeper leagues because he should have the opportunity to impress next year.
Brian Fuentes – Got the save yesterday. Scioscia might just be messing with you with the Jepsen thing, but Fuentes did kinda face lefties (Swisher, who’s weaker vs. lefties, Posada, who he walked, and Cano, who is a lefty).
Kevin Millwood – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks. Still not really a guy I’d take a chance on in the final two weeks.
Nick Blackburn – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks. He gets the peasant Royals next time out, but he hasn’t been great against them this year.
Wandy Rodriguez – 5 IP, 6 ER. It was almost like Fausto Carmona was ghost riding the Wandwagon last night. Still, he has a sub-3 ERA on the year. You don’t get mad at the Wandwagon. He took you places and showed you things you never thought you’d see this year.