Harnessing the pitching brilliance of Native Americans and intergalactic tubbies, Joba Chamberlain appeared to be the savior the Yankee fans, Girardi and Hankenstein needed for their pitching staff. So it was a terrific blow when Joba Chamberlain left yesterday’s game rubbing his shoulder. The only thing worse would be if Joba hurt it in a fight with The Drunken Ghost of Billy Martin. (Fortunately, he’s in a cloud lined with sawdust, boozing it up with Mickey Mantle.) Fantasy baseball owners can’t be thrilled either. Pitcher leaves game rubbing shoulder? Fantasy baseball owner leaves seat walking funny. It’s too bad they can’t trade for Jar Jar on the Braves. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Cliff Lee – I figured since I hadn’t watched him in over two months, it was time to jinx him. I was so close in the 2nd when I got him to walk a few and load the bases. Alas, he pitched well in every other inning. Never fear, non-Cliff Lee owners, I will grab him like some friggin’ floating astronaut and drag him back to earth.
C.J. Wilson – Wilson says he’s feeling fatigued, maybe he got mono from a Kotchman open-mouth kiss. Either way, Eddie Guardado should be owned in all leagues because he would step in if C.J. pulls a Prince Valium.
Jason Bartlett – Won’t be able to throw a baseball for a few days, maybe Kotchman kissed his hand.
Kerry Wood – Word out of Wrigleyville is Wood can close again, but he’s going to get a bit of work in the middle innings then move into the closing role by the end of the week.
Gil Meche – Everyone mocked KC for signing him to that ridiculous contract but who’s dancing now. That’s right. Good ol’ Gil. 9 Ks in a 6 IP win against the Sox. 10-9 for an awful team – including 9-5 with a 3.27 ERA since May.
Ryan Zimmerman – Zimmerman says he should be able to avoid the DL with his bruised hand, so he can just clog up your bench instead.
Eric Chavez – Shut down for the year. Maybe they could build a healthy 3B out of the spare parts of Chavez and Blalock? Those A’s don’t have a long shelf life, do they? Mulder, Hudson, Chavez, Byrnes… Who’d have thought Harden and Giambi would be the poster children of durability?
Jay Bruce – 3 HRs in 4 games. That’s the Bruce we know and love. He obviously idolized Griffey Jr. and was emulating the current version. Now that he’s out of Cincy, he’s back to emulating the 90’s version.
Bronson Arroyo – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks. This on the heels of Zito besting Peavy yesterday. Guess it’s premature for both to retire and start a rock trio with Slow Hand Pete called Baked Zito and the Republic of Bro-Yo, featuring Slow Hand Pete.
Roy Halladay – 8 IP, 1 ER. Queue the projector. It’s time for another installment of Out of Contention Run For Cy Young in Toronto. (see Clemens, Hentgen, Halladay…)
Tyler Yates – Third of an inning, 5 ER. This works out to a 135 ERA, 15 WHIP and 1 less closer on all of my teams.