With 2 HRs yesterday, Adam Lind now has 36/11/43/.313 on the year. I know, Cody Ross has looked good for stretches. Even Aaron Rowand has had a week or two here and there. But why are people asking me if Adam Lind should be sold off or worse dropped? You don’t want 85/27/100/.285? I know he was as boring as dog balls for the month of May. Well, he’s batting near-.500 in June. He’s shoved into the middle of the Blue Jays lineup like a Jenga piece no one will touch. Heart. Of. The. Lineup. Dear Razzball reader, let’s look at his OBP, shall we? He had a .380 OBP in 1500+ ABs in the minors and a .377 OBP so far this year. In the minors, he had a .318 average, he has a .313 average this year. He has power potential AND can hit for average. (Caps for emphasis and the hyperopic.) Fastballs? He likes them. Breaking balls? Don’t bother him. Sure, it took him until 25 to develop into a major leaguer, but so what? What were you doing at 25? I was trying to figure what I wanted to do at 26. Lind’s biggest drawback, he can’t field. Holy heffin’ hey in the screw hole, that doesn’t matter to us. Lind’s good, don’t be scared. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Josh Hamilton – Out 4-6 weeks with an abdominal tear. His owners out 4-6 weeks with tears.
Jose Valverde – Fist pumps could be back as early as this weekend. Trade Hawkins! Joking. Unless you can… No, that’s wrong. But really what is right without someone doing wrong? Nietzsche!
C.J. Wilson – I was remiss in leaving him off yesterday’s roundup. Frank2 could be headed to the DL again with shoulder soreness. Wilson should be owned in all leagues.
Brandon McCarthy – Headed to the DL with a stress fracture of shoulder. Votto feels for him, he has a stress fracture of his melon.
Chris Davis – 0-for-3, 3 Ks yesterday. Has 87 Ks in 191 ABs. Wow. Listen to this from Matthew Berry, “I’m sticking with Davis. Look, you didn’t draft him for his batting average anyway, and he is hitting for power with 12 home runs…. Keep in mind he was a career .302 hitter in the minors.” Oh, okay. Luckily, he only has two sides of his mouth. If that is indeed his mouth he’s using.
Jason Marquis – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER. Leads the NL in Wins. Yup, makes sense.
Torii Hunter – Sidelined with a nagging groin. I had one of those when I was 19. I almost went blind because of it. Sorry, I hate to work blue. Pun intended.
Chris Iannetta – Due back on Tuesday. If you’re nursing some schmohawk catcher and Iannetta’s on waivers, act like ya know, MC Lyte.
Clint Barmes – Similar to Hamilton, he’s on a tear. Only the good kind. He’s 13-for-31 with a homer and 7 RBIs in his last 7 games.
Garrett Atkins – He’s not even starting anymore.
Randy Johnson - Didn’t he just pitch? Nice, Giants. Throw your 45-year-old on short rest. What, are they trying to get out of an innings clause or something?
Armando Galarraga – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners vs. the White Sox, a team that has a .247 average against righties. I’m not sure if anyone’s holding out hope Galarraga’s going to be good again like last year, well, he’s not.
Jeremy Bonderman – 4 IP, 6 ER and now the White Sox are .250 against righties.
Miguel Cabrera – Returned and went 0-for-7 in the doubleheader. Hey, at least he’s back. I have Jose Reyes and Carlos Quentin playing spades on my DL.
Alexei Ramirez - 5-for-9 with one homer in the doubleheader and now batting .261. BTW, Alfonso Soriano hit .284 in April, Alexei hit .214. Soriano hit .216 in May, Alexei hit .281. Who will have the conch shell in June?
Gordon Beckham – 0 for his first 13 ABs. Beckham, you’re proving Ozzie right.
Jose Contretras – One hit over eight innings as he returned from the minors, though for him it should be called the seniors. He could very well get shelled in his next start.
Chipper Jones – HR yesterday, three in two days. So this is why people own him… Cool, now when do I trade him? When he sneezes? Hiccups? Someone, throw me a bone.
Nick Stavinoha – Went 0-for-4 wearing Pujols’s jersey.
Andy Sonnanstine – 7 IP, 5 ER. Jeff Niemann stole his juice.
Sean West – 8 IP, 0 ER. I know, woo-hoo. I looked at his 60 walks in 100 2/3 innings in Double A, his 22 walks in 42 2/3 innings in Triple A and I vomited on my wall and it spelled out, “Don’t pickup.”
Johnny Damon – 12th homer yesterday. What’s his over/under set at for homers? 24? I’m taking the over. By 2. Who wants some action?
Randy Choate – Maddon brought Choate into the 8th inning of a 4-3 game yesterday. A game the Rays were losing.
Andrew McCutchen – 4-for-7 with 2 triples, batting leadoff as the unknown soldyjer’s light burns in the two hole. McCutchen’s batting .400; somebody reach behind the Häagen-Dazs and take Ted Williams’s brain out of the freezer, he’s gonna wanna see this! I’d sell McCutchen right now if you don’t need speed.
Josh Outman – 6 IP, 3 ER and has an ERA of 3.17. I swear to you, he’s not this good, but he gets the Giants next time out. All aboard!
Andrew Bailey – 2 days, 2 saves. He’s the closer, guys. Stop owning Ziegler, people in your league are starting to wonder if you’ve abandoned your team.
Kevin Kouzmanoff – 2-for-4 yesterday with 4 RBIs. A homer the day before. I’m not saying he’s God’s gift to cornermen, but as teams pitch around A-Gonz, Kouz could pick up some scraps.
David Ortiz – His doctor prescribed eyedrops to hopefully help with his hitting. Who’s his optometrist, Victor Conte?