David Wright was released from the hospital yesterday after tests showed that he was okay from Saturday’s beaning. When he first went down, the Mets had some serious concerns when Wright couldn’t answer straightforward questions like, “Who’s our starting shortstop?” “Who plays 1st?” “Who’s the shirtless guy hiding in Jerry Manual’s locker?” Wright might be out for the season. Probably be the best thing that could happen to his fantasy owners. The wait for his power to return can finally end. Though I wouldn’t drop him in one year leagues until it’s official he’s not returning, unless room on your DL is spare. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Nick Johnson – Left with a hamstring injury. He seemed to be in good spirits after the game, smiling in locker room pictures.
Nate McLouth – McLousy’s out for a few days after aggravating his hamstring injury and his fantasy owners.
Luke Scott – HR yesterday. He credits the homer to finally feeling better from the flu. I guess he had the dreaded 1,700 Hour Flu.
Nick Markakis – Sparkakis! He now has 14 homers on the year. He needs ten more to get in my good graces. Chucking in seven steals along the way wouldn’t hurt either. Yes, it’s a pipe dream, but it’s my pipe dream.
Erick Aybar – 3-for-6, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs and 2 steals. Since the All-Star Break, there’s been few MI schmohawks to fill a line like EA – get in the game!
Torii Hunter – Returned to the lineup and went 2-for-6 with 2 RBIs, while batting sixth. Might take him a few days to a week before he’s moved back up the order. Then again, we’re talking about Scioscia.
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 HRs yesterday. How about you give me your password and I’ll pick him up?
Chris Coghlan – 5-for-10 in the doubleheader with a HR yesterday. Yesterday was a good day for Friday’s Buy guys.
Aaron Cook – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER. About a week ago, turf toe sidelined him. This start makes me think he’s not completely over it. I wouldn’t start him anywhere until we see a decent game. Then again, most of you probably don’t start him anywhere anyway.
Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, 5 ER. Speaking of pitchers who just don’t seem right.
Hunter Pence – Homers now in back-to-back games. Love to see him explode in the final month-plus like a Spinal Tap drummer.
Julio Borbon – 4 steals on Saturday, 2-for-3 on Sunday. He’ll be leading off for the next week vs. righties until Cruz returns. If you need steals, grab him now. There’s no time for this Borbon to age. Oofa!
Junichi Tazawa – 5 IP, 4 ER. I told you my trepidation on Tazawa in Friday’s Buy/Sell. And that’s me alluding to me!
Grady Sizemore – HR and steal yesterday as he went 2-for-4. Since the All-Star Break, he has 4 homers and two steals. I really wish the Indians would just shut him down so I have no reservations about drafting him next year. (1 Pun Point for Grey.)
Taylor Teagarden/Kelly Shoppach – HR for each yesterday as The Catchers That Had Everyone Caca-Cuckoo In 2008 rise again.
Colby Rasmus – HR yesterday. In his short time in the majors, Colby has shown himself to be hella streaky. (Hella’s for the 18-35 males.) Right now, Colby is hella hot. If you need OF help, get’m while they’re hot.
Ryan Howard – 2 HRs yesterday. For one of my teams, I hope he goes on one of his 10 homer month tears. For a different team where I don’t own him, I hope he tanks. Only Natalie Imbruglia knows how I feel.
Brad Lidge – When a manager brings a closer in for a one out save, it’s called kid gloves.
Rafael Soriano – Figured out a way to explain his recent gopher ball troubles, he says he’s dealing with shoulder problems. I still maintain he’s going to lose save opps in the near future.
Clayton Richard – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, but 12 baserunners as he tied his owners to the WHIPping post. But he’s a HodgePadre and shouldn’t have been started in this game anyway. But II, The Return of But: He threw so many walks and he gets the same team next time at Petco (Cards) that I probably won’t start him there in most leagues.
Joba Chamberlain – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners vs. the Mariners. Potatoes to chips, I like the way the Yankees are babying him this year (skipping him and whatnot), but I like it for next year. For this year, it’s not helping his value when he’s skipped then throws a bucket of fake puke over the movie theater balcony.
Rajai Davis – Stole his third base in four games yesterday. How is he owned in only 17.5% of ESPN leagues? I know 75% of ESPN leagues are abandoned, but still. He should be owned everywhere.
Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-5, HR yesterday. I wonder if Adrian calls up other teams pretending to be Kevin Towers and tries to trade himself.
Randy Wolf – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 Ks. And he hit a homer or as frequent commenter, Steve, said, “Wolfman jack!”
Josh Willingham – HR yesterday, 3 RBIs and offered all of his green M&M’s to sweeten the Nats deal for Strasburg.
Geoff Blum – Hit his ninth homer yesterday. Here’s something to blow your mind. Geoff Blum’s power > Vladimir Guerrero’s power. Want more? Geoff Blum’s power > David Wright’s power.