Miguel Cabrera rolled his ankle the hard way, didn’t make his point and was immediately lifted from the game to have x-rays taken. I have some back-of-a-comic-book x-ray glasses, but I wasn’t wearing them when it happened. I’m only one man! It looked pretty serious. My mom was right, I could’ve been a doctor. There’s a whole lot more zeroes in blogging. Though that’s not zeroes as in money. X-rays said it was a sprained ankle, should be more news about how many games he’ll miss. I’m guessing quite a few. In other words, it ain’t good. In other other words, make other plans. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Martin Prado – Left the game with an injury to his left hip pointer. That’s gonna make it hard for his sales presentation on Friday. I’m guessing he’s done for the year. If you wanna guess he’s not, then we’ll put my guess and your guess in the squared circle and let them duke it out.
Pedro Alvarez – 3-for-3 with his 14th homer. He’s insanely hot right now, after winning Player of the Week honors. You just lost Cabrera? Hello, Pedro Alvarez. You catch my drift? I mean, you should, it was pretty clear.
Brandon Webb – Will not pitch this week. If you drafted Webb, I got two words for you. Ha. Ha.
Brian Matusz – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks. Everyone should know my feelings on AL East pitchers, especially ones on the lesser teams, so it’ll be hard for me to own Matusz next year, but he has made a strong case in the 2nd half of the year.
Nick Markakis – 2-for-5, but whatever. Do you know he has 10 homers and 57 RBIs? Marco Scutaro has more homers and only one less RBI. Marco flippin’ Scutaro!
Tim Stauffer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks. In his final start, he gets the Giants in San Fran. Best case scenario, Giants clinch the West and the Padres have to fight to win the Wild Card. Worst case scenario, the Padres have to fight for a Wild Card and Stauffer gives up a quick run or two and Black pulls him for relievers. Hope for the best.
A.J. Burnett – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER. I think a 10-15 record like Burnett has on a 93 Win team is almost as incredible as F-Her only having 12 wins on the M’s. Cust kayin’.
Curtis Granderson – Hit his third homer in his last four games. Actually has been a decent 2nd half for Grandy (which will only fuel his fantasy fire next preseason). In 225 1st half ABs, 7 homers, .240 average. In 229 2nd half ABs, 17 homers and .262. Maybe him and Te(i)x can go play winter ball so they can be up to speed by April.
John Buck – 2-for-4 with his 19th homer. I.e., ten more homers than Joe Mauer.
Vernon Wells – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer. There is gonna be a lot of people burned next year by Blue Jay hitters. Some should be better (Lind, Snider), others will be worse (Wells, Bautista), another will be a complete crapshoot (Hill).
Marc Rzepczynski – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks. Surprisingly, you can spell Rzepczynski without BBs, but he can’t pitch without them.
Adam Wainwright – Slept awkwardly and has a sore elbow and may not pitch again this year. That’s weird because I figured he slept standing up since he’s been a horse of so many fantasy staffs.
Ryan Zimmerman – Says he’s done for the season. I said that last Friday. Okay, I’m coming clean. I’m a time traveler. Financial tip of the day: invest in Blockbuster.
Justin Upton – Headed to see Dr. Freeze. Don’t do it, J-Upside! He’s gonna make you miss two years and you’ll never get your velocity back.
Jason Bay – Said he might be able to return in August, but he also thinks it’s April and Ronald Reagan’s president.
Brandon League – Got the save yesterday with Aardsma on the sidelines, or as they say in real estate, “Prime neighborhood adjacent.”
Adrian Beltre – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs. Only six days left until the next contract and then Beltre can nap for three to five years with an option to wake in the fourth year.
Clay Buchholz – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks. Has a 2.33 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 17 Wins on the year. Yet, I gotta be honest, the 120 Ks in 173 2/3 IP is a bit of a red flag.
Alex Rios – Left the game with a bruised knee, which isn’t nearly as delicious as a braised knee.
Carlos Zambrano – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks. His ERA after the All-Star break is below 2. Yup.
Kevin Slowey – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER. Disappointing to the last drop.
Jarrod Dyson – 1-for-4 with his first career homer. Not sure where that came from, but if you need steals, my man has wheels. To be exact, 6 steals in 12 career games.
Justin Smoak – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer after going 2-for-4 on Sunday. As I tell my girlfriend, beware the small sample size, but I’d give Smoak a go for his last two games in Texas.
Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks. It wasn’t the prettiest win but you’ll take it and like it.
Luke Carlin – 2-for-4 with his first homer. Seven words no one should say, “Should I pick up that catcher Carlin?”
Roy Halladay – 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks as he probably clinched the Cy Young. After the game, a Philly fan was overheard saying, “I’m so happy I could puke on someone, in the good way.”