I was alerted yesterday in our fantasy baseball forums that Ozzie Guillen will be sitting Alexei Ramirez for Jayson Nix. And it may not be for just one game. This makes perfect sense. A guy who has never played a game at shortstop in the major leagues. A guy who got the Rockies starting job at 2nd last year and hit .125 and 2 extra-base hits in 56 ABs. A guy who couldn’t hold off Omar Quintanilla for the utility man role in Colorado. A guy whose last name says it all. So potatoes to chips, what does this mean for us? It means we’re screwed in the screwhole! What do you think it means? No, actually, I think this is just a wakeup call. Member how Victorino was benched for Werth last May? Yeah, me too. Alexei will get back his starting job and should be fine. Also, shortstop is so weak on talent that it pays to wait this out for a bit. (BTW, “potatoes to chips” is my new favorite phrase that means nothing.) Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Derrek Lee – His neck spasms are acting up again. This could be an ongoing issue all year. Just when you think he’s out of the dark, someone shuts off the lights.
Lance Berkman – HR yesterday. Left April batting .162, now is batting .194.
Oliver Perez – Disgraceful List. He’s out with a strain to his ability to pitch effectively. No timetable for his return.
Albert Pujols – 11th homer yesterday as he went 4-for-4. The rest of the team had 3 hits. Imagine what Pujols would do if they weren’t pitching around him.
Mitchell Boggs – Gave up 2 earned runs, but left the game after four and a third because of the inability to stop walking batters.
Nick Markakis – I am Sparkakis!
Kelly Johnson – DNP. He’s in Cox’s doghouse pretty good this time. Maybe dressing up as Gene Larkin for last Halloween wasn’t the best idea.
Jorge Cantu – HR yesterday, now has 30 RBIs. Here’s what Rudy and I said after the first game of the season, “Hitting behind Ramirez for the rest of the season can only help. It’s too early to predict a repeat of his 92/29/95 2008 season, but he’ll be a bigger bargain than most drafted cornermen.” And that’s me quoting us!
Matt Capps – Says he could come back by Saturday. Hold Grabow for now because I have my doubts.
Jake Peavy – 7 IP, 2 ER, 12 Ks. With four of their top five hitters being Giles, Eckstein, Hairston and Gerut, they couldn’t beat the Washington Generals.
Kevin Slowey – 3 IP, 3 ER. Unfortunately, the rain came and didn’t allow Slowey to fix a bad first inning.
Matt Tolbert – With Alexi Casilla sent down, Tolbert played 2nd base. He should fit perfectly into the Twins plans for a weak offense.
Justin Upton – 2 HRs yesterday. Okay, this might sound crazy, but has anyone seen him and BJ hit a homer in the same game? Maybe him and BJ share a shoulder.
Cameron Maybin/Emilio Bonifacio – Their averages are moving closer and closer to each other and that really isn’t an endorsement for either. On the bright side, Maybin has been seeing more time in the number two spot.
Felipe Lopez – Back from a sore ankle and stole two bases. Sounds like someone was faking.
Manny Parra – 119 pitches through 6 innings, some walks and some Ks. And this was a good matchup for him. Pretty much exactly the kind of game Parra will throw.
Elvis Andrus – HR yesterday. Of course, I just traded him away.
Aramis Ramirez – HR yesterday. Guess he’s put his “cramps” behind him.
Randy Johnson – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, Zero Ks. The humidor zapped the mullet’s strength! Mullet… Must… Get… Fresh… Air…
Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks. Was a perfect matchup for the man with the greatest first name in the majors. If you were to read between the words there, I’m basically saying I still don’t trust him for every start.
Matt Murton – HR yesterday for the Rockies. He actually makes good sense in the Rox lineup when they’re facing lefties. Could be a solid pickup in NL-Only daily leagues where you can work a platoon.
Aaron Hill – 7th homer yesterday. Who was the pickup of the year so far? If you have to ask, you don’t own Aaron Hill.
Joe Beimel – Back in action! In the 9th inning! Of a blowout?
Clayton Kershaw – See what I said about Parra and put it on a better team in a pitcher’s park.
Russell Martin – 3-for-5, 7 for his last 14. Might be coming out of his early season sassafras. (<–Fun word used incorrectly!)
Bronson Arroyo – 1 IP, 9 ER. Afterward, he played a song on his guitar. It went like this, “I suck, suckers… Suck, suck, suck, suckers…” Pretty catchy actually.
Ryan Braun – Grand slam and 6 RBIs. If I may venture a guess, Braun will hit well when he’s playing then take a few games a month to recoup (cortisone shot). Remember, 75% of Braun is Brau. As in Lowenbrau. Which is delicious.
Chan Ho Park – Dueled Johan Santana through 6 innings, giving up only 1 hit. In other news, pigs can fly.
Joe Crede – Sat out because of an upset tummy. If I ran a major league team, any time a player wanted to sit out for a minor ailment, I’d have them report their condition to Cal Ripken. Just call him up and tell him you’re sitting out because you had Thai food for lunch. Might think twice about ordering the Larb.