George Sherrill was traded from the Orioles to the Dodgers. Sherrill will backup Broxton. If you play in a league with Holds, by all means. If you don’t, you can lose him. Okay, that’s that. Now for the interesting part, who closes for the Orioles? Personally, I think it’s going to be Jim Johnson. I said him in last week’s Buy/Sell and he’s the same name I’m saying now. Johnson’s been owning the 8th inning setup duties for a while now, though he’s also given up runs in 3 of his last 4 appearances. So who else could it be? Could it be Baez? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind… Danys Baez was a donkey-corn back in 2005 for the Rays, collecting 41 Saves and posting a 2.86 ERA. So he’s capable, but the Orioles seem likely to give Johnson the first shot. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Brandon Webb – Suffered a setback. Backdate this news to the day after opening day. Set him free, if it’s meant to be… Well, you know that line that your sister used to tell herself when a guy broke up with her.
Orlando Cabrera – Sounds like the Twins are going to end up with Cabrera. This does little to his value. Maybe a handful more Runs. And that may be the only time you hear a handful of runs being a positive.
Alexei Ramirez – Sprained ankle and will miss a few games. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out the same way Carloses Quentin/Beltran missed a few games.
Yunel Escobar – After being hit by a pitch, he’s day-to-day with a wrist contusion. (I just made up the contusion part, but I sounded smart, right? Don’t worry, I didn’t make up the day-to-day part.)
Ian Kinsler – Out two games now with a hammy problem. You know who else had a hammy problem? Kermit the Frog! Oofa! (Kinsler will be covered more in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.)
Roy Oswalt – Astros are optimistic that Oswalt can make his Sunday start. Guys who ride tractors in the offseason don’t miss starts with a tweaked back. He reminds me of Shawn Michaels. Keep bashing his back with a metal chair, but he’s still going to drop the big ‘bow.
Jason Hammel – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER in Metco. Hmm… He’s supposed to be good away from Coors.
Jorge de la Rosa – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER. Now that’s a Rockie pitcher away from home.
Clint Barmes – Hit his 14th homer yesterday. Right now, you might be thinking to yourself. Clint Barmes has 14 homers? Yup, and he also has 9 steals. Stephen Drew has 7 homers and 3 steals. Jose Lopez has 13 homers and 2 steals. Asdrubal 3 homers, 11 steals. Barmes has been in a terrible funk lately, yet, on the season, he’s still been wildly more valuable than Uggla and about on par with Rollins. Go figure.
Luke Hochevar – 6 IP, 7 ER. Do you see what he does to you when you trust him? Just give him a rest for this year. I promise to remind you what a great prospect he is during next year’s preseason.
Aubrey Huff - 2-for-4, 3 RBIs. Okay, so my Buy on him was maybe a month early, but hopefully this is the start of something. God knows he can’t un-start any more than he has.
Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 6 ER. Since I made him a Sell on June 26th, he has a 7.61 ERA.
Ryan Zimmerman – Is there no in-between button on this guy? After being ice cold for two months, he’s now on fire with 4 homers in the last seven games.
Ben Francisco – Slight value while Victorino’s nursing his knee. Okay, guess the fantasy baseball ‘pert, “I’d like to nurse from Megan Fox’s knee! Yowsers!” A: Matthew Berry
Rafael Soriano – 1 IP, 0 ER, 3 Ks. Phew. That’s good to see. Hopefully, he held his breath and the hiccups are behind him.
Derrek Holland – 8 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 Ks. Every time I try to get out of rookie pitchers, another one pulls me in. I’m a big fan of Holland and he gets Oakland next.
Michael Young – 2 HRs and has 16 on the year while batting .326. Great year that I didn’t see coming, but he hasn’t done this in 4 years, so no one really saw it coming.
Eugenio Velez – 3-for-5, Maybe feeling the heat from the Dirty Sanchez (who did not play yesterday), but Velez is scorching hot lately.
Matt Thornton – Got the save opportunity, but again he was brought in in the 8th inning so again Ozzie can say technically he hasn’t removed Jenks from the closer role. The bad news (or good news depending on who you own), Thornton blew the save. Which might also confirm Ozzie’s noncommittal commitment to Jenks.
David Ortiz – I’ve pretty much kept to myself on the whole steroids issue. Ya know, this is fantasy baseball, who gives an effin’ eff in the screwhole what I think, but Ortiz annoyed me. He was one of the biggest critics of A-Rod when Rodriguez admitted to having his uncle’s cousin stick needles in his butt. Ortiz also was “shocked” and “confused” about Manny’s use. I’m shocked and confused how anyone thought Ortiz hadn’t used steroids. Let’s assume everyone did steroids. Even Greg Maddux. Who cares? Everyone did them. Doesn’t matter. Move on. But what’s annoying is the talking out of both sides of his mouth. To bastardize Madonna, Big Papi don’t preach. I hope Manny says something like this, “Ya’ll knew I was doing some grimy shizz, but I’m shocked and confused to hear Ortiz’s giant melonhead is artificially enhanced. Oh, and Ortiz is 52 years old. Cust kayin’.”