The Washington Nationals babied their future shortstop, Esmailyn Gonzalez, through their minors until they realized that Esmailyn shouldn’t be babied, he should be old-man’d. Kinda like the orphan in The Orphan that turned out to be a dwarf hooker. (Haven’t seen it, but the spoiler kinda makes me want to.) So the Nats sent Bowden away on his Segway and started looking at what else they had in the way of shortstops. Hiring a 7 foot guy with tattoos to card everyone, they realized Ian Desmond should get himself a look. And so it goes, so it goes. Yesterday, he hit his first major league homer in his first major league game. Desmond has a decent blend of speed and power (think The Big FraGu at shortstop). The “at shortstop” thing is the clincher. It’s a shallow position, you can do worse, yadda yadda yadda. I don’t think he’s going to be all peaches and cream next year, so I wouldn’t go crazy with him in keepers (unless it’s deep and NL-Only), but he could give you a burst of hotness in these late September weeks. He’s gotta be better than Gordon Beckham at this point, right? Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Mike MacDougal – Couldn’t get an out and gave way to Ron Villone for the save. It’s probably nothing, but some extremely desperate save vultures may want to swoop. BTW, MacDougal’s legal name is Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal. Isn’t that the name of a piece of Ikea furniture?
Brett Cecil – 6 IP, 2 ER in his final start of the year. I’ll like him next year. He’s capable of taking a nice step forward. Pretty much won’t be anything but an endgame flier in most 2010 drafts.
Joe Blanton – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER. Getting outpitched by Livan Hernandez in September is not the time to revert to being the mediocre pitcher I always thought you were. June, July, even August… Not September.
Brad Lidge – File this one in the cabinet labeled, “Yeah, No Kidding.” Two days after being told he’s the closer, Lidge was told yesterday that he won’t pitch in save opportunities anymore.
Angel Pagan – Went 3-for-4 yesterday as Beltran did not play. *Grey shrugs*
Nate McLouth – Hit his 3rd homer in the last week. Last time he hit one, I said this, “This is a hunch, but I think he realizes he has three weeks to make his season’s stats look somewhat palatable.” And that’s me quoting me!
Brian McCann – 4-for-5. Nice sign because for the last ten games he was 3-for-33.
Mike Gonzalez – Since Bobby Cox is nearly as progressive of a thinker as Archie Bunker and from the old school like Afrika Bambaataa, it took Cox about a month longer than I expected to go to the lefty, Gonzalez, for saves. With how Soriano’s pitching, this may not be Gonzalez’s last save of the year.
Roy Oswalt – 2 IP, 6 ER. Months ago, I talked about how I was worried for Oswalt this year. How I’m not sure if everyone is aware that this isn’t your slightly older brother’s Oswalt. This Oswalt has games where he gives up six earned in two innings. Near a 4 ERA on the year seems about what we can expect from him. A solid #3 with upside.
John Lackey – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks. In his last three games, he’s thrown 26 innings (that’s a lot for 3 games) and given up only one run (that’s not a lot).
Howie Kendrick – 3-for-3 yesterday. Scioscia’s only played Kendrick seven times since August 25th. Giving Kendrick six days off in a row at one time. Yet, Kendrick’s batting .500 over that time. Scioscia is either the world’s greatest manager or the world’s stupidest.
Drew Stubbs – 0-for-4, 2 Ks. That tingling you felt in your Capezios when you grabbed Stubbs last week should be gone by now. He’s on the suckwagon heading into K-town.
Jason Frasor – Got the save. It must be that time of the month.
Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-3, 2 steals. He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell. The left side of the slash, which is the right side to be on.
Jose Contreras – Left the game with a quad strain. It’s the curse of being on the cover of the AARP Magazine.