The only thing more strained than Raul Ibanez’s patience for skeptics is his left groin as the Phillies placed him on the 15 day DL. You don’t own Ibanez for his wheels so this isn’t as troubling as Jose Reyes with a bad hammy or Willy Taveras with an allergy to getting on base. Stick him on the DL and hopefully he comes back in 15 days with an unstrained groin. As for his Philly replacement John Mayberry Jr, think Rickie Sexson. Lots of power but huge holes in his swing. He might jack a few HRs before the league figures him out but we’d only recommend him for NL-only leagues and the power-desperate in deep mixed leagues. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 0 ER. With only two Ks vs. the Reds, it’s not as encouraging as it could be. But I don’t believe we’re going to see the real Tommy Hanson this year anyway. Not to say he won’t be good, just keep expectations in check.
Nate McLouth – HR yesterday and 4 RBIs. Hopefully this big game can endear him to Braves fans enough so he gets his own racist chant. I vote for swigging motions with Chumbawamba playing.
Jason Frasor – On today’s episode of As The Bullpen Turns, Frasor got the win in the 8th, Ryan started the ninth and Accardo finished it for the save. After the game, Cito Gaston said, “Fantasy baseball players should consider themselves lucky I didn’t bring in Dirk Hayhurst to face one batter in the 9th.” So what to make of the B.J. Frasordo closerousel… I’d pick up Frasor, Ryan then Accardo, in that order. Frasor came into a pressure situation in the 8th. There wouldn’t have been a save if not for him. So there was no reason to save him for the ninth. Ryan came in to start the ninth, but was a bit shaky. Accardo was a fresh arm and got the save.
Jayson Werth – Hit his 10th homer on Tuesday, on Wednesday his 11th and yesterday he hit his… 12th! C’mon, these are gimmes.
Adam Lind – Hit his 2nd homer of the Philly series as the flat-footed DH played outfield to get his bat in the lineup. I wonder if anyone asked for his autograph in Philly by yelling, “Hey, Burrell!”
Ryan Madson – Gave up the winning run in the ninth. In about a week, we’ll be able to do a find/replace with Lidge’s name.
Nick Blackburn – 9 IP, 1 ER. I will see you, Mr. Blackburn, in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.
Gavin Floyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners and 2 Ks. Strong start since he was struggling away from home.
Alexei Ramirez – Back-to-back games with a home run. 4 of 7 homers now in interleague. Alexei likey when no one knows to throw him breaking pitches.
Geovany Soto – HR and steal yesterday (4th and 1st respectively). Even if he gets to 15 homers this year, he’s still worth shopping around to see if he can bring in a better piece at a different position.
Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday. Hasn’t shown much since his call-up and he’s not even playing regularly, but that could change as Rox start to get traded.
Craig Stammen – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER. Of course he blanked the Yanks. In 9 games in Triple-A, he had a 7.33 ERA. Zoinks!
Ricky Nolasco – Probably sonavabenches across the board for Nolasco as he threw a one-hitter against the Sawx yesterday. Before you start spraying the silly string that Nolasco’s back, it was a rain-shortened five inning game.
Ronnie Paulino - For those out there that change catchers like they should change their underwear, Paulino’s hot with 3 homers in two games.
Chris Davis – Hit his 13th homer yesterday as he went 1-for-4. It’s bad when a 1-for-4 raises your average. He now has 97 Ks on season. Dave Kingman just shuddered.
Jose Valverde – Picked up the save. Hawkins is now safe to drop. Not during a trust exercise though, that wouldn’t be nice.
Luke Hochevar - 4 IP, 6 ER. Hope he didn’t get you with the ol’ throw-a-great-game-then-a-terrible-game trick.
Krispie Young – 4-for-4, with a steal. Unfortunately, he left the game with a leg injury. I would’ve thought he sold his soul for more than one 4 hit game. God knows Zobrist did.
Brandon Morrow – 4 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks. Last game he only went 3 innings. Time before that he went 2 and a third innings. Hello, five starts from now when he throws a complete game.
Franklin Gutierrez – 2 HRs for The Big FraGu! Though still not worth anything outside of AL-Only leagues.
Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-4, with a homer. Someone didn’t get the memo about pitching around him.
Chris Young – After saying he would go to the DL, then saying he wouldn’t, it now looks like Young will hit the DL. He takes as long to go to the DL as he does going home on a pitch.
Magglio Ordonez – Benched indefinitely by Leyland. Are his teammates calling him Rey? Maybe he caught BHD (Bobby Higginson Disease)…
Mel Hall – Received 45 years of prison time for out-perving former Yankee teammate, Luis Polonia. Our hope is that ESPN doesn’t greenlight the early 90s sequel to The Bronx Is Burning.