Chien-Ming Wang – the two-time 19 game winner – is pitching historically bad. How bad? Some TV highlight show quoted some statistical service that the 15 earned runs he’s given up in the past 2 starts are the most ever for a Yankee pitcher’s first two starts of the year. For fantasy purposes, he’s more toxic than Chinese air, waterways, and land combined. As for Ted Lilly, you have to respect a guy who can overcome the ignominy of being traded for Hideki Irabu and Jeff Weaver. He’s been a very underrated late game starter for the past two years with the Cubs. Today, he went 6 and 2/3, giving up only one hit. Not to take anything away from Lilly, but the conditions were lousy at Wrigley for hitters. If Ubaldo didn’t walk 6 batters in less than 4 innings, the Cubs wouldn’t have scored as many runs either. We think Lilly’s risky for this year as he’s been relying a bit too much on breaking pitches. But it’s not as if the Cubs training staff hasn’t had experience with sore-armed pitchers (see Prior, Wood, Harden)… Oh, and Wang? We’re very worried about him. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Edinson Volquez – I feel bad saying I told you so when someone’s not going well, but I told you so… Actually, that didn’t feel that bad. Schadenfreude, you make me feel good!
Fausto Carmona – 5 IP, 4 ER. Okay, I didn’t say to stay away from this schmohawk and it feels awful. Damn you, karma!
Orlando Hudson – Orlando is living it up in LA. Disneyworld meet Disneyland! O-Dog used up his month’s offense production in one day as he hit for the cycle. O-Dog’s about as hot as they come these last few days. Is he worth owning? Sure, I suppose. He’s a 10/10 hitter with a decent average. There’s a place for that but I’d prefer a 2nd baseman that could get you 25-40 steals. One thing I will say is Hudson seems like he’s running more in the early going with 3 steals already in the first week. But his career high in steals is 10.
Andre Ethier – 2 HRs yesterday. Nice! Now twist an ankle or something so Kemp could slowly start working his way up the lineup. Aw, you know I’m just playin’, Ethier. I love ya! (Actually, I don’t really, but I’m semi-rambling.)
Zach Duke – Shutout? Shuddup! The Astros are not a very good offensive team. (Which seems like a complaint for them for the last so many years. Maybe they might want to think about upgrading that. Just a thought!) Duke’s fine for an NL-Only league flier. In mixed leagues, it’s Zach Puke.
Cristian Guzman – My Fantasy Razzball team (and really it’s all about me) took some hits (literally!) yesterday as Guzman went 5-for-5 then limped off the field. He surprised last year by maintaining a .300 average and staying relatively healthy after failing to do either in his last years with Minnesota. I was banking on a regression but not on the health part… There is nothing more frustrating then losing a guy on a Monday in a weekly league. I should’ve just left Belliard in there… Wait, is that my inner monologue? My bad.
Jesse Litsch – Left with forearm tightness. Another guy I had on my team that I want to suck. I don’t think highly of Litsch, but would’ve been nice to see him stay healthy. He’ll be out a few starts is my guess.
Mike Pelfrey – 5 IP, 5 ER. I’m not defending Pelfrey because I don’t like him this year, but he did give up some bleeders and bloops. Cust kayin’.
Jon Lester – 11 runs in 2 starts. He was a risky pitcher too (in addition to Pelfrey).
Zach Greinke – 2-0, no earned runs thus far. Because our dipolma from the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston says we have to report when we’re wrong 17% of the time, Greinke was a risky pitcher too. Maybe trade him if you think we might still be right.
Matt Holliday – 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Batting between Giambi and Garciaparra is really paying off! *sarcasm off*
B.J. Upton – Matt Joyce sent down as The Beej returned to action with a two steal night. Good to have the Bossman back in town.
Carlos Pena – HR and 6 RBIs. *Random observation that is neither funny nor that enlightening alert* Pena reminds me of Delgado.
Ryan Franklin – First Save last night. He will get more. As far back as March 17th, I’ve been saying Franklin will get saves. I’m not going to link to all the times I said it. Just search in the search-a-ma-jig on the left.
Travis Snider – 2 HRs. Still like Lind better, but I also like anyone who’s hitting two home runs in a game. Even you, Ethier!
Chad Billingsley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks. Since last summer, I’ve said he’s headed for the 2009 NL Cy Young. The Verducci guy clinked the armor, but I’m still holding tight.
Milton Bradley – Out a few days with a right groin strain. How appropriate since he’s a jerkoff.
Justin Upton – O-for-the season. The ‘Backs have too many options for him to continue on the path of ugly. He’s going to be a good one, but it may not be the first half of the year. Or this year at all. Color me worried.
Jermaine Dye/Paul Konerko – Back to back 300th HRs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time two players hit back to back 300th homers. Actually, they didn’t say that… Well, they might’ve. I have no idea. Another thing possibly heard today in the Elias Sports Bureau office, in Accounting, Julio said, “Who took my pen for the third time this month? Which is a new record!”
DeWayne Wise – Separated shoulder and out 6 weeks. This also really hurt my Fantasy Razzball team. Wise looked like he was headed for one of the all-time worst years ever if Ozzie would’ve continued to play him. And that’s a small “if,” because of course Ozzie was playing him. Alas… This opens up the centerfield job for the Jerry Owens promotion (SAGNOF, but he’s a truly crappy player) or Brian Anderson (poor average, some pop, not much to see here either). This could also mean Ozzie moves Alexei Ramirez up the order. Honestly, Alexei hasn’t done much to deserve it so that could mean Ozzie does move him up. Oh, who are we fooling? Ozzie’s going to continue to plug Wise into the top of the order, DL be damned!
Jed Lowrie – To the 15-Day DL. Oh, well. He’s done. Feel free to cut him loose. Probably the best thing that could’ve happened so you can move on from him sooner vs. later. (BTW, Sooner vs. Later battled to a draw last time out in the octagon.)