With the top 40 outfielders, we’ve finished all the recaps for hitters. (Here’s all the final 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. They’re also to your left… your other left. And down.) Pitching recap will begin next. (NOTE: The end of the season rankings are based on ESPN’s Player Rater. I felt the easiest way to keep it objective would to go this course. This way when I say someone finished 30th and I ranked them 23rd in the preseason it carries more weight. Does this mean I think ESPN’s Player Rater is perfect? No. It’s just an objective third party to see how well my preseason rankings did.) Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:
21. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ryan Dempster hits the DL with a broken toe. No word on how he hurt it, but Cubs fans are blaming Milton Bradley, Milton Bradley’s blaming an Italian Beef sandwich he ate in March but the Italian Beef sandwich refuses to play The Blame Game. Way to take the high road, Italian Beef sandwich! Dempster was at 5-5/4.09/1.37/89 through 105 2/3 innings. Now he’s out until late-July at the earliest. If you have a DL spot, go for it. With a non-arm injury, I wouldn’t be too concerned about Dempster coming back and doing pretty much what he’s been doing so far, which is, well, I just told you. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Mark DeRosa – Went to the DL. It’s a move they were calling “precautionary” and they’re “very optimistic.” They expected him back right after the “All-Star break.” DeRosa wanted to play but the “doctors” “said” “he” “shouldn’t.” Hopefully, his “wrist” will be “fine.” Then it turned out there was a reason they put everything in quotes as it was all lies and he could be out for a month with a torn tendon sheath. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Stop the press. Who is that? Vicki Vale? Nope. Ricky Romero, Ricky Romero. Yesterday, Romero went 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 Ks with 8 baserunners. Let’s go in the Wayback Machine… Cue dream sequence music, activate wavy screen… Here we are back on April 20th, “(Romero’s) walks are very low (for him), and he’s left a lot of guys on base, so he will see a correction in his future (SMACK!), but his FIP is only 3.86 (now at 4.20). …Might want to try a little R & R. Please, blog, may I have some more?
So how was your weekend? Mine included news that Jake Peavy could be out for as long as 12 weeks with a tear in his ankle. Could’ve been worse, he could’ve hurt his ankle kicking me in the groin. He was fitted for a cast the other day. I’d like to sign his cast, “But your FIP’s a 3.00!” Wasn’t it the flu stopping him from pitching last week? What’s this, the influenzankle? That’s some Nomar shizz right there. As of right now, I’ve DL’d Peavy in all leagues where I own him, hoping for news that he’ll only be out the shortest possible time of 4 weeks or I’ll drop him if news comes out that he will miss the rest of the season. Now begins the part of our program where I jump from matchup to matchup waiting for someone to stick. Obviously it depends on the league, but, as of right now, I’m giving Dallas Braden a whirly-bird. Braden gets the Dodgers and Padres this week. If he’s good and his matchups are decent, I’ll hold him. If not, I’ll move onto the schmohawk starter behind door number three. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Roy Halladay – His right groin is hurt. He has two groins?! The Blue Jays are hoping he can make his next start against the Nats. I’m sure the Jays are not the only ones holding out hope. Please, blog, may I have some more?
You never owned Aubrey Huff before, but going into your draft you glanced at your cheatsheets and saw Huff’s 2008 numbers and thought you really found something purdy. You called your lady and said, “Baby, tonight we can watch any Kate Hudson movie you want, I got Aubrey Huff in my draft!” So you sat through Ten Things I Hate About Kate Hudson and Matthew I’m-Kinda-Gay and thought life’s okay, this movie will end and Huff will still be on my team. Now you’re thinking about how you wish you had Gordo Sandoval and those two hours of your life back. No fear, Flav loves reindeer. Aubrey Huff hit .231 last May and .337 in June. Then .332 in the 2nd half. In 2007, he hit .309 compared to .258 in the 1st half. Listen, I hate Huff. Seems like he leaves 20% in the locker room, but he’s repeatedly shown to be a 2nd half hitter. I wouldn’t buy him with Gallardo, but I think at this point, you don’t have to. You can probably get him for very cheap. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Mike MacDougal – I gave up on the Nats and their perpetually frustrating closerousel, but you, friend, you’re your own person. I’d grab some Tagamet if you’re going for Macky D’s. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Let’s just assume Joe Mauer hits 25 HRs, though no one south of the Arctic Circle has him projected for more than 18. And even some less optimistic Eskimos have him down for only 20. Let’s also assume after curing the swine (<–which is prosciutto, I believe), he hits .330. Let’s also chuck in 80 Runs and 80 RBIs, which seems Brobdingnagian (Word of the Day!) considering time already missed. I think these are all preposterous numbers considering his back problems, but let’s suspend disbelief. So Mauer still has 17 more homers, a great average and 60 some-odd Runs/RBIs in him. In the first half of last year, Doumit hit 11 homers with 42 Runs and 29 RBIs, while batting .329. Those numbers are in 207 ABs. He can easily replicate those numbers when he returns. So if you trade Mauer for, say, an outfielder who still has 30 HRs in his bat (Quentin) or a pitcher (Hamels) or a corner guy (Youkilis) and grab a random schmohawk catcher of waivers, you’re walking out of the trade in good shape. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Our boy Timmy took a Lincecumbacker to the knee. Not good if you’ve been riding his amazing 12-3 record (for the Giants?!?!), sub 3.00 ERA, and 10 K/9 IP. He hobbled out of the game. We’ll have to see if he’s as bad off as our other favorite Timmy but start scouting pitchers just in case. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Justin Morneau can hit 20 home runs in the 2nd half. Will he? Let me take out my voodoo chicken… Seriously, I’m not a fortune teller. What, you think I have some kind of Pagan Gods telling me what to do? Please, blog, may I have some more?
I can picture Tim Kurkjian’s voice cracking, Is this a Great Game, or What?!. Joe Morgan won’t be invited. Bill James will throw out the first pitch. A nickname like Baseball Crank will be worn as a badge of honor. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Late Sunday night, C.C. Sabathia was traded to the Brewers for the power-hitting prospect, Matt LaPorta. Since a 7.76 ERA in April, Sabathia has put up a 2.44 and a 1.90 in May and June respectively. In May and June, he had a 85/15 K/BB ratio. Please, blog, may I have some more?