Freddy Sanchez limped off the field with a knee injury. Presumably, the same knee he’s been nursing since his days with Pittsburgh. Without his services, the Giants probably would have still finished in third, but a game or two further out, so no regrets losing Alderson. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Barry Zito – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners. Baked Zito. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Edinson Volquez left the game after the 1st inning. Hey, that Edinson-Josh Hamilton trade looks pretty even again, huh? Volquez was complaining of finger numbness. Was it cold? Maybe he can pitch wearing mittens. If it’s finger numbness from non-weather related reasons, it’s not a good sign. I wouldn’t be surprised if Volquez ends up back on the DL. Okay, here’s a pretty general thing that generally applies (ain’t that something?), a pitcher is suffering from anything to do with his throwing arm? You want out. Let someone else deal with the agita that comes with a pitcher dealing with arm issues. Kazmir, Ervin, Baker, etc. I’ll probably be touting you to draft them all next year. I wouldn’t go near any of them this year, unless the deal was ridiculously lopsided. Obviously, Volquez has more value than the other three schmohawks I mentioned, but be wary. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Grady Sizemore – News hasn’t gotten better. If rest on the DL doesn’t heal his elbow, he’ll need surgery and will be out at least 6 weeks. I’d say you’d be lucky to get a decent September out of him, if surgery’s necessary. Please, blog, may I have some more?
With Travis Hafner likely on the DL for a while with a pronked shoulder, the Indians called up Matt LaPorta – their prize from sending Sabathia to Bratwurstland. He’s been tearing it up at AAA with a .333 AVG and 5 HRs in 75 AB. So could we be looking at Hafner Jr? Maybe, but it’s more likely we’re looking at a less K-friendly Jack Cust. He only has about a full season above AA and CHONE and ZIPS projections have him hitting .240-.250 with solid power (think 25 HRs if he got 500 ABs). Currently, he has OF eligibility in ESPN and 1B/OF in Yahoo. If you’ve got an extra hitting slot in a 12 team or greater league, he’s worth taking a flier on in case he starts off hot. Just don’t expect him to be el capitán – be happy if he provides marinero stats. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Psyche! Please, blog, may I have some more?
In the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings, we already went over 2009′s top 40 outfielders. But like Jacques Cousteau once may have said to his underachieving son, “That’s not deep enough.” There’s more outfielders to draft than there’s members of the Wu-Tang Clan, so we take it to the top 60 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball. If you think there’s no value to be found this deep in the position, ask someone who owned Nate McLouth, Jacoby Ellsbury or Milton Bradley last year. Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball:
41. 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?
A few innings before Felix Hernandez was spiked pretty bad by Ricky from My So Called Life, he hit a grand slam off Johan Santana. (Grey, insert profound comment on how you can be on top of the world one moment and the next moment you’re limping off the field. Please, blog, may I have some more?
As Sean Connery says, “Shituation: Dire.” Rios has been the pea under your mattress. The splinter in your paw. The tighty-whitey stain that your fourth grade classmates saw when you were changing for gym and have teased you about for the rest of your life (but maybe that was just me). Please, blog, may I have some more?
Usually a pitcher’s third season in the bigs is the year they truly break out. Another factor to look for is their BB/9, is it trending downwards? Another factor, is K/9 trending upwards? WHIP heading down? Innings aren’t piling on too fast? Please, blog, may I have some more?
Dr. Julie Andrews sure has been busy lately. First sending Posada to the DL now Smoltz. Officially Smoltz has a severely old arm that has been severely overused which leaves him severely doubtful for a while. Actually, that wasn’t official, but let’s just say the injury news reaffirms a sore arm that first appeared in March. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Our mad experiment of a fantasy baseball game has come to life! Thanks to all the bloggers (and one non-blogger) that participated in the draft. Click here for the league members as well as blogmate Grey’s review of the draft. Here are links to other league members’ posts:
Fantasy Baseball Generals
Greener on the Other Side
Drafting the worst team vs. Please, blog, may I have some more?