Brian Duensing went seven innings with no earned runs, 11 baserunners and 6 Ks. I almost started him, but he was going vs. the A’s and they’ve hurt me so many times this year. I think I owned the losing pitcher for every one of their wins. The rest of the way, Duensing gets the Tigers twice and the Royals once. Not terrible starts. The Tigers hitting isn’t as good as their record and the Royals, well, ya know. Duensing probably won’t provide you with a ton of Ks, but he has solid control and a last name that sounds like an Indonesian prison. (BTW, his last name may only sound like that because of my new favorite TV show, Locked Up Abroad. Next time I go abroad, I’m not even going to mule in any exotic fruit. BTW II, instead of mule, shouldn’t they call these smugglers jackasses? I apologize to any of our drug dealing readers. You know who you are.) Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
B.J. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Tim Lincecum missed yesterday’s start vs. the Padres (there goes that 14 K start) and gave way to the Giants big-time rookie pitching prospect, Madison Bumgarner. Lincecum should be back by this weekend. A detailed Madison Bumgarner outlook can be found where it says, “Madison Bumgarner outlook.” (Yeah, still haven’t figured out how to naturally link to something. I feel like Buzz Bissinger. Bleh! What are these things you call links? Bleh! Please, blog, may I have some more?
In this corner — BJ Upton. In that corner — expectations. Should be TKO with BJ clobbering expectations. Not sure what happened on the way to September, but he hasn’t been right all season. Maybe he’s hiding an injury. But that was last season’s excuse. This season he was supposed to make good on his cortisone-induced playoffs show that had every classy waitress in Tampa standing at attention from their chest. Well, didn’t happen. I still think there’s time and I’m excited about him next year (again!). But until then, he’s now dealing with an ankle sprain. I’m sure he comes back. But at what? 87.7 percent? You need 100% from this schmohawk. Oh, and at 100%, he’s given you 2 homers and 8 steals with a near-.220 average since July 1st. If there’s better options, I’d consider looking elsewhere. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Franklin Morales – Huston Street made it to September without an injury. Mazel tov, my friends in Brooklyn. It was a deed no one thought Street capable of in March. Now he’s suffering from an arm issue. Rafael Betancourt’s the righty, Franklin Morales is the lefty. When in doubt, I go with the righty. But the Rockies obviously got word that Betancourt is a Cuddle Boy, so they’re calling Morales the closer. Please, blog, may I have some more?
When doctors said Aaron Harang is going to have a useless part of his body removed, everyone in the Reds clubhouse thought the same thing, “What is Willy Taveras doing in Harang’s body?” If Dusty were a doctor, he would left Harang’s appendix in a few more innings. The appendectomy will force Harang to the DL for the rest of the season. Too bad, the Reds just traded for Rolen and things were really starting to come together. Feel free to cut Harang. He’s done-zo. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Chris Dickerson – Headed to the DL with a whatever-you-don’t-care. What you do care about, the Reds might call up Chris Heisey. He’ll be talked about in the afternoon post where I break down the potential September call-ups. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m sure even Kevin Gregg can’t believe he held the Cubs closer job as long as he did. After witnessing Gregg’s sixth blown save and 12th gopher ball on Monday night, Piniella went into the locker room and flipped a table, screaming at a young, non-mustachioed Willie Randolph… Oh, wait, that was The Bronx is Burning. Piniella says Carlos Marmol will take over the closer duties. Carlos Marmol smiles, Kevin Gregg frowns and Angel Guzman shrugs. John Grabow may also slide into the situational save picture when the Cubs face a lefty heavy ninth. But, for now, Sweet Lou’s giving the ball to Marmol to save games. As of today. We shall see. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Travis Snider – Guess JP Ricciardi can’t swing a deal for Lincecum and the frozen body of Ted Williams, so Snider was called up. Worth a flier in mixed leagues for the potential pop he can provide. In one league, out of boredom, I dropped Ty Wigginton for Snider. Oh, and Snider hit a homer yesterday. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Alcides Escobar, SAGNOF! Do you need more? Um, he’s good at defense. Alcides Escobar stole 42 bases in 109 games in Triple-A this year. I dropped Trent Aussie Dog for Escobar in a league, because I need steals more than a flier on power. Have I mentioned Alcides Escobar steals bases? Lots. Of. Bases. You know who gets hurt here? J.J. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Right now, Jason Bartlett has a 45/8/39/.347/19 line. At 29-years-old, he’s flying past his career numbers. Before this season, his career high for homers was 5. He’s already at 8. So let’s say the talk of his new jack swing is true; he can hit for more power now. He’s still not hitting more than 5 homers in the 2nd half (he hit 1 homer in June and July in 87 ABs). Recently, Maddon has batted him 7th or 8th in the order. So the runs won’t come easy unless he eats at Taco Bell. He’s a career .286 hitter with a .398 BABIP right now, so the average will come down. He’s never stolen more than 23 bases in a season, but let’s say he blows that away by ten. So let’s be optimistic and say a 2nd half line of 30/5/35/.300/14. I ran an ultraviolet light over my bedsheets and it read, “That sounds a lot like Clint Barmes’s 2nd half.” Thanks for confirming my suspicions, bed! So Bartlett is a Sell. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Josh Whitesell – Speaking of -sells, but this one’s a Buy… Kinda. Whitesell doesn’t have every day playing time right now, so grab him in NL-Only leagues, but everywhere else I’d hold tight. So, I guess, that’s a Whitehold. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Torii Swelling was almost the title, but with a groin injury… Well, you get the problem. So Torii Hunter got guillotined in the Sell post last week and now seems to be headed to the DL. Let them eat cake! So what to do with the blue state Hunter and his pesky groin? DL him when the Angels do. Can’t do much else now. You shouldn’t sell him for 3 pairs of socks and a Megadeth vinyl record. Hunter should return in a few weeks. Luckily, with the All-Star Break, he’ll get a few extra days to recover where he’s not missing any games. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Geovany Soto – Should’ve mentioned this the other day, but I’m only half-cyborg so sometimes I miss things. Soto’s bothered by an oblique injury (vague!). Hill should get all the starts prior to the break, then Jake “I am the Fatman” Fox could get starts at catcher after the break, if Soto needs a DL stint. Right now, it sounds like that will be in order. (Speaking of which, whenever you see a broken vending machine, walk up to it and scream, “No, you’re out of order!” People love that.)
Pedro Martinez – Sounds like he’s going to the Phillies. In his last 48 starts, he has a 4.74 ERA and that was in a pitchers’ park. On the other hand, he has been solid for Ks even as his career winds down. On the third hand, he gave up 19 homers in 109 innings last year. Oy. I would grab him in an NL-Only league to see if there’s a spark left from the midget era, but I’d hold off in mixed leagues. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Surprise, surprise, Canada’s number one export after Stubby Clapp is hurt, eh? Erik Bedard takes his inflammed shoulder to the DL. The Mariners say he’ll be fine to return on June 23rd. If you were to read between the lines, here’s what you would see, “Please, someone trade us something for this pitcher that cost us Adam Jones, Sherrill and Chris Tillman. Please!” Man, Bill Bavasi really shit the Mariners house. On top of the three guys mentioned, he traded away Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal, Carlos Guillen, Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton and Randy Winn. The top player he received back was Joe Borchard, who’s currently playing for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants minor league affiliate. Forbes Magazine rated him the worst general manager in all of baseball in 2007. No idea why Forbes is rating GMs, but that sounds pretty right on. I’d expect Bedard to come back about two weeks after he’s supposed to then to hiccup and end up back on the DL. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Pedro Martinez – Close to signing with either the Rays or the Cubs. Pedro on the Rays seems most likely. I wonder if Fred McGriff and Wade Boggs took him out for an early dinner to convince him Tampa was a great place to end a career. He’s worth a shot in 12 team leagues and deeper to see if he can recapture some of the glory days of carrying around a midget and dissing Karim Garcia. Please, blog, may I have some more?