Miguel Montero is out with a torn meniscus. I can think of other cuss words that his owners may be thinking right now. A knee problem seems like a bad thing for a guy who’s supposed to be crouching for 9 innings. Like a can’t-Catch 22. Montero was a popular sleeper pick to enter the premium catcher tier of Mauer/Martinez/McCann after a strong 2nd half, but the only thing he’ll have in common is the M factor. It’s unclear if he’ll be out for at least a month or longer. Either way, Snyder now has a full time gig. And that’s about where the good news ends. Don’t get caught up in the Montero afterglow. Snyder has a career .233 average in over fourteen hundred at-bats and averages about 15 homers over a full season of ABs. So, ya know, you can probably do better even if Chris Snyder hit a homer yesterday with 5 RBIs in Arizona’s blowout (last time Arizona scored that much on Pittsburgh was the Super Bowl). Actually, Snyder’s a surefire top 10 catcher if he gets 100 more games against the Pirates. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Frank Francisco – I go about buying closers like I buy wine. I pick up a closer. Swirl it around in my glass, take a quick waft and whiff then I guzzle it. Two Buck Chuck tastes the same to me as a twenty-year-old Bordeaux. In fact, I don’t even know if a twenty-year-old Bordeaux is good. I’m guessing and too lazy to Google it. I’ll drink a red wine with chicken, a Chardonnay with a Nathan all-beef frank. Doesn’t matter to me. Mad Dog 20/20 and ice passes the “cheap and it will get me drunk” test. So it’s only natural I ended up with a bunch of cheap closers. Frank-Frank was one of them. Belch. Frank2 is out for the near future in favor of Neftali Feliz. Could Feliz run with the job and end up having it all year? Yup. Frank-Frank went womp-womp. I wouldn’t drop Francisco yet, except in the shallowest of leagues.
Brian Roberts – Expects to miss about a week with a strained abdominal muscle. That’s the good news. The bad news is it really feels like this is headed to be a mess of a season for Roberts. First the back, now the abdominal, next you’re looking at your fantasy team in September and wondering why you ever held onto Roberts. At the first sign of good news, I’d look to move him.
Mike Gonzalez – You know when you’re trying to do your friends a solid by giving them a ride home when they’re drunk and then they vomit in your car and your car smells like vomit for years later reminding you that it’s always better to be the drunken idiot than the designated driver? Vomit in this case has been Mike Gonzalez’s pitching for the last week. The car in this case has been your team ERA. A few times on site I told you about my concerns with Gonzalez. Managers don’t like lefties as their closer. Jim Johnson is a must own and, unfortunately, Gonzalez is a must hold for now. He’ll be given a few, much needed days off.
Aaron Hill – Out until early this week with a sore hammy, which sounds like Ms. Piggy right before she hi-yah’s.
Travis Snider – Looks like a three outcome player: ground into DP, strikeout, pop-up.
Kevin Gregg – Picked up two saves this weekend because the Jays had five save chances in the last five games. Frasor’s still the closer, but this makes it obvious who the Jays would turn to in the event Frasor losses his shizz. But if the Jays turned to Gregg then the Jays would lose their shizz and then the closer job would be up in the air again. Anyway, it’s still Frasor.
Brad Lidge – Hit hard in his rehab start. Ma nishtanah…
Charlie Haeger – 6 IP, 3 ER. He had 12 Ks, but Haegar’s day wasn’t wrinkle-free. He throws a knuckler and you can never trust a knuckleballer. Some days Haeger will throw 12 Ks, other days he’ll give up 7 runs in two innings.
Franklin Gutierrez – 2-for-4 as he bats .444 with 2 steals. He’s now batting 3rd vs. lefties and 4th vs. righties. The Big FraGu is headed for top 40 outfielder value this year. I own him on multiple teams if that makes it less awkward for you.
Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-3, hitting .476 on the year. I’m guessing that comes down. But he’s still only 26-years-old. If this is indeed his coming out party, it would be more shocking than Ricky Martin’s, but not completely shocking.
Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper’s return date was pushed when he hurt his back testing his strained oblique. Chipper’s like a giant injury domino.
Clay Buchholz – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K as he squeaked out the win. Wasn’t a great start vs. the Royals. I’d hold onto him for another couple of starts and hope for the best against the Rays next time out.
Jacoby Ellsbury – Left the game with a rib injury. Reminded me of this time I was at Tony Roma’s… Oh, wait. Ellsbury’s day-to-day as of post time, but I won’t blink until I get an update (because I’ll be sleeping).
Scott Podsednik – 2-for-4, 2 steals. Now has 4 steals on the year. SAGNOF!
Mike Leake – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks, 11 baserunners with 7 BBs. Dusty, the Übermensch, limited Leake to 106 pitches. Don’t think Leake can be relied on to not roofie you, but in the right matchups and deep enough leagues, I’d look at him.
Chris Perez – 1 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, blown save. Four walks and a wild pitch. Hey, Mike Gonzalez, that’s not how you blow a save, this is how you blow a save.
Grady Sizemore – Scratched on Sunday due to back tightness. See, I usually do that for back itchiness. Sizemore should be fine this week.
Trevor Hoffman – 1 IP, 3 ER with the blown save. I’ve had Frank-Frank, a Mike G. disjoint and Hoffman brain freezes on multiple teams. Rub your Razzhands together and send me the strength.
Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 6 ER, 3 Ks. Can’t someone sneak into Verlander’s hotel room and switch all his calenders to May?
Lastings Milledge – 3-for-5, but not so much about what he did yesterday. He’s now hitting third in the lineup. Deep leagues, you could do worse.
Kelly Johnson – HR yesterday, hitting near .400 over the first week of the season. He’ll be batting in the top half of the order by next week.
Krispie Young – HR yesterday. TCBY — what’s that stand for, you ask? It stands for That’s Chris B. Young. We’re not talking about fro-yo, yo. Own Krispie, immediately.
Jake Fox – Unathletic like a Fox got the start at catcher on Sunday. Four more to go for eligibility in Yahoo leagues. Probably will happen by mid-May.
Carlos Gonzalez – Left the game with hamstring tightness. Jim Tracy yanked Fowler off of chatroulette and inserted him into the game. Fowler might see more action if CarGo is a no go.
Miguel Olivo – 2-for-4 with a homer and a steal yesterday. This came a day after Iannetta homered. This looks like a straight timeshare with both guys getting 15+ homers and 300 ABs. I’m running both guys out there in separate leagues. It don’t matter, just don’t fight it.
Barry Bonds – Said he was proud of McGwire’s return to baseball. That’s the Bad Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
Chase Headley – 2-for-4 as he bats .440 in the first week. I’m Drooly McDroolystein for this guy right now, but the real test will come in home games. The real test comes this week.
Chris Young – Still feels soreness in shoulder and will now go on the DL. It’s unfortunate there’s only one doctor in the San Diego area tall enough to treat him and he’s busy doing a tonsillectomy on a giraffe at the San Diego Zoo.