Tim Lincecum went six innings and gave up a bongillion runs and has a 10.54 ERA on the year. He’s either sharing a UCL with Wilson or he’s about to make a turn around. No pitcher is going to throw a 10.54 ERA without the universe abandoning that whole gravity thing. And in that case, there would be bigger fish to fry, and we’d have to fry that fish in a Jiffy Pop container, otherwise the hot oil would float away. Or so I read in one of Ken Cosgrove’s stories. Will Lincecum have a 2.75 ERA this year? Well, that’s a different bag of flying fried fish. There’s talk that his velocity is down, which makes his change-up less effective. See, you need one to go fast and one to go deceptively less fast. It’s timing, y’all. Could Lincecum be nothing more than a 3.50 ERA pitcher? Yeah, it’s possible, but there’s still value in that. I wouldn’t give the farm in a trade for him, but I’d see if someone was interested in the tractor. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Brian Wilson – There’s talk he could rehab and not get Tommy John surgery because he has a moderate UCL sprain. Oh! Is that all? Terrific. Spray some Windex on it and get out there!
Brandon Belt – 1-for-3 with a run as he started for the 2nd straight day. Look at the big brain on Bochy!
Austin Jackson – 1-for-3, 2nd homer as he bats .405. He’s marching towards history; someone better put Ted Williams’ head in a microwave.
Justin Verlander – 9 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks and a 131 pitches. I couldn’t get a one out save for Valverde here? Throw Grey a bone!
Doug Fister – Threw 10 pitches off the mound and another 90 pitches and, Dougie Fister, you’re on. On, on, on, on, on… But, trust me, you don’t want to see Fister beatbox.
Carlos Gonzalez – Out for three straight days with strep throat. For our Latin American readers, that’s no lymph nodus operandi.
Danny Duffy – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Tigers. You kinda had to have nads of steel if you started Duffy vs. the Tigers. Or whatever the equivalent is for our four girl readers. It’s not even that incredible of a start. Or is it?! There was only one walk. That could make Danny Duffy more than just the cream of the crap on the Royals staff. His problem in the past has been walks, but if he controls that, guess what else he has? Yup. So far, he has 15 Ks in 12 1/3 innings. Sure, it’s a small sample size, but so are your hands and we know that’s a myth. Over 10 K-rate in Triple-A, over 9 in Double-A, over 7 last year in the majors, but he was a mess last year. Throw it out. Seriously, find a recycle bin and let Philip Humber pick it out. Means nothing. If he can get 180 innings this year, he could get 180 Ks. The ERA may bounce around 4.00, but there’s upside for much more.
Andy Pettitte – Will make his next start on Friday after he pitched 4 shutout innings on Sunday. May 10th is the target date for his return. Let’s see if they can coax Posada out of retirement, and then the Yankees can make every day Old Timer’s Day.
Raul Ibanez – 1-for-4, but whatever. The other day I saw Raul Ibanez on the front page of ESPN’s fantasy coverage talking about how he should be owned. I was like, “Hmm… Did I miss something between drunk Friday and hangover Saturday?” So I looked at his stats: 2 homers on the year, 9 RBIs while batting .222. Why is ESPN pimping this guy? Oh, that’s right, he plays for the Yankees. Seriously, imagine he was on any other team. This guy would get a feature? He has some huge years on the Phils and never saw any press. What’s Clay Rapada gotta do to get a feature? Freddy Garcia can’t get no coverage? Hey, ESPN, go get your shine box!
Michael Pineda – Threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session. It’s no marathon bukkake session, but I guess it’s something.
Ike Davis – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games. Hey, Valley Fever, I sneeze in your general direction!
Jason Bay – 1-for-4 with a homer. So he didn’t retire?
Jason Heyward – 2-for-3 with his 3rd steal. I love that. Nothing gets me juices flowing like saying “me” instead of “my” and a guy who isn’t owned for steals stealing a random base. Get it, Heyward, get it!
Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks. Did we ever establish his over/under for innings pitched this year? How’s 130 sound?
Cory Luebke – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks in Coors. I know, sonavabench! But better a good start on the bench than a bad one and then be worried about his next start too.
Krispie Young – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Looks like there’s some traffic, cause he’s also batting .405.
Nolan Reimold – 2-for-3 with a pinch hit homer off Santiago. Now has 3 homers on the year. Since I’ve spewed nothing but praise for Reimold for the last three years, I’ll save you the time. I love him. If you really wanna go there, my Nolan Reimold fantasy. I wrote it in pink highlighter.
Hector Santiago – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save. On last week’s podcast, I said Santiago wouldn’t get out of April with the closer job. Cust kayin’.
Philip Humber – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks. Starting the week off with a Humber, nice! Not to be an ageist, but Humber’s 29 years old and hasn’t shown a whole lot. In AL-Only leagues, he’s solid. In most mixed leagues, you can probably find better.
Kendrys Morales – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his first homer (and RBIs) of the season. Member when everyone was crazy about Kendrys in the spring? Ah, yes, those were the days. We were younger then! And you had hair!
Glen Perkins – Sounds like Perkins might end up on the DL. So if shizz Cappens, the back up would be… Have the Twins won yet? Oh, yeah, they have… Okay, so if there’s a Cappsizing… Um, well, there’s the Reading Rainbow favorite, Jared Burton… There’s Brian, the Duensing Machine… There’s Alex Burnett. Yeah, let’s hope Capps is okay… Wait, I own Capps. Yeah, I’m not sure what I’m hoping for.
Stephen Lombardozzi – 4-for-5, 1 run and 2 RBIs as he filled in for Espinosa. This is worth monitoring in NL-Only leagues. Lombardozzi has good potential, but I think Espinosa will be back out there. Though Espinosa is proving to be a painful 20/20. Like looking at Hugh Downs naked.
Henry Rodriguez – 2nd save yesterday and he has a 0.00 ERA. Nothing to see there, literally.
Wilson Ramos – Hit his first homer yesterday. He tried to get it back from the fan who caught it, but the fan wanted $50,000 in unmarked bills dropped off in an abandoned parking lot. Poor guy…
Mitch Moreland – Should be fine today after having oral surgery. That Hershiser sure is busy!
James Shields – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks. I recall something in the preseason something about you staying away from Shields. That’s right, Random Italicized Voice, I was worried– You were wrong! Well, I was– Wrong! Are you going to let me finish? Sure. He has a 3.98 ERA career ERA after 1240 innings. That’s not the smallest of sample sizes. He doesn’t look like a sub-3 ERA pitcher like he was last year, but more like a sub-4 ERA. If you want to look at small sample sizes– Pull down your pants! Funny. No, what I was going to say is that his K-rate looks to be reverting to his ‘bad’ ERA years. On a related note, I tried to see some historical data for Patriot’s Day games because I was wondering if those games are usually low scoring because they’re so early. I didn’t find any data, but I ended up at Wikipedia where I found this, “Because of the unusually early start time as the first baseball game of the week, many fantasy baseball players are often negatively affected by the early roster lock time. Each year, this date causes havoc with owner’s lineups who are unfamiliar with the early start.” Are our commenters editing Wikipedia?
Fernando Rodney – Recorded his 4th save. Aren’t you glad you drafted (fill in one of seventeen injured closers)?
Daniel Bard – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners (7 BBs), 7 Ks as he was throwing 36% sliders. Looks like the Bard’s already drafting a sequel to Antony & Cleopatra called, Antony & UCLeopatra where their love leads to a rupture that only one doctor in all the land can fix.