The Mets infirmary added a new member yesterday with Johan Santana complaining of elbow soreness. M-E-S-S… Mess, Mess, Mess… I can’t remember another team that has been this Kotchman-bitten. Now pitching for the New York Mets… Angel Pagan. He will also lead-off. I don’t think in spring training when the Mets promised no September collapse they anticipated a June collapse. Johan Santana may need surgery. Or maybe he can return. If you were the Mets, would you press your luck and hope for no whammy? I mean this is more common sense than ‘pert sense. Don’t do anything drastic until we hear more, but, as with anything Mets related this season, plan for the worse. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Jeff Francoeur – Ligament tear in his thumb. Frenchy’s toast? This free swinger says to ball gag that thought. Francoeur thinks he can continue to play. It may be financially motivated… Oh, who are we kidding? No one owns him.
Billy Wagner – Will stay with the Mets. Anyone wanna take bets that he’ll be examined by a doctor for an injury by next Thursday?
Chris Davis – I mentioned him briefly in the September call ups post-a-ma-thingie yesterday. He’ll get opportunities to be better than earlier in the year. Can Davis provide you with some pop? Um, yeah. He can hit 10 homers in September alone. Will he? Sorry, the Magic Eight Ball’s in the shop. He’s worth a flier if you need power. Hank Blalock’s value will probably take the biggest hit with the Davis recall, but Blalock was hurting his own value anyway.
Pablo Sandoval – Left yesterday’s game in the 3rd with a tight calf. If he were on the Mets, he’d be out for the year, which is to say he’s day-to-day.
Ryan Howard – 2 HRs yesterday and 7 homers in the last ten games. The first homer was an opposite field shot where he was jammed and had no business hitting it out. Somewhere, Frank Howard is requesting a paternity test.
Jose Contreras – 2 2/3 IP, 6 unearned runs. Hey, Cliff, that’s not a ticker shock, this is a ticker shock. Contreras heads to the bullpen and Peavy will probably take his Saturday start.
Gordon Beckham – HR yesterday. He has been going through the usual rookie difficulties recently as he hits near .150 in the last week or so (<– now that’s some exact calculations!). But he still has a few homers this month and 8 on the year. I can’t wait to see where February Grey is going to rank him for 2010. If I had to take a guess, I’d say around 150 with a blurb talking about how Beckham can outperform that draft spot. Just as I was writing that, February Grey peeked his head in my office to say, “You don’t know me at all.”
Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks and 4 flippin’ walks. How about someone sign up Yovani, Kershaw and Scherzer for Be A Twinkie Fantasy Camp hosted by control freak, Brad Radke?
Scott Baker – 7 IP, 1 ER. Now has a 12-7 record and hasn’t lost in almost two months though his ERA is at 4.47. That immediately sent me looking up one thing — Run Support. He has the 11th best in the majors with over 8 runs/game. Cust kayin’.
Jason Frasor – Hasn’t pitched in almost a week and is being bothered by shoulder tendinitis, which may speed up Downs’s save chances.
Ben Zobrist – Hit his 4th homer in the last six games. Kiss your imaginary girlfriend goodbye, cause I’m about to blow your mind. At 2nd base, Zobrist has been more valuable this year than Kinsler.
Jason Marquis – 8 IP, 1 ER. Sure, it was vs. the Giants, but Marquis has a 3.47 ERA on the year. Incredible.
Roy Halladay – 6 IP, 7 ER. After the game, Halladay was seen mumbling, “I coulda been in the NL.”
Randy Ruiz – Hit his 4th homer in 46 ABs since his call-up. He’ll be exploited at some point but until then he can give you some pop.
Jason Giambi – Giambi sat down with his family to discuss his future, but they were unable to come to a decision. Later that night, Giambi fell asleep on the couch. In his dreams, the dwarf hooker from the movie, Orphan, greeted him with a pamphlet. That pamphlet’s title, Choose Your Own Career Path. Inside, there were two options. 1. Retire 2. Before you fade into oblivion, latch onto a team and become a pinch hitter. Giambi woke in a sweat. His wife asked if he had to do number two and Giambi rapidly nodded, he did.