Jose Bautista hit his 39th and 40th home runs last night.¬† As frequent commenter, VinWins, pointed out yesterday, in the Blue Kays last 162 games, Bautista has 50 homers.¬† Okay, I was way off with this guy, but Jose Bautista didn’t see this year coming.¬† His own mother doesn’t recognize him.¬† Every morning he wakes up wondering if the last five months were a dream.¬† This is the craziest home run year since Scooter McGillicuddy blasted 6 homers in 1901 while battling scurvy.¬† Bautista hadn‚Äôt hit 30 homers in the past two years combined in twice as many games.¬† His HR/FB% is nearly double his career mark.¬† His fly balls are through the roof, literally.¬† His Isolated Power is near Babe Ruth’s career mark.¬† The HR department thinks Bautista lied on his resume.¬† A mouth enters on the left side of the screen and says, “Im,” a mouth enters on the right side and says, “Probable.”¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Ivan Nova – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.¬† In the minors, he had a 2.86 ERA in 145 IP and around a 7 K/9 rate.¬† He’s not guaranteed another start, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him face the A’s next week.¬† It’s not a terrible spot starter for the Yankees or for your fantasy team.¬† And he would’ve made a great pitcher-catcher combination with Mike Scioscia.
Jeremy Bonderman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.¬† Decent enough start, but he’s coming off 3 atrocious games and has a 5.27 ERA on the year.¬† You want an ulcer?¬† Ask your girlfriend which friend of yours she would sleep with if you weren’t dating her.¬† Don’t pickup Bonderman.
Brett Myers – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 9 Ks.¬† Gets the win in his first start against his old team.¬† When asked how it felt to beat the Phillies, he said, “I’ll always love the Phillies but sometimes you have to beat the ones you love.”
Joe Blanton – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.¬† Actually outpitched Myers and has 3 decent starts in his last four and goes to Petco next.
Michael Bourn – 3-for-4, 2 SBs.¬† That’s now a robust .252 with 1 HR and 27 RBIs to go with the 42 SBs.¬† Someone is running for presidency of the SAGNOF Foundation when Juan Pierre’s term expires.
Blake DeWitt – 3-for-5 with his 4th homer.¬† His power and speed are very limited, but he’s hitting over .350 in the last week.
Casey Coleman – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.¬† He had an under 5 K/9 in the minor leagues this year.¬† That’s longhand for blech.
Stephen Strasburg – Headed to the DL with a strained flexor tendon but the Nats’ GM Rizzo wouldn’t rule out Strasburg from pitching again this year.¬† If I may read between the lines, Ratso is saying, “Please continue to buy tickets with the hope Strasburg will pitch again even though he’s not.¬† Thank you for your patronage.”
Jordan Zimmerman – J. Z’s coming back again.¬† He’s got 99 problems but a pitch ain’t one.¬† This Thursday he returns after putting up a 1.59 ERA in the minors with nearly a K/IP.¬† Last year, 92 Ks in 91 1/3 IP.¬† I’d absolutely grab him in all leagues.
Edinson Volquez – 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners.¬† This is only his 2nd bad start out of 7 this year but his lack of control (more than 6 BB/9 IP) makes him a very risky mixed-league start.¬† I wouldn’t play Volquez unless it was MLB-sponsored Scrabble.
Alberto Callaspo – 2-for-4 and batting over .400 in the last week.¬† Also, batting near-.350 in August.¬† Not going to give you much power or speed, but he’s hitting for average and batting third.
Andres Torres – 1-for-3 with his 13th homer.¬† Still not clear how Cody Ross is working into the picture, but I’m guessing Torres’ playing time should be relatively safe.¬† Guillen and Burrell might have some splainin’ to do.
Rich Harden – Came off the DL to throw 6 2/3 hitless innings.¬† It seems like he always has a great start coming off the DL.¬† Unfortunately, those have been his only good 5 starts all season.
Jeff Mathis – 0-for-3 with 2 Ks.¬† Batting .197 on the year.¬† Has played 5 of the last six games.¬† Napoli leads the Angels in homers.¬† Napoli leads the major leagues in homers by catchers.¬† Napoli sat yesterday.
Jim Edmonds – Pulled from the game with a strained oblique that he injured while swinging.¬† Same thing once happened to a creepy guy at Hedonism.¬† Stubbs could see more playing time as a result.¬† That’s a pretty lukewarm endorsement of Stubbs.
Todd Helton – 4-for-4 as he answers the question, “Is Helton retired?”
Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-3 with his 20th steal.¬† Good to see him run since he just returned from a knee injury.
Ross Ohlendorf – After giving up a walk and a single, he left with a shoulder injury.¬† Call him Ailindorf.
Jose Tabata – 3-for-4 with his 13th steal as he bats .381 in his last 7 games.¬† I’m still on the fence with how much I’m going to like Tabata next year.¬† Feel free to push me one way or the other.