After seeing Edwin Jackson pitch yesterday, I felt as happy as this guy on the inside.¬† I ran around my block yelling “Yuuuuupppp” like Dave Hester in Storage Wars.¬† I went to Coldstone Creamery and got a low fat sundae that had 2700 calories and I ate it (with extra jimmies)!¬† Yesterday, Jackson’s line was 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners and 13 Ks.¬† He’s now 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 20 Ks in 14 innings.¬† Giddy up, snitches!¬† Sure, like I tell my girlfriends, beware the small sample size, but I liked Jackson throughout the preseason.¬† Wanna see where I wrote my Edwin Jackson fantasy in sparkle dust?¬† Click on that link-a-ma-thingie.¬† Right now, Jackson is owned in 29.1% of ESPN leagues.¬† Even when you consider 40% of all ESPN leagues are already abandoned, it’s still too low.¬† BTW, if other fantasy sites tell you to pick up Edwin Jackson now, tell them to go eff themselves, Razzball told you back in January.¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Lastings Milledge – White Sox designated him for assignment.¬† That assignment is to stop sucking.
Trevor Cahill – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Blue Kays.¬† Here’s what I said in the preseason, “Makes sense that Cahill can‚Äôt even buy a K in his last name.¬† In 2009, Cahill‚Äôs K-rate was 4.53.¬† Last year, it was 5.40.¬† It‚Äôs a good trend but I‚Äôll wait until 2012 when it‚Äôs actually up to something presentable.¬† No Ks is a than, but no thans.¬† He‚Äôll probably have an ERA over 4.00 in 2011, but I‚Äôll be generous and give him‚Ä¶ 2011 Projections:¬† 8-9/3.90/1.15/130”¬† And that’s me quoting me!¬† I’m still on board with all that.¬† His xFIP was high last year and his K-rate was atrocious.¬† Now the interesting thing about Cahill — and, yes, when I say interesting, I probably mean not that interesting — he had a solid K-rate in the minors.¬† If Cahill strikes out guys this year, I’d only rank it a 5 on a scale of surprising.¬† Or about as surprising as food poisoning from all you can eat sushi.
Ricky Romero – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.¬† Even though he pitches in the AL East, I’d own him because RR Cool Jay is doing it well.
Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.¬† Carmona looked good which isn’t a compliment to him but an indictment of the Sox right now.¬† Somebody cover Ted Williams’ frozen head, he shouldn’t have to see the Red Sox like this.
Sam Fuld – 1-for-3, 3 steals.¬† To paraphrase Kanye, “Let’s have a toast for those that steal three bags…”
B.J. Upton – 2-for-4, hitting .364 on the year.¬† Not sure what it is, maybe he was getting cold there in Longoria’s shadow, but Upton is about the only Ray currently hitting.¬† (Yeah, I went from Kanye to Bette Midler in the matter of two blurbs.¬† You’re welcome.)
Esmil Rogers – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.¬† Member when Rockie pitchers were unownable?¬† That was sooooo 2009!¬† Rogers works with a mid-90’s fastball, slider, changeup– Wait, who am, Stephen?¬† Rogers should have a mid to high 7 K-rate and be in the rotation for at least a month.¬† If he impresses, the Rockies will leave him in the rotation.¬† In deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues, I’d grab him to see if you can ride the lightning in a bottle or whatever that cliche is.
Jon Niese – 4 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.¬† His leash shouldn’t be crazy long, but this was a tough match-up.¬† You gotta give him a little more slack.
Wilson Valdez – 4-for-4, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs.¬† It’s always interesting to see how players react to the threat of everyday violence from their fan base.¬† So far Valdez has done okay in Citizens Flank, but I imagine that will end shortly.
John Axford – Everyone’s favorite closer to lose their job in the first week of the season now has back-to-back saves.
Shaun Marcum – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.¬† Not quite as dominant as I want to see him every time out *cough* like Edwin Jackson *cough* but this was a step in the right direction.¬† BTW, am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that the Brewers are playing Nyjer and Gomez at the same time?¬† Opposing teams just need to shine a flashlight onto a wall to get them to run off base.
Ian Desmond – Led off and went 2-for-5 with 2 steals.¬† Now 6 for his last 10.¬† Yeah, you probably shouldn’t have dropped him after three bad games.
Sam LeClure – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.¬† Doesn’t it seem like terrible pitchers do well on short schedule days?¬† Yeah, so that got me thinking… As many of you are aware, my IQ falls somewhere between brilliant and brilliantly stupid.¬† The technical term is “Hit or Miss.”¬† I wasn’t sure if this one theory I had was hit or miss, so I contacted frequent commenter, Simply Fred, like I was Tom Cruise contacting Ving Rhames to crack a safe.¬† I told him my theory — Hitters do worse on travel days (Monday and Thursday).¬† Simply Fred then went and did the ERAs for each day of the week. Turned out this theory was a miss.¬† There’s no correlation.
Scott Rolen – 1-for-1 with his 2nd homer.¬† Last year, 17 homers pre-All-Star break.¬† 3 homers afterwards.
Alex Avila – Hit his 2nd homer in two games.¬† Now let the comments commence (say that fast 117 times!) about whether you should pick up Avila.
A.J. Burnett – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.¬† If you ask me in the comments if you should start Burnett, I’m probably going to say no because I wouldn’t own him.¬† Or I’m going to say yes if you own him.
Adam Moore – Torn meniscus.¬† Simultaneously, the Appendix, Intercostal and Oblique scream, “Get in line!”
Adam Jones – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, HR and a steal for the always delicious slam & legs.¬† Yesterday, I couldn’t believe I was getting questions asking about dropping Jones or picking up a dropped Jones.¬† Really?¬† After 5 games?
Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.¬† I hope this is because he had a short Spring Training.¬† I really hope so.¬† Do I think it is?¬† Yes, but I’m answering with my fingers crossed.
Nishioka Tsuyoshi – Fractured fibula.¬† No lie.
Luke Hughes – We have a new Aussie major leaguer.¬† Let’s hope he didn’t share a bed with this koala.¬† (Sorry, Snookie, that koala makes STDs look cute.)¬† Hughes hasn’t shown much power in the minors… or speed… or average, but he did hit well in Spring Training (6 homers).¬† I grabbed him in one league where I lost Nishioka.¬† As of right now, I would grab him in AL-Only leagues.¬† The inherent problem with Hughes is the Twins might just play Matt Tolbert.¬† And that’s The Tolbert Report.