Well you came and you gave without taking but I sent you away, oh Wandy….Wandy Rodriguez yesterday gave up four homers in five innings. That was one way to correct an abnormal home run rate. This is three starts now that he’s been rocked. His owners got a bye on the first one because they were called unearned runs. His 2nd one was some kind of marvel with the Pirates getting eight singles in 4 and two-thirds. Yesterday’s, well, that was an explosion. If anyone out there had the impression Wandy was going to be an under 2 ERA pitcher, that was a mistake. In April, I said, “(Wandy’s) not going to finish the year under a 3 ERA, so he will take some lumps at some point.” And that’s me quoting me! I mean, c’mon, it’s Wandy Rodriguez. He’s great. I love him. He’s my imaginary friend’s godfather. But, for Christmas sake, he’s 30 years old and his home run rate before last night was 1.4% (It should be near 11%). I’m still on the Wandwagon, but he’s a 3.75 pitcher. Remember, he’s also a 8 K/9 pitcher, which is still good. Even last night he K’d 7 guys between gopher balls. So, the wheels are wobbling on the Wandwagon, but they’re not off. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Jose Reyes – Torn hamstring tendon. The Mets are saying he can still come back next week. The Mets are not lying at all. Reyes will be back next week. (<– Grey being unrealistically optimistic because he just traded Dunn for him in one league.) If Tim Roth reads Razzball, he could’ve told you I just lied. This is bad news. All of his value is in his legs. A torn hamstring tendon? Honestly, I’m praying he’s back right after the All-Star Break. That’s my most realistic prediction.
J.J. Putz – For those holding out hope, Putz is headed to the Disgraceful List. Stop pulling your pud and release the Putz.
Andrew McCutchen – He batted leadoff and went 2-for-4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 1 steal and 1 incredibly difficult last name to spell. We might need Razzball Nation to come up with a decent nickname for him.
Miguel Cabrera – Hamstring injury forced him out of the game. Maybe he can get Miguel Olivo to rub it down with some hot oil. (<– It’s a hunch!)
Jeff Larish – Will see time if Miggy’s down for any amount of time. I’m assuming Leyland will bat Larish cleanup, because he locked the lineup card on Opening Day.
Nelson Cruz – Hit his 16th homer yesterday. But he’s just about at .300, that’s when the patented Cruz Stall takes over and he ends up back at .265 by June 20th.
Josh Hamilton – Looks like he’s headed for surgery, but will seek a 2nd opinion. Yesterday, he said it hurts when he’s “…turning over in bed. Or coughing. Or sneezing.” There’s no turning over in bed, coughing or sneezing in baseball!
Garrett Atkins – 2 HRs yesterday and now with 5. Now he’s one off the Subaru pace car that Teahen’s driving.
B.J. Upton – Hit a two-run homer. I didn’t see it, but my money’s on the scorer giving one of Zobrist’s bombs to Upton.
J.P Howell – Faced two righties as he got the save yesterday. Maddon may figure if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and go with Howell as the closer. Howell has a 2.28 ERA on the year, so it’s not broke.
Scott Baker – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks. See what happens when there’s no one on when you give up homers?
Jason Kubel – 2 HRs yesterday as he doubled his entire of month of May’s homer total. He’ll get to 22 homers this year, but it would be slow and tedious like watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Shane Victorino – The Flying Hawaiian’s takeoff has been delayed for a day with a sore hip. The Phils hope to have liftoff tomorrow.
Kyle Lohse – Headed to the DL. Tough break for leagues that only use pitchers whose last names are Lohse.
Jason Bartlett – Supposed to come back next Wednesday. If anyone dropped him when he went down, then stash him.
Alex Rios – 0-for-5 with 5 Ks. Rios refuses to let people get too excited about him. I don’t know, maybe it’s a fear of failure.
Adam Lind – 5-for-5, or the inverse of Rios. This 5-for-5 game comes on the heels of a week when he raised his average from .283 to .313. He’s a whole lot more interesting to me than Kubel, even if their numbers may end up being about the same come October.
Kevin Youkilis – Left the game with a tight right calf. Yesterday it was an ankle injury. He’s the Greek God of Limps.
Brett Anderson – 7 IP, 0 ER. Sorry, Brett, I’m still not picking you up in any league. Speaking of Bretts, there’s this guy where my girlfriend works named Brett who missed two days of work because he cut his gums on a tortilla chip and needed three stitches. Not even joking. I think my girlfriend works with Chipper Jones.
Chien-Ming Wang – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER. Picking up right where he left off…
Dontrelle Willis – Threw a no-hitter…and still gave up 5 runs. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the worst no-hitter since 2003 when Sidney Ponson blanked the Phillies for one batter then gave up 8 runs. Actually, they didn’t say that. Though overheard this week at the Elias Sports Bureau compound, “Jim, from Accounting, paged himself to the front desk three times in one day for a new record. The third time he got to the front desk, he was fired.”
Randy Johnson – Hey, boys and 2 girls, it’s personal ancedote time! Rudy and I were in Vegas for New Year’s Eve about seven years ago. So we’re discussing keepers, not fantasy baseball ones, but this girl I was dating. She was NOT a keeper. Between our third and fourth Red Bull and Vodkas, I head off to the bathroom. I have the bladder of an 8th grader. (No, I wasn’t a donor recipient. I’m saying, I pee frequently.) So I’m at the urinal and guess who walks up to the urinal next to me? Randy Johnson. Stoked, I blurt out, “Hey, it’s the Big Unit!” Probably wrong place, wrong time.