The Giants report John Bowker will steal time away Randy Winn. Might take a bulk of the at-bats at first away from Aurilla. This is terrific news for Bowker and the Giants. But for you the fantasy baseball player, I say, “Eh.” Bowker’s minor league stats show a guy who struck out a lot, didn’t walk too much and is being slightly rushed. Could he be a surprise feel-good story for the Giants and fantasy owners? Maybe, but very doubtful. In his last full season of minor league ball (at AA), he went 79/.307/22/90 with 103 strikeouts and 44 walks in 522 at-bats. Decent enough numbers, but this season he should be in Triple A showing that his Double A numbers aren’t a fluke. If I have an empty bench slot, I’d grab a middle reliever before I went anywhere near John Bowker. If you’re in dire need of an outfielder, go Bowkers! But Bowker might be back in the minors in a month.

Andruw Jones – He was batting eighth. If you have him, unfurl your contingency plans — stat.

Corey Patterson – He went into a slide, now he’s not even playing against righties. Not good, friend. Not good at all.

Xavier Nady – Now batting .347 with 17 RBIs. I told you three weeks ago, you never know where hot streaks are going to come from or for how long they’re going to last. Cust kayin’.

Matt Murton – He was called up and benched. Hope he enjoyed sex with Piniella’s wife or whatever it was that put him in the perennial doghouse.

Matt Diaz – He’s sitting against righties again. This could continue indefinitely. It’s much worse than Kelly Johnson sitting against lefties because of the sheer number of righty pitchers.

John Maine – Looked good. Think he can get much better.

Tim Hudson – Don’t take this wrong way, I like him, but he didn’t look that good yesterday. Lots of balls hit hard.

Calos Villanueva – Other than some early inning wildness, he looked decent. Would’ve liked to have seen more Ks, but still a good start.

Mark Reynolds – Why anyone is throwing him fastballs is behind me, but he went deep again. Fingercuffing sucks.

Armando Galarraga – All he does is win! I wouldn’t pick him up. If you can not look good pitching 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, he did it.

Eugenio Velez – On every other team, he’d be in the minors or a pinch runner.

Joba Chamberlain – Hank Steinbrenner said only “an idiot” would keep Joba as a setup man. Cashman and Girardi said they’re idiots then. Good to see no matter what Stein is behind the wheel, same nonsense.

Adam Wainwright – If I were the type to boost my preseason predictions after three weeks, I would boost his.

Michael Bourn – He already has 13 steals. Could he get 70 steals? Yup. In December of ’07, I said to draft Bourn not only because of the steals, but “…Baseball America pointed out (Bourn) as having the “Best Strike Zone Discipline.” Okay, not exactly Best Newcomer at the AVN Awards, but strike zone discipline is not a bad thing to have for a leadoff man. I’m talking to you, Granderson.” And that’s me quoting me.

  1. Steve says:

    I have Andruw but didn’t draft him til the 13th round and have hardly used him so hasn’t hurt me too bad.

    Gave him a shot in the GABP today.

    Shouldn’t have.

  2. DP says:

    Mr. Grey:

    Pickup Jair Jurgens or:

    Scott Baker ?

    Baker looks a little better but ATL will give more run support than MIN.

    P.S. Dropping Germano for him, wow did he get his tits lit.

  3. josh says:

    time to cut bait on velez? right now i’m still holding on to him in leagues where i have a weak MI, but is he even worth the bench spot?

    you pimped some good players this year. you’ve definitely helped my teams from being a lot grosser than they are. bourn in particular has been huge so far. thanks again for all info and opinions

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @josh: He looks atrocious. I would cut bait on Velez, fo sho.

  5. i LOVED velez but he’s been awful. i dropped him yesterday in one league for mark ellis. i’ve kept him in one league but only as a 3-day reprieve since they are playing the san diego ‘green light’ padres….

    so disappointed. thought he could be a 40-50 SB steal. if he could only learn to hit/get on base….

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    You realize he’s now going to steal three bases in tomorrow’s game.

  7. tomorrow is maddux. if it was chris young, though….jeez….cc sabathia could steal 2nd on him….

  8. Steve says:

    Guys – Bell, Broxton and Izzy have made something of a ‘dent’ in my ERA and WHIP today.

    Could either Boof @ Oakland or Hammel v Toronto tomorrow help me out?

  9. Steve says:

    Or Gaudin v Boof?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    I’d go Chaudin, Hammel then Boof, but prefer to do none.

  11. Steve says:

    So would I but my guys have given up 8 runs in, like, 5 innings so needs must.
    Plus, Corpas has been dropped in my league and I have the #1 waiver spot. Should I?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    I think Corpas *may be* in trouble of losing his job. But he has not yet. You gotta pick him up.

  13. Steve says:

    Re: Gaudin – I don’t want to jinx him, but Grey (as with Cliff Lee last week) I am again not worthy.

    I have my waiver claim in for Corpas. What say you now? It’s been no day for relievers in Coors today…

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I don’t think Corpas loses the job indefinitely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Fuentes (who hasn’t been that great either) starts to factor in. This Rockies team thinks they can compete so they’re going to do whatever it takes to win. If that means bumping Corpas, they might. But with all of that said, what are you going to do with your waiver pick? Is this league filled with people dropping good players? Do you really need saves? All I know is until Hurdle says Corpas is no longer the reliever, he is the reliever and if you have a #1 waiver pick, I use it on Corpas.

  15. Steve says:

    Zimmerman got cast to the wire the other day, but apart from that, nothing much has wound up there.
    I have four closers anyway, but being relievers-only, another can’t hurt. Even if Fuentes takes over I figure Corpas would have plenty of value as an MR – especially as my league counts holds.
    After Lee and Gaudin, why would I doubt you? ;-)

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