Eric Young, Jr. was in the September call up post, but it turns out he’s a preemie by a week.¬† Young has so many steals in the minors he’s worth a pickup in every league.¬† How many steals, you ask.¬† Well, I was getting there if you give me a second.¬† In the last four years of the minors, he has 87, 73, 46 and 58 steals, respectively.¬† Or disrespectfully, holy effin hey, are you kidding me?¬† In my never-ending rotation of schmohawks (thanks Beltran!), I dropped Alcides Escobar for Young in one league and chucked Drew Stubbs for him in another.¬† Will Young play every day?¬† Seems doubtful.¬† He has been playing in the outfield for at least a few days and will occasionally spell Barmes — B-A-R-M-E-S.¬† I think he’ll see four to five days a week, but for those needing steals, you know the drill.¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Johan Santana – Done for the season.¬† This, and his lackluster (for him) season, might actually help Johan come at a discount in 2010 drafts.¬† I wouldn’t reach for him because I don’t believe in drafting pitchers early, but I could see him falling into the 5th or 6th rounds of early drafts.¬† The reason why I specify early is because once Johan looks good in spring training, he’ll bump up a round or two.¬† Then if Johan looks terrible in March, you’ll want to trade him for Nick Markakis.¬† Oh, and your fly’s open.¬† Don’t ask me how I know.
Billy Wagner – Headed to the Sox before The Curse of the Shirtless Bernazard got him.¬† He’ll back up Papelbon and, as a commenter pointed out yesterday, hopefully he turns out better than The Gagne Experiment‚ĄĘ in 2007.
Hank Blalock – Will be a bench player and will be asked to perform Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.¬† This is good news for Chris Davis.¬† Now for Davis to do something with this vote of confidence.
Freddy Sanchez – Headed to the DL.¬† Postdate this next comment 2011:¬† The Giants trade for Sanchez will cost them dearly.
Jake Peavy – Doode just can’t win.¬† On the next to last batter in his last minor league start, he was hit on the elbow by a comebacker.¬† Cue Kudrow, “I did not need to see that!”¬† Now because of elbow soreness, he might not be able to pitch this Saturday vs. the Yanks.
Joba Chamberlain – 4 IP, 7 ER.¬† He’s going again on regular rest this Sunday vs. the Orioles, so I can kinda understand holding him until then, but he’s really unstartable.¬† Then, on top of that, he’s been skipped here and there.¬† Okay, he’s not unstartable; he’s unownable.
Jorge Posada – Hit his 16th homer yesterday.¬† I’m calling a bogey on February Grey who said Posada was done.¬† He obviously was not done.¬† Being wrong at catcher is the position to be wrong at, but nevertheless still wrong.
Robinson Cano – Hit his 20th homer yesterday.¬† Not wrong here, because in the preseason I put him in the ‚ÄúGood value before we get to total Crapolanco‚ÄĚ Tier.
Mat Latos – 7 IP, 2 baserunners, 0 ER in Atlanta.¬† I’m guessing a lot of people were sonavabenched on this one.
Jimmy Rollins – 2 HRs yesterday.¬† Coming up after the break, J. Rolled The Dorf.
Brad Lidge – No outs recorded, 3 earned.¬† Lidge has blown nine games this year, an 0-6 record and a 7.33 ERA.¬† If anyone happens to run into Lidge, give him my regards.¬† And, by regards, I mean the middle finger.¬† (BTW, On one team of mine, I had Lidge, Frank2, Capps and Bell all give up runs and blow three saves.¬† Bad week to quit sniffing glue.)
Ryan Doumit – Obviously just needed the additional push of me putting him in Friday’s Sell.¬† He now has 2 homers in his last three games.
Travis Snider – Hit another homer yesterday and now two in three games.¬† I have an idea, stop Kemping him and move him up the order.
Carlos Pena – 2 HRs.¬† Six homers in the last week and a half.¬† On August 13th, I asked how many homers does Pena have left in his bat?¬† I gave the over/under of 13.¬† That means he has an over/under of 7 left.
Carlos Zambrano – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER.¬† I admire Big Z for returning from the DL with a mustache, but this start did not make ‘stached men proud.¬† No, sir.¬† Clay Zavada and I may need to have a word with him.
Josh Willingham – 4-for-4, 2 HRs, 5 Runs and 6 RBIs.¬† This is the total production of Jose Reyes’s 2009 season.
Zach Grienke – 8 IP, 2 ER, 15 Ks.¬† *speechless*
Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.¬† His ERA is only .08 away from Greinke.¬† Cust kayin’.
Bronson Arroyo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks.¬† Continued his post-All-Star break march of excellence.¬† He’ll fool someone next March who thinks he’s going to be good in April, May and June.
Felipe Lopez – 4-for-5 with his 8th homer.¬† He left the game in the ninth and is day-to-day.¬† It’s nice and all that he’s hitting .319, but 6 steals on the year is not buttering the biscuit.
Howie Kendrick – HR yesterday as he started only his third game in the last week.¬† In some ways, I kinda understand what Scioscia is doing with Kendrick’s playing time.¬† I mean, everyone on the Angels is slap-hitting .300 right now.¬† He could run out there Dick Schofield and he’d hit .300.
Laynce Nix/Jayson Nix – 3 HRs combined yesterday.¬† Their older brother, Jaymes Nix got drunk.