David Wright was released from the hospital yesterday after tests showed that he was okay from Saturday’s beaning.¬† When he first went down, the Mets had some serious concerns when Wright couldn’t answer straightforward questions like, “Who’s our starting shortstop?” “Who plays 1st?”¬† “Who’s the shirtless guy hiding in Jerry Manual’s locker?”¬† Wright might be out for the season.¬† Probably be the best thing that could happen to his fantasy owners.¬† The wait for his power to return can finally end.¬† Though I wouldn’t drop him in one year leagues until it’s official he’s not returning, unless room on your DL is spare.¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Nick Johnson – Left with a hamstring injury.¬† He seemed to be in good spirits after the game, smiling in locker room pictures.
Nate McLouth – McLousy’s out for a few days after aggravating his hamstring injury and his fantasy owners.
Luke Scott – HR yesterday.¬† He credits the homer to finally feeling better from the flu.¬† I guess he had the dreaded 1,700 Hour Flu.
Nick Markakis – Sparkakis!¬† He now has 14 homers on the year.¬† He needs ten more to get in my good graces.¬† Chucking in seven steals along the way wouldn’t hurt either.¬† Yes, it’s a pipe dream, but it’s my pipe dream.
Erick Aybar – 3-for-6, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs and 2 steals.¬† Since the All-Star Break, there’s been few MI schmohawks to fill a line like EA – get in the game!
Torii Hunter – Returned to the lineup and went 2-for-6 with 2 RBIs, while batting sixth.¬† Might take him a few days to a week before he’s moved back up the order.¬† Then again, we’re talking about Scioscia.
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 HRs yesterday.¬† How about you give me your password and I’ll pick him up?
Chris Coghlan – 5-for-10 in the doubleheader with a HR yesterday.¬† Yesterday was a good day for Friday’s Buy guys.
Aaron Cook – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER. About a week ago, turf toe sidelined him.¬† This start makes me think he’s not completely over it.¬† I wouldn’t start him anywhere until we see a decent game.¬† Then again, most of you probably don’t start him anywhere anyway.
Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, 5 ER.¬† Speaking of pitchers who just don’t seem right.
Hunter Pence – Homers now in back-to-back games.¬† Love to see him explode in the final month-plus like a Spinal Tap drummer.
Julio Borbon – 4 steals on Saturday, 2-for-3 on Sunday.¬† He’ll be leading off for the next week vs. righties until Cruz returns.¬† If you need steals, grab him now.¬† There’s no time for this Borbon to age.¬† Oofa!
Junichi Tazawa – 5 IP, 4 ER.¬† I told you my trepidation on Tazawa in Friday’s Buy/Sell.¬† And that’s me alluding to me!
Grady Sizemore – HR and steal yesterday as he went 2-for-4.¬† Since the All-Star Break, he has 4 homers and two steals.¬† I really wish the Indians would just shut him down so I have no reservations about drafting him next year.¬† (1 Pun Point for Grey.)
Taylor Teagarden/Kelly Shoppach – HR for each yesterday as The Catchers That Had Everyone Caca-Cuckoo In 2008 rise again.
Colby Rasmus – HR yesterday.¬† In his short time in the majors, Colby has shown himself to be hella streaky.¬† (Hella’s for the 18-35 males.)¬† Right now, Colby is hella hot.¬† If you need OF help, get’m while they’re hot.
Ryan Howard – 2 HRs yesterday.¬† For one of my teams, I hope he goes on one of his 10 homer month tears.¬† For a different team where I don’t own him, I hope he tanks.¬† Only Natalie Imbruglia knows how I feel.
Brad Lidge – When a manager brings a closer in for a one out save, it’s called kid gloves.
Rafael Soriano – Figured out a way to explain his recent gopher ball troubles, he says he’s dealing with shoulder problems.¬†¬† I still maintain he’s going to lose save opps in the near future.
Clayton Richard – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, but 12 baserunners as he tied his owners to the WHIPping post.¬† But he’s a HodgePadre and shouldn’t have been started in this game anyway.¬† But II, The Return of But:¬† He threw so many walks and he gets the same team next time at Petco (Cards) that I probably won’t start him there in most leagues.
Joba Chamberlain – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners vs. the Mariners.¬† Potatoes to chips, I like the way the Yankees are babying him this year (skipping him and whatnot), but I like it for next year.¬† For this year, it’s not helping his value when he’s skipped then throws a bucket of fake puke over the movie theater balcony.
Rajai Davis – Stole his third base in four games yesterday.¬† How is he owned in only 17.5% of ESPN leagues?¬† I know 75% of ESPN leagues are abandoned, but still.¬† He should be owned everywhere.
Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-5, HR yesterday.¬† I wonder if Adrian calls up other teams pretending to be Kevin Towers and tries to trade himself.
Randy Wolf – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 Ks.¬† And he hit a homer or as frequent commenter, Steve, said, “Wolfman jack!”
Josh Willingham – HR yesterday, 3 RBIs and offered all of his green M&M’s to sweeten the Nats deal for Strasburg.
Geoff Blum – Hit his ninth homer yesterday.¬† Here’s something to blow your mind.¬† Geoff Blum’s power > Vladimir Guerrero’s power.¬† Want more?¬† Geoff Blum’s power > David Wright’s power.