When you drafted John Lackey and/or Ervin Santana in your fantasy baseball leagues, you probably didn’t know that you weren’t going to see either of them until the middle of May.¬† Last year, Lackey suffered from a strained triceps (I think that’s near the biceps — I should’ve been a doctor!) and returned to solid results.¬† In 163 1/3 innings, he had a 3.75 ERA and 130 Ks.¬† In the abbreviated 1st half, he had a 2.47 ERA and 1.80 and 1.16 in May and June, respectively.¬† But in the 2nd half, he had a 4.99 ERA.¬† Red flag, right?¬† Not entirely.¬† He gave up more home runs than his career rate and there’s no reason to think he should give up that many homers again.¬† However, he’s not getting guys to swing and miss like he used to.¬† So a better 2nd half, but he’s not a 2.47 ERA pitcher for the whole year either.¬† Think 3.50/1.22 and 10 wins in 20+ starts.¬† Then there’s Ervin Santana.¬† He showed up on the risky pitchers list and promptly went down with an elbow injury.¬† This was probably due to being overworked last year.¬† The last two months of rest probably did his arm good, but he’s still a risky proposition.¬† He’s much more of an unknown on how he’ll bounce back this year.¬† If he returns with solid results in the first couple of starts, I’d try to flip him for a different piece unless you’re strapped for pitchers.¬† Don’t sell him for fiddy cents on the dollar.¬† Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Carlos Delgado – Out a couple games with a nagging hip injury.¬† No fear – the Mets have…Fernando Tatis?¬† What does Omar Minaya do all winter?¬† Can you think of another team that doesn’t have a backup 1B on the roster or in AAA that is better than Fernando Tatis?¬† The Mets should trade for Kila Ka’aihue in the hopes he can be their lucky Hawaiian buddha like Benny Agbayani was.
Matt LaPorta – Seems to only be playing against lefties.¬† Makes him very difficult to own in mixed leagues.
Adam Rosales – 3-for-5, HR yesterday, batting .295 for the year.¬† He’s filled in for me for Aramis in one very deep league and it’s worked out pretty well thus far.
Felipe Lopez – 3-for-4 with a homer.¬† You would think he was in an 0-for-100 slump with how many questions I get about whether he’s any good to own.¬† He’s a 2nd baseman going 20/20 and currently batting .323.
Justin Upton – Hit his 7th homer yesterday.¬† He’s breaking out.¬† Conor Jackson is breaking out too.¬† With chicken pox or shingles or something.
Derrek Lee – The bulging disk in his neck was ruled not career threatening.¬† His hitting on the other hand….
Derek Lowe – 5-1 with a 3.80 ERA.¬† The ERA is about where you expect it.¬† The Wins are a bit fluky.¬† Watching him pitch is like watching an artist mow his lawn.
Jhonny Peralta and Alexei Ramirez – 4-for-9 with 5 RBIs.¬† Rejoicing for everyone who just picked them up on the cheap.¬† Grumblings of “About fhuxeing time” for those that have had them since draft day.
Lastings Milledge – Suffered a broken finger in Triple A.¬† Luckily, he’s got a backup from when the Nats gave him the finger earlier this year.