Jose Tabata, the Latin 21, one-time lauded Yankee prospect, was initially heralded as a power corner-OF but wrist issues have seem to have inspired Tabata to become the next Nyjer Morgan.¬† He’ll likely have a harder time outrunning MLB catcher throws than those in AAA.¬† And, much like his doughelganger ciabatta, the rest of his stats may be tough to swallow.¬† (BTW, does he realize that the B in SB stands for base, not baby?¬† Similar misconception for Kris Benson when he found out that SO stands for strikeouts and not slutty outfits.)¬† Tabata went 2-for-4 with a steal, leaving with a leg cramp.¬† He’ll be fine.¬† I’d grab him in all but the shallowest leagues for steals.¬† You could get some power.¬† What’s the worst that happens?¬† He goes 0-for-35 and steals your baby?¬† Big whoop!¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Brad Lincoln – 6 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.¬† The Nats were treated to another major league debut… Jose Tabata.¬† Oh, and Lincoln.¬† I just went over Brad Lincoln for fantasy.¬† After watching him, he didn’t change my mind about only grabbing him in NL-Only leagues.
Neil Walker – 2-for-5 and a steal, batting .327 in 55 ABs since his call-up while hitting in the 2-hole.¬† Speaking of two holes…
Geovany Soto – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.¬† It’s why you Ron Popeil your catchers and “Set it and forget it.”
Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5 and 2 homers to give him 9 on the year.¬† Hey, career year, what’s going on?¬† Say hello to your mother for me!
Randy Wolf – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER and gave up 5 homers.¬† Wolfman jacked!¬† I figured he’d fall back to earth hard after last year, but I didn’t even think it would be this bad.
John Ely – Torre said he wanted to start “taking care of Ely.”¬† So he’s skipping his next turn so Ely can face the Red Sox next in Fenway.¬† Thanks, Torre!
Jake Arrieta – As frequent commenter, 3FingersBrown, said in the comments, “Arrieta makes his debut (today) against the Yanks because that‚Äôs a great lineup for a young pitcher to gain confidence against in his first big league start.¬† It‚Äôs as though they watched Strasburg and said, ‚ÄúThat worked out great!¬† Let’s do the opposite.‚ÄĚ¬† He doesn‚Äôt even have Shutdown Sauce to back him up, so at best he‚Äôll get to see a great start blown by the bullpen.¬† Sad, silly team there in Charm City.”¬† Stephen broke down Jake Arrieta for fantasy.¬† Outside of AL-Only or keeper leagues, I wouldn’t go near him.¬† Forget those O’s pitchers, bad division, terrible team.
Ryan Ludwick – Hit his 10th homer.¬† Guess he’s only good every other year.¬† We will call him, Ludwick Van Evenyears.
David Price – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.¬† Wasn’t the prettiest of wins for Price.¬† Was the kinda wins that make me think his ERA might catch up to his FIP.¬† But right now I’m kicking myself in the no-no area for labeling him a sleeper in the preseason and then not drafting him anywhere.¬† Damn, this was my year to get him too, because you know next year’s he’s gonna be… Wait for it… Here it comes… Hmm… I thought it was here… Did I leave it in the car?… Oh, no, it’s here.¬† He’ll be overrated.
Carlos Pena – And another homer.¬† Yeah, gonna have to up the over/under homer total for June to 10.
Delmon Young – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in 3 games.¬† I could see him being a post-hype sleeper next year.¬† Never know, he might string a streak together right now.
Justin Masterson – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Red Sawx, a team no one in their right mind would start him against.¬† It’s a snide remark under his breath, it’s pretending to not see you… No, it’s Justin Masterson:¬† The Passive Aggressive Fantasy Starter.
Felipe Paulino – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.¬† Has actually been a very serviceable deep league option.¬† No chance for wins and a bit too wild for straight roto mixed leagues, but I’d grab him in H2H leagues if he had the right matchup.¬† And that’s me sorta, kinda endorsing him!
Sean Rodriguez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and hitting around .330 over the last week and a nine game hitting streak.¬† Currently, hitting everyone but he has a .344 average vs. lefties and a .203 average vs. righties.¬† Was a favorite of mine coming into the year.¬† Right now, he looks startable, but could be a platoon guy.
Shaun Marcum – 4 IP, 7 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks.¬† You get through the Red Sawx and the Yankees and then you have to deal with the Rays.¬† This is the biggest problem I have with AL East pitchers.¬† There’s no let up– Oh, Marcum gets the Padres and Giants next.¬† Yes, please!
Brennan Boesch – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer in a row.¬† Or as he tells himself in the mirror every morning, “You are Boesch-a-boom-boom!”¬† Now batting near .500 over his last 7 games.
Alexei Ramirez – Hit his 6th homer.¬† As he’s wont to do, he’s getting hot with the weather.¬† Yes, wont.
Ryan Hanigan – Progressing well from his fractured thumb, still life goes on with Corky Miller.
Drew Stubbs – 2-for-4 with his 7th homer and 2 Ks.¬† He hits for power, has blazing speed, but strikes out like a madman.¬† That’s the Stubbs rub.
Aaron Harang – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.¬† He’ll be in this afternoon’s post about starters who should be much better.¬† So postdate my ‘I told you so.’
Adam Jones – 1-for-3 with a steal.¬† That makes me even happier than his homer the other day.¬† Now at least he’s giving value besides the occasional homer.¬† Git r dun, Pacman!
Nick Markakis – 2-for-5, 0 Runs and 0 RBIs.¬† Now hitting .293 with 3 homers and 1 steal on the year.¬† Has there ever been a more yawnstipating three hole hitter?¬† I know Sparkakis, and you, sir, are not him.¬† Turn in your codpiece.
Jayson Werth – Before the game was postponed, Werth was out of the lineup again in favor of Ben Francisco.¬† Maybe Charlie Manuel and Jayson Werth can resolve their differences.¬† Or Jayson could hit him in the back with a folding chair, jump from the top of his locker and drop the elbow!
Buster Posey – Hit his first home run.¬† It was a moon shot too.¬† Eli Whiteside bartered with the fan to get the ball back.¬† “What, you don’t like garlic fries?¬† I’ll send you some lox from my guy in New York.¬† Be a mensch…. Buster’s mishpocheh.”