Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: April 9, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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I would have him in a Rays jersey, but it only lasted 5 games

The big news on Friday was that 12 time All Star Manny Ramirez retired.  Word is that he failed a drug test in Spring Training.  Since that was his second offense he was looking at a 100 game suspension.  Manny played for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rays and was a .312 career hitter with 555 HRs and 1831 RBIs.  He started off this season for the Rays in a 1-17 slump before being benched.

Injury news :

OK it took me about 5 minutes of talking to myself in the mirror telling myself it was gonna be alright to post this.  Marlins SS and consensus #2 overall draft pick Hanley Ramirez left in the 7th inning tonight with a lower leg injury.  He had to be carried off the field.  Later updates said he’s day to day and it’s not as serious as it seemed as first.  Now I’m day to day with heart palpitations.

Cardinals OF Matt Holliday was rumored to return to the lineup today, but he remains out after his appendectomy.

Marlins young slugger Mike Stanton returned to pinch hit on Thursday night, but was out of the starting lineup on Friday night.  He did pinch hit and did his Derek Jeter impression and hit into a double play.

Orioles SS JJ Hardy missed Friday night’s game and is officially listed as day to day with tightness in his rib cage.

Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie eyes Sunday for his return from pneumonia.  So that’s why pitchers wear jackets between innings!!

Orioles HITTER Luke Scott returned to LF on Thursday night and went 1-3 with a double and a run scored.  How are the Orioles doing so well with these injury issues??

Another Oriole 2B Brian Roberts has been hospitalized Friday night with stomach issues.  He told doctors he hasn’t felt this bad since watching that Ronald Reagan film.

Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew returned to the lineup on Friday.

Astros speedster Michael Born returned Friday.  Apparently management gave him an ULTIMATUM.

The Blue Jays got back OF Jose Bautista after the birth of his daughter.  Congratulations again!  But SS Yunel Escobar remained out with concussion symptoms.

CLOSER UPDATES :

The Royals have one of the best closers in the game in Joakim Soria.  He’s not in any danger of losing his job.  He is however, annually mentioned in trade rumors.  The Royals have the undisputed #1 farm system in baseball.  Besides all the young sluggers and starting pitchers they have, they also have a closer named Louis Coleman who is lighting it up down there.  Those in dynasty or keeper leagues might want to remember his name, especially if Soria gets traded.  This early in the season however, the Royals are playing well.

The Rays however are not.  Besides BJ Upton, none of their hitters are doing ANYTHING yet.  It’s early.  For fantasy owners there is another problem.  Who is their closer?  They haven’t had a save situation yet.  They’ve only scored 1 run in 5 of their 6 losses.  It’s yet to be seen whether Jake McGee or Joel Peralta will be closing games for them.  Kyle Farnsworth is lurking and he has closer experience.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  I wrote this before the night games.  Farnsworth ended up getting the save tonight as they scored 5 runs in the 9th off of Matt Thornton.  Thornton for the White Sox has 0 saves and 2 blown saves.  Tonight there were 3 errors involved so there were no earned runs.

Today’s games :

A couple of rough starts today for pitchers in the Red Sox home opener.  They got their first win of the season today over their rival Yankees.  The winning pitcher was John Lackey, and his numbers where Charlie Sheen-like.  No, not #WINNING, but a TRAIN WRECK.  After this game his season ERA is 15.58 and he’s given up runs in 9 of the 10 innings he’s pitched.  Today he gave up 6 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings.  On the bright side, his season ERA is lower than that of Friday’s counterpart Phil Hughes.  Hughes gave up a matching 6 runs and 7 hits in only 2 innings.  Maybe they had a side bet going?  His season ERA is up to 16.50.  He would be leading the Sixers in scoring with a number that high.  0 strikeouts today.  His velocity is still down, and he threw predominately cutters at the Red Sox due to no confidence in his fastball.  I expected this from AJ Burnett, but not Hughes.

Let me speak a bit about the elephant in the room.  Yes I’m talking about the future Hall of Famer, EL CAPITAN Derek Jeter.  Jeter is going to be the only Yankee ever to have 3,000 career hits this year.  It would be IMPOSSIBLE to criticize one of the greatest players I’ve ever witnessed on a daily basis.  HOWEVER, in my humble opinion I think they need to move him out of the 2 hole.  Maybe they are waiting for either Granderson or Swisher to heat up a bit, but his propensity to hit into double plays takes any advantage that Gardner has with his speed away.  OK so much for a quick update tonight.

Pitchers duel in Minnesota today.  Carl Pavano got the win today by going 8 innings giving up 4 hits with 1R, 1BB & 1K.  The tough luck loser was Brett Anderson of the A’s.  He went 8 innings and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits with 0 walks and 5 Ks.  He’s winless on the season with a 1.93 ERA.  Twins Joe Nathan picked up his 3rd save.

The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers were rained out Friday night.  Two of the hottest teams in all of baseball will play a doubleheader Saturday.

Albert Pujols the #1 player in fantasy baseball is now 5-28 on the season.  Although he did single in a run today and steal a base.  In that Cardinals/Giants game both closers dueled to see who could give the game away.  In the top of the 9th Cards closer Ryan Franklin  blew the save.  But then in the bottom of the 9th Giants closer Brian Wilson blew his save opportunity.  He gave up 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs to let the Cardinals send the game to extra innings.  The Giants ended up winning in 12, so he didn’t even get a cheap win out of it.  I’ve heard that referred to as a Dirty Fuentes.  Giants starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez had 7 Ks in 5 IP but didn’t factor in the decision.

Phillies SP Cliff Lee was roughed up today by the Braves.  6 runs & 10 hits over only 3 1/3 innings while striking out 3.

Ian Kennedy got the win over the Reds while pitching 8 innings of 1 run ball with 6 hits, 1 walk and 9 Ks.  Travis Wood was the loser giving up 6 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.  He had 4 Ks & 2 walks.

Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco got the win over the Astros going 8 innings and scattering 8 hits and 2 runs with 0 walks and 2 Ks.  The opposing starter Wandy Rodriguez also had a good outing and got a No Decision.  He scattered 8 hits over 7 inings with 1 run, 0 walks and 2 Ks.

SP Kyle Drabek of the Blue Jays turned in a No Decision tonight going 6 innings giving up 6 hits with only 1 ER, 4 BBs & 5Ks.  His opponent for the Angels Ervin Santana took the loss.  He went 8 innings, gave up 6 hits, 3 ERs with 1 BB & 7Ks.

If you are in a VERY deep league, Seattle SP Jamie Vargas gave up 9 hits and 7 runs in 3 1/3 IP with 0 BBs & 1 K against the Indians.

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Comments
  1. This could be one of those years where you can pick up a different clpser every week. maybe these guys are missing their roids.

  2. pylon92 says:

    Jeter is prodding the DONE List.

  3. pylon92 says:

    Oh, and Manny ink him on the DONE List!

  4. Mervin says:

    Huge follower from this blog, a ton of your posts have definitely helped me out. Looking towards news!

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