Yeah about that headline. Sorry. It was just too good to not use. I promise to keep it clean for awhile after this and that Doug Fister line.
Travis Wood (23%) was humming through five innings and then went limp in the sixth. The final line wasn't awful, but it could have been much better [5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 ER, 3 K]. Wood was on a string of good games after a horrible start to the season. I liked Travis coming (I'm not going to say, "I liked Wood coming") into the season and I still do. The strikeouts and walks are nice (7.69 K/9 vs 2.68 BB/9), it's just that ugly BABIP (.344). I know Travis is giving up plenty of line drives, but he does have a solid track record for limiting base hits and the defense behind him is pretty good. I'm still a believer. Anyone standing next to me?
More MLB action after the jump. Of course we're talking about the lesser-owned players and finishing with some bullpen news.
After his eight inning, one run, 5/1 K/BB outing Thursday night, fantasy GMs might be thinking about taking a trip to the free agent wire in search of the name Derek Holland.
In 2009, Derek Holland was rated as the 31st best prospect by Baseball America. Over 287 minor league innings, Holland posted a 2.47 ERA with 9.5 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9--That's damn good. However, his transition to the big leagues has been met with more than a few roadblocks.
Doug Fister (4% owned) isn't a great pitcher by any means, but if you can sacrifice a few strikeouts for a solid ERA/WHIP you may find Doug to be of use. He put up a solid line against his division rivals and went toe-to-toe with Dan Haren [8 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, ER, 2 K]. Fister now owns a 1.29 WHIP and 2.93 ERA. When Brandon Beachy hit the DL in 14-team head-to-header, I added Fister so I technically own a share. All my Beachys love me, you ain't fucking with my Dougie.
More Thursday MLB action after the jump.
Like Mr. Teaford's hometown, Milwaukee will be full of fog and drunken 8-year olds.
Photo Credit: gwire
The weekend is almost upon us so we're gonna celebrate by serving up a double-stuffed edition of The Cheeks Weather Report. We've had a rough couple of days weather wise, but everything is always better on the weekend. Things look to be pretty calm for the opening of interleague play yet, as always, we need to be aware of a few potential problems.
Friday May 20th
NYM vs. NYY The subway series kicks off with a 52% chance of all night thunderstorms. The New York weather has been gloomy for most of the week, but aside from one Mets postponement it hasn't caused nearly the havoc that was originally predicted. Check back before game time, but I'm pretty sure this one will be fine with maybe a small delay or two.
STL vs. KC 70% chance of thunderstorms all night long.
Saturday May 21st
LAD vs. CWS 62% chance of thunderstorms.
STL vs. KC 45% chance of thunderstorms.
COL vs. MIL These two are losers who couldn't find an AL team with whom to play so their moms convinced them to matchup against each other. Their play date, however, may be interrupted as there is a 59% chance of thunderstorms. There's also a fog warning that may make this game look like an early morning in Mr. Teaford's hometown.
This pretty much sums up Danny Duff's MLB debut.
Duff Man's MLB debut didn't go quite as planned, unless the plan was to walk six batters in four innings. I'm guessing that wasn't the case though. So it wasn't a fairy tale beginning for the Royals prospect, oh well. The good news is we can scoop up Danny Duffy at a discount rates. The ugly line from Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers [4 IP, 4 H, 6 BB, 2 ER, 4 K] should scare away those who frighten easily. Duffy's 10.75 K/9 and 2.50 BB/9 from AAA are the kind of numbers we look for, Danny may find himself on a few of my teams. Just for comparisons sake, Michael Pineda posted a 10.97 K/9 and 2.45 BB/9 in AAA. More Duff Man action after the jump.
This has been a familiar scene at ball parks these days.
Photo Credit: Jason Ippolito
Fantasy sports are all about stats so here is one for ya: at this early stage of the season there have been 30 cancellations compared to 21 all of last year. That number should increase by the end of Wednesday, and things don't look to be getting much better heading into the weekend. This just solidifies how important it is to check out The Cheeks Weather Report here at sonsofroto.com every day. Thursday's forecast for the majority of the United States looks about as ugly as Bastion Booger (maybe slightly less), so lets get right into the slate of possible problems:
WAS vs. NYM: The game is scheduled to start a 1:10 PM, but there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms all day and night. You'd think with such a large window of time they would be able to fit the game in somehow. To be on the safe side, make sure to check the weather reports closer to game time to determine if you need to look elsewhere for stats.
BAL vs. NYY: 71% chance of thunderstorms from game time until 11:00 PM, improving to 44% after that.
COL vs. PHI: 69% (quit your snickering at the 69---this is a serious Weatherology report) chance of rain throughout the night.
DET vs.. BOS: 64% chance of rain all night long.
TEX vs. KC: 71% chance of thunderstorms from 7:00-9:00 PM improving to 43% after that.