It's time to check in on the lesser owned players of the league and the latest MLB bullpen news. It's getting late so we'll cut the intro short and jump into it.
It is officially official. Chris Carbonell and I broke the news on Wednesday's episode of Starbonell Station. We will be teaming up with Charlie Saponara from FB365 along with a gang of others (literally a gang, we're choosing colors this weekend) to create a new fantasy sports blog site, sonsofroto.com. The URL is purchased, everyone is on board, we're just working out the technical details. Hopefully within a week or two the site will be up and running. Actually I'm hoping for a day or two as I'll be leaving for a five-day fishing trip in one week.
Chris Coghlan (40% owned) hit a 3-run double, his Y! rank sits at 43 now. You don't want to miss out on a Chris Coghlan hot streak.
Justin Smoak (20%) took Justin Verlander deep to left center for his fourth HR of the season despite Justin Occhionero's cry for an end to Justin-on-Justin crime. Smoak pushed five runs across the plate against the Tigers on Wednesday. He's now hitting .302 with 14 RBI.
Erik Bedard (7%) finally had a good day on the mound [7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 K]. Bedard is missing some velocity and movement on his pitches, he hasn't fully recovered from surgery and there's no telling if he will.
What is going on with Bartolo Colon? 26 K in 26 IP? Only six walks (2.08 BB/9)? 25% Whiff% on his Changeup? Colon cannot maintains that Whiff% and considering he isn't getting any more swinging strikes than he has in the past, there's no way that 9 K/9 sticks. His fastball usage rate is 80%. A fastball that travels at 91 mph and has less movement than it did in years passed. His early numbers are pretty so I can see why he is rostered in 13% of Y! leagues, but c'mon this is Bartolo Colon we're talking about.
Mike Aviles (50%) hit his fourth HR.
Josh Tomlin (32%) has five straight Quality Starts after beating on the Royals for the second time this season [6 IP, 5 H, BB, 2 ER, 3 K]. He now sports a 0.91 WHIP and a 2.45 ERA. Do you need Captain Obvious to tell you a Pitcher with a 4.91 K/9 will not be able to maintain those numbers? Josh Tomlin's .179 BABIP may be the luckiest BABIP in baseball right now, his LD% is an ugly 22%. Not only is Tomlin a sell candidate, I'll go ahead and call him a sell low candidate. I just offered him up for Juan Rivera (2%) in an AL only league to a manager who is looking for SP.
Danny Espinosa (25%) has watched his AVG drop down to .234 after Wednesday's 0 for 5 performance. I tried selling on Espy in a 14-team (MI included) while he was hitting .280, but I couldn't pull it off. I'm going to cut him to make room for Corey Hart. His 13% LD% is just sad and that's the kind of LD% he was posting in the minor leagues.
Madison Bumgarner (53%), back from his trip to Taiwan where he trained with the best Muy Tai bum fighters, finally found his rhythm, striking out seven while walking only one. It was the Pittsburgh Pirates though. Still, you have to love the 7-to-1 K-to-BB ratio after what we seen early this season.
Tyson Ross (1%) had his way with the Angels [7 IP, 4 H, BB, 3 K], but wasn't rewarded for his efforts. Any Oakland Pitcher has my attention, but Tyson walks a few too many batters for my taste.
Your daily Johnny Damon (31%) hot streak update: 1 for 4, run, RBI
Jeremy Guthrie (32%) pitched well against Boston [6 IP, 7 H, BB, 6 K], but came away empty handed when Koji Uehara blew the save (8th Inning variety). The Orioles later scored and Kevin Gregg locked up the save. This only further cements Gregg's role as closer in Baltimore.
Vicente Padilla locked down the save for the Dodgers in extra innings. I know Padilla is not a sexy name, but he needs to be owned in more than 6% of Y! leagues. Hong-Chih Kuo is getting beat up in the minor leagues while he rehabs from a fake injury and Jonathan Broxton is complaining about a sore elbow. Launchpad-illa McQuack is the man to own right now.
Darren Oliver recorded his second save for Texas. He stranded Lind and Rivera (each hit a single) by striking out Encarnacion. Oliver should get the majority of the save opportunities while Feliz is out, especially after Darren O'Day was put on the DL for a hip injury.
We had a wild game @LAA. Brian Fuentes blew a save (his second). Kevin Kouzmanoff's error was to blame. Then Jordan Walden came in and gave up a leadoff triple to Cliff Pennington, who was later sacrificed in. Walden took the loss after Brad Ziegler coaxed three ground outs from Kendrick, Conger and Bourjos. Fuentes got the win and Ziegler got the extra innings save.
Mitchell Boggs got the day off so it was Eduardo Sanchez' turn to nearly blow a save. He let Joe Inglett, Jason Bourgeois and Angel Sanchez reach base and push two runs across the plate before getting the third out.