We don't have much for a theme today. Nothing at all really. Sam Fuld gets a new nickname, Mark Trumbo drinks milk from cartons that feature Kendry Morales' face and last known whereabouts, Alcides Escobar lets me down, Cubby fans are identified as losers and the contest between Jonathan Broxton and Brian Fuentes continues. Let's check into what our lesser owned friends of the fantasy world were up to on Tuesday and peruse the latest MLB bullpen news.
Sam Fuld (71% owned) went without a hit in four at bats against TOR. In his past eight games Sammy Hagar the Horrible has hit .071 (2 for 28). In one of those games he went 0 for 4 with 4 K. As long as he's leading off, I'm going to stick with Sammy as my OF5 in Blog Wars. I'm going down with the ship.
Wade Davis (25%) pitched well against a Jose Bautista-less Blue Jays lineup [6 IP, 6 H, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K]. Wade's 1.28 WHIP and 2.77 ERA look nice, but the underlying numbers tell a different story. I don't think a Pitcher who has a 3.92 K/9 and 3.23 BB/9 would make it inside Jack's Circle of Trust. The HR/FB% (2% coming into the game) is going to inflate and Davis may not be able to sustain the 16.4% LD%. Wade will eventually bring your stats down baby, bring your stats down to Chinatown.
The Giants got some use out of Nate Schierholtz (0%) and Emmanuel Burriss (0%) today. Schierholtz went 2 for 4 with a HR, a SB, two runs scored and a RBI. Burriss went 2 for 5 with a SB, a run scored and a RBI. These two should be reserved for deeper NL-Only leagues. I think I had both of them on a 2009 NL-Only team of mine.
Mark Trumbo (7%) continues to display the power while the world waits patiently for the long lost Kendrys Morales. Trumbo hit his fifth HR of the season (off Jon Lester too). Mark is on a mini-hot streak with five hits in the past three games, including two HR. There appears to be no hope of a return from Morales, what a strange story.
Brett Wallace (29%) continues to rake. The six-game multi-hit streak may have ended a few games back, but Wallace is still hitting. He went 2 for 5 with a solo shot (his second) with two runs scored. Wallace doesn't possess much raw strength, but he's locked in with a 25% LD%. He's making the best of his batted balls.
You may have heard about Francisco Liriano walking six batters today and throwing only 66 of 123 pitches for strikes against the White Sox. Not a good day. Oh wait, he threw a no-hitter. Liriano is a mess on the mound. His release points are everywhere, he's falling behind in the count and walking far too many opposing players. Maybe Rick Anderson, the Twins Pitching Coach, can help him work out his mechanics. There could be a Buy Low opportunity here, but you need some cojones to pull that move.
Edwin Jackson (51%) needed a date with the pitiful Twins lineup to get back on track after four straight poor performances. He took the hard luck loss after going eight strong [8 IP, 6 H, BB, ER, 2K]. The lone run was courtesy of a Jason Kubel home run. This was Kubel's third HR of the season, he's hitting a cool .350 and is available in 41% of Y! leagues.
It appears Jeff Francoeur's hot streak is carrying over into May. The world's streakiest batsmith hit his 7th HR of the season against BAL on Tuesday. Frenchy raised his AVG up to .315 with a 2 for 4 effort. The Royals OF is on the itinerary for Wednesday's episode of Starbonell Station. I'm going to go out on a really thick limb here and guess not one of us is a believer.
Wilson Betemit (20%) also went 2 for 4, he's now pushing a .342 Batting Average. Both of Wilson's hits were of the double variety, he scored a run and drove in another. I wish he was available in the league where I lost Pablo Sandoval. Instead, I had to resort to picking up Casey Kotchman (CI). Go ahead and make fun of me in the comments, I deserve it.
Alcides Escobar (17%) is really letting me down. He's limiting the strikeouts (only a 13% K%), but he isn't driving through the ball. The 14.9% LD% (coming into the game) is just sad. That number makes my heart weep. He does have eight SB attempts so if he does begin to make better contact he could have a shot at 35 SB. Alcides did post a 21.5% LD% last season, there is hope.
Luke Scott (35%) reminded Jeff Francis of what it was like in Colorado. Luke is a nice guy like that, Francis was likely feeling homesick. The birther hit his sixth HR of the season off the meatballer and ended the day with three RBI.
Jonathan Herrera (22%) went 2 for 4 with a RBI-triple. He's hitting .311 now.
Matt LaPorta (15%) went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI-single.
Fausto Carmona (18%) and Tyson Ross (1%) were pitched well against each other.
Carmona: 8 IP, 5 H, BB, ER, 5 K, 16-6 GB-FB
Ross: 6.1 IP, 8 H, ER, 3 K
I streamed Ross in a H2H league and I decided against dropping him for Vance Worley (awesome name). I may hold onto the OAK Starting Pitcher and see if I can punch out some opponents with Tyson. His numbers aren't anything special, but Oakland Pitchers always pique my interest. His walk rates in the minor leagues will likely translate into poor MLB numbers so I do not advise getting into the ring with Tyson. I'll likely drop him when a better streaming option arises. Looks like Chris Tillman @KC is my best option today. Hmmmmm.
It only took Carlos Pena a month, but he finally hit his first HR. How do you know Cubby fans are used to losing? Pena is hitting .164 and he is owned in 45% of Y! leagues. All those managers are wearing blue shirts and losing, I guarantee it.
Justin Smoak (36%) said hello to his former team by going 3 for 4 with a RBI-single and a RBI-double (ground rule). He pushed his AVG up 23 points (.296) with the effort. The environment isn't ideal, but he was a top prospect who is hitting near .300 with four HR. You could do worse. Did I say the environment isn't ideal? I meant it's terrible. Adam Kennedy hit 3rd and Miguel Olivo hit cleanup. Wow.
Erik Bedard (8%) pitched well against the Rangers at home [7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 3 K]. He induced 11 ground balls (6 fly balls). The velocity may be creeping up a bit. He sat a little bit above 90 mph and topped out a bit over 92 mph [Brooks Baseball].
Make sure Frank Francisco (46%) isn't floating around in your player pool. Jon Rauch inhaled the dreaded Big L after coughing up the lead and blowing the Save. Rauch surrendered a base hit to Ben Zobrist before giving up the game winning HR to B.J. Upton, he failed to record an out. Kyle Farnsworth was credited with the one-out Win.
Jonathan Broxton was pulled after three batters. He was able to get Aramis Ramirez to foul out, but he then walked Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena. Some guy named Hawksworth (who is obviously a LaTroy Hawkins wannabe) gave up a double and a single. Broxton was given the Loss. He now has nine walks to his ten strikeouts, that's not good. Hong-Chih Kuo should have stayed in the minors, he's awful too. Who's next? Kenley Jansen was sent down to Double-A when the team activated Kuo. Matt Guerrier? The Cubs put up five runs on him not too long ago. Vicente Padilla may be the lottery ticket here. He owns a 1.00 WHIP and 1.80 ERA through five appearances (2 H, 3 BB, 3 K). He's not pretty, but he's standing next to a bunch of fat chicks. Have a few beers before adding Padilla and call me in the morning with the juicy details.
The Cardinals closer-carosel continues to spin round and round. Fernando Salas pitched the 6th and 7th innings, giving up 3 hits, a walk and an earned run. He was rewarded with the Win while Eduardo Sanchez recorded his second Save. There is only one plan of action if you want Saves from St. Louis, own the entire bullpen (except Jason Motte).
Brian Fuentes struck again. This time he gave up 4 H, a BB and 3 ER while recording only one out. That one out... Michael Brantley walked to first base and was caught stealing. Fuentes also hit a batter. He put six players on base before David Purcey was called in. I don't know why teams give Fuentes the ball in high leverage situations. Andrew Bailey may start a rehab assignment soon. Maybe you want to grab Grant Balfour in the meantime? I don't know what Bob Geren is going to do, he's letting Brian Fuentes pitch the ninth inning- he's loco.
Clay Hensley served up a solo shot to Daniel Descalo, the blown save he was credited was of the 8th inning variety.