Saturday, April 25, 2009

I Wish the Title Could be the Theme to Baywatch

The closer situation in Milwaukee has been a point of disgust for fantasy owners thus far.  CARLOS VILLANUEVA was named the closer in the absence of the injured Trevor Hoffman, but proceeded to save one game and allow 6.50 runs per nine.  In walks Todd Coffey, who, for what it's worth, has pitched quite well in his scant few late-game opportunities.  Then, without warning, Villanueva's back in the 9th tonight.  Like many of you, my team has bounced back and forth between these two gentlemen, and until further notice, I'm just going to use them both.  That may not last long, as Hoffman is set to be activated from the DL tomorrow (Sunday), but may need a game or two to get back into closer shape.  I would have very much liked (as I'm sure you all will agree) for at least one of these two pitchers to hold it down for more than two or three days, but so goes the mayhem that is the 9th inning.

Elsewhere, DALLAS BRADEN in Oakland had another short, but excellent start, beating the Rays.  He's a gold mine, as far as sports betting is concerned, as the A's are consistently dogs and getting great odds.  From a fantasy perspective, he appears to be on his way to relevance.  Braden doesn't blend quite enough in terms of strikeouts, but his WHIP and ERA are both good, and the wins will come.  There are a few starters I'd pick up before Braden (namely, Jarrod Washburn, Edwin Jackson, and just about anyone in the Twins rotation), but Braden is next on the list.

If ever there were a night for a spot start, it would have been tonight, ZACH DUKE pitching at Petco Park in San Diego.  He came back to earth in his last outing, but no one scores in Petco, and Duke appears well on his way to a nice bounceback start.  He's right in there with Jackson, Washburn, and the Twinkies.

The shortest paragraph of the night is just a quick list of the Twins starters, all of whom have been pitching quite well: Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker, Glen Perkins & Francisco Liriano.

And after days of waiting, we have a batter worth noting!  Take a moment, if you must.  A glass of lactose-free milk-beverage could go well with the news that GERALD LAIRD is dominating.  The Tigers will toss Matt Treanor out there every now and again, but Laird, who quietly put up solid offensive numbers while with the Rangers is just doing the same thing with Detroit.  He's buried in a 91-octane lineup, but he's hitting in the .340-.350 range, he's driven in 5, scored 11, and hit his first home run of the season tonight.  With Brian McCann hitting the DL due to eyesight issues, Laird could save your season.

Final notes: Zach Miner should NOT be owned, tendered, optioned, bought, picked up, dropped, or touched in any fashion.  If he has even one more start this good the rest of the SEASON, I'll be floored.  I also hope you enjoyed the easy Mavericks winner tonight.  Early games tomorrow, be sure to check the site around 11am EST for the Sunday picks.


Forrest said...

I am a big fan of the Twin's pitching staff, and I think that Liriano, Slowey, and Baker all have the chance to be outstanding fantasy baseball starters this season.

I feel that Minny has the best rotation, top-to-bottom, in the AL Central. The KC Royals are a close second, but they need to do better than Horacio Ramirez and Brian Bannister at the back end of the rotation.

Danno said...

Hahaha, you said it. It's always interesting how Minnesota floats under the radar until the last month of the season - far too late for anyone to use their pitchers for a decent fantasy impact (at least in a roto league).

I have a few friends from the Minneapolis area, so I can't help but root for the Twins. Detroit took out their vengeance on Davies today - glad I didn't bet that one.

Who do you like for tomorrow?

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