Friday, April 17, 2009

Scooter Does

That's the answer to the question, "Who knows how to make Canada's nethers tingle?"

Movin' Up

Marco Scutaro has long been the expert utility infielder on Billy Bean's injury-plagued Oakland A's teams, but with his move to the great land of Canadia (did I get that right?), Scutaro's fantasy value has exploded!  Not only is he currently eligible to play 3 positions (2B, 3B, SS), Marco is batting LEADOFF in a thoroughly loaded Toronto lineup.  Coming into play tonight, Marco was the 13th ranked fantasy player, according to Yahoo's traditional 5-cat ranking system, and his game against his former team should only serve to move him UP the ladder.  Scutaro went 2-for-4, including a home run, and scored twice.  Still available in over 1/3 of all leagues, this very moment could be your last chance.

Chris Duncan is off to another hot start, and is showing the ability to hit both lefthanded and righthanded pitching.  The Cardinals are the top offensive team in the league, and Duncan is one of the big boppers.  The way we see it, if you're within 2 spots in the batting order of Albert Pujols, your numbers should be just fine.  I'm not recommending running out to grab Duncan, but certainly put the big Son of Dave on your radar.

Kosuke Fukudome, once again, appears ready for the Majors.  Makes you wonder if this import ran out of gas last year, was hiding an injury, or just ADORES the ridiculous chills at Wrigley in mid-April (chills, by the way, which caused Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez to lose feeling in his fingertips and throw 90% curveballs for an inning).  If you're a numbers guy, Fukudome is hitting .371 thus far, scoring 8 runs and driving home 9.  From where I sit, he looks ready to take his rightful place as a fantasy team injury replacement.  Maybe you accidentally lost a game or two from B.J. Upton to start the season - toss Fukudome in there on nights when B.J. isn't playing to make up that game disadvantage (roto only).

Driftin' Back Down

Latroy Hawkins enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame (literally; his inning took 15 minutes).  Hawkins picked up a save last night, seizing the opportunity left when Jose Valverde complained of back soreness.  The Astros were up a run in the 9th again tonight, but went back to their stud closer, who promptly served up not one, but two runs, and suffered the eventual loss.  Really makes you wonder if Valverde is fully healthy, but he's the closer in Houston, and the Astros aren't planning on changing that any time soon.  Sorry Latroy, back to the 8th with ya!

Aces are not making you feel warm and cuddly about drafting them any earlier than the 13th round right now.  Cole Hamels is flirting with an ERA in the 6's.  Justin Verlander gave up 4 more runs tonight.  Carlos Zambrano was asked to throw as many pitches as his cuboid frame could handle, and allowed 7 runs in 7 innings.  Of course, you can't BENCH these types of pitchers, for any night could potentially be a complete game shutout with double digit K's, but man if they're not asking for a fantasy night off.  So, from all of us sitting at home, exerting roughly one ten-thousandth the effort that you put forth on every pitch, "SHAPE UP, or we'll drop you!"

There.  We told them.

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