Saturday, May 30, 2009

Canada Sighs

Due to time issues, the quick glance at the Toronto Blue Jays is a few hours late, but we're going to roll with it, nonetheless.  The great nation of Canada, reduced to just one Major League Baseball team earlier this decade, cowered as its precious Blue Jays eh'd and aboot'ed their way down a brutal 9-game losing streak that placed the Jays' AL East lead snugly into the scoop of a Medieval style trebuchet, and catapulted it to Greenland.  In fact, Toronto lost every single game on the 9-game road trip.

Rumor had it the team was heard complaining that they had faced entirely too many pitchers that threw the mystical "fastball."  Luckily, the first home game for the Jays was scheduled with the Red Sox cagey knuckleballer, Time Wakefield.  The first game home after a long road trip can be either a huge mess or a colossal relief, and no term could be more apt than the latter.  The Blue Jays hit Wakefield just hard enough, and didn't cough up their lead, finally winning a game and stopping the skid.  The team was rewarded with its first sips of Gatorade in almost 2 weeks.  Amazingly, too, the win today, another over Boston, moved the Jays back to within only a game of the AL East Lead.  Good thing there are 3 good teams, and 2 decent teams in the AL East, so even when one of them loses a chunk in a row, the others are too busy beating up on each other to gain much ground.

Everywhere else in baseball, team owners and managers posted the status quo on the team corkboard, and everybody read it aloud.  It was cute, but didn't lead to much in the way of compelling fantasy information.

SCOTT FELDMAN - Feldman, like many others, has appeared in our larger, less focused pickup lists, but is still largely ignored in fantasy circles due to his lower than optimal strikeout numbers.  He has been, for lack of a better expression, a win-meister.  Since becoming a starter for the surprisingly good Texas Rangers, Feldman has lowered his season ERA from 12.15 to 3.91.  He's 4-0 as a starter.  In 7 starts, he has exceeded 5 innings in all 7, and has tossed 5 consecutive quality starts.  The strikeouts will not be there, make no mistake.  Feldman is a sinkerballer with decent secondary and tertiary options, but he pitches to contact, and for the first time in more than a decade, that's not a terrible move with this new-look Texas defense.  Shortstop Elvis Andrus has a way to go offensively, but his range and arm are as good as any 6-man in baseball.  Ian Kinsler is an excellent shortstop, and Chris Davis is strangely cat-like at first.  Feldman would seem to be a good option not only in the short term, but really, for as long as Texas is winning games.  They could go cold when Arlington gets hot, but Feldman's sinker makes him an option in even the launching pads of the AL.

And as a post-script, some of you may have noticed the lack of sports picks for the last few days.  That will continue to be the case for the next couple, as well.  Stick with us, we'll be back with newer, more incredible baseball cards, but for the time being, it's fantasy or bust!


RangersAttack said...

Go Rangers!

Greg Kellogg said...

Dan - still wondering if you would be interested in doing my show.
Greg Kellogg

Danno said...

Hey Greg - my memory fails me. What have I forgotten?

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