Opening Week: Day Two
Don't drop Brandon Morrow based on his poor outing in his first save opportunity of the season.
Who else is going to close in Seattle? Miguel Batista? Roy Corcoran? Chad Cordero is out until at least May, so Morrow will have plenty of opportunities to prove his health & live up to the "Joba Chamberlain Lite" comparisons.
Chad Tracy isn't getting much attention these days (he's owned in just 3% of Yahoo leagues). Between Felipe Lopez's scorching debut, hype machine products Justin Upton, Chris Young and Max Scherzer and new closer Chad Qualls, there isn't enough fantasy love to go around in the desert.
But it's Tracy, not Young, not Upton, not even Stephen Drew or Mark Reynolds, that batted cleanup for the D'backs in the season's first two games. Tracy looked like a future star before injuries derailed him. A healthy Tracy, batting cleanup, could produce 25 HR and 100 RBI and a .280 batting average. You could do much worse with your corner infield slot.
If you missed out on Hank Blalock, here's your consolation prize.
If you're looking for stolen bases and not much else, Nyjer Morgan is your man...at least until the Pirates finally promote Andrew McCutchen.
Yup, that was Chris Duncan batting cleanup behind Albert Pujols, yesterday. It's hard to recommend anyone in the crowded Cardinals outfield (Rick Ankiel, Ryan Ludwick & Colby Rasmus are also fighting for at-bats; thank heavens for Skip Schumaker) but Duncan did smash 43 HR in 655 AB over 2006-07.
He'll have to stay hot, but if he does, Tony "Tinker" LaRussa, will find him at-bats. And if he's batting him behind Pujols, that should speak volumes.
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