Let’s see, anything going on in the baseball world lately...looks a little slow on the news side, wait, hold on, ok never mind.
Yesterday was a whirlwind for transactions around the game. The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates led the charge with trades, call-ups and cuts.
Nate McLouth was traded from the Pirates to the Braves for three minor leaguers, including center fielder Gorkys Hernandez who was acquired from Detroit two years ago in the Edgar Renteria trade.
The Braves needed a center fielder after optioning Jordan Schafer back to AAA, where he belongs based on his numbers at the big league level this year. I expect McLouth to prosper in Atlanta, you should too.
The Pirates promoted uber outfield prospect Andrew McCutchen, who was hitting .303 with four home runs, 20 RBI, 41 runs scored and 10 steals in 49 games with AAA Indianapolis.
Two stats I particularly like from his ‘09 so far—eight triples and 17 walks against 24 K’s. He’ll play everyday with McLouth gone, in a deep league with little quality in the free agent pool he’s definitely worth a look.
The Braves weren’t done in trading for their new center fielder, they also said good bye to Tom Glavine, releasing him in a surprise move, indicating the organization is finally ready to move forward. In his place the Braves summoned an elite prospect of their own—pitcher Tommy Hanson.
At 6′6″ his frame equals his expectations. The 22-year-old Hanson was 3-3 in 11 starts with AAA Gwinnett, featuring a 1.50 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP with 90 K’s (against 17 walks) in 66.1 innings. He’s expected to join the team today, you might want him to join yours as well.
In news not out of the ATL or the Burgh Chien-Ming Wang will return to the Yankees rotation after a handful of successful short relief appearances. If he can regain the form that helped him win 19 games twice, he could be a mid-season lift for your team as well. He’s currently available in 45 percent of ESPN leagues.
Yet another shortstop putting up fine fantasy numbers this year landed on the DL yesterday—Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians (and seven of my nine teams).
He’s expected to miss two weeks or more with a shoulder impingement, ouch. Josh Barfield was called up from AAA and will see some time in the interim. I wouldn’t get too excited about him if I were you. Just hold tight and wait for Cabrera to return, his numbers have been too good this year to abandon this early.
With Grady Sizemore, Josh Hamilton, and Scott Hairston hitting the DL this week as well owners are scrambling for CF options. In the Yahoo game, there are seven different Center Fielders ranked in the top 100 players overall for the last week that are owned in 13 percent or less of Yahoo leagues.
They are Reed Johnson, Endy Chavez, Clete Thomas, Scott Podsednik, Aaron Rowand, Ben Francisco and Brett Gardner. I like Francisco, who will fill center field with Sizemore out, and Aaron Rowand from that list. Check our own league, you might be surprised with who is available.
If all else fails, you can always look to the aforementioned Andrew McCutchen.
If left field is your outfield trouble spot of choice you can find names like Matt Joyce and Josh Willingham among many, many others widely available that can hopefully give you a short-term punch. Willingham is ranked 24th over the last week, Joyce 39th—in Yahoo standard leagues.
And finally once again, as I provide every week in this segment, below are the top 10 hitters and pitchers from the last week according to rank in the Yahoo game.
No. 1 Luke Scott, BAL – .375, 6 HR, 14 RBI’s, 6 Runs, 0 SB
No. 2 Brandon Phillips, CIN – .400, 3 HR, 6 RBI’s, 6 Runs, 2 SB
No. 3 Ryan Howard, PHI – .292, 4 HR, 11 RBI’s, 6 Runs, 0 SB
No. 4 Carl Crawford, TB – .429, 2 HR, 3 RBI’s, 6 Runs, 3 SB
No. 5 Nelson Cruz, TEX – .333, 3 HR, 8 RBI’s, 7 Runs, 0 SB
No. 6 Curtis Granderson, DET – .458, 2 HR, 6 RBI’s, 3 Runs, 2 SB
No. 7 Adrian Gonzalez, SD – .333, 4 HR, 9 RBI’s, 4 Runs, 0 SB
No. 8 Matt Kemp, LAD – .417, 2 HR, 2 RBI’s, 4 Runs, 3 SB
No. 9 Adrian Beltre, SEA – .464, 1 HR, 6 RBI’s, 5 Runs, 1 SB
No. 10 Chase Utley, PHI – .364, 1 HR, 6 RBI’s, 5 Runs, 2 SB
No. 1 Josh Beckett, BOS – 2 Wins, 17 K’s, 0.61 ERA, 0.75 WHIP
No. 2 Brad Lidge, PHI – 0 Wins, 4 Saves, 4 K’s, 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP
No. 3 Dan Haren, ARI – 1 Win, 15 K’s, 1.80 ERA, 0.67 WHIP
No. 4 Jeff Niemann, TB – 1 Win, 13 K’s, 0.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP
No. 5 Trevor Hoffman, MIL – 0 Wins, 3 Saves, 5 K’s, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP
No. 6 J.A. Happ, PHI – 2 Wins, 9 K’s, 2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
No. 7 Edwin Jackson, DET – 1 Win, 7 K’s, 0.00 ERA, 0.38 WHIP
No. 8 Ted Lilly, CHI – 1 Win, 12 K’s, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
No. 9 Seth McClung, MIL – 2 Wins, 5 K’s, 1.23 ERA, 0.68 WHIP
No. 10 Matt Thornton, CWS – 2 Wins, 5 K’s, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP
Until next time kiddies...
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