Roto Recap: July 1st

First I called it the Roto Recap, then I didn’t write any for a while. It came back as the Roto Roundup, but I like Recap better, so we’ll go with that from now on. Not that you care, but just to clarify. The fantasy news and notes is what you’re looking for I presume. Should I call it “Roto News and Notes”? Why am I spending so much time writing this stupid explanation? Brian Fuentes pitched a scoreless, hittless ninth for once…How about that? On to the notes from Thursday….
 

Carlos Silva “scattered” 11 hits against the Reds and only allowed two earned runs in 7.2 innings pitched while striking out six and walking none. K/BB wise, June was actually Silva’s best month so far. The 11 hits surrendered serves as a reminder of how risky a low strikeout pitcher can be, but to this point, Silva continues to make big pitches and keep the ball on the ground.

 
For the second day in a row, Matt LaPorta hit a home run again going 1-for-4 in the process. After his bomb, I checked all my leagues and saw that he was snatched up in every one of them. I’ve held onto him all season long in my 14-team keeper because I really believe in his 25-30 home run potential at the big league level. His second half will tell us a lot about what his 2011 value will look like.
 
Making his Major League debut for the Reds, starting pitcher Travis Wood went seven innings allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out four. For fantasy teams, Wood represents more of an NL-only option. His stuff isn’t overpowering and his 0.79 HR/9 at triple-A may not translate so well to the majors, especially in Great American Ballpark.
 
David Aardsma, who hadn’t allowed an earned run since June 11th, blew another save last night allowing two earned runs on a home run by Alex Rodriguez. Aardsma now sports an 0-and-5 record with a 5.33 ERA and has allowed four home runs in 25.1 innings pitched. He allowed four home runs all of last season over 71.1 innings. Example number one on why small sample sizes can cause huge variance in reliever performance from year-to-year.
 
7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER. 0 BB, 7 K
 
The top line from last night is Johan Santana’s
The bottom line from last night was his opponent, Livan Hernandez
 
In baseball, anything can happen.
 
Trevor Cahill had another impressive outing last night inducing 12 ground balls over seven innings of work. He is not only a top 60 pitcher for the second half of 2010, but one with the potential to reach the top 40. 
 
Erick Aybar is 8-for-19 in his last four games, but the best sign from him has been one stolen base and a caught stealing last night. Looks like he’s feeling good enough to steal bases again, which is huge for his value the rest of the way.
 
Dexter Fowler went 3-for-5 with a triple and two stolen bases last night. As I was a big believer in Matt LaPorta this preseason,  I was also a big believer in Fowler’s potential to make a mixed league impact. That may not have happened so far this season, but his game last night is an example of what type of impact he can have for the Rockies and fantasy teams alike. The Rockies outfield is still crowded with Hawpe out and Seth Smith/Ryan Spilborghs splitting time in left currently. A trade of one of those players would open up an everyday spot for Fowler, but in my opinion he should be playing every day regardless.
 
The good news: Madison Bumgarner is hitting the low 90’s with his fastball over his first two starts of the season.
The bad news: The command withing the strike-zone, which was a huge part of his minor league success, has yet to show up in the bigs over his first two starts. He has allowed three home runs and 14 hits in 14 innings of work so far, but has only walked two, so the control is certainly there. His potential is still very high and an adjustment within the strike-zone is the only thing keeping him from making a fantasy impact in 2010.