And there goes the Met’s perfect season. I make no secret of who my favorite team is, so keep that in mind when I go through player ranks and pitching match ups and whatnot. In any case, last night was a double whammy for fans of the orange and blue, in that not only are we no longer tied for first place in all of baseball, but David Wright has a broken pinkie, has the finger in a splint, and may be headed for the DL. Disastrous for not only the real baseball team, but fake teams everywhere, as Wright was off to one of the hotter starts in baseball. If you have the space, you can make a preemptive move and pick up a replacement if your roster will allow you to do so, but others may not be so lucky and could have to wait for the DL-15 label to be officially applied to him. Potential band-aids for now could be Chipper Jones (owned in 31% of Yahoo! leagues), Chase Headley (30%), Chris Davis (7%), Mike Aviles (48%) and Chone Figgens (34%). If I had to give you an order of guys to target from that last, I would go Figgens, Jones, Aviles, Headly, Davis. Figgens only gets the nod over Chipper because of the steals and roster flexibility.
- Speaking of Chipper Jones he came back off the DL last night and wasted no time on his farewell tour by getting a single and HR in his first two AB’s.
- Austin Jackson, the 2012 Daily Notes poster boy, got his first HR of the season. He also walked twice and scored two more runs. He has a hits in every game this year, 7 runs scored and a .563/.650/1.000 line. I don’t know if the line or the fact he hasn’t stolen a base yet is more surprising.
- Yesterday I told you to start Kevin Correia, and he didn’t disappoint, giving up 1 earned in 6 innings to go along with 4 Hits, 2 BB and 3 K’s. Not bad for a 4th starter. His next start this week is against SF, and I’ll be using him there too. Clayton Kershaw was opposite him last night and obviously came out the victor, 7 IP, 7 K’s 1 earned, no walks. Dee Gordon swiped his 4th bag on the year.
- Kyle Drabek held the Red Sox in check fanning 4 in 5.1 innings giving up 1 earned. He had a lot of hype in the minors and was the key piece the Phillies gave up in the Roy Halladay trade, but he didn’t quite meet expectations in the majors last year. Take a wait and see approach with him to see how his next start goes, then use your judgement if you want to make the add or use him as a stream option depending on the depth of you league.
- Another pitcher highlighted in the match ups yesterday, Daniel Bard, whom I advised to stay away from (I think.. double checking…yeah, I did) wasn’t so good, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. The good news? He only walked 1 batter.
- David Freese and Carlos Beltran are now each up to 3 HR’s on the year. Those were the only two blemishes on an otherwise solid night from Mike Leake.
- Ross Detwiler held the Met’s bench in check, as they fielded a line up that failed to include 4 regular starters. Brad Lidge threw a scoreless 9th in a non-save situation and struck out 2. Lidge is the recommended add from the Nats pen with news that Drew Storen is visiting Dr. James Andrews.
- Neftali Feliz threw 7 innings of scoreless ball in his debut as a starter against the M’s last night. He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak picked up the only M’s hits with 2 each.
- Aaron Crow picked up a save for the Royals last night, but don’t sound the closer alarm yet. The game was called after 8 innings due to rain. Broxton is still the man there for the time being.
- The double downs have me back up to 4 in Beat The Streak. Season leader is at 15. I plan on catching up some tonight with Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli vs. Kevin Milwood.
CHW @ CLE – Danks vs. Masterson – Masterson is a clear start here given the opponent. If he pitches like he did last week, I wouldn’t hesitate to make the add if he is available. His performance last year very well could have been a sign of things to come.
STL @ CIN – Garcia vs. Cueto
BOS @ TOR – Lester vs. Romero – Staff aces, you have to start either one.
TB @ DET – Shields vs. Verlander – Once again, you start aces, but I wouldn’t be suprised if Shields gets rocked.
WAS @ NYM – Strasburg vs. Santana – With Wright out the Mets are a much friendly pitching matchup.
MIL @ CHC – Gallardo vs. Dempster – Both get my seal of aproval.
KC @ OAK – Chen vs. McCarthy – Start McCarthy.
ARI @ SD – Saunders vs. Luebke – I’m looking for Cory to bounce back tonight from that rough first outing. SD pitchers are mostly must starts at home anyway.
MIA @ PHI – Johnson vs. Halladay – Johnson shouldn’t have any trouble keeping the Phillies in check tonight.
NYY @ BAL – Sabathia vs. Arrieta – Arrieta shined against the Twins, but the Twins aren’t the Yankees. I would pass on him here.
ATL @ HOU – Delgado vs. Rodriguez – Delgado was sharp last year and he has added another pitch to his arsenal this season.
SEA @ TEX – Millwood vs. Lewis – You’re nuts if you are considering starting Milwood here.
LAA @ MIN – Weaver vs. Pavano – HR’s die at Target field. This is the ideal place for a fly ball pitcher like Weaver to start.
SF @ COL – Lincecum vs. Guthrie – The Rockies lineup isn’t as potent as Arizona’s. I would expect Lincecum to shake off the last game here.
PIT @ LAD – Bedard vs. Billingsly – Start both of them, but don’t go expecting another double digit strikeout performance from Chad.