Welcome to the April 10th edition of Let Me Read That For You!
Let me start this by wiping some pie off my face…
(Actual photograph of Bruce wrecking my face with some pie)
After advising all of you to pick up Bruce Rondon on Friday he rewarded me with 6 ER in 1/3 of an inning combined over 2 outings. Ouch. If anyone actually read this I would be checking under my car before I got in it today. He’s been demoted now and Tigers have brought up the filthy armed Joe Jimenez. He’s got future closer written all over him but probably not this year unless things get really hairy. I still think K-Rod loses his job this year and Justin Wilson is clearly the handcuff to own.
News and Notes
Gary Sanchez hurt his arm and is going in for an MRI today. If you want the latest news Girardi is optomistic, whatever that means in coach speak. I looked up some bicep injuries for all of you; Full tear = 4-6 months, Partial tear = 4-6 weeks and a strain they say your mileage may vary from a few days to 6 weeks. If I was a gambling man I’d bet on a partial tear, just from initial reactions.
Greg Bird is out today with the flu and took a ball of his ankle so he has missed the last 3 games. He’s got an 0.063 average into the second week of the season and it would be a great spot to snag him from an anxious owner. I’ll have him in my buy/sell post later today.
Trea Turner has a pulled hammy. Not great for a guy that wants to run as much as he does. He is DTD and only expected to miss a few games but I always worry about injuries that could nag. Similar to Bird he had a slow start to the season and is now injured and like Bird I would be trying to buy low on him. If you wanted him before the draft and missed out now is your time.
Collin Mchugh has been shut down 6 weeks with impingement in his right elbow. That means he will resume throwing late May and best case he’s back mid June. I’d move on if I needed the DL spot unless your league is really deep.
Chris Devenski is a great add in many leagues, especially those with categories like K/9 and start limits.
Jeanmar Gomez won’t be closing much longer. If you for some reason just found that out from me, you are likely too late to grab Hector Neris in your league. If you’re really desperate for some speculative saves you could add Joaquin Benoit but I don’t think he has the stuff to hold onto the job all year either.
Jackie Bradley Jr sitting today with a sore knee but could avoid DL. He probably won’t be that useful this week so adjust accordingly.
Donaldson yesterday left the game with left calf tightness but expects to play Tuesday. I’ll believe that when I see it but at least it’s nothing serious.
I’ve got some week 2 sleeper hitters for you courtesy of CBS Fantasy sports.
My Take: It’s a well researched list and you should read it, but I normally like to snag the hot guys that could also have a long term impact. I’d avoid wasting a pick up on guys like Jose Reyes, Gerardo Parra, Joe Panik, or Scott Schebler and lean towards Travis Shaw, Yangervis Solarte, Mitch Haniger, Hunter Renfroe, Mike Moustakas or Ryan Zimmerman. Dependent on league availability and need of course.
Mike Podhorzer advises us to buy Shelby Miller
My Take: Only 26 year old former first rounder with success in the big leagues less than 2 years ago. Add a velocity spike that has improved his “stuff”. Sure I’ll bite. Price is dirt cheap and could be a nice spot to get in on the ground floor. I’ll probably snag him before his next start and sit him. If he stinks I’ll release and move on but I’d be mad if I read this and missed out completely.
If you’re desperate for an extra start today Charlie Morton (17% owned) is your best and nearly only bet. Lots of #2-3 guys on the mound today and most are highly owned so just sit back and wait for better opportunities.
ARI/SF under 8 -112
CIN/PHI over 8.5 -115
Coming Soon this week
Waiver Wire updates (today/tomorrow)
Tools for success (Wednesday)
Positional Rankings (Thursday)
As always I’m looking for feedback and ideas for future articles. Quality reads are hard to come by this early in the season so I kept my post short and sweet instead of digging through the trash. If you have suggestions for new reading material I’m all eyeballs!
Thanks for Reading!