I hate to kick a guy while he is down, but is it all over for Francisco Liriano? He came into the year with great expectations and he has done nothing but flop on his face and he did so in monumental fashion on Wednesday. Liriano threw 83 pitches in just three innings on his way to giving up seven runs. He did strike out four, but he also walked four in what could only be described as a disaster. I actually had picked up Liriano in a league over the weekend, and I am not ready to jettison him back to free agency just yet, but two or three more starts like this and I will be forced to throw in the towel on him. Try to remain patient, but I can't blame you right now if you can't be.
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Kendry Morales is still unable to run 100 percent and will be seeing a foot specialist today to try to solve the mystery behind his ongoing leg injury. Morales is able to swing the bat and take fielding practice, but he can't run all out, nor can he make the cuts and breaks he needs to in order to get back on the field. Hopefully this examination will shed some light on the situation and he will be able to get back into the lineup before too long.
Evan Longoria left the team to go on a five game rehab assignment and expects to be activated from the Disabled List on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He hasn't played since April 2nd with a strained oblique, but barring a setback, we are all set to get our All-Star third baseman back in a couple of days. Be ready to activate Longoria on Tuesday and get him back into your lineups right away.
Delmon Young has been placed on the 15 day DL with a rib injury, but the team made the move retroactive to April 18th, the last time he played in a game. He was actually in the original starting lineup but was unable to get loose so the team will now allow him two weeks to rest if he needs it. Young is off to a horrible start, but this injury certainly is a factor and hopefully upon his return he will be good to go to try to come close to last season's numbers.
Roy Oswalt left the team to check up on his family after wicked tornados ran close to where they are. Tornados did major damage near his Mississippi home, and it was about a year ago when his parents' house was destroyed by a twister. The team has said that he should return to the team in time for his next start, but they have also indicated that if he isn't ready than they have no issue with that. So, this would be a great instance of a time to sign up for Fantasy Alarm to know when Roy Oswalt will return to the team and be back on the mound for the Phillies.
Chris Coghlan is having a nice week. After bombing out two home runs on Monday, he followed that up with a three RBI double during the game on Wednesday and now has driven in 16 runs on the year. The guy had a nice rookie season, but most of the rest of his career has been marred by inconsistency and injury and he is not anyone that I hold in any high regard. Coghlan is a decent fourth outfielder, and if I owned him I would be trying to work a trade like crazy to try to see if I could deal him for a much better, more established player that might be off to a poor start. I see Coghlan slowing down a lot, or potentially even going down to injury more than I believe that he can keep this pace up.
Anibal Sanchez wasn't able to follow up his near no hitter with a repeat performance, more of a typical Anibal type outing. He allowed three runs over five innings and struck out four. He is a nice pitcher, but far from a dominating one. He just looks dominating a few times a year. He isn't a bad addition to the bottom of your pitching rotation, but all in all you are looking at about a fifth or sixth starter for your fantasy rotation, just don't treat him as more than that.
Mat Latos was not very good again, even though his defense let him down as well. Only one of the six runs he allowed was earned, but Latos didn't do a very good job of pitching in trouble. This is another bad start for Latos and I have to admit that I am starting to worry slightly about a guy that I was incredibly high on to begin the year. I am a long way from giving up on him, but he needs to put a good outing together to calm the fears of his team and his fantasy owners.
This is exactly the type of start that Chipper Jones had to have to make his owners happy. The oft-injured Jones has 21 RBI to begin the season, and he is also hitting a respectable .289. It is just a matter of time before he goes down to injury so I would absolutely try to deal Jones to anyone and everyone in your league and find out which one believes in his hot start, there is bound to be someone.
Placido Polanco had four more hits to get his average near .400 to go with his 16 early RBI. I know a lot of you are excited about Polance, but I urge you to not only temper this excitement, but also to try to capitalize on it and try to trade him for something more established. Polance to me doesn't excel at anything enough to have as a starter on your team, but I bet his great early season numbers are enough to make some owner in your league salivate for him. Third base also isn't a deep position so I bet you an find yourself a trade partner for Polanco.
Jeremy Guthrie made it three out of the last four very productive outings for himself, but again I assure you that this won't last. This is a pitcher who owns a lifetime record of 39-51 with an ERA well over 4.00. He just isn't a quality pitcher, and he pitches for a subpar team in an offensively charged division. I don't advocate picking him up or even really streaming him as I have little faith in his talents, and I think that the first time he has a subpar performance you should send him packing if he is on your team.
Jeff Francoeur continues to light up the stat columns as he not only doubled but hit his fifth homer of the season and now has 19 RBI on this young season. I assure you that this won't last and you need to either keep him on a very short leash, or else try to deal him off while his value is at its peak. Francoeur is a free swinger who has some power potential, but major league pitchers know how to get him out and sooner or later they do just that and his average goes in the toilet. Your window of opportunity is open the widest it will ever be, make something happen with it.
Hey you have to give Jeff Mans credit on the few times he nails a good one as it appears his love affair with Justin Smoak is starting to pay off. Our man Jay Houle reported on Smoak last night, and he responded big time today with a two hit game, including his fourth home run and he drove in five on the night! Smoak appears to be hitting his stride, and you really need to check out free agency to see if he is available as he could be a nice addition to your team as either a corner infielder or some great insurance on your bench. There is no way he belongs on the waiver wire anymore though folks, so make your move while you can.
I take every opportunity I can to bang on Erik Bedard, so I feel compelled to actually report on him when he does well because it doesn't happen often. But Bedard had it working for himself tonight as he pitched seven strong innings where he allowed just one run and struck out three. Regardless of this good outing, I still think he is terrible and I still think he will be hurt by Memorial Day. Don't let this one good start fool you, Erik Bedard is fool's gold.
Who is this big fat toad looking dude who is pitching the lights out for the Yankees? It can't be Bartolo Colon, that I am sure of. But somehow it is and Colon was superb again tonight for the Yankees as he got a much needed win for the Bombers and he did it in masterful fashion. Colon threw eight innings of one run ball, walked just one and struck out six. There is NO WAY that you should figure that this will continue and unless you are picking him up for a short term fix, I would stay away from Colon. At any time I think he could implode and just give up a buttload of runs, but I guess if you want to play him while he is hot you can, but I urge you to keep him on a very short leash.
He may have taken the loss, but this was a great step forward for Giants' pitcher Madison Bumgarner. MadBum allowed just one run over six innings, and most importantly he struck out seven which is totally outside of normal for him. He is now 0-4 but hopefully he can build on this start and get some momentum for more good outings. He had some bad luck that his team couldn't score for him against the lowly Pirates, but I like what I saw and it gives me a glimmer of hope that he can turn this thing around and end up having a positive 2011 campaign.
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