Is it just me or did Wednesday seem to be the most boring baseball day we’ve had this year? I mean, don’t get me wrong – there’s really nothing boring about watching a bunch of games and staring at the live scoring for your fantasy team, but where was the drama? Where was the excitement? Where was the four-home run day? Where was the perfect game, or at least the no-hitter? Not even a complete game shutout? Come on. The most dramatic moment we had was watching David Robertson show us that, no matter how good he may be, he’s no Mariano Rivera. And that probably doesn’t come as a shock to any of us.
I will say that I did enjoy some of the pitcher’s duels we got on Wednesday. Johnny Cueto vs Zack Greinke was great to watch, Tim Hudson on the mend dueling against a surprising Paul Maholm (insert sun shining on dog metaphor here), and even a late night Drew Smyly against Jason Vargas had its moments. I also enjoyed outings from Ross Detwiler and Jeff Niemann which were impressive in their own right. However, again…no glitz, no glam, no fun.
Maybe the 2012 season has just spoiled me. Maybe I’m so used to having multiple candidates for my Fantasy Beast of the Day and today there’s not one player who really stands out enough for me to even think about bestowing the honors. After all, it’s a pretty big deal, right. So like a petulant child I am going to forego the honors and just cut to the highs and lows of the day. Perhaps someone will step up on Thursday, even though it’s a short slate of games.
|Andrew McCutchen, OF PIT||4-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI|
|Ike Davis, 1B NYM||2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI|
|Andres Torres, OF NYM||2-4, 2 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB|
|Zack Greinke, SP MIL||ND, 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP 11K|
|Jason Vargas, SP SEA||W, 1.13 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 6 K|
Had Andrew McCutchen stolen a base or maybe cranked out an extra few RBI, he could have grabbed the honors today, but I think we’re all still a little mad/disappointed in him anyway. It took him 26 games to connect for his first home run and what…? We’re supposed to fawn all over him because he hits one two days in a row? Yesh, I don’t think so. The batting average is great and the stolen bases seem to be in line with what he’s done in years past, but where’s the growth? He’s 25 years old and his current power totals are way behind a pace that would help him atleast match last year’s 23 dingers. I know we have plenty of baseball still to come, but so far he’s coming off like a poor man’s Carl Crawford.
You know it’s a disappointing season when you get excited that Ike Davis has hit safely in two of his last three games. Maybe it’s the valley fever, but this has been painful for Davis owners, especially if you were going by his projected totals for this year. I had him in a keeper league for $3 and I’m ready to ask for a refund here. Step it up, Ike.
Atleast teammate Andres Torres is on a nice little hot streak right now. He’s hit safely in six of his last seven with back-to –back multi-hit games. Could he be stealing more bases? Definitely. But you really need to keep your expectation slow with him. People forget that during his big, breakout year with the Giants, he was basically a 32 year old rookie. If there was a time and a place to use my favorite metaphor it was then because he hasn’t done dinky-doo since. Appreciate what you get out of him now, but don’t go gewtting all crazy and start trying to trade for him. As soon as you do, he’ll go in the tank.
Greinke and Vargas round out the field here, but since I’m feeling so surly right now I’m not going to fluff either of them.
|Travis Buck, OF HOU||0-5, 3 K|
|Daric Barton, 1B OAK||0-4, 3 K|
|Matt Kemp, OF LAD||0-5, 3 K|
|Zack Cozart, SS CIN||0-4, 3 K|
|David Robertson, RP NYY||L, BS, 54.00 ERA, 6.00 WHIP|
I mean…really. Do I have to say anything here? Travis Buck and Daric Barton might as well grab a chair and take a seat here in PoorPerformance Town. Neither is worth rostering and I’m talking about in any league.
Tough break for you Matt Kemp owners out there. I don’t know what you’re going to do with him turning in a night like this. Bench him? Form a support group? Is my sarcasm coming through loud enough?
All right. Crabby time is over. Let’s just hope that Thursday’s run of games brings a little more joy to my Mudville.
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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