When a pitcher throws a no-hitter, he’s got to be the lead to a baseball update like this one.
However, let’s add an asterisk to Edwin Jackson‘s accomplishment. Congratulations are in order for Jackson, sure, but he has to feel a little like the cat who ate the canary, to quote my grandmother.
Jackson didn’t allow a hit and struck out six, but he also walked eight batters. So, despite not allowing a hit, he still almost allowed a WHIP-relevant baserunner per inning.
Nobody should have to tell you he’s a shaky pitcher to own. However, Jackson will be 27 in September and was a highly touted prospect years ago. The confidence building win could provide him with a spark for a couple starts, if you’re a gambler. He’s available in 42% of Yahoo leagues.
Here’s what else I saw around fantasy baseball yesterdayish:
Carlos Santana — He hasn’t brought every ounce of his minor league power with him, but hit his third homer yesterday and is hitting .317 since being called up. Santana was pulled after the fifth inning due to a bruised thumb — X-rays were negative. He’s still available in 49% of Yahoo leagues.
Jair Jurrjens — Could return Wednesday. Jurrjens wasn’t that good early in the season, but is too good a pitcher when he’s right to be available in 46% of Yahoo leagues this close to coming back. I don’t care if you start him until you know he’s right, or if you dump him after two lackluster starts, but don’t let someone else pick him up off your waiver wire.
Starlin Castro — Hit .177 this month and got the day off Saturday. He’ll be back in the lineup in the Cubs’ next game, but shouldn’t be on your fantasy roster unless you’re in a deep dynasty league.
Andrew Oliver — Staying with the prospects, Oliver, a Tigers 2009 second-rounder, made his major league debut on Friday. He allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Oliver walked one and struck out four. Mediocre. His minor league season has been up and down, but he comes up sporting a 6-4 record, 3.61 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Not sure he’ll be a fixture in 2010, but speculative adds — available in 100% of Yahoos as Andy Oliver — are in order.
Brennan Boesch — Speculative Boesch adds paid off nicely. This weekend, he’s starting every game in NL parks, forcing a night off for each of the other outfielders — Johnny Damon, Magglio Ordonez and Austin Jackson.
Carlos Zambrano — Almost made the intro because, well, Zambrano got all Big Z on Derrek Lee after getting all awful pitcher in the first inning on Friday. He gave up four runs in the first inning and got into an altercation with his teammate. Zambrano was sent home, literally.
Tom Gorzelanny — Has been effective as a reliever for the Cubs this season and was busy this weekend. He recorded the final out Thursday in the 13th inning to earn his first career save then replaced Crazy Man Zambrano on Friday. He struck out four and allowed a run in 3.1 innings.
Madison Bumgarner — Taking Joe Martinez’s start today. Impressive in four games last season, Bumgarner was one of the more anticipated prospects in 2010. He struggled to start the year, but left AAA with a 7-1 record and a 3.16 ERA. Bumgarner should be owned in all dynasty/keeper leagues and NL only leagues. Anyone in mixed leagues should at least think about adding him now while he’s still 94% available.
Everth Cabrera — Hamstring healed, the shortstop came off the DL Friday. Cabrera will get you steals. Don’t expect much of anything else.
Aramis Ramirez — Resurrected from the DL to hit fifth for the Cubs and fittingly, went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts on Friday. I dropped him in a redraft. As expensive as he was, I just don’t think he’ll be back to form in 2010.
Huston Street — Was set to close Friday, but Manny Corpas got the S. It was an atypical game, with a Mets blown save and extra innings. Street will get the call today if necessary.
Domonic Brown — Considered one of the best — and by some the best — prospects in the minors, the Phillies outfielder was promoted to AAA Friday. He hit .318 with 15 homers and 47 RBI at AA Reading.
Nate McLouth — Still feeling the effects of his concussion. Before the concussion, he was feeling the effects of being really bad at pro baseball.
Alex Presley — An eighth-rounder, Presley was dominating at the AA level before being promoted to AAA. The Pittsburgh Pirates prospect hit .350 with six homers and five steals, 42 runs and 47 RBI at AA. The 24-year-old has shown 10-homer, 15-steal talent at best in the past, but has been much more impressive this season.
Adam Jones — Warming up. Jones hit a homer among his three hits Thursday.The homer was his fourth in eight games and he’s 11 for his last 21 — a .524 clip. He’s surprisingly available in 33% of Yahoo leagues. That’s not a whole lot, but check your wire anyway.