Brad Lidge‘s arm is still on life support. He was shelled in Class A ball on Friday. That’s one-A. Teams at that level usually consist of a bunch of “has-beens” and a couple “never-will-bes.”
Hammered for four runs and three hits, Lidge also walked a batter and didn’t even last a full inning. He’s doing his best to make sure my Ryan Madson for 30 saves prediction comes true.
In other news around fantasy baseball on Saturday:
Cliff Lee — Not likely to be activated off the DL until May. Mariners won’t be contenders in the AL West until he returns. If you drafted him as early as his ADP was, your fantasy team is probably suffering from the same problem.
Chase Headley — Read a blurb that Will Venable had a 3-RBI triple. While that’s impressive, I’d rather have Headley on my team. He plays both OF and 3B and was 3-for -5 with a run and two walks on Saturday. He’s hitting .429 this season.
Scott Kazmir — Angel’s starter and former (current?) fantasy star pitcher is set to debut this Thursday. He’ll battle Phil Hughes who will also make his first start of the season.
Tyler Clippard — Struck out seven batters in three innings of scoreless relief. Clippard, 25, was predominately a starter in his minor league days. He only has one career save in either minor-league or major-league play, but based on his performance Saturday, he’s got close stuff. Matt Capps gave up one hit and walked two in a nailbiter of a save Saturday. If Capps falters, Clippard is their best option.
Stephen Strasburg — Will fire in the Chinstrap Ninjas’ backyard on Sunday. He’ll start for the Harrisburg Senators.
Scott Elbert — One of the Dodgers’ top prospects, Elbert fanned 10 in six scoreless innings of AAA ball on Saturday. He’s just 25 and Vicente Padilla’s replacement in the Dodgers rotation… Sooner rather than later, hopefully.
Joaquin Arias — Filling in for Ian Kinsler, Arias went 3-for-3 with a run scored for the Rangers. He’s not fantastic, but if he gets enough bats he’ll get 20-25 steals with a .270 average.
Pedro Alvarez — Pedro, your presence is requested in Pittsburgh… soon. Alvarez clobbered a pair of homers and drove in five runs on Friday. He’s 3-for-9 this season. All three hits have been homers.
Andre Ethier — Left ankle is still sore, but Ethier’s two-run pinch hit single in the top of the eighth Saturday gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. He’ll be back slugging before we know it, but wait until he’s in the starting lineup to put him in yours.