We’re bringing back the whole Diamondbacks bullpen for the second consecutive night, because it is only fair to recognize consecutive feats of craptitude.
For the second night in a row, Arizona relievers blew two saves in the same night, and the ringleader of this mess, once again, was Chad Qualls.
They’ve got to get Qualls out of there. Bob Howry will likely get the first shot at the job. Juan Gutierrez is probably their best option. He saved nine out of 10 last season.
In other news around fantasy baseball on Thursday:
Fernando Rodney — Will be the Angels’ closer while Brian Fuentes is on the DL. Kevin Jepsen will be the main setup man.
CJ Wilson — Took some Pepto and is ready to play. He’ll start today’s game against the Yankees.
Jim Johnson — Like Rodney, takes over for a down-on-the-DL closer. Mike Gonzalez could miss at least three weeks. Orioles’ top men say Kam Mickolio — who was called up this week — might also get some save tries.
Felix Pie — Re-injured his shoulder during the game Thursday. That’s good news for Nolan Reimold fans. And by that I also mean the Chinstrap Ninjas.
Jose Guillen — He’s been on a tear lately, but he told the Kansas City Star that he almost died in 2009 due to blood clots in his legs. He’s a streaky power hitter who could pop 10 homers in any given month. He’s already got five this April.
Martin Prado — Not a huge fan of Prado because beyond his average he’ll give you multi-position eligibility and that’s it. It’s like having Ichiro without the steals… And more average? Dating back to October of 2009, Prado has 23 hits in his last 50 at-bats. That’s just ridiculous.
Jose Reyes — Jerry Manuel told MLB.com that he wants to move Jose Reyes into the No. 3 hole. The move could come as early as this weekend. Reyes hasn’t really broken out yet this season. Maybe you could snatch him from an owner uncertain about Reyes’ comeback? You should try.
Matt Harrison — Threw seven shutout innings but lost to the Indians. Shin-Soo Choo belted a three-run homer against him in the eighth, but only Choo’s run was earned. Harrison finished with three Ks, one walk and five hits allowed. He’s got a 1.38 ERA so far in 2010. He won’t be 25 until September and was brilliant in May last season. I owned him as a streaming starter for a while. Even though he lacks in the K department, fantasy owners need to keep him on their radar.
David Huff — Outdueled Harrison on Thursday with a complete game four-hitter. Huff only struck out three batters but retired 10 straight at one point. The Indians hurler, who will be 26 in August, finished 2009 with dominance. He allowed just six runs in 27 innings and struck out 16 in September. Opposing batters hit just .214 against him over that stretch. He’s another pitcher we should monitor during start No. 3.